College football week 5 preview

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College football week 5 preview

BIGGEST SURPRISE FROM LAST WEEKS GAMES
Miamis overtime win over Georgia Tech in Atlanta was just wild. The Hurricanes jumped out to an early 19-0 lead, then allowed the Yellow Jackets to score 36 unanswered and then rallied to beat Tech in overtime. Running back Mike James scored four touchdowns for Al Golden and company. Look at for these Canes.

BIGGEST LETDOWN FROM LAST WEEKS GAMES
Honestly, I dont think there was a letdown from last weeks games. Florida State and Clemson was even better than the ACC could have hoped for. Wake Forest, UNC, NC State and Duke all won their non-conference games like they were supposed to. Virginia Tech rebounded from their loss to Pittsburgh with a shutout over Bowling Green and even though Maryland lost, they still fought and scored a respectable 21 points against a very tough West Virginia defense. Virginias loss to TCU was not unexpected but there is drama brewing in Charlottesville.

BIGGEST CAA NEWS FROM LAST WEEK'S GAMES
The New Hampshire-Old Dominion game was nothing short of epic. Monarchs quarterback Taylor Heineke set Division I records with 791 yards of total offense and 730 passing yards. The sophomore was 55-79 with five touchdowns and also rushed for 65 yards and a score. ODUs 64-61 victory over New Hampshire was another example of the CAAs level of play and their domination in the FCS.

Maryland: Bye week

Virginia: Head coach Mike London was noncommittal when asked about his starting quarterback moving forward. Michael Rocco has been ineffective the last three games while backup quarterback Phillip Sims has thrown three touchdown passes in the last two games.

This weekend the Wahoos host Louisiana Tech and this is no gimmie. The Bulldogs dominated Illinois last weekend 52-24. La Tech is averaging 54.7 points per game and are led by senior quarterback Colby Cameron who has 11 touchdowns and ZERO interceptions. The Bulldogs did lose leading rusher Tevin King for the season to an ACL injury but freshman Kenneth Dixon is averaging 81.3 yards per game so dont expect a big drop-off.

PREDICTION: LOUISIANA TECH

Virginia Tech: I think we finally saw the offense click Saturday against Bowling Green. The Hokies once again got off to a slow start but quarterback Logan Thomas started connecting with his receivers and the plethora of running backs found holes and found the endzone.

This weekend the Hokies visit Cincinnati at FedEx Field. Head coach Frank Beamer is very respectful of both the Bearcats offense and defense. Thomas suffered a fingernail injury last Saturday that he described as only a college kid can (ick). Beamer said Tuesday morning that Thomas is a tough guy and will be fine for this weekend. Hokie Nation never passes up an opportunity to see their beloved team, especially at an NFL stadium. For those attending Saturdays game heres my heads up... find something or someone to hold on to during Enter Sandman. The stadium does indeed shake.

PREDICTION: VIRGINIA TECH

ACC GAME OF THE WEEK

There are two interesting matchups this weekend and neither are ones you would expect (or at least I wouldnt). NC State at Miami and Duke at Wake Forest. All four teams have a 3-1 record and for State and Duke this is their ACC opener. The Wolfpack and Hurricanes are meeting for the first time since 2008 while the Demon Deacons have won 12 straight against the Blue Devils. I think (I hope) both games go down to the wire and show the improvements by all four teams this season.

PREDICTION: MIAMI AND WAKE FOREST

Maryland women's lacrosse beats Boston College in championship

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Maryland women's lacrosse beats Boston College in championship

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- After a sporadic first half, top-seeded Maryland did what it normally does.

A 5-5 halftime tie was a 10-5 Maryland lead just 4:26 into the second half, and the Terrapins held on to beat Boston College 16-13 on Sunday in the NCAA women's lacrosse championship game.

"We struggled shooting in the first half," coach Cathy Reese said. "We came out in the second half on fire. Give these guys all the credit. They played hard. They played their hearts out."

