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ACC helmet stickers: Week 12

November, 16, 2008

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Here are the top performers for Week 12:

Miami's defensive line. The Hurricanes had a season-high seven sacks in the Canes' 16-14 win against Virginia Tech. Defensive end Marcus Robinson had three, right tackle Marcus Forston and left tackle Joe Joseph each got one, and defensive end Allen Bailey made one on a critical fourth-down stop of Tyrod Taylor with two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

Maryland's offensive line. The Terps showed dramatic improvement since their loss to Virginia Tech, and it opened things up in both the running and passing game for a 17-15 win over UNC. They paved the way for a 195-yard rushing performance one week after finishing with minus-12 against the Hokies.

Boston College defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani. It's time to give this man some credit. He figured out a way to stop Florida State's running game, which was averaging 205.2 yards, and held them to 73 yards on the ground in the Eagles' 27-17 win over FSU. BC leads the nation with 21 interceptions, including 10 in the past three games. And the defense or special teams has scored in five straight games. The Eagles forced FSU quarterback Christian Ponder into one of his worst performances of the season.

NC State quarterback Russell Wilson. He accounted for all three of the Pack's touchdowns in a 21-17 upset of Wake Forest and also rushed for a team-high 69 yards. He threw for 152 yards and two touchdowns. In his past six games, Wilson has 12 passing touchdowns and no interceptions.

Clemson running back C.J. Spiller. He had 10 carries for 71 yards and a touchdown, and seven catches for 108 yards and a touchdown in the Tigers' 31-7 win over Duke. Spiller's 83-yard touchdown catch and 24-yard scoring run put the Tigers one win closer to a bowl game.

Posted by's Brian Bennett

Dustin Grutza, QB, Cincinnati: Forget the numbers (1-for-2 passing, 24 yards). Salute the guts of Grutza for coming in during the fourth quarter at Louisville in relief of Tony Pike and leading the team to the game-clinching score in the 28-20 win. Grutza hadn't played since Week 2 at Oklahoma when he suffered a gruesome broken leg.

Dominick Goodman, WR, Cincinnati: Goodman caught nine passes for 134 yards and had the go-ahead touchdown on a beautiful hookup with Pike.

Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers: Britt became the school's leading career receiver in the 49-16 win over South Florida, catching eight balls for 173 yards and a 93-yard touchdown. Britt has four straight 100-yard receiving days.

Jason McCourty, CB, Rutgers: The senior had two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown, and a fumble recovery in the win at South Florida.

Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut: The junior had his ninth 100-yard rushing day of the season and became his school's all-time leading rusher with 131 yards on 22 carries in a 39-16 win at Syracuse. He scored on a 49-yard dash.

Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

It was an extremely entertaining Saturday around the Big Ten, and here are some of the men who made it possible.

Purdue QB Justin Siller -- The sophomore has spent most of the fall practicing as a running back, but he certainly looked the part at quarterback against Michigan. Siller showcased his passing ability, completing 21 of 34 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns in the win. He also did what he does best, racking up 77 rushing yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

Michigan State K Brett Swenson -- The Big Ten's premier specialist this season came up big against Wisconsin after struggling the week before at Michigan. Swenson, who worked with former Spartans star Morten Andersen this summer, made his mentor proud by converting all four of his field-goal attempts, including the game-winning 44-yarder with seven seconds remaining.

Northwestern QB Mike Kafka -- Making his first start since 2006, Kafka stepped up to help Northwestern upset No. 17 Minnesota. He set a school single-game record for quarterback rushing with 217 yards and also tossed two touchdown passes. The junior finished the game 12-for-16 passing.

Michigan State WR Blair White -- I mistakenly left White off the sticker list last week, but he delivered another worthy performance against Wisconsin. White had seven receptions for 164 yards in the 25-24 win. The junior has 307 receiving yards in his last two games, the best two-game total for a Spartans receiver since Charles Rogers had 341 in 2002.

Illinois secondary -- I'm not too big on group stickers, but Illinois' secondary had a great collective effort in a must-win game against Iowa. Cornerback Vontae Davis and safety Donsay Hardeman recorded interceptions, and cornerback Dere Hicks made the play of the game in the fourth quarter with a sack, strip, scoop and score against Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi.

Posted by's Brian Bennett

Tony Pike, QB, Cincinnati: The junior completed 20 of 28 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-10 win over South Florida. He did it with a soft cast on his broken left arm.

LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh: Even though Notre Dame knew he was Pitt's Option A, B and C, McCoy ran for 169 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries and set up the game-winning field goal in the Panthers' 36-33 overtime victory.

Conor Lee, K, Pittsburgh: Lee was 5-for-5 on field goals and made all four in overtime, including the winning 22-yarder, at Notre Dame.

Curtis Brinkley, RB, Syracuse: The senior ran for 166 yards on 33 carries and had a touchdown to lead the Orange to the 28-21 win over Louisville.

Pat White, QB, West Virginia: Let loose to run again, White carried 21 times for 109 yards and two scores and completed 11 of 18 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown in the Mountaineers' 35-13 win over UConn.

Brandon Hogan, CB, West Virginia: Had two interceptions in the Mountaineers' victory.

Big East helmet stickers, Week 4

September, 20, 2008
Posted by's Brian Bennett

Victor Anderson, RB, Louisville: Step forward for your first sticker, young fella. You earned it with three touchdowns and 176 rushing yards on 18 carries in Wednesday's 38-29 win over Kansas State.

Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut: Talk about a crowded hat. Brown makes it 4-for-4 on helmet stickers with 150 yards on 34 carries and two touchdowns -- including the game-winner -- in Friday's 38-29 win against Baylor.

Dave Brytus, P, Pittsburgh: The unsung hero of Pitt's 21-20 win over Iowa, Brytus averaged 47.8 yards on eight punts and had a 57-yarder that bounced out at the Hawkeyes' 1 with 2:19 to go.

Tony Pike, QB, Cincinnati: Nice debut. Stepping in for the injured Dustin Grutza, Pike completed 20 of 24 passes for 241 yards and three TDs in a 45-20 win over Miami in his first career start.