By his own admission, Saturday marked one of the worst games of Stefon Diggs’s career. And it still resulted in his second ACC rookie of the week award.
Diggs backed up his two-touchdown performance against West Virginia with another 100-yard receiving effort in Maryland’s 19-14 victory over Wake Forest. His 63-yard reception, most of which came after the catch thanks to some weaving and sideline tip-toeing, set up Justus Pickett’s one-yard touchdown that gave the Terps the lead to stay.
That came one quarter after Diggs muffed a punt that directly led to a Wake Forest touchdown, and mere seconds after the broadcasters posited that Diggs had disappeared in the second half.
Diggs provided the spark, but senior linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield and Maryland’s defense stamped the victory. Kenneth Tate and Hartsfield dropped Demon Deacons quarterback Tanner Price on third and fourth down, respectively, deep in Wake Forest territory, including Hartsfield’s fourth-and-15 crunch that silenced any semblance of a game-winning drive, had the senior strutting like A.J. Francis and earned him ACC linebacker of the week honors.
Hartsfield, currently ninth in the ACC in tackles per game, .finished with 10 tackles (seven solo), one pass breakup and that sack.