Monday, November 29, 2010
Back and forth in the ACC
By Heather Dinich
Here’s a look back on the final weekend in the regular season and a look ahead to the ACC championship game:
The good: Georgia Tech’s offense. The Jackets’ 32 first downs – including 26 rushing – were the second-most in a single game in school history. The 512 yards of total offense were the most since 1999. Georgia Tech ran 92 offensive plays, and ran for 411 rushing yards – the most in 105 meetings against Georgia.
Virginia Tech's Tyrod Taylor holds the Commonwealth Cup after the Hokies' win against Virginia.
The great: Streaks – both made and broken. Virginia Tech finished its season on a 10-game winning streak and extended its winning streak against rival Virginia to seven games, and now has seven straight 10-win seasons. Maryland stopped a three-game losing streak against opponents ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 with its win aganist NC State, and Florida State stopped a six-game losing streak to rival Florida, beating the Gators for the first time since 2003. Wake Forest also stopped its nine-game losing streak with a road win against Vanderbilt.
The playmaker: Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith. He set career-highs in receptions (14), receiving yards (224) and had a school-record four touchdowns in the win against NC State.
The bad: Clemson’s offense. The Tigers had three turnovers and were held scoreless for the final 58 minutes of the game. ‘Nuff said.
The ugly: Miami’s entire Saturday. Hours after suffering an embarrassing overtime loss to South Florida in front of a pitiful home crowd, Randy Shannon was fired.
Game of the Week
Virginia Tech vs. Florida State in the Dr. Pepper ACC Championship Game
The skinny:The Hokies, making their fourth appearance in the game, will be favored, but they’ve had a hard time with the Seminoles. Florida State holds a 22-11-1 edge in the series, and the Seminoles have won 13 of the past 14 games. Of course, one of the most memorable games was the 2000 Nokia Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, when the Seminoles won 46-29 for the national championship. Virginia Tech is 0-3 all-time in games played in Charlotte, N.C.