Saturday, September 24, 2011
ACC helmet stickers: Week 4
By Heather Dinich
I'm not going to lie. It would be easier to take these away this week. Florida State takes the Tomahawks away for poor performance on the field. Maryland, NC State, Virginia and Miami -- I want one back. Onto your top five performers for Week 4:
Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill: He had a huge game in the Jackets' 35-28 win over North Carolina and helped Georgia Tech take an early lead in the Coastal Division standings. He finished with six catches for 151 yards and one touchdown, and his one-handed catch in the first half was one of the best plays of the season. It was his third 100-yard receiving game of the season.
North Carolina tailback Giovani Bernard: It was an impressive performance depsite the 35-28 loss, as his 55-yard touchdown run tied the game with 7:22 left. He finished with 155 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries, and he caught five passes for 47 yards. On third-and-15, Bernard took a short pass and turned it into a 19-yard play.
Boston College: Group effort, group sticker, as the Eagles' 45-17 win over UMass was their first win of the season. Quarterback Chase Rettig threw three touchdown passes, and BC's linebackers returned two fumbles for touchdowns. BC controlled this game from start to finish and left no doubt it was the better team.
Clemson's offense: Clemson has now had four straight 400-yard games for the first time since 2009. The Tigers' new offense is clicking under Chad Morris, and they racked up 455 yards and 26 first downs against a top-notch defense. Clemson ran 86 plays to FSU's 53. Quarterback Tajh Boyd accounted for four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing), and completed 23 of 37 passes for 344 yards in the 35-30 win over Florida State. It was the most passing yards ever against the Seminoles. And the Noles couldn't stop freshman phenom Sammy Watkins, who had eight catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns.
Florida State backup quarterback Clint Trickett: Amazing job. In his first start, on the road, in front of 82,000 fans, Trickett played well enough to win in his first career start. He threw for 336 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the 35-30 loss. Nothing to be ashamed of on his part. He played so well there should be a quarterback controversy in Tally if there isn't.