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Sunday, October 19, 2008
ACC helmet stickers: Week 8


Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

FSU coach Bobby Bowden might want to give the officials a helmet sticker for their performance in the second half of his win over NC State on Thursday night after he gave 'em a talkin' to at the break, but I'll go ahead and stick with the guys who made the plays.

Here's a look at the best of the ACC in Week 8:

Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder -- He threw the go-ahead 17-yard touchdown pass and completed 23 of 35 pass attempts for 254 yards and a touchdown. No interceptions. He had a career-high in almost every category, and was 6 of 8 for 71 yards on the game-winning, 70-yard touchdown drive, including a 23-yard pass on third-and-17.

Maryland -- The offense totaled 470 yards, the defense handed Wake Forest its first shutout in 123 games, and kicker Obi Egekeze made four field goals. I'd say that makes for a complete game. It was Maryland's fifth straight win over a top 25 team. Much of the credit goes to the combo of quarterback Chris Turner and receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.

Georgia Tech's secondary -- Safety Dominique Reese had one forced fumble and returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown, safety Morgan Burnett had two interceptions, and cornerback Rashaad Reid added another in the Yellow Jackets' 21-17 win over Clemson.

Virginia linebacker Jon Copper -- He had a career-high 16 tackles, including 10 solo in the Cavaliers' 16-13 overtime win. The Cavaliers held the Tar Heels, who were averaging 31.8 points without a touchdown after the first quarter.

Boston College defense -- The Eagles beat Virginia Tech despite turning the ball over five times and not scoring after halftime. Virginia Tech was held to a season-low 240 yards of total offense.