Monday, October 31, 2011
Weekend rewind: ACC
By Heather Dinich
Here’s your weekly look back at the ACC and a sneak peek at what lies ahead for Week 10:
The good: BC running back Rolandan Finch. He ran for 243 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles’ 28-17 win at Maryland on Saturday. It was the first time in his career that the sophomore had broken 100 yards, let alone 200, and he had run for a total of 266 yards in the six previous games combined. Finch had 152 rushing yards at the half, and finished with a career-high 39 carries.
Georgia Tech QB Tevin Washington ran for 176 yards against Clemson.
The historic: Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington ran for 176 yards against Clemson, the most ever by a quarterback in school history. He also had the two longest runs of his career at 46 and 56 yards.
The bad: The ACC lost its national title contender. At No. 11 in the latest BCS standings, Clemson has played itself out of the national title picture, and the ACC returns to its all-too familiar spot of irrelevance on the national landscape.
The ugly: Virginia Tech’s win at Duke. Was that really the Coastal Division’s best team, or was it playing in Atlanta? The Hokies beat Duke 14-10 but were held scoreless in the second half by the nation’s No. 69 scoring defense. Both teams combined for five turnovers in the first 20 minutes of the game. Three 15-yard penalties kept Duke’s only scoring drive alive. Yikes.
Top three games of Week 10:
North Carolina at NC State: Tom O’Brien has won four straight games in this series, but the Wolfpack is coming off one of its worst performances of the season in a 34-0 loss to Florida State. The Tar Heels showed dramatic improvement in their win against Wake Forest in which they had five takeaways and quarterback Bryn Renner was very efficient. The Pack has home-field advantage, but the Heels have the momentum.
Notre Dame at Wake Forest: Heading into the season, this looked like a matchup that was above Wake Forest -- and it will be if the Deacs play like they did in Saturday’s loss to North Carolina. If Wake Forest gets back to taking care of the ball and maximizing the passing game, though, the Irish could be in for a surprise. Notre Dame is ranked No. 118 in turnover margin. Wake Forest had committed just five turnovers all season before turning it over five times against UNC, four of which were converted into touchdowns.
Florida State at Boston College: The Seminoles are the better team, but BC has home-field advantage, has shown improvement in each of the past few weeks, and should be feeling good after a win at Maryland. It’s a Thursday night game in which anything can happen, but there’s no question the Eagles will have to look like a different team in order to surprise Florida State. Facing the No. 4 rushing defense in the country, BC will need more than Finch.