Sunday, November 11, 2012
ACC helmet stickers: Week 11
By Heather Dinich
Here are your top five performers from Week 11:
Florida State receiver Rashad Greene: He caught six passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner, in a 28-22 victory at Virginia Tech on Thursday night. With 40 seconds to play, Greene took a slant pass from EJ Manuel 39 yards for a touchdown. It was Greene's best game of the season. It marked the second time in his career he has caught two touchdowns in a game; it was also his first 100-yard receiving game of the season and just the second of his career.
Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco: In his first start since the Louisiana Tech game Sept. 29, Rocco had a career-high four touchdown passes and completed a school-record 18 consecutive pass attempts in a come-from-behind 41-40 win over Miami. His 10-yard touchdown pass to Jake McGee with 6 seconds remaining sealed the win. He completed 29 of 37 touchdown passes for 300 yards and no interceptions.
Miami running back Duke Johnson: His 368 all-purpose yards was one of the most impressive performances in the conference, despite the loss. Johnson threw an 8-yard touchdown pass, giving him at least one score passing, rushing, receiving and off a kick return this season. Johnson set a personal best with 150 yards on 16 carries. With his all-purpose total, he surpassed Edgerrin James, Graig Cooper, Chuck Forman, Santana Moss and Lamar Miller for all-purpose yards in a season. He now has 1,688 total yards on the season. Willis McGahee holds the UM record with 2,108 in a season.
Georgia Tech's offense: Wow. The Jackets beat North Carolina 68-50 in what was the program's most points ever scored in an ACC game. Georgia Tech scored 40 points in the second half, and 30 in the third quarter. Georgia Tech's seven rushing touchdowns tied for the program's most in an ACC game, and the Jackets finished with 588 yards of total offense and 380 rushing yards. Five different players ran for a touchdown -- also the most in an ACC game.
NC State coach Tom O'Brien: He took a lot of heat after last week's loss to Virginia, but with the 37-6 victory over Wake Forest, O'Brien is now 8-1 at Carter-Finley against in-state opponents, and the Wolfpack is now bowl-eligible for the third consecutive season and four of the past five under O'Brien. He told his team they were "at a fork in the road" and could "either go to a bowl game or go the other direction." His team answered his challenge and now has some momentum and confidence heading into Death Valley.