There was lots of action in the area this weekend. If you were unable to attend any of the games, we have given you a brief roundup of the scores and action.
Tar Heels Win Now 3 – 0
The UNC Tar Heels have now improved to 3 – 0 after defeating the Virginia Cavaliers. Everyone was a little skeptical after the firing of Butch Davis but Elliot Withers has stepped in and done a magnificent job leading the Tar Heels. The Heels have found ways to win despite the turnovers because of a defense that boasts a lot of talent that is NFL worthy.
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Bryn Renner has been pretty good despite having a few moments of inexperience show up and the running game has gotten better every week. Special Teams has also been special as well as Bull City native T.J. Thorpe is a threat to take it to the house every time he touches the ball.
The Heels wins haven’t all been pretty but they are finding ways to win. That is all that really matters in the scope of things.
Next up for the Tar Heels are the Rambling Wreck of Georgia Tech. It will be the first road game for the Tar Heels this season.
Blue Devils Get A Big Win
Coming into the game against Boston College not many people gave the Duke Blue Devils a chance to get them a win. After two tough losses at home, at the beginning of the season, the Blue Devils brought their A game to Chestnut Hill, spoiling the Eagles chances of getting a big win.
Donovan Varner caught a career-high 12 passes for 78 yards ... he now has three career games with 10 or more receptions. Also Sean Renfree completed 40-of-52 passes for 359 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. It marks the sixth 300-yard passing game of his career. The 40 completions is tied for the Duke single-game record.
Duke showed a lot of heart and toughness as they held off the Eagles. Next up for the Devils is Tulane Green Wave at Wallace Wade Stadium in the Bull City.
Eagles Lose A Close One
The NCCU Eagles come into Saturday’s matchup with the Elon Phoenix riding high after a victory over Central State of Ohio. Both teams bolster a couple of play makers and both teams have pretty good quarterbacks and defense.
Coming into the game it appeared that special teams would be the deciding factor and it was in fact the case at hand. The Eagles gave up a big special teams play on the opening kickoff leading to three points by the Phoenix. A missed extra point also loomed big for the Eagles as they trailed the Phoenix 17 – 16 for the majority of the game. The Eagles were able to get a pick 6 later in the game but a botched two point conversion cost the Eagles as they ended up with 22 points.
The Phoenix scored late and took the lead 23 – 22. The Eagles marched back down the field and worked themselves into field goal range, only to be foiled by a botched snap and handle on the kick that was well within the kickers range.
The Eagles play their conference opener against Savannah State next week in O’Kelly Riddick Stadium in the Bull City.
The Pack Go H.A.M. on South Alabama
The Wolfpack celebrated Military Day in style as they dominated South Alabama 35 – 13. Mike Glennon's career-high four touchdowns on 17-of-20 passing torched the South Alabama secondary and lifted NC State to a 35-13 win Saturday night at Carter-Finley Stadium. Glennon's .860 completion percentage represents the highest single game total since Philip Rivers.
Taylor Gentry and T.J. Graham were the twin beneficiaries of Glennon's big night. Gentry claimed the first multi-touchdown game of his career on two receptions, while Graham became the first receiver since Jerrico Cotchery in 2003 to post back-to-back 100-yard receiving games.
South Alabama didn’t have any answers to the Pack arsenal and the Pack kept dealing winning hand after winning hand on offense. The performance by the Pack was very impressive and they hope to keep the trend going as they travel to play the Cincinnati Bearcats this Thursday night on ESPN.