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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
It's a lot harder to give these out when the league goes 6-0 against its nonconference opponents. The whole conference should get a sticker this week, but here are the ones who made it happen:
NC State -- The entire team is deserving of a sticker after sticking it to No. 15-ranked ECU, 30-24, in overtime. Quarterback Russell Wilson asserted himself as the leader of the offense, and the defense was able to adjust despite losing its top playmaker, linebacker Nate Irving.
Georgia Tech running back Jonathan Dwyer -- He set a school record with his 88-yard touchdown run and led the most potent rushing attack (438 yards) the program has seen since 1978. Dwyer finished with 141 yards on nine carries in a 38-7 romp over Mississippi State.
Maryland's offense -- The Terps proved they can be consistently good -- at least for two straight weeks -- and scored on nine of their 13 possessions in a 51-24 thrashing of Eastern Michigan. And they did it without injured leading rusher Da'Rel Scott.
Wake Forest's defense -- The Demon Deacons forced Florida State into seven turnovers and held the Seminoles to just three points in a 12-3 win. The Deacs snagged three turnovers on the final three series of the game.
Miami's offense -- The baby Canes finally put it together and beat Texas A&M 41-23, its worst nonconference home loss since 1988. Quarterback Robert Marve threw two touchdown passes and running back Graig Cooper, who was counted on more heavily in the absence of injured teammate Javarris James, came through with a career-high 128 yards and two touchdowns.