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Sunday, September 16, 2012
ACC helmet stickers: Week 3

By Heather Dinich

Here are your top five performers for Week 3:

Florida State RB Chris Thompson: Heisman run? Thompson finished the first half (and the game) with 220 all-purpose yards -- a career-high 197 rushing yards and 23 receiving yards on nine carries and two receptions. His 197 first-half rushing yards was the most rushing yards in a first half in school history. Thompson didn't touch the ball in the second half, and he didn't need to. His touchdown runs of 74 and 80 yards gave Florida State a 28-0 lead.  The two touchdown runs came on back-to-back carries in the second quarter.  It marked his fourth career 100-yard rushing game and his first 100-yard rushing game since the Dec. 31, 2010, Chick-fil-A Bowl, when Thompson rushed for 147 yards against South Carolina.

Florida State's third-down defense: In three games, Florida State has held opponents to just 11.3 percent (5-for-44) on third downs, including an 0-for-15 stretch dating from the second quarter of the Savannah State game through the third quarter against Wake Forest. The Deacs finished 1-for-16 on third downs.

Georgia Tech QB Tevin Washington: He ran for three touchdowns and threw a 70-yard scoring pass to Zach Laskey en route to the Jackets' 56-20 victory over Virginia on Saturday. It was his best performance of the season, and it came in an important Coastal Division matchup. He was much more efficient, completing 6 of 8 pass attempts for 125 yards and a touchdown, and he ran for 93 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries.

Georgia Tech's rushing defense: What a difference a year can make. Georgia Tech held UVa to 98 rushing yards, and made key stops on fourth down. Coordinator Al Groh has taken a lot of heat from Georgia Tech fans, but the defense has improved and continues to get better each week. Last year, the Cavaliers ran for 274 yards and held the ball 30 minutes in a 24-21 win. Perry Jones had 149 yards rushing against Georgia Tech last year. He had five carries for 15 yards on Saturday.

Miami RB Duke Johnson: He scored four touchdowns three different ways in the 38-10 victory over Bethune-Cookman. He became the first Cane since Leonard Hankerson (Oct. 2, 2010, against Clemson) to score at least three touchdowns in a game. Johnson scored on a 95-yard kickoff return in the first quarter, a 1-yard run in the second quarter, a 28-yard rush in the fourth and a 50-yard reception in the third quarter. He is the 10th FBS player since the start of the 2006 season to have a receiving, rushing and return TD in the same game. He is also the second to complete the trifecta this season, joining Giovani Bernard (UNC). He became the first Miami player to score four touchdowns in a game since Tyrone Moss did it in 2005 against North Carolina. Entering Week 3, only four players in the NCAA had recorded four touchdowns in a game this year. Johnson is now averaging 14.5 yards per play.