ACC & Big 12 Week 4 Recap:Duke Defeats Georgia Tech; TCU Survives Against Texas Tech
Duke knocked Georgia Tech out of the Top 25 and North Carolina State improved to 4-0 as the Atlantic Coast Conference went 5-5 in week four.
Duke 34, #20 Georgia Tech 20
Shaquille Powell rushed for 88 yards and three touchdowns, powering the Blue Devils (3-1, 1-0 ACC) past the defending Coastal Division winners. Despite an early field goal, the Yellow Jackets (2-2, 0-1 ACC) were held to just 173 yards rushing and trailed for the rest of the game once Powell scored his first touchdown.
#8 LSU 34, Syracuse 24
The Tigers (4-0, 2-0 SEC) erupted for 27 points in the second half as Leonard Fournette scored two touchdowns and rushed for over 200 yards for the second consecutive game. The Orange (3-1, 1-0 ACC) were limited to just 281 yards total offense, but kept the game close as QB Zack Mahoney threw for 154 yards (16-38) and three touchdowns in his first career start. Brisly Estime racked up a career-high 261 all-purpose yards for Syracuse, including 158 yards on six kickoff returns.
Boise State 56, Virginia 14
The Broncos (3-1, 0-0 MWC) returned an interception for a touchdown on the Cavaliers (1-3, 0-0 ACC) first play from scrimmage and never looked back. Boise State limited Virginia to 273 yards of total offense, while racking up 447 yards of their own.
The other games:
North Carolina State (4-0, 0-0 ACC) defeated South Alabama (2-2, 0-0 Sun Belt), 63-13
North Carolina (3-1, 0-0 ACC) defeated Delaware (1-3, 0-1 CAA), 41-14
Boston College (3-1, 0-1 ACC) defeated Northern Illinois (2-2, 0-0 MAC), 17-14
Louisville (1-3, 0-1 ACC) defeated Samford (2-1, 0-1 Southern), 45-3
Indiana 31 (4-0, 0-0 Big 10) defeated Wake Forest (2-2, 0-1 ACC), 31-24
East Carolina (2-2, 0-0 AAC) defeated Virginia Tech (2-2, 0-0 ACC), 35-28
West Virginia joins the Top 25, giving the conference a 20 percent share of the poll. Four teams faced off in conference play as the Big 12 went 4-3 in week four.
#3 TCU 55, Texas Tech 52
Aaron Green caught a tipped pass with 23 seconds remaining to give the Horned Frogs (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) a hard-fought victory over the Red Raiders (3-1, 0-1 Big 12). On fourth-and-goal from the four, QB Trevone Boykin (34-54, 485 yards, four touchdowns) slightly overthrew Josh Doctson (18 catches, 267 yards, three touchdowns). Doctson got a hand on the ball, altering the trajectory enough to give Green a chance to make the catch as he fell out of the back of the end zone. The teams combined for 1,357 yards of total offense.
#24 Oklahoma State 30, Texas 27
Ben Grogan kicked a 40-yard field goal with six seconds left to cap the Cowboys (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) comeback in the bizarre final minutes of the game. The Longhorns (1-3, 0-1 Big 12) took a 27-24 lead with four minutes remaining on a 41-yard interception return by Holton Hill. Grogan tied the game with 93 seconds remaining with a 41-yard field goal. After the kickoff, Texas went three-and-out and set up for a punt. Punter Michael Dickson fumbled the snap, and managed just a ten-yard punt to the Longhorns 18, setting up Grogan’s game-winner.
West Virginia 45, Maryland 6
The Mountaineers (3-0, 0-0 Big 12) amassed 601 yards on offense, shelling the Terrapins (2-2, 0-0 Big Ten) for their widest margin of victory in the border rivalry series. Skyler Howard threw for 294 yards (21-33) and four touchdowns, while Wendell Smallwood rushed for 147 yards and one touchdown.
The other games:
#5 Baylor (3-0, 0-0 Big 12) defeated Rice (2-1, 1-0 CUSA), 70-17
Rutgers (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten) defeated Kansas (0-3, 0-0 Big 12), 27-14