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CFB Week 5 Conference Notes: Atlantic Coast Conference

2021 SCHEDULE (SEPT. 30-OCT. 2)

Thursday, Sept. 30 Time, TV Sirius XM App/Web
Virginia (2-2, 0-2) at Miami (2-2, 0-0) 7:30 p.m., ESPN 84 84 84
Series: Miami leads series, 11-7; Last meeting: Miami,19-14 (2020)
ESPN: Matt Barrie (play-by-play), Roddy Jones (analyst), Harry Lyles Jr. (sideline)

Saturday, Oct. 2 Time, TV Sirius XM App/Web
Duke (3-1, 0-0) at North Carolina (2-2, 1-2) Noon, ESPN2 85 85 85
Series: North Carolina leads series, 62-40-4; Last meeting: North Carolina, 56-24 (2020)
ESPN2: Mike Morgan (play-by-play), Kirk Morrison (analyst), Dawn Davenport (sideline)

Pitt (3-1, 0-0) at Georgia Tech (2-2, 1-1) Noon, ACCN 111 193 955
Series: Pitt leads series, 10-5; Last meeting: Pitt, 34-20 (2020)
ACCN: Wes Durham (play-by-play), Roddy Jones (analyst), Lericia Harris (sideline)

Louisville (3-1, 1-0) at No. 24 Wake Forest (4-0, 2-0) 12:30 p.m., RSN 138 202 965
Series: Louisville leads series, 6-2; Last meeting: Louisville, 45-21 (2020)
RSN: Tom Werme (play-by-play), Charles Arbuckle (analyst), Lauren Jbara (sideline)

Syracuse (3-1, 0-0) at Florida State (0-4, 0-2) 3:30 p.m., ACCN 111 193 955
Series: Florida State leads series, 11-2; Last meeting: Florida State, 35-17 (2019)
ACCN: Chris Cotter (play-by-play), Mark Herzlich (analyst), Jalyn Johnson (sideline)

Louisiana Tech (2-2) at No. 23 NC State (3-1) 6 p.m., ACCNX & ESPN+ 133 203 966
Series: NC State leads series, 1-0; Last meeting: NC State, 40-14 (2013)
ACCNX/ESPN+: John Schriffen (play-by-play), Rene Ingoglia (analyst)

Boston College (4-0, 0-0) at No. 25 Clemson (2-2, 1-1) 7:30 p.m., ACCN 111 193 955
Series: Clemson leads, 19-9-2; Last meeting: Clemson, 34-28 (2020)
ACCN: Dave O’Brien (play-by-play), Tim Hasselbeck (analyst), Kelsey Riggs (sideline)


• A wide-open race for the Subway ACC Football Championship Game begins in earnest this week as five of the six games are league matchups. Boston College, Duke, Miami, Pitt and Syracuse are playing their first conference games of the season. The action begins Thursday when Virginia (2-2, 0-2) travels to Miami (2-2, 0-0) for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff on ESPN. Miami has won six of the last seven games in the series, with Virginia’s win coming in 2018 by a 16-13 score in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers last won at Miami in 2011.

• Saturday’s slate kicks off at noon with North Carolina (2-2, 1-2) hosting Duke (3-1, 0-0) in the 107th meeting between the two rivals on ESPN2. North Carolina seeks three consecutive wins over the Blue Devils for the first time since winning eight straight from 2004-11. Duke won three straight in the series from 2016-18 and holds a 5-4 edge over the Tar Heels in games played since 2012. In the most recent meeting at Kenan Stadium in 2019, UNC held on for a 20-17 victory in dramatic fashion as LB Chazz Surratt picked off RB Deon Jackson’s trick-play pass at the goal line with 14 seconds left to preserve the Tar Heels’ win.

• Also at noon on ACC Network, Georgia Tech hosts Pitt for the third consecutive season. Pitt holds a 5-3 edge in ACC games between the programs following last year’s 34-20 win. Both teams are coming off impressive victories. The Yellow Jackets defeated No. 21 UNC, 45-22, last Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta,
while Pitt set several school records in a 77-7 win over New Hampshire.

• No. 24 Wake Forest (4-0, 2-0) welcomes Louisville (3-1, 1-0) to Winston-Salem for a key Atlantic Division matchup at 12:30 p.m. on RSN. The Demon Deacons are 4-0 for the fourth time under head coach Dave Clawson, while Louisville enters the game on a three-game win streak. This is just the ninth meeting between the two programs. Last year’s 45-21 Cardinals’ victory in Louisville marked the fifth consecutive year in which the winning team scored at least 42 points.

