Seminoles closing in on title
From Florida State's injuries in the secondary to Virginia's problems on the ground, the ACC is covered here.
Boston College lost pretty much any chance of landing in the ACC championship game in Jacksonville with its 30-10 loss to Virginia Tech. The Seminoles would have to lose their last two conference games and BC would need to win its remaining three. But coach Tom O'Brien said he isn't worried about his team bogging down. "I haven't thought that would be the case. There's still so much for us to accomplish this year. I'm sure there's disappointment that we're out of the ACC race right now, but we know there are still bowl games to accomplish, winning seasons and all those types of things." Linebacker/fullback Brian Toal has gotten a lot of attention this season for his contributions in BC's goal-line offense, but he's contributing plenty on defense, as well. Against Virginia Tech, Toal tied for the team high with 11 tackles. He has run for six touchdowns and nine first downs on 20 carries.
Coach Tommy Bowden hinted that quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, the school record holder with 27 consecutive starts, might not start against Duke because of soreness in his right arm. Whitehurst missed two practices last week because of the problem and struggled during the 10-9 loss to Georgia Tech. He needed to take cortisone shots to get through the Tech game. If Whitehurst doesn't start, junior Will Proctor likely will replace him. Proctor, a former receiver, has played in three games this season and thrown 10 passes. For the second time this season, the Tigers held an opponent to 10 points and lost. The secondary did a stellar job on Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson, holding the standout receiver to four catches for 47 yards. Last season, Johnson caught three touchdowns against the Tigers. Freshman tailback James Davis played two snaps against Tech, a little more than two weeks after fracturing his left wrist and undergoing surgery. Davis carried once for a 1-yard gain while playing with a cast to protect the injury. Clemson remains the only Division I-A team not to have lost a fumble this season.
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