Sunday, November 3, 2013
ACC helmet stickers: Week 10
By David M. Hale
Florida State delivered another big pitch for a BCS championship bid, Virginia Tech's spiral continued, Georgia Tech locked up bowl eligibility, and North Carolina and Syracuse took big steps toward doing the same. But these are the top individual performances of Week 10 in the ACC.
Florida State tailback Devonta Freeman: On a night when Jameis Winston was off his game -- for him, 325 yards and one touchdown constitutes an off night -- the ground game picked up the slack for FSU, and the rushing attack was led by Freeman. The Miami native had 176 yards of offense and scored three TDs. His 48-yard receiving touchdown was the game's highlight, but he delivered a series of punishing blows running the football that set the tone in a physical rivalry game.
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd: His 33-yard scoring throw to Sammy Watkins to open the game gave Boyd 113 touchdown passes for his career, passing former NC State QB Philip Rivers as the ACC's all-time leader. Boyd didn't stop there. He finished the game 24-of-29 for 377 yards and three TDs (plus a fourth touchdown on the ground), including a 96-harder to Watkins on the first drive of the third quarter that ended Boyd's afternoon. For his part, Watkins finished the game with eight catches for 169 yards, too.
Boston College defensive end Kasim Edebali: All due respect to tailback Andre Williams, who had another stellar performance with 33 carries for 166 yards and two touchdowns, but it was the BC defense that was the story in Saturday's win over Virginia Tech. The Eagles forced four turnovers, including a 33-yard interception return for a score by Kevin Pierre-Louis. But of all the big performances on D, Edebali may have been the most impressive. The senior finished with a game-high eight tackles, including three for a loss with two sacks. Edebali also broke up a pass and forced three fumbles.
Georgia Tech running back Robert Godhigh: The Yellow Jackets are going bowling once again, picking up win No. 6 against Pitt on Saturday. It was a solid overall performance for Georgia Tech, but Godhigh was the showstopper. The senior running back racked up 89 yards on just six carries, including two touchdowns. Godhigh has emerged as a big-play threat in the past two weeks, totaling 247 yards of offense (and three TDs) on just 13 touches. Godhigh had scores of 33 and 11 yards Saturday.
Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald: The Panthers did little on offense against Georgia Tech, but Donald was so good on defense, he deserves a helmet sticker even in a losing effort. Donald finished with 11 tackles -- all solo -- including a whopping six for a loss. Donald had a sack and forced two fumbles in the effort, too.