- Heather Dinich, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are your top five performers for Week 8:
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd: There were plenty of stars for the Tigers in their 59-38 win over North Carolina, but Boyd orchestrated all of it with a school-record and career-high five touchdown passes and another rushing touchdown. His six touchdowns tied Woody Dantzler’s record for touchdown responsibility set in 2001 against NC State. Boyd completed 27 of 46 passes for 367 yards and rushed 11 times for 8 yards.
Wake Forest receiver Chris Givens: He had six catches for 147 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-23 win over Duke. He had a 26-yard touchdown catch and a 66-yard touchdown catch. Givens has now caught at least one pass in 22 straight games. Against Duke, he became the eighth player in school history to go over 2,000 career receiving yards (now at 2,029) and has had six 100-yard receiving games. He tied the school record with four straight 100-yard receiving games.
NC State cornerback David Amerson: He picked off his seventh and eighth passes of the season in a 28-14 win over Virginia, solidifying his status as the FBS leader in interceptions. He returned one 12 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter -- the Pack’s first pick-six of the season. Amerson’s eight picks ties the NC State single-season record, which was set by Art Rooney in 1937 and matched by Rooney in 1938. He has now picked off two passes in three games this year, including back-to-back games following today’s performance.
Miami’s defense: Georgia Tech had season lows for points, first downs (14), first downs by rushing (9), rushing yards (134), and total offense yards (211) in Miami's 24-7 win. The Canes forced three turnovers against Georgia Tech, the most since the Miami forced three against North Carolina last year. Georgia Tech scored 35.9 points less than the Yellow Jackets’ 42.9 points per game average.
Florida State’s running game: The Seminoles, who entered this week with the No. 100-ranked rushing offense in the country and No. 10 in the ACC at 111.67 yards per game, finished with 218 rushing yards in a 41-16 win over Maryland. Devonta Freeman ran for 100 yards a second straight week and he averaged 9.1 yards per carry and had a touchdown. Jermaine Thomas had 86 yards rushing and a touchdown.
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