Caroline Steele had six goals and an assist, Taylor Hensh scored three times, and the Terps capped an unbeaten season with their 13th NCAA title. Jen Giles, Megan Whittle and Kali Hartshorn each had two goals and an assist for the Terrapins (23-0).

Maryland played in its fifth straight final and won its third title in four years. The only NCAA tournament loss during that span came in last year's championship game, when North Carolina knocked off the two-time defending champ Terrapins 13-7.

"Three for four isn't too shabby. Finishing up your senior season undefeated is pretty awesome," said Zoe Stukenberg, who had three assists in her final game with the Terps.

The heavily favored Terps scored 10 seconds into the game, They racked up those five quick goals in the second half, but Boston College kept it from becoming a runaway.

"We were a little shook up again in the first half," Boston College coach Acacia Walker said. "They're just so smart. They just tuned in and did what they needed to do. Every person did their job and we just sort of plugged away."

Kenzie Kent had five goals and five assists for Boston College, which reached the championship game for the first time. Sam Apuzzo scored four goals for the Eagles, giving her 80 for the season.

Although Maryland never trailed, the Terps were pushed by the Eagles, who battled back from an early 5-2 deficit.

After being shut out for the last 16:11 of the first half, the Terps stormed out of halftime to regain command. Whittle started it with a goal 19 seconds in, then Steele struck for two 1:18 apart to get the Terps comfortably on top again.

"Caroline played great. She was on fire," Stukenberg said. "We needed her. Nobody else was and she stepped up when we needed her. It was unbelievable."

Kent kept Boston College close with three straight goals to cut the margin to 11-9, then assisted on Dempsey Aresenault's goal with 14 minutes left to get the Eagles back within a goal.

"I think it gives negative mojo to your team if you think of how many goals you're down," Kent said. "Instead, we take it play by play and I think that's what got us out of that hole."

Caroline Wannen scored for Maryland with 12:04 left to start the Terps on another scoring surge. Hensh put Maryland up 13-10, then, after Kent's fifth goal of the game, the Terps picked up three more goals by Kali Hartshorn, Steele and Hensh with 4:07 left to all but seal another title for Maryland.

Apuzzo added a pair of late goals for the Eagles.

Hartshorn put Maryland up 1-0 10 seconds in. Hensh made it 2-0 1:42 later when she plucked her rebound out of the air and swept it in behind BC goalie Zoe Ochoa. Apuzzo answered with two goals for BC to set the back-and-forth tone that would last until the final few minutes.

Maryland holds on to beat Denver, advance to national title game

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Maryland holds on to beat Denver, advance to national title game

The Maryland men’s lacrosse team is returning to the national championship game for a third straight year.

The Terrapins held on to beat Denver, 9-8, in the national semifinals Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Maryland’s Connor Kelly scored the go-ahead goal with 8:41 to go and the Terps defense held tight to preserve the victory.

Kelly scored three goals to pace Maryland on offense. The Terps led 4-1 in the first half and 5-3 at halftime before Denver tied it up at 8-8 with 10 minutes remaining ahead of what proved to be the game winner.

In the final two minutes, both teams had goals waved off because of crease violations – one from Maryland's Colin Heacock with 1:28 remaining and a second from Denver's Connor Donahue with 9.2 seconds left.

Maryland will now play Ohio State in the national championship game at 1 p.m. ET Monday. The Buckeyes beat Towson, 11-10, in the earlier semifinal Saturday.

For the Terps, the game will mark their 14th national title game appearance, though they haven’t won it since 1975. Since then, Maryland has finished as runner-ups nine straight times (1976, 1979, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016), including four times in the past six years.

The Terps fell 10-5 to Denver (2015) and 14-13 in overtime to North Carolina (2016) in the last two national title games.

In addition to the 1975 title, Maryland also won it in 1973. They also finished as runner-ups in 1971 and 1974.

The Maryland women’s lacrosse team will be playing in their own national championship game Sunday, against Boston College. The Terps beat Penn State, 20-10, Friday night, and Boston College rallied to beat Navy, 16-15.

The Maryland women’s team has won 12 national championships, most recently in both 2014 and 2015.