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Saturday, October 23, 2010
ACC helmet stickers: Week 8

By Heather Dinich

Here are the top five performers in the ACC for Week 8:

Clemson. The Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak to Georgia Tech with a 27-13 win. It was a total team effort, as the offensive line paved the way for running back Andre Ellington, and the defense held Georgia Tech’s running game to about 100 yards fewer than its average. Clemson preserved its own record for most rushing yards by a quarterback, holding Joshua Nesbitt to just 2 yards on 15 carries. Ellington rushed for a career-high 166 yards and two touchdowns.

Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor. He threw for 280 yards and tied a career-high with three touchdowns, and finished with 327 yards of total offense in a 44-7 romp of Duke. Said Duke coach David Cutcliffe: “I don’t see a college quarterback playing any better in the country. Period.”

Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien. A week after throwing three interceptions, O’Brien redeemed himself with three touchdowns and no interceptions, leading the Terps to a 24-21 win over Boston College. It was Maryland’s first road win since September, 2008. O’Brien completed 26 of 39 passes for 179 yards.

Miami defensive end Allen Bailey. He had 3.5 of Miami’s five sacks in the Hurricanes’ 33-10 win over UNC. He was double-teamed, but his strength was too much for the Tar Heels to hold back.

Miami's receivers. Coming into the game, Miami's receivers, running backs and tight ends had combined for over 30 drops. Against UNC's inexperienced secondary, three different receivers caught touchdown passes and helped quarterback Jacory Harris out. Six different players had at least two catches.