The Sunday ACC football wrap: Week 11

November 11, 2012

Recapping the week that was in the ACC each Sunday, all in one place. The scores, the stars, the stories, the quotables, the standings, the future. It’s all here. Everything except the keg of root beer.

THE SCORES

Thursday, Nov. 8

No. 10 Florida State 28, Virginia Tech 22

Saturday, Nov. 7

No. 13 Clemson 45, Maryland 10

Virginia 41, Miami 40

Georgia Tech 68, North Carolina 50

North Carolina State 37, Wake Forest 6

No. 4 Notre Dame 21, Boston College 6

THE STARS

Virginia Jr. QB Michael Rocco: 29 of 37, 300 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT.

Georgia Tech Fr. QB Vad Lee: 6 of 10, 169 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 23 rushes, 112 yards, 2 TDs.

Miami Fr. RB Duke Johnson: 16 rushes, 150 yards, 95-yard kickoff return touchdown, 1 of 1, 8 yards, passing TD.

Florida State Sr. QB E.J. Manuel: 25 of 42, 326 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT.

Clemson Jr. QB Tajh Boyd: 18 of 26, 261 yards, 3 TDs.

North Carolina State Sr. WR Tobias Palmer: 7 catches, 63 yards, 100-yard kickoff return TD.

Georgia Tech Jr. RB Robert Godhigh: 5 rushes, 41 yards, 2 TDs, 1 catch, 32 yards, TD.

North Carolina Sr. QB Bryn Renner: 24 of 35, 350 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT.

Florida State So. WR Rashad Greene: 6 catches, 125 yards, 2 TDs.

Florida State So. DB Tyler Hunter: 2 tackles 2 INTs.

Virginia Tech Sr. WR Corey Fuller: 7 catches, 124 yards, 1 TD.

THE STORIES

Georgia Tech rose up, and was rewarded by winning the highest-scoring game in ACC history.

UNC had an extra week to prepare for the triple-option, and still couldn’t stop Vad Lee and the Yellow Jackets.

Tight end Jake McGee caught the game-winner with six seconds left in the back of the end zone to lift the Cavaliers.

Miami was rendered simply stunned after a late loss at Virginia.

N.C. State clinched bowl eligibility with a dominating win over Wake Forest.

Boston College wanted this to be their bowl game, but got trumped by Notre Dame’s execution.  

THE QUOTABLES

“With this win today, we believe.” – Georgia Tech A-back Orwin Smith.

“I don’t really have too much to say. It was all Chase [Rettig] and everyone in the offense. Not just me. Chase is playing phenomenal this year. Not just me. The only thing that matters to me is 2-8. That’s the only stat I’m worried about.” – Boston College wide receiver Alex Amidon, whose 1,157 receiving yards this season is a school single-season record.

“We were at a crossroads. Which road are you going to take? The road that leads to the bowl game or the road that doesn’t lead to a bowl game?” – N.C. State Coach Tom O’Brien, giving his team an obvious choice before the Wake Forest game.

“Coming to the line of scrimmage I said, ‘Jake, this one is coming to you. Go catch it,’ and he did. I kind of knew pre-snap that I was going to throw it high in the back of the end zone, and hopefully he was going to get it.” – Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco.

THE STANDINGS

Atlantic

Florida State: 9-1 overall (6-1 ACC)

Clemson: 9-1 (6-1)

North Carolina State: 6-4 (3-3)

Wake Forest: 5-5 (3-5)

Maryland: 4-6 (2-4)

Boston College: 2-8 (1-5)

Coastal

Miami: 5-5 overall (4-3 ACC)

Georgia Tech: 5-5 (4-3)

Duke: 6-4 (3-3)

North Carolina: 6-4 (3-3)

Virginia: 4-6 (2-4)

Virginia Tech: 4-6 (2-4)

THE FUTURE

Thursday, Nov. 15

North Carolina at Virginia (7:30 p.m.)

Saturday, Nov. 17

No. 8 Florida State at Maryland (Noon)

Virginia Tech at Boston College (12:30 p.m.)

USF at Miami (3 p.m.)

N.C. State at Clemson (3:30 p.m.)

Duke at Georgia Tech (3:30 p.m.)

Wake Forest at Notre Dame (3:30 p.m.)

 

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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