The first Saturday of the Atlantic Coast Conference schedule is in the books. Before focusing on the big Terrapins matchup with the Hurricanes Monday night, let's take a quick look at Saturday's results:
Northwestern 24, Boston College 17: Despite amassing more total yards and possessing the ball longer than the Wildcats, BC still could not defeat Northwestern and backup QB Kain Colter. Visit BC Interruption and SB Nation Boston for more on Boston College. Visit Sippin on Purple and SB Nation Chicago for more on Northwestern.
No. 13 Virginia Tech 66, Appalachian State 13: The Hokies would not have a repeat of last season, when they opened with a loss to 1-AA James Madison. Virginia Tech led 38-0 at halftime, and running back David Wilson was beastly, rushing for 162 yards and three touchdowns on just 16 carries. Visit Gobbler Country for more on the Hokies.
No. 6 Florida State 34, Louisiana Monroe 0: The Seminoles absolutely dominated this game, as was to be expected. FSU held the Warhawks to 12 first downs and just 191 total yards. Visit Tomahawk Nation for more on Florida State.
North Carolina 42, James Madison 10: Interim coach Everett Wither's season began with a bang, as his Tar Heels jumped out to a 28-7 halftime lead before cruising to a 32 point win over the Dukes of the Colonial Athletic Association. Visit Carolina March for more on North Carolina.
Clemson 43, Troy 19: Trailing 16-13 at the half, the Tigers exploded for 30 points in the second half behind quarterback Tajh Boyd, coasting to a 24 point victory against the Troy Trojans. Visit Shakin the Southland for more on Clemson.
No. 25 North Carolina State 43, Liberty 21:.It was a bit of a struggle for the Wolf Pack in their first game post-Russell Wilson, but a long punt return for touchdown and the legs of running back James Wilson were enough to defeat the visiting Flames. Visit Backing The Pack for more on N.C. State.
William and Mary vs. Virginia 40, William and Mary 3: I don't even want to talk about this drubbing. Just atrocious play by the Tribe offense, turning the ball over twice and gaining just 169 total yards. Visit Streaking The Lawn for more on Virginia.
Richmond 23, Duke 21: The Spiders were the lone CAA team to show up Saturday, defeating the Blue Devils at Wallace Wade Stadium. It was Richmond's third win over Duke in the last six seasons.