- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Time to give out a few helmet stickers for a job well done.
EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State. Manuel had the best game of his career in a 49-37 win over No. 10 Clemson. Manuel had 482 yards of total offense -- 380 yards passing and 102 yards passing -- to become the first FSU quarterback to throw for 300 and rush for 100 since former Heisman winner Charlie Ward did it against Maryland in 1992, throwing for 395 yards and rushing for 111. He led the team flawlessly when it trailed headed into the second half, kept his cool, and made no bad decisions. It was the third 300-yard passing game of his career, and he most certainly boosted his Heisman buzz after this performance.
Mike James, RB, Miami. What a day for James, who scored a career-high four touchdowns to key a 42-36 overtime victory over Georgia Tech. James had the game-winning 25-yard run in the extra period for his third rushing touchdown of the afternoon. His 10-yard touchdown reception with 27 seconds remaining in regulation sent the game into overtime. James also set new career highs with 89 yards rushing and 15 carries.
North Carolina defense. The Tar Heels did a fantastic job in shutting down East Carolina in a 27-6 win, and a big reason was because of its reinvigorated pass rush. North Carolina recorded seven sacks after tallying six combined in the opening three games of the season. The seven sacks ties the top mark in the ACC this season after NC State posted seven against South Alabama. Kevin Reddick deserves special mention for his performance, as he finished with nine tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.
Shadrach Thornton, RB, NC State. Thornton started the 52-14 win over The Citadel and finished with 145 yards on 21 carries with two touchdowns. He is the first NC State running back to go for more than 100 yards this season, the first freshman to gain at least 100 yards in a game since Andre Brown had 248 against Southern Miss in 2005, and the first freshman to go over 100 yards in his very first collegiate game since Joe McIntosh had 131 yards against Richmond in 1981.
Josh Harris and Deandre Martin, RBs, Wake Forest. Harris and Martin each rushed for more than 100 yards in a 49-37 win over Army. Harris finished with 129 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns while Martin posted 115 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns. They are the first Wake Forest tandem to rush for more than 100 yards in a game since Chris Barclay (210) and Micah Andrews (142) each ran for more than 100 yards against East Carolina on Sept. 17, 2005.