Saturday, November 7, 2009
Around the ACC
By Heather Dinich
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Hey everybody, just got to my seat in Memorial Stadium. Here are a few quick thoughts after catching up on today's games:
- First, UNC running back Shaun Draughn is out with a shoulder injury and is doubtful to return. Ryan Houston has been playing well as of lately, so I think they'll still be OK, though obviously it hurts to lose your starter and leading rusher in such a key game like this. This game is tied 6-6 at the half, and as exciting as anticipated.
- Wake is surprising Georgia Tech 17-10 at the half, but the Deacs have yet to see the Jackets in the dreaded third quarter. That's when they've been at their best, running out the clock and extending the drives. Quarterback Riley Skinner, as expected, is a big reason why Wake is in this game right now. Neither team has turned it over yet, and that's something Wake has done uncharacteristically this year. Somehow, the Deacs have controlled the clock to this point. That will be a huge factor in the second half.
- Maryland deserves a lot of credit for the way it fought in a 38-31 loss to NC State. Russell Wilson, though, was the difference with his four touchdowns, including one rushing. This was another team that tried to give it to the Terps -- Wilson had a career-worst three interceptions. In the end, it came down to Maryland's struggling offensive line, which couldn't protect backup quarterback Jamarr Robinson. Now he knows how Chris Turner has felt all season.
- Welcome back, Miami. The Canes came to life in the second half of a 52-17 romp over Virginia behind an amazing performance by Graig Cooper, who finished with a career-best 152 yards and a touchdown. Al Groh's future in Charlottesville is shaky at best with a 3-6 record. Might be time for Craig Littlepage to make some phone calls.