Saturday, October 15, 2011
ACC helmet stickers: Week 7
By Heather Dinich
Five games, five stickers. Yes, I took a helmet sticker away from myself for my predictions this week.
Here are your top performers in the ACC for Week 7:
Miami coach Al Golden: He got his first ACC victory, and it came on the road against a 5-1 North Carolina team and despite an 0-2 start in conference play. The 30-24 win gave Miami its first road win of the season and the program’s first win in Chapel Hill in five total trips. In the 12 possessions Miami had in the second half against Virginia Tech and the six in the first half against UNC, it scored on 10 of them. Over the past six quarters, Golden has brought out the best in these Canes despite a disappointing start.
Virginia: The 24-21 upset of No. 12-ranked Georgia Tech was the highest-ranked opponent the Cavaliers have defeated since beating then-No. 4 Florida State on Oct. 15, 2005. It was a complete effort, as the offense racked up a season-high 272 rushing yards and the defense held Georgia Tech to a season-low 296 yards. The Hoos won the time of possession battle against one of the nation’s top offenses, and held Georgia Tech to just 24 passing yards, the fewest against UA since 1979.
Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel: He threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns in the Seminoles’ 41-16 romp of Duke. He had three completions of at least 50 yards in the first quarter, and was also the team’s second-leading rusher with 62 yards and another two touchdowns.
Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas: He threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran for 30 yards and another two touchdowns in the Hokies’ 38-17 win over Wake Forest. He helped account for all three of Virginia Tech’s second-quarter touchdowns, passing for one and rushing for two more, giving the Hokies a 21-10 lead.
Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins: The true freshman had another jaw-dropping day, this time catching eight passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns, one carry for 33 yards, five kick returns for 207 yards and a touchdown in Clemson's 56-45 win over Maryland. Move over, C.J. Spiller, there's another all-purpose star in the books.