Monday, September 3, 2012
ACC weekend rewind: Week 1
By Heather Dinich
Here’s a look back at Week 1 in the ACC:
The good: Clemson’s offense against Auburn. The Tigers were able to win without suspended superstar Sammy Watkins, as the trio of quarterback Tajh Boyd, running back Andre Ellington and receiver DeAndre Hopkins all made highlight reel-worthy plays against a decent Auburn defense. More importantly, though, the once-suspect offensive line paved the way for them to do it.
Clemson running back Andre Ellington opened up the 2012 season with 231 yards on the ground against Auburn.
The bad:David Amerson’s performance against Tennessee. The All-American record setter got burned twice -- both for touchdowns.
The ugly: Maryland’s 7-6 win against William & Mary. The Terps couldn’t score until the fourth quarter against the FCS program, and finished with four turnovers and 91 rushing yards.
The surprise: Miami true freshman Duke Johnson. Johnson scored his first career touchdown on a 54-yard run in the second quarter and added a 56-yard score in the third quarter. He totaled 135 yards for the game, the most by a UM true freshman since Javarris James racked up 148 yards against Houston (Sept. 30, 2006).
The stat: Andre Ellington ran for 231 yards in Clemson's win against Auburn. According to ESPN’s Stats & Info department, Ellington is only the third ACC player since 2004 with multiple 200-yard rushing games. Seven ACC teams don't even have multiple 200-yard rushing games by an individual in that period.
The record I: UNC set a school and ACC record for single-game punt return yards with 260 on nine returns. The previous UNC mark of 225 yards was set against VMI in 1935. The previous ACC mark was 227 by Clemson against Georgia Tech in 1987.
The record II: Duke receiver Conner Vernon caught 10 passes for 180 yards and one touchdown in the win over FIU, becoming Duke’s all-time leader in pass receptions (208) with a 3-yard catch midway through the fourth quarter. He moved into fourth place on the ACC’s all-time chart for pass receptions (208).
The overmatched: Poor Murray State. The Seminoles totaled 606 yards while holding the Racers to 156 yards. In Charlottesville, Virginia outgained Richmond 523-201 in the first three quarters.