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9/26/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Here are this week's top performers in the ACC, and surprise, surprise, none of them are named Harris:

Georgia Tech's defense: North Carolina's defense was the one that had people talking for the right reasons heading into this game, but it was the Yellow Jackets who forced three turnovers and held UNC to just eight first downs and 17 rushing yards. Defensive coordinator Dave Wommack deserves credit for being willing to change four games into the season, as adding an extra linebacker helped. UNC finished with 154 total yards. The Tar Heels converted just 1-of-11 third downs.

BC quarterback Dave Shinskie: And the Eagles have found someone to lead them on offense. Shinskie completed 18 of 29 passes for 228 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the Eagles' 27-24 overtime win against Wake Forest. The 25-year-old true freshman became the first Boston College quarterback to throw three touchdown passes in a game since Matt Ryan did it against Michigan State in the Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 28, 2007.

NC State quarterback Russell Wilson: He's played well in each of the past three games, but this is the first game he's faced a legitimate defense since South Carolina. He threw four touchdown passes for the third straight week, kept his interception-free streak alive, and rushed for 91 yards in the Pack's 38-31 come-from-behind win over Pitt.

Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams: He rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns on a career-high 34 carries in the Hokies' 31-7 win over No. 9 Miami. He proved his durability, and he also added two catches for 40 yards.

Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster: There are few coaches who can elicit such a turnaround within a week's time like Foster. Virginia Tech's rushing defense, which was ranked 107th in the nation heading into the Miami game, held the Canes to just 59 yards rushing. The Hokies were the first defense to pressure Jacory Harris and he was sacked twice. They forced Harris into a fumble that led to a touchdown on his fifth snap and that set the tone for the game. Miami was successful on just one third-down play.