Here’s a look back at the highlights (and lowlights) from Week 10:
The good: Virginia’s defense. The Hoos looked like a different team in their 33-6 dismantling of NC State in Raleigh. The defense forced five turnovers and had six sacks. It held NC State to 19 yards rushing, less than 200 yards passing and three interceptions. There was some bye-week magic in Charlottesville last week, as UVa entered the game with only one interception and seven sacks all season.
The bad: Duke’s defense. The Blue Devils allowed Clemson 718 total yards, 34 first downs and 70 percent of its third-down opportunities (7-of-10) in the 56-20 loss to the Tigers.
The ugly: Virginia Tech’s special teams. This was the anti-Beamerball. The Hokies allowed a blocked punt when A.J. Hughes bobbled the snap before the kick, they allowed Duke Johnson an 81-yard return, and kicker Cody Journell missed a field goal and an extra point attempt in a 30-12 loss to Miami on Thursday night.
The inexplicable: Duke won the turnover battle 4-0 and lost. Miami was outgained in total yards, was 1-for-12 on third down and had only 3 yards on 12 plays in the third quarter -- and won. Oh, and NC State.
The debut: Maryland true freshman linebacker Shawn Petty made his debut as the Terps’ fifth-string quarterback and third different starter this season. He ran for 24 yards on 17 carries and completed 9 of 18 passes for 115 yards. He also fumbled twice and threw an interception in the 33-13 loss to Georgia Tech.
The stat: Virginia Tech is 25-3 in ACC games played in November, and all three of those losses have come to Miami.
The quote: "We could've said, 'Screw it,' but we didn't. We hung in there and felt that this was the most important game for us." -- Virginia defensive end Jake Snyder, according to the Associated Press.
The record: Wake Forest receiver Michael Campanaro tied an ACC record with 16 receptions for 123 yards and became only the eighth player in school history to catch three touchdown passes in a game in a 28-14 win over Boston College.
The record II: It was Clemson’s sixth game with 500 yards of total offense, a school record for a season. Quarterback Tajh Boyd tied the Clemson single-game record for touchdown responsibility in the first half with his five touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown for a total of six.
The truth: With the loss to Wake Forest, Boston College will not go to a bowl for the second straight season after playing in 12 straight.