Sunday, November 28, 2010
ACC helmet stickers: Week 13
By Heather Dinich
Here are your top five performers for week 13:
Boston College running back Andre Williams: The true freshman stepped in for injured starter Montel Harris and didn’t miss a beat. He rushed for 185 yards on a school-record 42 carries and scored a touchdown in the Eagles’ 16-7 win over Syracuse.
Florida State: Quarterback Christian Ponder completed 16 of 24 passes for 221 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the 31-7 win over rival Florida. FSU won the state championship and beat the Gators for the first time since 2003. It was the most points FSU has scored against Florida since 2003. The defense forced four turnovers, and coach Jimbo Fisher became the first coach in program history to beat Florida on his first try. Oh, and P.S., they're going to the ACC championship game.
Maryland receiver Torrey Smith: He set the school’s single-game record with four touchdown receptions, while setting career highs with 14 receptions and 224 receiving yards as Maryland knocked off No. 21 NC State 38-31. His 224 receiving yards are the third most in a single game in school history and his 1,045 yards this year are the second most in a season in school history. Smith finished the regular season with 12 TD catches which is a Maryland record and is tied for the ninth most in a season in ACC history. Smith also had 48 kickoff return yards, giving him 272 all-purpose yards in the game. He broke Lamont Jordan’s school record (4,960) for career all-purpose yards and his 5,183 rank seventh on the ACC career list.
Virginia Tech’s running backs: Virginia Tech won its seventh straight game against rival Virginia thanks in large part to the Hokies’ three-headed rushing attack. Ryan Williams scored two touchdowns, David Wilson scored two and Darren Evans added one as the Hokies piled up 201 rushing yards in the 37-7 win.
Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien: He became the first Maryland quarterback to throw for 400 yards in a game since Scott Milanovich in 1993, racking up a career-high 417 yards while completing 33 of 47 passes (70 percent) for four TDs and no interceptions. The freshman made up for the lack of a running game, as Maryland was held to minus-9 yards on the ground, and led the Terps to their first victory over a ranked opponent since a win over No. 17 North Carolina in 2008. O’Brien has 21 TD passes this season, the second most in school history, and has accounted for 23 total TDs, the first Maryland player to do that since 2003. The 417 passing yards are the fourth most in a single game in school history.