UNDATED (AP) — Schools and conferences are monitoring Hurricane Florence’s potential impact to this week’s college football games. The Category 4 storm is expected to approach the North or South Carolina coast Thursday. It’s unclear whether any games will be postponed, canceled or relocated due to the storm in the Carolinas and Virginia. The schedule includes No. 14 West Virginia visiting North Carolina State and No. 18 UCF’s trip to UNC. There are also home games for No. 2 Clemson and No. 13 Virginia Tech.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — No. 2 Clemson is buckling up on the defensive side of the ball for the long-ball challenge after the Tigers managed leave Texas A&M with a win. The Tigers gave up 430 yards passing to Aggies quarterback Kellen Mond, the most it has allowed an opponent since Jameis Winston put up 444 yards against them in 2013 when he was quarterbacking Florida State. In the end, Clemson safety K’von Wallace intercepted Mond’s tying two-point try in the final minute to seal the victory.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Willie Taggart’s first games as Florida State’s head football coach have been a nightmare filled with miscues on offense, defense and special teams. Taggart says the Seminoles must play cleaner and smarter starting with their game Saturday at Syracuse.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren says receiver Stephen Louis is going through the concussion protocol. Doeren says the wideout is “progressing” and his status for Saturday’s game against No. 14 West Virginia has not been determined. Louis was hurt early in the fourth quarter of the Wolfpack’s 41-7 win over Georgia State last week. After suffering a hit to his helmet, Louis laid face down and motionless on the field before eventually walking off under his own power.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi says his team won’t let a humbling loss to Penn State define its season. The Panthers were steamrolled in the second half by the Nittany Lions, who scored the final 44 points in a 51-6 blowout. Narduzzi shouldered the blame after the most lopsided setback in his three-plus seasons on the job. Pitt will try to regroup on Saturday when it opens ACC play against Georgia Tech.
UNDATED (AP) — Wake Forest’s Greg Dortch ranks first in the nation in all-purpose yards after one of the great individual performances in Atlantic Coast Conference history. The sophomore became the first Wake Forest player since 1927 to return two punts for touchdowns, and he finished with 310 all-purpose yards and three TDs on just 13 touches in the Demon Deacons’ 51-20 win over Towson on Saturday.