|Florida State QB EJ Manuel turned the ball over four times in Saturday's 37-26 loss to Florida. (US Presswire)|
Virginia Tech 17, Virginia 14: Cody Journell hit a game-winning 29-yard field goal as time expired to give Virginia Tech (6-6, 4-4 ACC) its ninth consecutive win over in-state rival Virginia (4-8, 2-6 ACC). The game turned when the Cavaliers failed on a fake field goal up 14-7 midway through the third quarter. Virginia Tech took over and went 85 yards in 15 plays for the game-tying score. Hokies QB Logan Thomas threw for 129 yards and a touchdown and also ran for 89 yards and a score. Virginia managed just 217 total yards and 30 rushing yards.
No. 3 Georgia 42, Georgia Tech 10: Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall each rushed for two touchdowns as Georgia (11-1, 7-1 SEC) hammered Georgia Tech (6-6, 5-3 ACC) in the annual rivalry game. Despite only having the ball for 20:04, the Bulldogs used big plays to run up the score on Tech. The Yellow Jackets had two turnovers, including a fumble inside the 5-yard line, and didn't reach the end zone until they trailed by 39. (For more on this game, check out CBSSports.com's Eye on College Football blog)
Miami 52, Duke 45: Miami (7-5, 5-3 ACC) tied for first place in the Coastal Division with a win over Duke (6-6, 3-5) in a shootout. RB Duke Johnson rushed for 176 yards and three touchdowns, passing Clinton Portis for the most yards in a season by a Miami freshman (947). Mike James rushed for one touchdown and took a screen pass 72 yards for another. For Duke, Sean Renfree connected with Jamison Crowder on a 99-yard touchdown pass, the longest in school history.
Vanderbilt 55, Wake Forest 21: Vanderbilt (8-4, 5-3 SEC) scored 28 consecutive points, and Wake Forest (5-7, 3-5 ACC) lost in an attempt to win its sixth game and become bowl eligible. The Demon Deacons had no answer for RB Zac Stacy, who ran for 180 yards and two touchdowns, capped by a 90-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter. Wake QB Tanner Price continued to struggle. He was 17 of 36 for 182 yards and an interception.
North Carolina 45, Maryland 38: RB Giovani Bernard rushed for 163 yards and QB Bryn Renner passed for 305 as North Carolina (8-4, 5-3 ACC) held off Maryland (4-8, 2-6 ACC) in a wild game. Renner threw two touchdown passes in the first three minutes, and the Tar Heels appeared to be on their way to a blowout, but Maryland scored three touchdowns in 34 seconds surrounding halftime. For Maryland, RB Brandon Ross rushed for 141 yards, and WR Stefon Diggs had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
NC State 27, Boston College 10: NC State (7-5, 4-4 ACC) scored two touchdowns in 51 seconds during the third quarter to pull away from Boston College (2-10, 1-7 ACC) in what was likely coach Frank Spaziani's final game. Wolfpack QB Mike Glennon hit WR Tobais Palmer for an 8-yard touchdown with 1:14 left in the third quarter to go up 20-10. Boston College QB Chase Rettig threw an interception on the first play of the ensuing drive, and Glennon hit Palmer for a 25-yard score two plays later. Glennon threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns.
