Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has his head held high and believes his Tigers should, too, despite their 1-2 start that includes an OT loss at No. 1 Florida State Saturday night. “All I can tell you is, how we played is incredible and the film validates it,” Swinney said Tuesday. “I mean, we played a great football game.”
A critical game for Miami’s Atlantic Coast Conference hopes is looming, with the Hurricanes (2-2, 0-1 ACC) set to get a visit from reigning Coastal Division champion Duke (4-0, 0-0) on Saturday night. The Blue Devils have 14 wins since the start of last season; only nine other teams have more during that stretch.
Miami played without running back Duke Johnson that November night but Johnson will be in uniform when Blue Devils and Hurricanes meet Saturday night (7:30 p.m., ESPN2) at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Coach Dave Doeren and his players couldn’t have hoped for a much better start to the season. They’ve already surpassed last year’s win total and have averaged 248.8 yards rushing, with three straight 200-yard rushing performances for the first time since 1994.
Duke will launch three projects to enhance 85-year-old Wallace Wade Stadium at the completion of the 2014 football home season, Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Kevin White announced on Wednesday.
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UNC coach Larry Fedora said his team is not dwelling on Saturday's 70-41 loss at East Carolina.
North Carolina has had shocking defensive breakdowns in each of Larry Fedora’s first three seasons at the helm. The Tar Heels recovered the first two times, but now must regroup after the worst performance of them all in Saturday’s 70-41 loss at East Carolina.
“You hope that their spirit isn’t broken,” Fedora said.
Among the matters N.C. Central would do well to address during its bye this week are capitalizing in the red zone, converting on third-down situations and getting more momentum out of its running game to catch up with what the Eagles are doing through the air.
The first one-third of the regular-season football schedule is done and Duke has plenty of reasons to be happy.
To keep the good times rolling after their first 4-0 start since 1994 though, the Blue Devils know they have to do even more as they begin a stretch of eight consecutive ACC games by playing at Miami on Saturday (7:30 p.m., ESPN2).
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Jacoby Brissett passed for 195 yards and three touchdowns to help N.C. State blank Presbyterian 42-0 on Saturday night.
Darius Victor ran for 194 yards and three touchdowns Saturday to lead Towson to a 31-20 comeback win over N.C. Central.
After East Carolina put up 55 points and 603 yards in Kenan Stadium last year, North Carolina vowed that this year’s rematch would be different. It was — UNC’s defense was even worse. Historically worse. The Pirates scored more points and posted more yards (789) than any UNC opponent ever as a school-record crowd of 51,082 watched ECU dominate its in-state rival 70-41 Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
With the ACC opener at Miami Saturday, Duke (4-0) has work to do in its passing game and the Blue Devils are the first to admit it. “We can throw and catch it better than we are doing,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. “We are not consistent with the pure execution of our offense.”