- Heather Dinich, ESPN Staff Writer
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You'll notice a trend here. These performances all came against ACC opponents or on the road against tough competition. Or in Clemson's case, both. Here are your top performers for Week 5:
Clemson defensive end Andre Branch: The native of Richmond, Va., tied his career-high with 11 tackles, had a career-high three sacks and a career-high five tackles for loss in the Tigers’ 23-3 upset win of the Hokies. His tackle for loss total is tied for the second-best in Clemson history for a single game, and his five tackles for loss were the most ever by a Clemson player in a road game.
Georgia Tech A-back Orwin Smith: He ran for three touchdowns in the Jackets’ 45-35 win over NC State and got 74 yards out of nine carries. He has now passed 900 career rushing yards, and became the first Georgia Tech player to rush for three touchdowns in a game since Anthony Allen on Oct. 9, 2010 against Virginia.
UNC quarterback Bryn Renner: He threw four touchdown passes and no interceptions on the road in the Tar Heels’ 35-20 win at East Carolina. He completed 13 of 20 passes for 230 yards. He also had a 75-yard touchdown pass to receive Erik Highsmith.
Duke running back Juwan Thompson: The Blue Devils’ passing game gets all of the credit and deservedly so -- they had two 100-yard receivers in the 31-27 win over FIU, but it was Thompson’s two fourth-quarter touchdowns that helped Duke to a come-from-behind win. Duke’s running game continues to struggle, but the Blue Devils got what they needed on the ground when they needed it most against FIU.
Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price: His arm was the difference in the Deacs’ 27-19 road win against Boston College on Saturday. He threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Chris Givens on the first possession of the second half and finished with 252 yards, one touchdown and one interception on 19 of 29 completions.