|It was a long day for Maryland's Shawn Petty, but he ended his first college start in style. (US Presswire)|
Georgia Tech 33, Maryland 13: Georgia Tech (4-5, 3-3 ACC) rushed for 370 yards and took advantage of injury-ravaged Maryland (4-5, 2-3 ACC). The Terrapins had to start fifth-string freshman QB Shawn Petty, who had been a linebacker until two weeks ago. Tech's defense harassed Petty into 9-of-18 passing for 115 yards, and the Yellow Jackets rushed for five touchdowns.
Virginia 33, NC State 6: Virginia (3-6, 1-4 ACC) snapped a six-game losing streak and defeated its second FBS opponent of the season. NC State (5-4, 2-3 ACC) trailed 26-0 on homecoming and had five turnovers, including three interceptions by QB Mike Glennon.
Wake Forest 28, Boston College 14. WR Michael Campanaro caught an ACC record 16 passes and scored three touchdowns for Wake Forest (5-4, 3-4, ACC) in a win over Boston College (2-7, 1-5 ACC). Playing in his second game since returning from a broken hand, Campanaro had 123 yards receiving and QB Tanner Price passed for 293 yards.
No. 10 Clemson 56, Duke 20: Clemson (8-1, 5-1 ACC) put up 720 yards of offense in a rout of Duke (6-4, 3-3), the second-highest yardage total in school history. WR DeAndre Hopkins scored touchdowns on his first three catches and finished with 128 yards. Sammy Watkins had six catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. The only thing that went wrong for the Tigers was RB Andre Ellington, who was limited to one carry before injuring his hamstring.
Miami 30, Virginia Tech 12: Miami (5-4, 4-2 ACC) took over first place in the ACC Coastal Division, and Virginia Tech (4-5, 2-3 ACC) saw its streak of eight straight 10-win seasons end. Hokies QB Logan Thomas scored on a 73-yard draw, and Virginia Tech outgained Miami by 74 yards. The Hurricanes were 1 of 12 on third downs, but special teams miscues and red-zone turnovers doomed the Hokies. (For more on the game, check out CBSSports.com's Eye on College Football blog)
Play of the week: Shawn Petty threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to WR Stefon Diggs as time expired. The play didn't make a difference in the outcome of Maryland's 33-13 loss to Georgia Tech, but the Terrapins had already lost QBs C.J. Brown, Perry Hills, Devin Burns and Caleb Rowe to season-ending injuries. Freshman RB Wes Brown took direct snaps in the team's wild crab offense until he asuffered a foot injury in the first half. Health permitting, the converted linebacker Petty will be Maryland's starting quarterback the rest of the season, with a converted tight end backing him up. Petty's second scoring pass to Diggs gave the Terps a much-needed boost of confidence.
He said what? Virginia Tech QB Thomas on skipping postgame media availability after Thursday's loss to Miami.
VT's Logan Thomas: "I didn't really have anything to say to you guys. Y'all are going to ask the same questions you ask every game." #Hokies— Mike Barber (@RTD_MikeBarber) November 4, 2012
RapidReports defensive star of the week: DT Chris Brathwaite, Virginia. The sophomore had five tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble as the Cavaliers' defense had its best day of the season.
RapidReports offensive star of the week: Clemson's Boyd threw four touchdown passes in the first quarter in a win over Duke and had 388 yards of offense before halftime, breaking the school record by 100 yards. He passed for 344 yards in just under three quarters, threw for five touchdowns and ran for another.
His seat is getting uncomfortable: NC State coach Tom O'Brien. He was criticized last week for his conservative playcalling, which gave North Carolina just enough time to score a game-winning touchdown. This week, NC State was never in the game against Virginia, and fans emptied the stadium late in the game to cross the parking lot and wait in line for the basketball team's exhibition game.
A possible spot on the bench for: NC State CB David Amerson. Considered one of the top cover men in the nation during preseason, Amerson's rocky season continued against Virginia. He appeared to have an angle to stop QB Phillip Sims on a first-quarter touchdown run, but Amerson inexplicably pulled up short and allowed Sims to get inside the pylon. Later in the quarter, he was part of a blown coverage that left Darius Jennings wide open in the end zone for an 18-yard score.
Why you care about these three stat lines:
- Georgia Tech's offense topped last week's yardage total nine minutes before the half. Brigham Young held the Yellow Jackets to 157 yards of offense last week in a 41-17 blowout. Tech had 170 yards after a second-quarter touchdown drive put the Yellow Jackets up 20-0 on Maryland.
- Virginia more than doubled its season turnover total against NC State. The Cavaliers entered Saturday's game with one interception and four turnovers, and they were ranked last in the NCAA in turnover margin. Virginia intercepted Mike Glennon three times and recovered two fumbles.
- Maryland allowed more rushing touchdowns Saturday than in its previous eight games. The Terrapins had allowed just three rushing touchdowns this season and were holding teams to 77.6 rushing yards a game and 2.3 yards per rush. After Tech rushed for 370 yards and five touchdowns, Maryland's averages are 110 yards a game and 3.0 per rush.
Key number: 229. Virginia outrushed NC State 248 to 19. The Wolfpack had zero rushing yards at the half.
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