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ACC helmet stickers: Week 2

September, 8, 2013
Week 2 is in the books. Here are the ACC's top performers:

Miami's defense: Linebacker Denzel Perryman recorded 13 tackles and forced a fumble, and Tyriq McCord sacked Jeff Driskel late in the fourth quarter, forcing a fumble that proved the difference in the game. In all, Miami forced three fumbles, picked off two passes, sacked Driskel twice and held Florida to 2.8 yards per carry on the ground. Not bad for a group that ranked dead last in the ACC in rushing defense a year ago.

Boston College running back Andre Williams: The senior carried the ball a whopping 35 times en route to 204 yards rushing and a touchdown in a win over Wake Forest. It was Williams' second 100-yard performance of the season. Williams carried the ball eight straight times on BC's final drive, running the last five minutes off the clock and helping the Eagles to match their win total from 2012 after just two games.

Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown: No, Brown didn't quite repeat his impressive Week 1 performance against Florida International, but he came close. The senior threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns and ran four times and scored twice more versus Old Dominion. Through two games, Brown has already collected nine touchdowns. A year ago, no Maryland QB accounted for more than 11 touchdowns all season. More good news for Maryland: Brown wasn't the only playmaker. Stefon Diggs racked up a career-best 179 yards receiving, and Brandon Ross ran for 149 yards and a score.

Duke quarterback Brandon Connette: Starter Anthony Boone went down with a broken collarbone in the second quarter, but that didn't doom Duke's chances at its first 2-0 start since 1998. Connette, a junior with just 45 career passing attempts entering the game, came on to rally the Blue Devils' offense. For the game, he completed 14 of 21 passes for 198 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns to help Duke to a 28-14 win over Memphis.

NC State's two-minute offense: In what was hardly a vintage performance for the Wolfpack against FCS foe Richmond, the two-minute drill to end the game worked to perfection, capped by kicker Niklas Sade's 48-yard, game-winning field goal with 33 seconds remaining. NC State trailed 21-13 at the half but forced a turnover deep in Richmond territory to set up a third-quarter touchdown, then drove the ball 48 yards on seven plays in the final two minutes of action, setting up Sade's game winner, which cleared the goal post with ease. QB Pete Thomas was 4-of-5 for 31 yards passing on the drive.

March on 2012: FSU vs. Miami 

July, 21, 2012
Looking forward to real, live football, NoleNation takes a run through Florida State’s 2012 schedule, going game-by-game to find the best storylines and matchups of the upcoming season.

Miami Hurricanes

Saturday, Oct. 20: Sun Life Stadium, Davie, Fla.

2011 record: 6-6 (3-5 ACC). Miami had trouble building any momentum during coach Al Golden's first season. They won consecutive games just once -- topping North Carolina and Georgia Tech in mid-October -- but finished the year at .500 overall. All six of the Hurricanes' losses, however, were by eight points or fewer.

Coach: Al Golden (6-6, second season)

Series record: 57th meeting, Miami leads 31-25.

Players to watch: Stephen Morris (QB, Jr.) will take over the starting job from Jacory Harris; Mike James (RB, Jr.) had eight total touchdowns last season; Denzel Perryman (LB, So.) had 69 tackles, 6.5 for a loss and forced two fumbles in 2011; Vaughn Telemaque (S, Sr.) had 59 tackles and an interception last season.

Potential storylines:

  1. Can FSU make it three in a row? Jimbo Fisher has yet to return Florida State to the lofty heights it reached in the 1980s and 90s, but if the first step in rebuilding the tradition is reclaiming the throne from the Seminoles' chief rivals, Fisher has been a rousing success. FSU has now toppled in-state rivals Florida and Miami in each of the past two seasons, and the Seminoles are likely to be heavily favored against the Hurricanes once again in 2012. Florida State hasn't beaten Miami three straight times since it took five in a row from 1995 through 1999.
SAN ANTONIO – Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl (1 p.m. ET on NBC) will include verbal commitments from 14 top prospects, six from the West roster and eight from the East.

ESPNU 150 defensive back Shaq Thompson (Sacramento, Calif./Grant) will choose among Cal, Oregon, Notre Dame and Washington. At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, Thompson, a four-star safety is the No. 2 player in California and No. 3 safety in the country. Among national prospects, he is the 22nd-ranked player overall.

ESPNU 150 defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy (Monrovia, Calif./Monrovia) is expected to choose between California and USC. A four-star player, McCarthy added that he may choose to decide at a later date. McCarthy, at 6-5 and 311 pounds, is the fourth-ranked defensive tackle and fifth-ranked player in California. He is ranked No. 43 among all national prospects.

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