|Irish Schedule||Week 7 Opponent||Score||Record|
|Texas Longhorns||Open Date||N/A||2-4|
|Virginia Cavaliers||Syracuse Orange||W 44-38||2-4|
|Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets||Pittsburgh Panthers||L 31-28||2-5|
|UMass Minutemen||Kent State Golden Flashes||L 15-10||1-5|
|Clemson Tigers||Boston College Eagles||W 34-17||6-0|
|Navy Midshipmen||Open Date||N/A||5-1|
|Southern Cal Trojans||@Notre Dame Fighting Irish||L 41-31||3-3|
|Temple Owls||UCF Knights||W 30-16||6-0|
|Pittsburgh Panthers||@Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets||W 31-28||5-1|
|Wake Forest Demon Deacons||@North Carolina Tar Heels||L 50-14||3-4|
|Boston College Eagles||@Clemson Tigers||L 34-17||3-4|
|Stanford Cardinal||UCLA Bruins||W 56-35||5-1|
Irish Opponent Week 7 Record: 5-5 Irish Opponent Season Record: 43-32
Virginia picked up their first ACC win of the season by knocking off Syracuse in overtime. Both defenses scored on fumble returns, and the game was tied 24-24 at the end of regulation after a game tying kick at the buzzer by UVA. After both squads traded TDs in the first two OT periods, a Jordan Ellis TD run won the game for Virginia. Taquan Mizzell scored two TDs for the Hoos, but also had a fumble that was returned for a Syracuse TD. Georgia Tech and Pitt faced off in Atlanta, and the Panthers came away with a nice win to improve to 5-1. The Panthers kicked a field goal with 1:11 left in the game to win 31-28. Both teams found success running the ball as both squads reached 200 yards on the ground. Pitt QB Nathan Peterman threw for just 162 yards, but his three TDs helped the Panthers win the game. Georgia Tech hosts Florida State next week, while Pitt travels to Syracuse. UMass struggled offensively against Kent State in a low scoring 15-10 loss. Neither team passed 350 yards of offense, and both QBs were held under 200 passing. UMass QB Blake Frohnapfel threw for 171 yards and was intercepted once, and was held without a TD.
Clemson stayed undefeated with a big win over Boston College. Deshaun Watson had an impressive day at quarterback throwing for over 400 yards and 3 TDs. The Tigers defense also limited the Eagles to just 246 yards of offense. The undefeated Tigers face Miami on the road next week with a showdown with Florida State looming on the horizon. BC will travel to Louisville next weekend. Temple stayed undefeated with a 30-16 win over a winless UCF. Temple RB Jahad Thomas had a huge day rushing going for just under 200 yards on 31 carries along with three touchdowns. If the Owls can knock off ECU next week, they'll host the Irish as an undefeated team in one the program's biggest games. Wake Forest was blown out by UNC to fall 3-4. The Deacons did little to stop UNC QB Marquise Williams or former Irish commit Elijah Hood. WR Mack Hollins passed the century make on just three catches, and added a score as well. Wake will host NC State next weekend. Stanford had the most impressive win by an Irish opponent this week. The Cardinal beat UCLA 56-35 on Thursday night, and the game was less close than the score indicated. Christian McCaffery had a huge day on the ground for the Cardinal rushing for 243 yards and three TDs. Kevin Hogan also added three TD passes. Irish fans will hope Stanford keeps their winning streak alive next week against Washington.