- Heather Dinich, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are your top five performers for Week 9:
UNC RB Giovani Bernard: His 74-yard punt return for a touchdown with 13 seconds left in the game gave the Tar Heels a 43-35 win over rival NC State. The punt return was Bernard's second of the season, tying the school record for punt return touchdowns in a season. Bernard finished with a game-high 135 rushing yards on 23 carries and two rushing touchdowns. He also had eight catches for a career-high 95 yards and led the Tar Heels in both rushing and receiving on the day. Bernard had 89 yards rushing, a 19-yard reception and a 74-yard punt return in the fourth quarter for a total of 182 all-purpose yards in the final 15 minutes.
Clemson's offense: With the 42-13 win over Wake Forest, Clemson tied an ACC record when it became the seventh straight game the Tigers have scored at least 37 points. Clemson scored 28 points in the second quarter. Receiver Sammy Watkins set a Clemson record for reception yards in a game with 202 on eight receptions. Quarterback Tajh Boyd broke two school records. His 428 passing yards were the most in Clemson history. He also set a Clemson record for touchdown passes in a half with five in the first half. His five touchdown passes tied the Clemson single-game record. He had five last year against North Carolina. Boyd threw five touchdown passes to five different receivers in the first half, and his passing efficiency in the first half was 273.9. He finished with a 208 passing efficiency rating for the game.
Boston College: Quarterback Chase Rettig threw for 287 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the 20-17 win over Maryland, leading the Eagles to their first ACC and FBS win of the season. Rettig's 14-yard touchdown pass to Johnathan Coleman with 52 seconds remaining was the game winner and helped snap a five-game losing streak.
Florida State's running backs: One of the big questions facing FSU this week was how the Noles would respond to the injury to leading rusher Chris Thompson. In the 48-7 drubbing of Duke, James Wilder Jr. and Devonta Freeman combined for 174 yards on 25 carries and scored three rushing touchdowns. Since Thompson's injury, Wilder and Freeman have averaged 6.8 yards per carry.
Georgia Tech defensive back Jamal Golden: He had a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in Saturday's 41-17 loss to BYU and finished with 174 yards on his five kick returns. The kick return for touchdown broke a streak of 177 games without one for Georgia Tech. The Jackets’ last was a 100-yarder by Dez White on Oct. 31, 1998 against Maryland in Baltimore. It also marked Tech’s first kickoff return for a touchdown at Bobby Dodd Stadium since 1990 against Duke. Golden is averaging 28.1 yards on his 11 kick returns this season and 16.0 on his six punt returns.