Last Friday and Saturday showcased some of the best of college football that North Carolina has to offer. Appalachian State, UNC, Wake Forest, Duke, and NC State all had games over the weekend. App State had the most shocking loss, as they just made it into the top twenty-five rankings the previous week but lost 34-14 to the Georgia Southern Eagles. Wake crushed their opponent in their victory and UNC suffered a loss. Duke also lost an absolute heartbreaker and State lost a surprising game to Syracuse.
App State had been rolling this season, even though their first game was a loss. That week, they played Penn State, who was ranked in the Top 10. They took the game all the way to overtime and ultimately lost in heart-breaking fashion, but sent a message to the Big 10 and let the country know that they were a serious team. They won their next five straight and then ventured into the game against Georgia Southern.
After App lost their starting quarterback, Zac Thomas, in the first quarter to a likely concussion, we saw a flurry of turnovers from the backup quarterbacks, Peyton Derrick and Jacob Huesman. Between the two backups, four interceptions were thrown. App running back Darrynton Evans didn’t have much luck in the ground game either, rushing sixteen times for only sixty-three yards.
App also gave up a fumble on a punt return. Ultimately, it was not a pretty game for ASU and they will be looking to rebound this week at Coastal Carolina. The Mountaineers now sit at 5-2.
The University of North Carolina football team took on the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday but suffered a loss of 31-21. UNC’s quarterback Nathan Elliott had a good first half of throwing, but was significantly less efficient in the second half. All-in-all, he was 22-38 for 271 yards and two touchdowns, but couldn’t carry the team by himself, considering their running game was practically nonexistent against the stout defense of Virgina. Tar Heel rusher Michael Carter had a touchdown, but in the end only had 42 yards on the ground. UNC fell to an abysmal 1-6 on the season, with their next game against Georgia Tech.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons had a big win last weekend versus the Louisville Cardinals, winning 56-35. The team had a fantastic game on offense, with quarterback Sam Hartman throwing for two scores to two different receivers: Scotty Washington and Jack Freudenthal. Even more astounding, however, was their running game. Starter Matt Colburn had 243 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Two of the backup running backs, Cade Carney and Sam Hartman, had one touchdown each as well. Wake Forest did give up a lot of points on defense, but their offense was so spectacular that it didn’t matter. They are now 4-4 on the year and will be facing Syracuse on Saturday.
Duke suffered a heartbreaking loss against the Pittsburgh Panthers, losing a close game 45-54. Potential 2019 first-round pick quarterback Daniel Jones had himself a game, tossing the pigskin for 396 yards and four touchdowns. He did, however, cough up the ball on a crucial fumble. Starting running back Deon Jackson had 162 yards of rushing but no touchdowns. Duke’s defense just couldn’t shore up in the final seconds as Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett threw the ball to receiver Maurice French for the final score of the ballgame. Duke falls to 5-3 on the year with their next matchup against Miami.
NC State, ranked 22nd in the nation last week, lost an offensive showcase to Syracuse by a margin of 51-41. Wolfpack starting quarterback Ryan Finley had a good game, throwing 22 of 44 for 473 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Starting receiver Kelvin Harmon had 247 yards and two touchdowns, which helped the Wolfpack immensely during the game.
The running game, on the other hand, was stagnant, with starter Reggie Gallaspy only picking up 65 yards on the ground to go along with a singular touchdown. State’s defense was pretty much non-existent in this game, much to the disappointment of the offense. NC State falls to 5-2 on the year. Their next matchup is against Florida State.