Sep 04, 2018

ACC & Big 12 Week 1 Recap: Upsets abound in wild opening week

Standings and Results


Big 12

AP Top 10

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Georgia
4. Ohio State
5. Wisconsin
6. Oklahoma
7. Auburn
8. Notre Dame
9. Washington
10. Stanford

Virginia Tech stifles FSU offense in Taggart’s debut

Florida State was held without a touchdown at home for the first time in a decade as the Seminoles dropped head coach Willie Taggart’s debut 24-3 to ACC rival Virginia Tech.

In the first meeting between the teams since 2012, the Hokies started quickly, going 75 yards on 10 plays to take an early 7-0 lead on a 10-yard pass from Josh Jackson to Damon Hazelton. The teams then traded field goals before Tech receiver Eric Kumah recovered a blocked punt in the end zone to put the Hokies up 17-3 before the half.

Later, in the fourth quarter, Kumah hauled in a 49-yard touchdown pass from Jackson to put Virginia Tech up by three touchdowns. Florida State committed five turnovers in the game, as the vaunted Virginia Tech defense held the ‘Noles to just three points on four red zone trips.

Déjà Vu: Texas upset by Maryland in opener

For the second straight season, Maryland topped Texas in its season opener, outscoring the 23rd-ranked Longhorns 10-0 in the fourth quarter of a 34-29 win at FedEx Field in Landover.

The Terps initially jumped out to a 24-7 advantage before Texas responded with 22 consecutive points to take a 29-24 lead with 4:14 left in the third quarter. A 17-yard touchdown run by Tayon Fleet-Davis put Maryland back up 31-29 with 14:25 to go, and after adding a field goal with 6:45 left in the fourth, the Terps forced three straight Texas turnovers to seal the win.

Maryland has dedicated this season to offensive lineman Jordan McNair, who passed away after collapsing on the practice field on May 29. The Terrapins wore No. 79 stickers on their helmets and carried a red flag with McNair’s number 79 as the team came onto the field.

LSU tops Miami in Lone Star State

Nick Brossette had 22 carries for 125 yards and two scores, including a 50-yard first-quarter touchdown run, as LSU used a 30-0 run to knock off No. 8 Miami 33-17 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. A senior, Brossette entered the game with just 306 career rushing yards and zero touchdowns prior to Sunday night.

The matchup between the Hurricanes and Tigers was the first regular-season meeting between the programs since 1988. Brossette’s 50-yard run gave LSU a 10-3 lead with 35 seconds left in the first quarter, and the Tigers used Brossette’s second score, a 45-yard Jacob Phillips interception return and three Cole Tracy field goals to push the lead to 33-3 at the end of the third quarter.

Miami responded with a rally in the fourth quarter, using a 3-yard Malik Rosier touchdown run and a 32-yard touchdown pass from Rosier to Brian Hightower to cut the lead to 33-17 with 8:43 to play, but the ‘Canes turned the ball over on downs in each of their final two possessions, thwarting the comeback bid.

Vote for the Play of the Week!

Week 1 was filled with memorable plays in the ACC and Big 12. Here were two of our favorites. Make sure you vote for the best in the poll below!

1) Miami didn’t get the win against LSU, but ‘Canes wideout Jeff Thomas may have made the catch of the week:

2) Of course, T.J. Vasher might have something to say about that:

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