NC FBS Report Week 12

NC FBS Week 12 Scoreboard

Upsets and Blowouts: NC FBS Week 12

Pirates Break Records and Bearcats

Cincinnati (3-8, 1-6) 20
East Carolina (3-8, 3-5) 48

For the first time all season, ECU’s offense was too much for another team to handle. East Carolina was up 21-0 before the Bearcats could even get on the scoreboard. Gardner Minshew threw for a career-high 444 yards. His main target: Trevon Brown. The junior from Wilmington logged 9 receptions for a score-record 270 yards. On the day, the duo connected for two touchdowns including a 95-yarder, another school record.

 “I cannot say enough about our seniors today, getting this win for them in their last time here on Bagwell Field was big,” ECU coach Scottie Montgomery said. “We didn’t hear much out of the seniors, it was the younger guys who all wanted to get this one for the seniors,” Montgomery added.


Heels Trounce Western

Western Carolina (7-5) 10
North Carolina (3-8, 1-6) 65

Though it was against an FBS opponent, a win is a win and North Carolina will take all they can scavenge at this point. Nathan Elliott led the Tar Heels to their second straight win with four touchdowns on the afternoon. Michael Carter added 103 rushing yards and a touchdown of his own. Anthony Ratliff-Williams didn’t throw for a touchdown in this game, but he caught one and totaled 88 yards on five total receptions. 

Heels Head Coach Larry Fedora: “I’m proud of our guys, especially the seniors. Our seniors have done a tremendous job of keeping the locker room positive and keeping our guys playing hard no matter what the situation was. I said it from the beginning, these guys love each other and play hard for each other and I’m proud to have coached them this year and we have one more to finish it up.”


Charlotte Smoked by Southern Miss

UNC-Charlotte (1-10, 1-6) 21
Southern Mississippi (7-4, 5-2) 66

As expected, Southern Mississippi dominated Charlotte from start to finish. The story of the season for UNCC. Hassan Klugh threw a couple of pick-sixes and that was that.

“We couldn’t handle them up front — we couldn’t block them. They got after us pretty good in our run game.” – Charlotte’s Brad Lambert said of Southern Miss.


Duke Rolls Ramblin Wreck

Georgia Tech (5-5, 4-4) 20
Duke (5-6, 2-3) 43

It was a rough six weeks for the Blue Devils, but Saturday they were finally able to snap their six-game skid by beating Georgia Tech in Durham. The Duke rushing attack was on full display. Between Brittain Brown, Shaun Wilson, and Daniel Jones, the trio combined for 280 rushing yards. Jones added 177 through the air. He and Brown accounted for five Duke touchdowns. 

“You’ve got to take the challenge on yourself to try to outrush a team,” coach David Cutcliffe said. “And about the only way you’re going to outrush a Georgia Tech team is to be on the field more than they are. We accomplished that. I told them, ‘When you’re playing an option team, prepare to play from behind at some point,’” Cutcliffe said. “To play these teams, you have to catch up to the speed of that offense. It’s not a scout team. So it takes you awhile to get your sea legs.”


Deacons Upset Pack at Home

#23 NC State (7-4, 5-2) 24
Wake Forest (7-4, 4-3) 30

No Greg Dortch, no problem. Wake Forest established themselves as the best team in the state Saturday with a win over NC State. Deacon LB Demetrius Kemp forced a fumble on the goal line late in the fourth to lead Wake Forest to victory. Tabari Hines caught 139 of John Wofford’s 247 yards and all three of his touchdown passes. 

On the other side, Ryan Finley did his best to keep the Wolfpack in the game. The senior QB tossed for 327 yards on 34/52 passing and one touchdown. Kelvin Harmon led the State receiving corps with 105 yards on 8 receptions. Jakobi Meyers caught 10 passes for 90 yards.

“That was just a pure hustle play,” Kemp said about the game-winning forced fumble. “I saw the quarterback throw the ball and just burst to the ball. That’s what we preach every day in practice — just burst to the ball and just hustling.”


NC FBS Power Rankings

1. Wake Forest (7-4, 4-3) +1
2. NC State (7-4, 5-2) -1
3. Appalachian State (6-4, 5-1)
4. Duke (5-6, 2-3)
5. North Carolina (3-8, 1-6)
6. East Carolina (3-8, 3-5)
7. UNC-Charlotte (1-10, 1-6)

Week 13 Games and Predictions

  • East Carolina at Memphis (9-1, 6-1) – Saturday, 12:00 PM
    • Prediction: Memphis
  • Duke at Wake Forest – Saturday, 12:30 PM
    • Prediction: Wake Forest
  • Appalachian State at Georgia State (6-3, 5-1) – Saturday, 2:00 PM
    • Prediction: App State
  • Florida Atlantic (8-3, 7-0) at UNC-Charlotte – Saturday, 2:00 PM
    • Prediction: FAU
  • North Carolina at NC State – Saturday, 3:30 PM
    • Prediction: NC State

*RONGY- 46-27 (W12: 2-3) through Week 12 picks*

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