• Syracuse (3-1, 0-0) is coming off a 24-21 win over Liberty and travels to Tallahassee to face Florida State (0-4, 0-2) at 3:30 p.m. on ACC Network. The Seminoles won the most recent meeting in 2019 by a 35-17 score and have won 11 of the last 12 meetings. FSU is 6-0 all-time versus the Orange in Tallahassee.

• No. 23 NC State (3-1), fresh off a win over No. 9 Clemson, plays its final non-conference game of the season against Louisiana Tech (2-2) at 6 p.m. on ACCNX/ESPN+. The Wolfpack has the nation’s sixth-ranked scoring defense, surrendering just 13.0 points per game.

• Saturday’s schedule concludes with unbeaten Boston College (4-0, 0-0) traveling to Clemson (2-2, 1-1) for a primetime 7:30 p.m. matchup on ACC Network. Clemson posted a 34-28 win in Death Valley last season as freshman QB DJ Uiagalelei threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns in his first start as No. 1 Clemson rallied
from 18 points down in the first half. Boston College is 4-0 for the first time since starting with eight straight wins in 2007.

• Boston College: The Eagles moved to 4-0 for the first time since 2007 with a 41-34 overtime victory against Missouri. Missouri was the first SEC team to play at Alumni Stadium since BC defeated Tennessee 20-18 on Oct. 31, 1987.

• Clemson: Clemson surrendered its first offensive touchdown of the season with five seconds remaining in the first quarter against NC State. It ended a streak of 194:55 to open the season in which Clemson did not allow an offensive touchdown. It was Clemson’s longest season-opening streak without allowing an offensive touchdown since 1950

• Duke: QB Gunnar Holmberg rushed for four touchdowns to help lift Duke past Kansas, 52-33. His four rushing scores tied the program record for rushing touchdowns in a game, last achieved in 2013.

• Florida State: RB Jashaun Corbin rushed for a career-high 159 yards and one touchdown against Louisville. The rushing effort marked Corbin’s fourth career 100-yard game.

• Georgia Tech: Playing for the first time since he was injured in a season-opening loss to Northern Illinois, Jeff Sims ran for 128 yards on 10 carries and completed 10 of 13 passes for 112 yards for Georgia Tech in a win over UNC.

• Louisville: QB Malik Cunningham completed 25-of39 pass attempts for 264 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to 56 rushing yards and two more scores on
the ground in Louisville’s 31-23 over FSU.

• Miami: Rookie QB Tyler Van Dyke delivered an impressive first start against Central Connecticut State, finishing 10-for-11 for 270 yards and three touchdowns in a near-perfect effort. Van Dyke had an 83- yard touchdown pass and finished with the third-most passing yards of any quarterback at Miami making his first career start since 1999.

• North Carolina: WR Josh Downs has 32 receptions on the year, 20 more than the next player on UNC’s roster. Downs is second in the ACC in receptions per game and receiving yards per game.

• NC State: The Wolfpack’s 27-21 double overtime victory over No. 9 Clemson is their first win over a top-10 team since defeating then-No. 3 Florida State 17-16 in 2012.

• Pitt: QB Kenny Pickett has thrown 11 TDs in his last two contests. Per ESPN Stats & Info, Pickett is just the third quarterback in ACC history to throw five TD passes in consecutive games, joining Clemson’s Tajh Boyd (2012) and Maryland’s Scott Milanovich (1993).

• Syracuse: RB Sean Tucker has 100-yard rushing totals in three of four games this season. He finished with 32 attempts for 169 yards in the win over Liberty. It was the first time a Syracuse player had 30 rushing attempts since 2016.

• Virginia: QB Brennan Armstrong joins Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Jerod Evans (Virginia Tech), Lamar Jackson (Louisville) and Philip Rivers (NC State) as the only ACC quarterbacks since 2000 to throw for 13 touchdowns in the first four games of the season. t Virginia Tech: The Hokies’ defense ranks 15th nationally, holding opponents to just 15.3 points per game.

• Wake Forest: PK Nick Sciba, who has converted on an FBS best 19-straight field goal attempts, now holds the NCAA record for field goal percentage with a career mark of 64-of-71 (90.1 percent)

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