Monday, November 7, 2011
Weekend rewind: ACC
By Heather Dinich
Here’s your look back at Week 10 and fast-forward to Week 11:
Redshirt freshman Giovani Bernard is North Carolina's first 1,000-yard rusher in 14 years.
The good: Long-awaited 1,000-yard rushers. Welcome to the club, Lamar Miller and Giovani Bernard. If there was one highlight for UNC in Saturday’s 13-0 loss to rival NC State, it was that the program produced its first 1,000-yard rusher in 14 years. Bernard needed just 34 yards in the game to reach the milestone, and he barely got it with 47 yards on 18 carries. At Miami, Miller became the program’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Willis McGahee in 2002. Miller had 147 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.
The bad: UNC’s offense. Three rushing yards. Four sacks. Three turnovers. And 4-of-14 third down conversions. (smh).
The ugly: Maryland’s rushing defense. For the fifth straight game, Maryland allowed an opponent to run for at least 200 yards. The Terps allowed Virginia 220 rushing yards, and Perry Jones ran for 139 of them, along with two touchdowns. Against BC, the Terps allowed 372 rushing yards, including 243 by Rolandan Finch. FSU had 218 yards on the ground, and Clemson had 306, Georgia Tech 272.
The streaks: Streak I: NC State is 5-0 against UNC under Tom O’Brien, and the winning streak ties as the longest in the 101-year history of the series. Dick Sheridan led his State teams to victories over the Tar Heels five straight times from 1988-1992. Streak II: In the Coastal Division, Miami is now 7-0 against Duke since joining the ACC. Streak III: BC linebacker Luke Kuechly had 20 tackles against FSU, his 31st straight game with 10 or more. Streak IV: BC’s streak of 12 consecutive bowl games came to an end, while FSU extended its bowl streak to 30 games, the longest active streak in the country.
Top three games of Week 11:
1. No. 10 Virginia Tech at No. 21 Georgia Tech: This matchup continues to carry some of the heaviest weight in the Coastal Division standings. If the Hokies win this one, the Yellow Jackets are eliminated from the ACC race. Both have had bye weeks to prepare, and Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster needed it, as he revamped his injury-laden defense to better prepare for Georgia Tech’s spread option offense.
2. Wake Forest at No. 9 Clemson: The Tigers have had a bye week to rest and regroup after their loss to Georgia Tech, while Wake Forest put together an impressive effort in a respectable loss to Notre Dame. Now the Deacs have a chance to play spoiler in the Atlantic Division race, but they have to win the next two games to get to the ACC championship game.
3. Miami at Florida State: There was a time when this used to be the No. 1 game. Period. Now it’s not even the best game in the ACC. It is, however, still Florida State and Miami, and the history and tradition of these two programs remains among the best in the nation. Both teams are playing at a high level right now and coming off of wins. Neither team is out of its respective division race, though both of them need a lot of help to actually win it, and neither can afford another league loss.