Lost to UNC Pembroke 45-22
What worked: The best that can be said for the 49ers are a few impressive individual performances (which rarely adds up to a victory): Receivers Austin Duke and Mikel Hunter each had nine catches, quarterback Matt Johnson threw for 278 yards and linebacker Micah Bryan had 13 tackles.
What needs work: Just about everything. The 49ers offense never found consistency against the unbeaten Braves, with the running game gaining just 104 yards. Charlottes defense was gashed by UNC Pembroke quarterback Luke Charles, who completed 43 of 57 passes for 403 yards and three touchdowns, with the Braves rolling up 503 total yards. Charlottes special teams allowed a partially blocked field-goal attempt, and Mikel Hunter fumbled a punt.
Whats next: The 49ers are off this week and return Oct. 26 at 25th-ranked Charleston Southern (7-0), which beat Virginia Mililtary 25-17 Saturday.
No. 3 Clemson (6-0, 4-0 in ACC)
Beat Boston College 24-14
What worked: Wide receiver Sammy Watkins had seven catches for 101 yards and a touchdown. Defensive end Vic Beasley wrapped up the victory with a defensive touchdown, running in a fumble recovery.
What needs work: The Tigers looked anything but sharp in the first half. The offense, which looked so potent against Wake Forest and Syracuse, was sloppy, fumbling four times in the first half (two lost).
Whats next: Clemson hosts No. 5 Florida State in a showdown that likely decides one of the participants in the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte.
Beat Navy 35-7
What worked: Pretty much everything, as coach David Cutcliffe called it the cleanest, best game the Blue Devils have had in his six years in Durham. Quarterback Anthony Boone was flawless in his return from a broken collarbone, going 31-for-38 (.816) for a career-high 295 yards and three touchdowns. Sunday, Boone felt good, Cutcliffe said, with only typical postgame soreness (backup quarterback Brandon Connette remains out with an ankle injury). The defense gave up its fewest points to an FBS opponent since a 10-7 win against Vanderbilt in 2008. And Duke even executed a fake field goal early in the fourth quarter, with holder Will Monday (normally the punter) pitching the ball to Issac Blakeney for a 6-yard gain. The drive ended two plays later with Shaquille Powells touchdown run.
What needs work: Small details. Monday did shank a punt, which Cutcliffe noted in his postgame press conference. The offensive backs need to block better on the perimeter. And thats pretty much it as far as complaints go.
Whats next: Duke goes on the road for just the second time this year (and first time in more than a month) to play Virginia (2-4). The Cavaliers are reeling after a blowout home loss to Ball State and a one-point loss at Maryland.
N.C. State (3-3, 0-3 ACC)
Lost to Syracuse, 24-10
What worked: Freshman cornerback Jack Tocho made his first start and had two interceptions in the first half. The Wolfpack defense held Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt to just 74 yards on 10 of 20 attempts.
The Wolfpack also committed a season-low four penalties, after averaging 7.6 per game in the seasons first five games.
What needs work: Everything on offense. The Wolfpack couldnt run the ball (129 yards on 45 carries) and couldnt throw it effectively, either (24-for-50). The weather conditions were far from perfect, and the injuries are a real problem on the offensive line and at receiver, but the Wolfpack could not establish a consistent offensive rhythm. In 95 snaps, the Pack averaged 3.7 yards per play, compared to 7.1 for Syracuse.
Whats next: The Wolfpack has its second open date of the season before a road trip to No. 5 Florida State on Oct. 26. N.C. State beat FSU last year in Raleigh, 17-16, but has lost its past three trips to Tallahassee, Fla., including a 34-0 shutout in 2011.
South Carolina (5-1, 3-1 in SEC)
Beat Arkansas 52-7
What worked: Quarterback Connor Shaw threw for three touchdown and ran for another at Arkansas, where the Gamecocks have struggled some in the past. Running back Mike Davis rushed for 128 yards in 19 carries.
What needs work: Star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, back from missing last weeks game with a rib injury, had just one tackle.
Whats next: The Gamecocks go to Knoxville for a noon game against the Tennessee Volunteers (3-3, 0-2).
East Carolina (4-2, 2-1 C-USA)
Lost to Tulane 36-33, 3OT
What worked: For the fifth time in six games East Carolinas defense held its opponent to under 100 rushing yards this season (28 carries, 85 yards).
Junior wide receiver Justin Hardy continued his assault on the ECU record book as he tallied 17 receptions for 230 yards. His 17 catches bested his own school-record of 16, which he has achieved twice, and his 230 yards broke Terry Gallahers 218 yards against Appalachian State in 1975.
What needs work: The Pirates special teams had several mishaps, all of which played a major role in their loss to Tulane. Placekicker Warren Harvey, who began the year on the Lou Groza Award Watch List, missed a potentially game-winning 42-yard field goal with three seconds left in regulation, before going wide right from 34 yards in the third overtime to set the stage for Tulanes game-winning 42-yard field goal.
Whats next: East Carolina tries to bounce back at home Saturday against winless Southern Miss (0-5, 0-1), which fell 24-23 to Florida International in its Conference USA opener on Oct. 5.