- Heather Dinich, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here's a quick analysis of two more of the day's finishes:
In the end, Duke made it the interesting, close game Wake Forest fans have come to know and love. Despite almost squandering a 17-point lead, Wake Forest won its 12th straight game in the series. The Demon Deacs, who were 3-9 a year ago, are now one win away from bowl eligibility, and equally if not more important, are still in the ACC race. They've got a road trip to North Carolina looming next weekend, but only two more games against Atlantic Division opponents remain: at Clemson and home against Maryland. Will the Deacs pull a stunning upset on the road against Clemson? Considering the 59 points the Tigers put up today on North Carolina's defense -- which was the best defensive front Clemson has seen -- it's unlikely. But the fact that Wake Forest has put itself in a position to make that game a meaningful one is impressive.
Virginia Tech's offense got off to a slow start and the Hokies trailed 7-6 at the half, but a spark from running back David Wilson got the Hokies back on track. Wilson's 42-yard touchdown run on the first possession of the third quarter gave the Hokies the momentum in the second half. Virginia Tech has since won three straight following its loss to Clemson, and the Hokies are in even better shape following Georgia Tech's impending loss to Miami. Still, back-to-back Thursday night games remain against Georgia Tech and North Carolina, but the Hokies helped distance themselves again with today's win.
3dSharon Katz, ESPN Stats & Information
4dTom VanHaaren and Erik McKinney