Monday, October 29, 2012
ACC weekend rewind: Week 9
By Heather Dinich
Here’s a look back at the week that was in the ACC …
The good: Boston College’s first ACC win. The Eagles ended a five-game losing streak with a 20-17 win over Maryland on Saturday. It was also the first win over an FBS opponent this year.
The bad: Wake Forest’s defense. The Deacs allowed Clemson 534 total yards and to convert on 10 of 17 third downs.
The ugly: Georgia Tech’s offense on third downs. Oh-fer-10.
The great: Quarterbacks. NC State quarterback Mike Glennon threw for a career-high 467 yards and tied a school record with five touchdowns. Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd threw for a school-record 428 yards with five touchdown passes. FSU quarterback EJ Manuel threw for 282 yards and two touchdowns against Duke. UNC quarterback Bryn Renner completed 30 of 47 passes for 358 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Giovani Bernard capped off a day in which he gained 230 yards from scrimmage with a 74-yard game-winning punt return.
The spectacular: Returns for TDs. UNC running back Giovani Bernard returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown to beat NC State with 13 seconds left in the fourth quarter. On only his third punt return ever, FSU sophomore Tyler Hunter returned it 75 yards for a touchdown against Duke, the Noles’ longest punt return of the season. And Georgia Tech sophomore Jamal Golden had a 97-yard kickoff return for touchdown Saturday against BYU, and finished with 174 yards on his five kick returns. The kick return for a touchdown broke a streak of 177 games without one for Georgia Tech.
The quote: “It feels great, just getting a win it feels so good. You can feel the atmosphere in the locker room. Everyone’s just so excited about it. It doesn’t fix everything, but it just feels awesome. We’re 1-0 today, that’s how I think about it.” -- Boston College WR Alex Amidon.
The quote II: "We feel like we're ready to prove everybody wrong, that we had that one loss but we let that go and we're ready to move on," FSU cornerback Xavier Rhodes told NoleNation’s David Hale. "To prove to everybody this is the team they thought it would be."
The record: FSU kicker Dustin Hopkins’ 56-yard field goal in the fourth quarter was a career-best and also set a new ACC record for career field goals with 81, breaking former Maryland kicker Nick Novak’s mark of 80 set from 2001-04. The 56-yard field goal also tied for the second-longest in FSU history with Sebastian Janikowski, who made a 56-yarder against Wake Forest in 1997.
The milestone: Clemson became the second ACC team in history to score at least 37 points in seven straight games.
The stat: UNC and NC State combined for 1,104 yards, the most in a UNC game since 2002, when the Tar Heels and Arizona State combined for 1,135 yards in a 38-35 Carolina victory.
The streaks: BC’s losing streak has ended, Duke’s losing streak against FSU was extended to 18 games. UNC ended a five-game losing streak to rival NC State.