- Heather Dinich, ESPN Staff Writer
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NC State and Duke are probably the only teams that really want to look back on Week 6, but here we go. ...
The stunning: One week after committing six turnovers and 14 penalties in a loss to Miami, NC State regrouped and knocked off the No. 3 team in the country, Florida State, 17-16. FSU led 16-0 at halftime.
The good: Maryland’s defense. It was the highlight of the Terps’ first conference game and win of the season, and it helped Maryland improve upon last year’s two-win season. Wake Forest was held to just 45 yards in the second half, and only 2 in the fourth quarter.
The performance: UNC running back Giovani Bernard. He rushed for a career-high 262 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown in the 48-34 win over Virginia Tech. He became the first Tar Heel to rush for 200-plus yards in a game since 2003. The 262-yard mark is the fifth-highest in UNC single-game history and the most ever gained against Virginia Tech in any game. The 11.4 yards per carry for Bernard was the most in school history, surpassing Kelvin Bryant’s mark of 11.1 in 1981 versus East Carolina.
The bad: The Coastal Division. Miami, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Virginia all lost. Bowl eligibility is a legitimate question for each of the latter three.
The ugly: The ACC’s national relevance. With Florida State’s loss to NC State, the ACC lost its best hope at a national title contender and its leading Heisman candidate in quarterback E.J. Manuel. It also lost its best chance at having two BCS bowl teams for the second straight season.
The record: Duke receiver Conner Vernon set the ACC career record for receptions in the 42-17 win over Virginia. With his seven catches for 93 yards, Vernon now has 239 receptions in his career. Vernon surpassed Clemson's Aaron Kelly as the ACC's all-time leader in career receptions when he made a catch for minus-2 yards in the first quarter.
The debuts: Duke quarterback Anthony Boone and Virginia quarterback Phillip Sims made their first career starts in Wallace Wade Stadium. Boone threw four touchdown passes, 212 yards and no interceptions in place of injured starter Sean Renfree. Sims threw no touchdown passes and two interceptions.
The surprise: Maryland, Duke and Miami are the only three teams still undefeated in league play.
The surprise II: Wake Forest suspended six players for the Maryland game, including four starters, for a violation of team rules. It was an out-of-character announcement for a program that typically doesn’t consider discipline a problem.
The stat: No. 3 Florida State was the highest-ranked opponent NC State has defeated since downing No. 2 Florida State 24-7 in 1998. NC State has now beaten a ranked FSU team in five of the past seven meetings.
The quote: “This is as good as it gets,” NC State quarterback Mike Glennon, according to The Associated Press, following his team’s 17-16 win over then-No. 3-ranked FSU.