Weekend rewind: ACC

November, 28, 2011
The regular season has come to a close in the ACC. Here’s a look back at the highlights and lowlights of Week 13:

The good: Al Golden’s contract extension. Speculation about Golden’s future at Miami should no longer be a distraction to the program or used against the Canes on the recruiting trail. Golden’s contract takes him through Feb. 1, 2020, and he has made it clear he and his family are happy there.

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Mark Dolejs/US PresswireNC State QB Mike Glennon said that extending plays will be an area of focus for him this spring.
The great: NC State’s comeback. Wow. It was the biggest comeback in school history and the second-biggest comeback in ACC history. The Pack trailed by as many as 27, but scored six straight times and had 35 points in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Mike Glennon accounted for six touchdowns, and NC State won, 56-41 to become bowl eligible.

The consistent: Following their 38-0 win against Virginia, the Hokies are now 53-11 in ACC games since joining the conference in 2004, and are 25-2 in November conference games during that time. The win against the Hoos was Virginia Tech's eighth straight win in the series and the 13th-straight road win, the longest active streak in the FBS.

The bad: The ACC’s effort against the SEC. Georgia Tech lost to Georgia, Clemson lost to South Carolina, and Wake Forest lost to Vanderbilt. It all added up to a 2-3 record this season against the SEC. It was the third straight year with a losing record, and the seventh in the past eight (the ACC finished 6-6 against the SEC in 2008 and last had a winning record at 5-4 in 2003).

The disastrous: Maryland’s meltdown. This isn’t confined to what happened in Raleigh. That was just the final kick in the ribs. According to Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times, the Terps became the first major-conference program to have a winning season sandwiched between a pair of 10-loss seasons. Maryland suffered a school-record seven straight losses by double digits to end the season. The decline of seven wins matched the second-largest presided over by a first-year coach in a major conference in the past half-century.

The encore? If the win against Miami was the final performance for BC linebacker Luke Kuechly, who should be a first-round NFL draft pick if he decides to leave early as a junior, it was one to remember. He ran an interception back for a touchdown and became Boston College's all-time tackles leader in the first half with the 525th stop of his career.



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