- Heather Dinich, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are your top five performers for Week 5 (sorry, FSU, but Miami and Clemson had some big days in ACC victories):
Duke: The entire team deserves to be recognized for its win over Wake Forest, which snapped a 12-game losing streak to the Deacs. With so many players injured -- including quarterback Sean Renfree -- the 34-27 victory was a group effort. The Blue Devils are 4-1 and off to their best start since 1994 -- the last time the program went to a bowl game. There is still work to be done in order to reach the postseason again, but by going on the road and beating an ACC team and in-state rival, the program turned an important corner under coach David Cutcliffe.
Miami quarterback Stephen Morris: He threw for a school- and ACC-record 566 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Canes to a 44-37 win over NC State. His 62-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Dorsett with 19 seconds left won the game and gave Miami its first three-game winning streak since 2009. Morris was 26-of-49 passing, and Miami finished with 651 yards of offense.
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd: He threw three touchdown passes to three receivers and ran in another in the Tigers' 45-31 victory over Boston College on Saturday. He completed 28 of 38 passes for 367 yards and ran for 42 yards. Boyd finished with 409 yards of total offense, just the sixth 400-yard total offense game in Clemson history. Boyd tied Charlie Whitehurst’s Clemson record for touchdown passes in a career with 49.
Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins: He caught 11 passes for a school-record 197 yards and a touchdown, answering once again that the offense can function without Sammy Watkins, who missed the game with a virus. Hopkins broke the single-game record of 182 yards by Rod Gardner against North Carolina in 2000. Hopkins had his third 100-yard receiving game of the season. In just five games this year, Hopkins has established the Clemson single-game receptions record (13 versus Auburn in the opener), tied the record for touchdown catches in a single game (three versus Furman) and now set the record for receiving yards in a game. He has 42 receptions in five games.
Miami WR Phillip Dorsett: He finished with 191 yards on seven catches against NC State, following up on his 184 yards from nine catches at Georgia Tech for back-to-back 100-yard games. With the 191 yards, Dorsett is third in UM’s record book for most receiving yards in a game.
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