Sunday, September 18, 2011
ACC helmet stickers: Week 3
By Heather Dinich
It was a good showing for the ACC, which went 2-2 against ranked opponents at home this weekend, and two conference wins for North Carolina and Duke. Plenty of top performers to choose from, but here are your top five:
Clemson's offense: It's impossible to choose one star from a cast that racked up 624 yards and beat the defending national champ Auburn 38-24 on Saturday. The Tigers snapped Auburn's 17-game winning streak, and started the season 3-0 for the first time since 2007. Quarterback Tajh Boyd had a stellar day, completing 30 of 42 passes for 386 yards and four touchdowns. Sammy Watkins finished with 10 catches for 155 yards, both school records for a freshman. The Tigers had 32 first downs and was 14-of-18 on third downs. Wow.
Miami running back Lamar Miller: He ran for 184 yards on 26 carries in the Canes' 24-6 upset of Ohio State. He got 54 of those yards on Miami's first play from scrimmage, and the Canes' ability to run the ball was a big difference in the game. Miller rushed nine times for 115 yards in the first quarter, the first time a Cane rushed for more than 100 yards in a quarter since Damien Berry gained 108 yards in the Oct. 10, 2009 matchup with FAMU.
UNC running back Giovani Bernard: He had runs of 29 and 40 yards en route to 102 on just 12 carries in UNC's 28-17 win over Virginia. Bernard led a ground game that finished with 222 total rushing yards. It was his first career 100-yard rushing game, and it came against a Coastal Division opponent. He averaged 8.5 yards per carry.
Duke quarterback Sean Renfree: He tied a school record with 40 completions and scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard run with just under 10 minutes left to lead Duke to a 20-19 victory over Boston College. Renfree threw 52 times for 359 yards and two touchdowns to Conner Vernon.
Florida State's defense: It was a highlight in the 23-13 defeat, as FSU came up with two goal line stands and held the No. 1-ranked Sooners to 310 yards -- their fewest since Nov. 21, 2009, in a road loss to Texas Tech. The Noles also held Oklahoma to one touchdown in five trips to the red zone, and 2.8 yards per rush.