Georgia Tech overcame a tough first half that included two interceptions and a pair of blocked field goals to rally from 10 points down to win its season opener on the road against fellow Uplifting Athletes Chapter Florida State.
True freshman quarterback Jeff Sims accounted for 341 total yards in his first start and Jude Kelly drilled a 32-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter to win it for the Yellow Jackets.
Georgia Tech’s defense surrendered a touchdown on the opening drive of the game before slamming the door by limiting the Seminoles offense to only two field goals the rest of the way.
Clemson: A school record 18th career 100-yard rushing game by running back Travis Etienne along with a stellar outing by quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who threw for 351 yards and scored a pair of rushing touchdowns, powered the No. 1 ranked Tigers to a road victory at Wake Forest. Clemson Chapter leader Will Spiers averaged 42.8 yards on four punts including a 56-yard bomb. The Tigers’ defense registered six sacks and 11 tackles for a loss.
Notre Dame: Sophomore running back Kyren Williams, making his first career start, torched visiting Duke for 205 total yards and a pair of touchdowns as Notre Dame recorded its first ever conference victory. Williams became the first Irish player in the last 25 years to record 90-plus yards rushing and receiving in the same game. Notre Dame Chapter leader and starting linebacker Drew White recorded five tackles.
Syracuse: Led by three interceptions, two by linebacker Mikel Jones, the Orange defense kept Syracuse in the game for three quarters on the road against No. 18 North Carolina. The Orange trailed 10-6 entering the final 15 minutes before the Tar Heels rattled off touchdowns on three consecutive possessions to finish off the determined Orange. Former Syracuse Chapter leader Nolan Cooney drilled four of his nine punts more than 50 yards and averaged a stellar 47.8 yards per kick.