- Jared Shanker, College Football
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The Coastal gets shaken up again as the ACC Black Cat struck in Atlanta. Duke’s Josh Snead is among those to earn a helmet sticker Saturday after helping the Blue Devils upset Georgia Tech.
Duke RB Josh Snead: The Blue Devils spread the carries around, which makes Snead’s 100-yard effort in Duke's 31-25 win over Georgia Tech all the more impressive. Snead totaled only 14 carries but registered 102 yards and a touchdown. He did most of his damage in the first half, as the Blue Devils worked into an offensive rhythm, before scoring a 4-yard touchdown in the second half. It was not a must-win game for Duke, but it was close to it after a loss to division foe Miami.
Boston College QB Tyler Murphy: Murphy and Boston College have suffered through ups and downs this season, but he was dominant on the ground and efficient through the air in a 30-14 win at NC State. Murphy had a 47-yard touchdown run in the first half and sealed the win in the fourth quarter with a 26-yard score. It was part of another 100-yard effort rushing to go along with 12-of-19 passing. In six games, Murphy has 711 rushing yards. The Eagles need Murphy at his best if they hope to make it back to a bowl game, as the schedule turns much tougher with road games at Virginia Tech and No. 1 Florida State and home contests against Clemson and Louisville.
Florida State WR Rashad Greene: The senior quietly topped 100 receiving yards again in FSU's 38-20 win over Syracuse, but in the process secured his place in Florida State football’s pantheon of receivers. Greene became the school’s career leader in receptions Saturday and now has 215 receptions over his four seasons. Greene has been the model of consistency, and with the loss of Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Shaw, Greene is showing the Florida State fanbase just how valuable of a commodity he truly has been the last four years.
Miami QB Brad Kaaya, RB Duke Johnson and WR Phillip Dorsett: Cincinnati does not play much, if any, defense, but the Hurricanes’ offense was impressive nonetheless in a 55-34 win Saturday. Miami showed off its big-play ability with rushes of 80, 62 and 40 yards and a touchdown pass of 79 yards. Kaaya was 17-of-24 with 286 yards and three touchdowns. Duke Johnson needed only 10 rushes to put up 162 yards. Dorsett was slightly more impressive, totaling 143 yards on only three receptions. Dorsett entered the game averaging 31.3 yards per catch, and he actually improved upon that with Saturday’s performance.
Clemson PK Ammon Lakip: Widely criticized for a poor effort against No. 1 Florida State in a game the Tigers should have won, Lakip made three critical second-half field goals to stave off an upset-minded Louisville, 23-17. With backup quarterback Cole Stoudt unable to move the offense into the end zone, Dabo Swinney called upon Lakip for all nine of the Tigers’ second-half points. Lakip converted on all of his kicks, including a 45-yard field goal to open the half. And after the Cardinals tied the game at 17-17 in the third, Lakip hit the go-ahead field goal and added some insurance late in the fourth quarter. It was a pivotal three points, as the Cardinals were forced to go for the touchdown from inside the 5-yard line in the waning seconds.
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