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ACC Football News & Notes

The 2018 ACC regular season, is almost over. There are two non-conference makeup games scheduled for noon-time on Saturday. Then, on Saturday night in prime time, the ACC Championship Game will be played between the Clemson Tigers and the Pittsburgh Panthers. Here are some other notes from the conference.

A record ten teams will be bowling this season. It’s the most of any conference in the country and if Virginia Tech wins their makeup game against Marshall on Saturday, the number becomes eleven.

The 2018 season was the highest scoring year in league history. The teams averaged 30.9 points per game which is the most points scored per game since 2016 when teams in the conference scored 30.7 a game.

Of all the bowl-eligible teams in the league, there will be one missing that you can usually count on. The Florida State Seminoles will be watching all the bowl action this time around thanks to last Saturday’s 41-14 loss at the hands of their in-state rivals the Florida Gators. This will mark the first time since 1982 that the Seminoles will be home for the holidays and it’s the first time since 1976 that Florida State will finish a season with a losing record (5-7). 1976 was Bobby Bowden’s first year as FSU head coach.

The Miami Hurricanes have had a bit of an up and down 2018 season. At 7-5, and 4-4 in league play, it’s a far cry from where they were a year ago at this time. One year ago, it was the Hurricanes that were preparing to play in the championship game.

Running Back Travis Homer is one who is glad to have one more game to play for Miami. That’s because if he can rush for 31 yards in their bowl game, Homer will become the tenth running back in Hurricanes history to have a one thousand yard season.

Some of your final ACC players of the week are:

Quarterback Eric Dungey of Syracuse. This is the fourth time he has been selected for this award. In last Saturday’s win at Boston College, Dungey was a one-man wrecking machine. He finished with the 362 yards passing with three touchdowns and also ran for three more on the ground in Syracuse’s 42-21 win over the Eagles. Dungey becomes the third player in Orange history to account for six touchdowns in a game with 32 passing and one rushing TD. He passes Donovan McNabb for the school single-season record.

The nine wins by Syracuse are the most since 2011 when they also finished with nine wins and placed second behind Clemson for most wins in the league.

There are co-running backs of the week. First, there is Reggie Gallaspy of North Carolina State. The Junior set a school record with five rushing touchdowns in the Wolfpack’s overtime win over UNC. The five scores are the most by any running back from a power-5 school this year. Gallaspy ran for a career-high 129 yards on 27 carries. One of his touchdowns runs was a season-best 34-yard run.

The other running back of the week is Cade Carney, Junior of Wake Forest. In last Saturday’s romp over Duke, 59-7, Carney carried the ball a career-high 31 times for a career-best 223 yards and two scores. His attack was a balanced one, as Carney ran for 118 yards in the first half and 105 in the second half. It was his third 100 yard game of the season, and the fifth of his career.

Defensive lineman of the week is Ricky Walker, Senior from Virginia Tech. In last Friday night’s win against Virginia, Walker had seven tackles, two for losses, one QB hurry, and one forced fumble. The seven stops ranked him second on the team.

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