Sunday, October 21, 2012
ACC helmet stickers: Week 8
By Heather Dinich
Here are your top five performers from Week 8:
Duke: The Blue Devils are going bowling for the first time since 1994. They did it with an improbable 33-30 come-from-behind win against rival North Carolina, the program's first win against North Carolina since 2003. It was also Duke's first home victory in the series since 1998. Sean Renfree threw the game-winning touchdown on fourth down with 13 seconds remaining. It was a wild game with a fantastic finish, and will keep Duke relevant beyond October for the first time in almost two decades. Duke is leading the Coastal Division standings.
Wake Forest kicker Chad Hedlund: In a game that lacked offense, Hedlund was the Deacs' top scorer. The redshirt freshman attempted and made his first career field goal at the end of the first half, giving the Deacons a 10-7 lead. The kick was 22 yards. He then made his second field goal, a 44-yarder, on the opening drive of the second half. Hedlund made a third field goal, a 24-yarder, with 4:15 to play in the third. That is the first three field goal game for the Deacons since Jimmy Newman made three fields in the 2011 season opener at Syracuse.
Clemson free safety Jonathan Meeks: He had two interceptions in the second quarter of the Tigers' 38-17 win over Virginia Tech, including one he returned 74 yards for a touchdown. It was the first interception return for a touchdown since last season when Kourtnei Brown took one 20 yards against North Carolina, and it was the longest return by a Clemson player since 2006. Meeks also became the first Clemson player to have two interceptions in a game since 2009 when DeAndre McDaniel had two interceptions against Miami.
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson: Give the man some credit. He fired his defensive coordinator, moved his defensive assistants around, and dominated Boston College in a 37-17 win on Saturday. Talk about a productive bye week. The Jackets snapped a three-game losing streak, finished with 563 yards and held the ball for more than 43 minutes.
Florida State running back Devonta Freeman. Chris Thompson had carried the bulk of the rushing load for the Seminoles this season, so when he got hurt early against Miami, Florida State was forced to turn to a familiar face. Freeman delivered, running for 70 yards and two decisive fourth-quarter touchdowns in the 33-20 victory. After going three straight weeks with no carries while trying to overcome a family tragedy, he has now delivered back-to-back 70-yard games. He was the big difference late against Miami.