Here's a quick look at what happened throughout the ACC today:
NORTH CAROLINA 29, NOTRE DAME 24:This was by far the best game in the ACC this weekend, and it went down to the wire. UNC deserves credit for finding a way to win each week, and this time they did it without their top playmaker, Brandon Tate. The Tar Heels definitely got some help from Notre Dame's turnovers, but deserve credit for forcing some of them. North Carolina proved itself worth of a spot in the top 25. This is one team you don't want to make mistakes against.
GEORGIA TECH 10, GARDNER-WEBB 7: Brutal. The Yellow Jackets took a step back and played terribly against an FCS opponent. It should have been a win they got with their eyes closed -- even with their third-string quarterback -- and it came down to the wire. They had to wait to exhale until three seconds left in the game, when Derrick Morgan tipped a 43-yard field goal attempt. They won, but didn't entirely avoid embarrassment.
MIAMI 20, UCF 14: The young Hurricanes got what they needed, but didn't look too impressive in the process. Miami can use inexperience and injuries as an excuse, but should still be further ahead in the development process midway through the season. Is offensive coordinator Patrick Nix limited by what the young players can't do? If so, how much of a grace period does the staff get to prepare them?
VIRGINIA 35, ECU 20: Kudos to the Cavaliers. They've proven to be a legitimate contender in the Coastal Division, and made the statement that their win over Maryland was a foreshadowing of their potential, not a fluke. The entire team has done exactly what coach Al Groh asked, and that's to rally around the heart of this team -- Cedric Peerman.
(Editor’s Note: The Wahoos also ran a very successful trick play – a fake field goal that iced the game. We will get you a video ASAP. Heather went easy on the Jackets. Prior to yesterday Gardner-Webb had lost to Tennessee Tech, Sam Houston State and Charleston Southern. As we say around here: YIKE!)
(Photos Georgia Tech's Jonathan Dwyer runs for a touchdown, photo by Johnny Crawford/ajc.com. Al Groh by Andrew Shurtleff/UVa Media Relations. Miami Hurricanes Lee Chambers runs for the first down. AP Photo.)