Middle Tennessee State (Sept. 19 in College Park) cruised to a 31-14 home victory over Memphis. The Blue Raiders were led by dual-threat junior quarterback Dwight Dasher, who completed 18 of 26 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns, while also collecting 89 yards on the ground.
Rutgers (Sept. 26 in College Park) thrashed visiting Howard 45-7. The Scarlet Knights, led by halfback Jourdan Brooks, gained 124 yards on 17 carries and found the end zone three times in the first half. Freshman quarterback Tom Savage had a strong first start to his career, connecting on 8 of 13 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns.
Clemson (Oct. 3 in College Park) lost a heartbreaker Thursday night in Atlanta against Georgia Tech. The Tigers rallied from a 24-0 second-quarter deficit by scoring 27 unanswered points en route to a fourth-quarter lead. However, two late field goals by Yellow Jacket kicker Scott Blair paved the way for a 30-27 Tech victory. Clemson's redshirt freshman quarterback Kyle Parker completed less than 50 percent of his passes (15 of 31) and threw two picks but managed 261 pass yards and three touchdowns. Senior halfback C.J. Spiller completed a tremendous 63-yard touchdown catch and rushed 20 times for 87 yards.
Wake Forest (Oct. 10 in Winston-Salem) climbed out of a 14-point halftime hole to beat the visiting Stanford Cardinals by a score of 24-17. Senior quarterback Riley Skinner led the Demon Deacons back in the fourth quarter, first with a nine-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Williams which tied the game at 17, and then with the go-ahead, one-yard touchdown run with just two seconds left.
Virginia (Oct. 17 in College Park) followed up its opening-week loss to FCS William & Mary with another at the hands of 16-ranked Texas Christian. The Cavaliers could not get going against the Horned Frogs, who left Charlottesville with at 30-14 win. Virginia was held to 177 total yards, and 82 of those came on a pair of Jameel Sewell touchdown passes within the last five minutes of the game.
Duke (Oct. 24 in Durham), like Virginia, was looking to bounce back from an opening-week home loss to an FCS opponent (Richmond). The Blue Devils were successful as they notched a 35-19 win at Army. Duke quarterbacks Thaddeus Lewis and Sean Renfree combined to complete 12 of 24 passes for 166 yards and three touchdowns, while cornerback Leon Wright sealed the victory with a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions returned for touchdowns.
North Carolina State (Nov. 7 in Raleigh) dismantled Murray State 65-7. Wolfpack quarterback Russell Wilson was 15 of 21 for 228 yards and four touchdowns in the first half. Meanwhile, the defense held the Racers, who were coming off a 66-10 win over Kentucky Wesleyan, to just 36 total yards.
Virginia Tech (Nov. 14 in College Park) got back on track after a first week loss to Alabama with a 52-10 drubbing of Marshall. The Hokies were paced by a pair of freshmen halfbacks. Ryan Williams rushed 16 times for 164 yards and had three first-half touchdowns while David Wilson tallied 165 yards on 12 carries and found the end zone once.
Florida State (Nov. 21 in Tallahassee) narrowly dodged a huge upset at the hands of Jacksonville State by winning 19-9. The Gamecocks led 9-7 until there were only 35 seconds left in the game. Then Seminoles halfback Ty Jones recorded his second touchdown for the game, scoring from one yard out. The Noles added a fumble return for a touchdown moments later. Florida State's freshman kicker Dustin Hopkins struggled, missing his only field goal attempt of the game and converting on just one of three extra points.
Boston College (Nov. 28 in College Park) became the only 2-0 team in the ACC's Atlantic division with their 34-7 win over Kent State. Senior wide receiver Rich Gunnell caught six passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman Justin Tuggle was 6 of 12 for 150 yards and two touchdowns while 25-year-old freshman Dave Shinskie was 9 of 16 for 73 yards, one touchdown, and one pick. The Eagles are still looking for a permanent starting quarterback.