ACC's top five

dshirley@macon.comSeptember 2, 2013 

1. Terrific Tajh: Clemson's Tajh Boyd and Georgia's Aaron Murray faced off in a top-10 showdown Saturday night, and Boyd got the best of the quarterback matchup. Murray threw for more yards (323 to 270), but he committed two key turnovers while Boyd had none. Boyd also accounted for five touchdowns, three through the air and two on the ground.

2. More Hokies struggles: Virginia Tech stumbled to a 7-6 season last year, and this season didn't get off to much of a start either for the Hokies. Virginia Tech dropped a 35-10 loss to Alabama at the Georgia Dome with a ton of problems on offense and special teams. The Hokies had just 212 yards, while quarterback Logan Thomas completed just 5-of-26 passes. Virginia Tech also gave up a punt return and a kickoff return for a touchdown.

3. No upsets: The ACC has had some terrible losses through the years against lesser competition, but there were none of those Saturday. Georgia Tech (Elon), Boston College (Villanova), Maryland (Florida International), N.C. State (Louisiana Tech) and Duke (North Carolina Central) avoided those kinds of losses.

4. Changing Cavs: Mike London shook up his coaching staff during the offseason after a 4-8 finish in 2012. Those moves paid off in the opener as Virginia knocked off BYU with an impressive victory.

5. Mismatch for Tech: It wasn't expected to be close, but Georgia Tech pitched a shutout against Elon with new defensive coordinator Ted Roof. The Yellow Jackets, who won 70-0, are off this week as they get ready for their ACC opener against Duke on Sept. 14.


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