ACC Football News and Notes: Three weeks into the season

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Three weeks into the ACC season, and already both good and bad things are taking shape. The good is that two programs, Clemson and Virginia, are still ranked teams. The bad would be a couple of losses by Boston College and Georgia Tech. The Eagles got run over by the Kansas Jayhawks last Friday night to the tune of 329 yards on the ground. Two Kansas running backs had 100 yard rushing nights. Khalil Herbert led the way with 187 net on 11 carriers and a touchdown of six yards, and Pooka Williams ran for 121 net on 22 carries and a score of 12 yards. More surprising was the Yellow Jackets loss at home to the Citadel in a game that Georgia Tech was a heavy favorite. Losses like these do play a role when it comes time to make bowl season plans.

The #1 Clemson Tigers have won 13 consecutive games by 14 points or more. They are now tied for the fifth-largest streak in the AP Poll Era (1936). Linebacker Isaiah Simmons was selected The Walter Camp Football Foundation National defensive player of the week honor for his performance in last Saturday’s win on the road at Syracuse. He recorded eight tackles (3.5 for loss), and two quarterback sacks in the 41-6 win. The Tigers have now won 18 straight games.

Boston College running back A.J. Dillon posted his 13th career 100-yard rushing game vs Kansas. It was his eighth game with at least 150 yards (151 net), which ties Andre Williams (2010-13) for the fifth-most 100-yard games in BC history.

Florida State placekicker, Ricky Aguayo, is still perfect on the young season. He made three extra points and a 53-yard field goal at #25 Virginia. The FG tied a career-long and improved Aguayo to 4-of-5 from 50 yards or longer in his career. His six total points give him 289 points for his career passing Dalvin Cook for ninth-most in FSU history. He is 3-for-3 on field-goal tries and has made all 13 extra points in 2019.

Miami gave head coach, Manny Diaz, his first win at the ACC school. The 63-0 pounding of Berthume-Cookman was led by QB Jaren Williams who threw for 257 yards on 19-of-34 passing. He tossed three touchdowns and had no interceptions.

Georgia Tech quarterback, Tobias Oliver, joined the one thousand yard rushing club last Saturday. He did it on a 19-yard run early in the first quarter. He becomes the eighth quarterback, and the 50th overall player to join this group. Oliver accomplished this in just the 15th game of his career.

For the third straight week, Wake Forest receivers have been named the ACC Receivers of the Week. Saga Suralt has been named twice in the first week and again last week for his outing vs UNC. Scotty Washington won it in week two after his game vs Rice. It’s the second time that one school has done this. The other time was when Clarkson Hines Of Duke won it three straight weeks back in 1989.

Next week we will have more from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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