ACC, Big East Football: Halftime Update

Sean MartinCorrespondent IOctober 16, 2010

MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 9: Jermaine Thomas #38 pats Christian Ponder #7 on the head as he is held by Andrew Datko #67 of the Florida State Seminoles after scoring a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes on October 9, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida. The Seminoles defeated the Hurricanes 45-17. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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Well how about that? Florida State holds just a slight lead over Boston College in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have turned the ball over just once, the Eagles have not.

One question was posed before the game: Is Boston College’s defense truly a run-stopper, or is everyone just throwing the ball on it? We knew Florida State could run the ball; it has averaged around 250 rushing yards the past four games. Through one half the Seminoles have just 20 rushing yards, paired with 127 through the air on the arm of Christian Ponder.

If FSU wishes to break away from the Eagles, then it will need to pick up the running game to balance the pass. The Eagles got to Ponder already, intercepting him early in the second quarter.

Also around the ACC, we have Clemson leading Maryland 17-7 at half in South Carolina. The Tigers have not really played as well as hoped. Andre Ellington thankfully returned a kickoff back for a score with 11 minutes remaining in the second quarter to kill the Terrapins’ momentum. Running back Jamie Harper added a one-yard rushing touchdown to stop the scoring with half a minute left in the half.

East Carolina holds a three-point lead over N.C. State at half. The Pirates scored 21 points in the opening quarter, but the Wolfpack responded perfectly with 14 unanswered of its own. An East Carolina field goal was added, followed by a Dean Haynes touchdown run with under two minutes in the half to end scoring.

Duke is currently trailing Miami (FL) 7-3, having shutout the ‘Canes in the first quarter. Jacory Harris has been limited to just 61 passing yards, 12 more yards than Duke’s entire offense.

Big East

The only noon conference game today is being played in Syracuse. The Orange came into the game as slight favorites, but is certainly not playing like it. Pittsburgh has thus far outgained Syracuse by nearly 150 yards, without a turnover. Quarterback Tino Sunseri has played out of his mind, completing 75% of his passes for over 200 yards and three scores. The Panthers hold a 28-7 lead.

This past Thursday the lone ranked Big East team, No. 25 West Virginia, beat South Florida 20-6 in Morgantown. Sophomore Mountaineer quarterback Geno Smith played a great game using his feet wondrously and his arm to throw two scores, leading West Virginia to its first 2010 Big East win.

Yesterday, favored Louisville lost to visitor Cincinnati by a score of 35-27. The Cardinals looked very impressive in the game forcing three turnovers. Running back Bilal Powell had his second consecutive 200-yard rushing game, but Bearcats quarterback Zach Collaros was too much for the Louisville defense. Collaros passed for five scores and had over 300 total offensive yards.