Sunday, September 5, 2010
ACC Helmet Stickers: Week 1
By Heather Dinich
Here they are, the rewards for the five top performers in the ACC each week. Don't worry, Hokies and Terps, I'll put out a special edition on Monday for you guys, but on regular game weekends five's the limit, so they've gotta be good. Here are your helmet sticker winners for Week 1:
Virginia TB Keith Payne: He rushed for a single-game career-high 114 yards and four touchdowns in the Cavaliers' 34-13 win over Richmond. It was the most rushing yards by a Virginia player since Cedric Peerman rushed for 118 yards against Georgia Tech in 2008. Payne scored his first touchdown since Nov. 10, 2007 against Miami in the Hurricanes' final game at the Orange Bowl. He became the first Cavalier to rush for four touchdowns in a game since Mikell Simpson did it against Indiana in 2009, and he was a big reason Virginia won its season opener for the first time since 2005.
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher: He led the Seminoles to a convincing 59-6 win over Samford in his first game as a head coach. Not bad for following in the footsteps of a living legend with 389 wins.
NC State quarterback Russell Wilson: He completed 21 of 31 passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns and led seven consecutive scoring drives as the Wolfpack defeated Western Carolina 48-7 won their season opener for the first time in four tries under coach Tom O'Brien.
Wake Forest's running backs: The Demon Deacons had six rushing touchdowns and ran for 415 yards in a 53-13 route of Presbyterian. Each of Wake's three running backs -- Brandon Pendergrass, Josh Adams and Josh Harris -- scored at least once.
UNC quarterback T.J. Yates: It was a valiant performance in a losing effort, and the LSU players were raving about how much better Yates was on Saturday night than what they saw from him on tape. Had tight end Zack Pianalto caught either of two passes in the final six seconds, Yates would have been the team's hero. He threw for a career-high 412 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. There were many impressive performances by ACC quarterbacks this weekend, but none against competition of LSU's caliber.