BOSTON COLLEGE - Tailback Montel Harris continued his strong play this season, erupting for 183 yards and all three of Boston College's touchdowns, in a 23-13 victory over struggling Wake Forest. With his performance, Harris surpassed former North Carolina star Amos Lawrence (3,273) as the conference's all-time leading rusher through his junior season. Harris has rushed for 3,377 yards in three seasons. Harris also hit the century mark for the 19th time in his career, breaking the school record, previously held by himself, Derrick Knight and Mike Cloud (18). The Eagles have moved within one game of .500 on the season and have won two straight games. Boston College will attempt to make it three in a row this weekend, when they travel to Durham to take on Duke.
CLEMSON - The Tigers overcame a slew of mistakes and earned a 14-13 victory over nationally-ranked NC State this past weekend. Clemson was able to survive in Death Valley despite fumbling the ball five times (two lost), one interception and a TD called back on a holding penalty. Quarterback Kyle Parker was able to throw for 214 yards and a score, while tailback Jamie Harper tallied 60 yards rushing and one TD. Clemson now holds a 51-27-1 advantage over N.C. State now and has now won seven in a row in the series. With the win, the Tigers moved to 5-4 overall and an even 3-3 in league play. Clemson has now won three of its last four games and looks to keep the winning ways going, when the team travels to Tallahassee this week for a showdown with Florida State.
FLORIDA STATE - A missed field goal in the waning moments was the difference between a win and a loss, as Florida State fell to North Carolina, 37-35. The Seminoles had an opportunity to take control atop the Atlantic Division with a victory, but sophomore Dustin Hopkins 40-yard field goal attempt missed, dropping FSU to 6-3 overall and 4-2 in-conference. The FSU offense managed 374 yards against UNC, while allowing the Tar Heels to churn out 473 yards. The loss spoiled a solid outing from QB Christian Ponder, who completed 24-of-34 passes, for 264 yards and three TDs. His top target in the game was Willie Haulstead, who brought in 10 balls, for 154 yards and one score. The Seminoles will try to end a two-game slide this weekend, when they welcome the Clemson Tigers to Tallahassee.
MARYLAND - The Terrapins were done in by a true freshman QB making his first collegiate start, falling to Miami-Florida in South Florida, 26-20. The loss spoiled a terrific outing from All-ACC LB Alex Wujciak, who recorded two interceptions, one of which he returned 60 yards for a touchdown. Torrey Smith set the ACC record for career kickoff return yards on his first return of the game, a 21-yarder. The junior now has 2,724 return yards in his career. Despite the loss, the Terps still control their own destiny in the Atlantic Division race with three games left to play. The Terrapins (6-3) will travel to Virginia this week before closing out the regular season with back-to-back home tilts against Florida State and NC State.
NC STATE - Russell Wilson was 22-of-36 for 212 yards, one score and a pick for the Wolfpack, who dropped a tough 14-13 decision in Death Valley this past weekend. With the loss, NC State moved to 6-3 overall and 3-2 in ACC play. The Wolfpack have now dropped two of the last three games. The Wolfpack amassed just 275 yards of total offense and had real problems establishing the run in the game, with the team managing 65 yards, led by Wilson's 29 yards. It marked the seventh straight loss to Clemson for NC State, which will attempt to get back in the win column this weekend, welcoming Wake Forest to Raleigh.
WAKE FOREST - The Demon Deacons finally put together a solid defensive effort overall, but five turnovers, including four interceptions, kept Wake Forest in the loss column, falling to Boston College at home this past weekend, 23-13. The Demon Deacons did have their problems stopping the run, allowing BC tailback Montel Harris to post 183 yards and three TDs, but the team was still in a position late to win the game. The game also came at a price, as two offensive starters, right guard Michael Hoag and tailback Josh Harris, left with concussions. The Demon Deacons, who haven't won a game since September 11th, will try to finally land in the ACC win column this weekend with a matchup with NC State on the road in Raleigh.
