ACC roundup: UNC deserves credit
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Here's a quick look at what happened throughout the ACC today:
NORTH CAROLINA 29, NOTRE DAME 24:This was by far the best game in the ACC this weekend, and it went down to the wire. UNC deserves credit for finding a way to win each week, and this time they did it without their top playmaker, Brandon Tate. The Tar Heels definitely got some help from Notre Dame's turnovers, but deserve credit for forcing some of them. North Carolina proved itself worth of a spot in the top 25. This is one team you don't want to make mistakes against.
GEORGIA TECH 10, GARDNER-WEBB 7: Brutal. The Yellow Jackets took a step back and played terribly against an FCS opponent. It should have been a win they got with their eyes closed -- even with their third-string quarterback -- and it came down to the wire. They had to wait to exhale until three seconds left in the game, when Derrick Morgan tipped a 43-yard field goal attempt. They won, but didn't entirely avoid embarrassment.
MIAMI 20, UCF 14: The young Hurricanes got what they needed, but didn't look too impressive in the process. Miami can use inexperience and injuries as an excuse, but should still be further ahead in the development process midway through the season. Is offensive coordinator Patrick Nix limited by what the young players can't do? If so, how much of a grace period does the staff get to prepare them?
VIRGINIA 35, ECU 20: Kudos to the Cavaliers. They've proven to be a legitimate contender in the Coastal Division, and made the statement that their win over Maryland was a foreshadowing of their potential, not a fluke. The entire team has done exactly what coach Al Groh asked, and that's to rally around the heart of this team -- Cedric Peerman.
Final Illinois 18 Louisiana Tech 35 Final Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21 Final North Carolina State 34 UCF 27
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State