No. 6 Florida 37, No. 10 Florida State 26: Florida (11-1, 7-1 SEC) scored 24 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to snap a two-game skid against in-state rival Florida State (10-2, 7-1 ACC). With a 20-16 lead, Florida State QB EJ Manuel lost a fumble after a big hit from Florida LB Antonio Morrison. The Gators scored on the next play to take a 23-20 lead it would not relinquish as RB Mike Gillislee ran it in from 37 yards. Florida State turned the ball over five times. Manuel threw for 182 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions. He also ran for 54 yards and two scores, one of which came as time expired when the game was already decided. (For more on this game, check out CBSSports.com's Eye on College Football blog)
|Clemson QB Tajh Boyd threw for a touchdown and ran for a score against South Carolina. (US Presswire)|
No. 13 South Carolina 27, No. 12 Clemson 17: South Carolina (10-2, 6-2 SEC) shut down the Clemson (10-2, 7-1 ACC) offense over the last three quarters to beat the Tigers for the fourth year in a row. Clemson put up 163 yards and two touchdowns in its first three drives but managed just 164 yards and three points the rest of the way. Clemson QB Tajh Boyd threw for 183 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. WR DeAndre Hopkins was held to season-lows of one catch and 43 receiving yards, but he did haul in a touchdown for the ninth consecutive game. South Carolina QB Dylan Thompson threw for 310 yards, three touchdowns and an interception filling in for injured starter Connor Shaw (foot). Gamecocks DE Jadeveon Clowney had five sacks. (For more on this game, check out CBSSports.com's Eye on College Football blog)
Play of the week: With the game tied at 14, Virginia lined up for a third-and-10 from its 24-yard line late in the fourth quarter. QB Michael Rocco dropped back to pass and targeted WR Tim Smith near the left sideline. Rocco floated a pass, and Virginia Tech CB Antone Exum stepped in front of Smith to make the interception. The Hokies took over with 3:21 to play and eventually kicked the game-winning field goal as time expired, making them bowl eligible for the 20th consecutive season.
He said what? Duke coach David Cutcliffe to the ACC Network during halftime of his team's game against Miami: “It's been a long time since we've played good football.”
RapidReports defensive star of the week: DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State. Although the Seminoles did not have the best day as a unit, Werner played very well. He had six tackles. 3.5 sacks, four tackles for loss and a fumble recovery in his team's 37-26 home loss to Florida. The offense didn't do Florida State's defense many favors, turning the ball over five times.
RapidReports offensive star of the week: RB Johnson, Miami. Johnson had 16 carries for 176 yards, an 11 yards-per-carry average in the 52-45 win over Duke. His three touchdowns came with Miami nursing a lead of one score or less over Duke, including the 65-yard touchdown below in the third quarter. Johnson had 277 all-purpose yards.
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His seat is getting uncomfortable: Mike London, Virginia. The third-year Cavaliers coach lost to in-state rival Virginia Tech once again, and London shoulders a lot of the blame for his team's 17-14 loss. First, he called for a fake field goal up 14-7 that failed with the wind at his team's back. Then, he saved two timeouts at the end of the game to try to ice Journell on a 29-yard attempt. Had he used his timeouts, Virginia could have had the ball back with a little under a minute to play. It led former Virginia and current Texans QB Matt Schaub to tweet this with a message to former Hokie LT and current teammate Duane Brown:
Terrible clock management by my wahoos today. Could've had a min left for O by using TOs. @duanebrown76 dont make me look to bad next week.— Matt Schaub (@MSchaub8) November 24, 2012
A possible spot on the bench for: QB Price, Wake Forest. Price was 17 of 36 for 182 yards and an interception in his team's 55-21 loss to Vanderbilt. It was the fourth time this season that Price has failed to complete half his passes. In Wake Forest's past three games, Price has failed to throw a touchdown pass and has not thrown for more than 182 yards.
Why you care about these three stat lines:
- Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas threw 38 passes and ran the ball 29 times against Virginia. Thomas has been inconsistent and has come under criticism this season, but he carries a large load for his offense. Thomas has been the most consistent runner for a team that has been unable to find a go-to back, and he made enough plays for Virginia Tech to slip by Virginia.
- Georgia averaged 7.2 yards per play against Georgia Tech's defense. The Yellow Jackets outgained the Bulldogs 426-379 and won the time of possession battle by 19:52. However, whenever Georgia had the ball, Georgia Tech offered little resistance. Excluding a drive that ran out the clock in the first half, Georgia scored a touchdown on six of its first seven possessions.
- Florida State allowed 243 rushing yards against Florida. The Seminoles led the country in rushing defense coming into this week, giving up just 70.6 yards per game. The Gators averaged 5.3 yards per carry Saturday and racked up 107 more rushing yards than any other team managed against Florida State this season.
Key number: 0-4. The ACC went 0-4 in its matchups against the SEC on Saturday. In those four games, the ACC was outscored by a combined 161-74. Needless to say, it was hardly a banner day for the conference.
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