MIAMI, FL, Sporting Alert – Here are the ACC football scores and recap from the college football games that took place in Week 8 on Saturday, October 24.
FLORIDA STATE STUNNED BY GEORGIA TECH
The most highlighted result from the ACC football games this weekend came from Atlanta, where the unranked Georgia Tech stunned No. 9 Florida State with a late score that stemmed from a blocked field goal attempt.
Both teams were tied 16-16 heading into the final seconds of the battle with the Seminoles (6-1, 4-1 ACC) attempting a field goal to win the game.
But Roberto Aguayo saw his 56-yard effort blocked and returned 78 yards by Lance Austin for a score in what turned out to be the final play of the contest.
The Yellow Jackets (3-5, 1-4) who were snapping a five-game losing streak, won the game 22-16.
“Wow!” Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said. “What a game, huh?”
Speaking about the final play, Johnson said: “It was crazy because we blocked it and I see it run across the line.
“I go from yelling ‘Get away from it’ to ‘run, run, run.’ What a great play by Lance to pick it up. He got some key blocks and he made a couple guys miss. I don’t care if it was the kicker, he still made them miss.”
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher was left baffled.
“Don’t know what happened on the last play,” Fisher said. “We tried to put ourselves in position for a field goal that was in Roberto [Aguayo]’s range.
“I don’t know if they got penetration or if it was a low kick. I couldn’t tell at the time. We’ve got to cover it. They picked it up, we tried to cover it and couldn’t get him on the ground.”
In the defeat, Everett Golson was 20 of 30 on passes for 210 yards, while Dalvin Cook ran for 82 yards and a score for the Seminoles.
Justin Thomas ran for 88 yards and a touchdown for Georgia Tech.
CLEMSON HANDS MIAMI (FL) WORST DEFEAT
The other stunning ACC football score on Saturday came from Miami Gardens, where No. 6 Clemson handed Miami (FL) its worst loss in school history. Several former Canes players have called for Al Golden as the head coach.
Clemson rolled to a 58-0 victory – the third-largest shutout in ACC football history, according to ESPN Stats and Info. This result sits behind Florida State’s 63-0 rout of Maryland two-years-ago and the 59-0 win by Virginia against Duke in 1990.
In the midst of that, though, Deshaun Watson threw for 143 yards and a touchdown and ran 98 yards for another score for the Tigers (7-0, 4-0 ACC).
Wayne Gallman rushed for 118 yards and a score in the win.
The other two AP top 25 ranked ACC football teams picked up victories in Week 8.
In a crazy game that saw 40 combined points scored in four overtime play, Thomas Sirk threw four touchdown passes and ran for a 2-point conversion to lead No. 23 Duke to a 45-43 win over Virginia Tech.
Sirk, who finished 19 of 39 for 270 yards also ran for 109 yards and threw two of his TD passes in overtime.
Meanwhile, No. 25 Pittsburgh picked up a 23-20 win over Syracuse.
COMPLETE ACC FOOTBALL SCORES
WEEK 8, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24
No. 6 Clemson 58, Miami (FL) 0
No. 9 Florida State 16, Georgia Tech 22
No. 23 Duke 45, Virginia Tech 43 (4OT)
No. 25 Pittsburgh 23, Syracuse 20
NC State 35, Wake Forest 17
Boston College 14, Louisville 17
Virginia 13, North Carolina 26