DUKE - In an offensive shootout, the Blue Devils scored on a 35-yard TD run by tailback Desmond Scott, propelling Duke to a 55-48 victory over the Virginia Cavaliers. It was a blistering pace in the fourth quarter, as the two teams combined for six touchdowns. The 55 points, marked the highest scoring output by Duke since 1990. Duke allowed Virginia to amass 643 yards of offense, but put out 489 yards of their own, with a balanced attack that churned out 230 yards rushing and 259 passing. The Blue Devils tallied six rushing TDs in the game. Scott led the charge with 97 yards and one score. Backup QB Brandon Connette added 78 yards and two scores, while starting QB Sean Renfree added two rushing scores and WR Donovan Varner one. Tight end Cooper Helfet had a strong offensive outing as well, hauling in seven balls, for 122 yards and one TD. The Blue Devils have now won two straight games and look to keep that trend going when they close out a two-game homestand this weekend with a matchup against Boston College.
GEORGIA TECH - The Yellow Jackets played the second half in Blacksburg without starting QB Joshua Nesbitt and proceeded to drop the key ACC Coastal Division showdown with the Hokies, 28-21 last Thursday. Nesbitt got injured trying to make a tackle following a first-half interception and did not return to the game. Before going out, Nesbitt had rushed for two TDs. In all, Georgia Tech was still able to run the ball effectively, with 346 yards, led by tailback Anthony Allen's 125 yards. With the loss, the defending ACC champions fell to 5-4 overall and 3-3 in conference play. Georgia Tech will attempt to end a two-game losing streak this weekend, when the team invites Miami-Florida to Bobby Dodd Stadium.
MIAMI-FLORIDA - The Hurricanes were without starting QB Jacory Harris, but true freshman Stephen Morris filled the void, as he threw for 286 yards and one TD, leading Miami to a 26-20 victory over a strong Maryland squad in his collegiate debut as a starter. Miami got strong performances by tailback Lamar Miller, who rumbled for 127 yards and one TD, as well as wideout Travis Benjamin, who had five receptions for 127 yards. Harris, who was sidelined with a concussion, is still ruled questionable heading into this week's action. The Hurricanes, who are 6-3 overall and 4-2 in ACC action, hit the road to take on defending ACC champion Georgia Tech.
NORTH CAROLINA - For only the second time in the last 18 meetings with Florida State, the North Carolina Tar Heels came out on the winning side, capturing a thrilling 37-35 decision in Tallahassee this past weekend. Quarterback T.J. Yates was outstanding in the win, completing 24-of-35 passes, for a school- record 439 yards, with three TDs and no interceptions. Wideout Dwight Jones was unstoppable in the victory, hauling in eight balls for 233 yards and one TD. Now bowl eligible, North Carolina will attempt to make it three straight victories when the team hosts the red-hot Virginia Tech Hokies this weekend in Chapel Hill.
VIRGINIA - In a game that saw the two teams combine for six touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers came out on the short end of a 55-48 shootout against Duke. Virginia amassed 33 first downs in the game, and 643 yards of total offense, but it still resulted in a loss. The setback spoiled a solid performance from QB Marc Verica, who completed 24-of-46 passes, for a school record 417 yards and four TDs. However, he did throw three INTs and was sacked once. Wideout Dontrelle Inman had a career day, hauling in 10 balls, for a whopping 239 yards and one score. Tailback Keith Payne provided offensive balance with 121 yards and two scores on 22 carries. The 48 points were the most ever by Virginia in a loss. The Cavaliers, who had a two-game win streak halted against Duke, will attempt to get back in the win column this weekend when they welcome the Maryland Terrapins to Charlottesville.
VIRGINIA TECH - Freshman tailback David Wilson returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, as Frank Beamer's special teams did it again, leading Virginia Tech to a 28-21 victory over Georgia Tech last Thursday night. With the win, Virginia Tech moved to 7-2 overall and a perfect 5-0 in ACC play. The Hokies allowed a generous 346 yards rushing to Georgia Tech, but managed nearly 200 themselves, led by tailback Darren Evans' 68 yards. Another key ACC Coastal Division matchup is on the docket this week in Chapel Hill, as Virginia Tech battles the resurgent North Carolina Tar Heels.