- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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How about a few helmet stickers for a job well done:
Virginia defense: What a performance from the Hoos. Virginia forced five turnovers, had seven sacks, a safety and held NC State to a season-low 216 total yards in a surprising 33-6 victory. Those numbers are even more impressive when you realize that Virginia went into the game with only six total sacks and four total takeaways in eight previous games. Virginia has now held three straight opponents to 235 yards of total offense or less. Maurice Canady, making his first career start, led the team with seven tackles and also had an interception.
Michael Campanaro, WR, Wake Forest. Campanaro was virtually unstoppable in a 28-14 win over Boston College, tying an ACC single-game record with 16 receptions for 123 yards and three touchdowns. Campanaro became the fifth player nationally with 16 or more catches this season but the first to do it in a win. All three of his scores came in the first half as Campanaro became the eighth player in school history to catch three touchdown passes. It is safe to say his broken hand is doing much, much better.
Duke Johnson, Miami. Johnson compiled 217 all-purpose yards in Miami's definitive 30-12 win over Virginia Tech on Thursday night. Johnson recorded his second 100-yard rushing game of the season, and ran for a 7-yard score in the fourth quarter. He had 118 kick return yards -- and his 81-yard kickoff return earlier in the game set up another Hurricanes score.
Georgia Tech linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu. He sacked quarterback Shawn Petty on the first play of the game, and had his first fumble recovery of the season in a 33-13 win. Early in the second quarter, Attaochu recovered the loose ball at the Maryland 33, and it led to a touchdown for the Jackets on their next possession. He finished the game with six tackles and three sacks for a loss of 24 yards. He also had a forced fumble. Attaochu and the Jackets limited the Terps to just 259 yards of total offense, just 5-of-15 on third-down conversions and turned them over twice. His fumble recovery gave Tech a short field, which it converted into a TD for a 13-0 lead in the first quarter. The 13 points allowed by Tech were the fewest in an ACC road game since 2009 (49-10 win at Duke).
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd: He didn't need a full four quarters to have another record-setting day in a 56-20 drubbing of Duke. Boyd tied the Clemson single-game record for touchdown responsibility in the first half with his five touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown. His 388 yards of total offense was a school record for a half. Boyd also broke the Clemson career record for touchdown responsibility when he threw a 58-yard scoring pass to DeAndre Hopkins in the first period. His 74 rushing yards in the first half was a career high.