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Saturday, October 16, 2010
ACC Helmet Stickers: Week 7

By Heather Dinich

Here are the ACC’s top five performers for Week 7:

Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers: He had a career-high three sacks and four tackles for loss in the Tigers’ 31-7 win over Maryland. He now has a total of nine sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss on the season. Bowers sack total is already the most by a Clemson player since 2006 when Gaines Adams had 12.5. Bowers has recorded a sack and at least two tackles for loss in all of Clemson’s games this season except Presbyterian, a contest in which he played just 21 plays. Bowers became the first Clemson player to record three sacks in a game since 2001 when Bryant McNeal had three against Duke on Dec. 1. Gaines Adams, who also wore number-93, never had more than 2.5 in a game.

Miami’s defense: The Hurricanes responded to their lackluster performance against Florida State by forcing Duke into seven turnovers, including five interceptions in a 28-13 victory. Vaughn Telemaque picked off two passes, and defensive tackle Micanor Regis returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown.

Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring. This is the kind of explosive offensive display Hokies fans have been desperately seeking, and Stinespring finally delivered, making great use of his cast of characters during a 52-21 win. Virginia Tech racked up 605 yards and scored on seven of its eight first-half possessions. Darren Evans scored a career-high three touchdowns and Tyrod Taylor threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another. By halftime, Virginia Tech had scored 49 points. Stinespring takes the brunt of the heat when the offense isn’t working. He should get some credit when it is.

Wake Forest tailback Josh Harris. He rushed for a career-high 241 yards on 19 carries and scored on touchdown runs of 33 and 87 yards in the 52-21 loss. He accounted for 241 of Wake's 346 yards total offense. The 87-yard touchdown run was the longest given up by Virginia Tech since 1987, Frank Beamer’s first game as head coach of the Hokies. Harris’ 241 yards are the most yards Virginia Tech has ever allowed on the ground by an individual. The previous high was 239 by Paul Palmer of Temple in 1986.

North Carolina. The Tar Heels won in Charlottesville for the first time since 1981, and scored the most points in Scott Stadium since 1946. The 44-10 victory was a complete effort, as receiver Dwight Jones had a career-high 198 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches, T.J. Yates threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns, and the defense intercepted Marc Verica three times and held the Cavaliers to just 2-of-6 red zone chances.