Monday, November 14, 2011
Weekend rewind: ACC
By Heather Dinich
Back and forth in the ACC:
The good: Wake Forest’s effort. Anyone watching that game knows Clemson is fortunate to have won. The Demon Deacons gave it everything they had in the 31-28 loss to the Tigers, including a 21-point third quarter. Wake Forest had a 28-14 lead in the third quarter, but the team deserves a lot of credit for pushing a top 10 team to the brink.
The bad: Injuries. Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien fractured a bone in his left arm, Duke starting offensive tackle Kyle Hill suffered a season-ending shoulder injury against Virginia, and Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins sprained an AC joint in his shoulder, just to name a few.
The ugly: Part I:BC’s offense in the second half. Minus two yards. Total. ‘Nuff said. Part II: Randy Edsall's jacket and Notre Dame's helmets.
QB Tajh Boyd helped Clemson average more than 33 points and 440 yards per game this season.
The undefeated: Clemson finished the season undefeated at home with a 7-0 record and clinched the Atlantic Division title in the process. Not a bad day at the office for Dabo Swinney.
The streaks: Streak I: Virginia stopped its three-game losing streak to Duke. Streak II: Luke Kuechly had 18 tackles against NC State -- nine in the final 13 minutes -- for his 32nd straight game with double digits in tackles. Streak III: The Hokies have extended their ACC record to 12 straight true road wins. Virginia Tech also now has five or more ACC victories for the eighth straight regular season.
The offensive “tackle”: Late in the first half of the game at Boston College, a fan wearing a No. 40 BC jersey ran onto the field from the student section and NC State offensive tackle Rob Crisp clotheslined him. The fan got up and was taken off the field by security.
Top three games of Week 12:
North Carolina at No. 8 Virginia Tech: The Hokies are in the lead in the Coastal Division race, but North Carolina has a chance to play spoiler and help Virginia out. Virginia Tech is coming off a complete performance in its win against Georgia Tech, and with quarterback Logan Thomas and running back David Wilson playing so well, it’s going to be a big challenge for the UNC defense.
Virginia at Florida State: The Cavaliers are in a must-win situation if they’re going to challenge Virginia Tech for the Coastal Division title this year. Florida State has won five straight games against ACC opponents, though, and has been playing outstanding defense.
Miami at South Florida: The Canes lost this game in overtime last year and are still trying to become bowl eligible. The Bulls are 1-4 in the Big East. Miami should be expected to win this game, but the Canes can’t afford three turnovers and nine penalties.