Monday, November 19, 2012
ACC weekend rewind: Week 12
By Heather Dinich
Here’s a look back at the highlights (and lowlights) of Week 12:
Beating LSU and finishing the season with 11 wins would be feats worth celebrating for Tajh Boyd and Clemson.
The good: Quarterbacks. Mike Glennon threw for 493 yards and five touchdowns -- and lost. Clemson’s Tajh Boyd accounted for eight touchdowns, Georgia Tech’s Tevin Washington had four, Miami’s Stephen Morris threw for 413 yards, Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to keep the Hokies’ bowl hopes alive, and North Carolina’s Bryn Renner threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter against Virginia. It was a good weekend overall for the league’s quarterbacks. Well, most of them ...
The bad: Wake Forest’s offense. There wasn’t any. The Deacs didn’t reach the end zone once in the 38-0 loss at Notre Dame, and were held to only 55 yards rushing and nine first downs, and 4-of-15 third-down conversions.
The baffling: Virginia’s two-quarterback rotation. Phillip Sims was hot, and Michael Rocco was cold -- literally. He had to be, coming off the bench and throwing a dreadful pick, followed by a fumble in the Cavaliers’ 37-13 loss to UNC. Pick one, any one.
The news: While the games were being played Saturday, news broke that Maryland is interested in joining the Big Ten. The University System of Maryland's Board of Regents will meet Monday morning to vote whether to accept an invitation to join the Big Ten Conference, a source told ESPN.
The eligible: Both Georgia Tech and Miami became bowl eligible this weekend with wins over Duke and South Florida, respectively.
The relieved: Virginia Tech. The Hokies barely escaped Chestnut Hill with their bowl hopes alive. Virginia Tech must now beat UVa in the season finale to reach six wins.
The champs: Florida State clinched the Atlantic Division and guaranteed itself a spot in the Dec. 1 ACC championship game with a 41-14 win at Maryland.
The perfect 10s: Both Florida State and Clemson earned 10-win regular seasons for the first time in a long time. The Noles did it for the first time since 2003, and Clemson did it for the first time since 1981.
The ugly: NC State’s defense. The Pack allowed Clemson to rack up 754 total yards, 34 first downs and 62 points.
The record: NC State receiver Tobais Palmer set an ACC record with 496 all-purpose yards. He had 277 yards on kickoff returns and caught seven passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns.
The record II: Boyd’s eight touchdowns were a school and ACC record.
The record III: Clemson’s 102 plays were the most in school history.
The ridiculous: How many offensive records have been set this year.
The quote: "I think we came up two yards short for the all-time school record tonight, so we have some improving to do.” -- Clemson coach Dabo Swinney of his team’s 754 yards, according to The Associated Press.