Saturday, November 1, 2008

HEWITT: LESS IS MORE

by Ken Tysiac/Raleigh News & Observer

Just when you think you’ve heard it all, a college basketball coach offers to give back a portion of his salary.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said he’d do it if the NCAA would shorten the college basketball season. It starts Nov. 10 in the ACC with Presbyterian at Duke.Hewitt would prefer to start after Thanksgiving and play fewer games.

“You want to pro-rate my salary, go ahead,” Hewitt said. “I would do it tomorrow. Because it just puts a lot of stress on our guys.”

In 2006, the NCAA approved a 27-game regular-season schedule, plus an "exempt" tournament that can be up to four games. Teams that don't play an exempt tournament can play 29 regular-season games.

Previously, teams played a 26-game regular season and were limited to two exempt tournaments in a four-year period. Now teams can play 31 games every season.
Hewitt said the extra games increased pressure on young men who already are struggling to manage challenging academic and athletic responsibilities.

"I do find it interesting that we talk out of both sides of our mouth about the need to graduate and the need to make sure the grades are good,” Hewitt said. “And we keep increasing the standards, but we don’t give the kids any more time to be successful.”

Following Georgia Tech’s run to the 2004 NCAA championship game, Hewitt emerged as one of college basketball’s most passionate reformers. He is the only Division I coach on a coalition of experts from across the basketball landscape who have begun an initiative to improve youth basketball in the United States.

He is a member of the NCAA’s Academic Enhancement Group, which is attempting to develop strategies to improve classroom performance in men’s basketball.Shortening the schedule is one strategy that he believes makes sense.

“We’re putting the kids in a very, very tough spot with the amount of class time we ask them to miss,” Hewitt said. “We really infringe on their preparation time for first-semester final exams.”

Friday, October 31, 2008

POY HANSBROUGH HURT

No, not Toly, the real one.

North Carolina star Tyler Hansbrough is out of practice indefinitely with a stress reaction condition in his right shin.

The reigning Associated Press player of the year did not practice Thursday. Instead, he underwent an MRI that revealed the stress reaction, which if not properly treated could lead to a stress fracture, team spokesman Steve Kirschner said.

"He'll be ok," Hansbrough's father, Gene, told ESPN.com's Andy Katz. "His leg's been bothering him for a couple of weeks. It's a stress reaction and he needs to rest a bit. He just needs time to let it heal. There is no reason for him to limp through it."

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

WAHOO-ON-WAHOO CRIME

Oh, and how those Hoos love to make fun of all the other miscreants in the league…Well tighten your bow ties gents and take your medicine.

Not only did this kid (allegedly) commit a crime, he committed one of the stupidest crimes there is…he broke into a dorm room.

Now if you are going to break in somewhere and steal some stuff, don’t you break in somewhere where there’s something worth taking? You know, like a local mansion or penthouse. Really, what does the average dorm room heist yield? Some beer, a bong, a three ring notebook, a dog eared copy of Lord of the Rings, a knock-off MP3 player, a “Borat” DVD and some Cheetos?

Dude…

Evidently the story goes like this: Virginia fullback RaShawn Jackson is facing felony charges in connection with a campus burglary committed in 2007.

University police said Wednesday that Jackson faces one count of breaking and entering and one count of grand larceny in connection with the break-in at Cauthen Dormitory last November.
NBC-29 in Charlottesville reported that Jackson turned himself in Tuesday and was freed on bond. Police said no additional details were immediately available.

It also was not immediately clear why it took more than 11 months for charges to be placed in the case, but the arrest did not affect Jackson's status on the football team.

"At this time RaShawn Jackson is still a participating member of the football team," athletic director Craig Littlepage said in a statement distributed Wednesday night.

"This matter will be handled within the team and the athletics department, and his final status with the team will not be determined until such time as the legal process is resolved or additional information becomes available," Littlepage said.

The athletic department said it will have no additional comments until the case is resolved.
Jackson has a hearing scheduled in Albemarle General District Court on Nov. 20.

(Photos by Getty Images and AP Photo by Gerry Broome)

AND THEN DEPRESSION SET IN…

Just when it looked like Al Groh had cemented his stay in C’ville with four straight wins since a horrific loss to Duke, things actually got worse.

Word is out that Miller-Coors has discontinued sales of the malt beverage known as Zima.

Oh, the humanity!

Here’s what Dick Maynard at the Grand Junction Colorado Sentinel had to say:

“Zima — it means “winter” in Russian — was supposedly brought to market in 1993 as an alternative for those who couldn’t stand the taste of beer. Unfortunately, by the time Zima was in full scale production, the under-25 male population had returned to beer as its frothy libation of choice, while lady friends cast their votes for Smirnoff Ice.

Of late, Zima and its ilk, collectively known as alco-pops, are marketed, almost exclusively, to the female half of the population. I profess no real “foo-foo” drink knowledge. An occasional Mike’s Hard Lemonade quenches a hot summer day thirst, but mojitos in a bottle have a “so this is what charcoal starter tastes like” quality best described as a crime against humanity.

While most imbibers found Zima’s taste somewhere between “you’ve got to be kidding” and “yuck,” the brand’s advertising was even worse. Remember, “Zima is Zomething different. Zo have one today.” In response to Zima TV ads continually substituting the letter ‘S” with a “Z,” shirts imprinted with the words “Zima Zucks” became a big seller.”

Don’t panic though, there is still enough inventory to last through December.

Somewhere, zillions of Hokies and Colin Cow-turd are laughing.

UNDER THE M.A.S.H. TENT

VIRGINIA TECH – Taylor and Glennon both limping around in the boot. Luckily for the Hokies, they have a bye this week. Cory Holt is running the offense for now. He’s a fifth-year senior who has already graduated and he’s backed up by tight end Greg Boone.

CLEMSON - Clemson running back and return specialist C.J. Spiller is expected to play against Boston College on Saturday after missing the past seven quarters with a pulled hamstring.

UNC - The Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates, who fractured his left ankle in a September game against Virginia Tech, was cleared to rejoin full practices this week.
Even so, coach Butch Davis said Cam Sexton will continue as the Tar Heels' starter -- even when Yates has been cleared for game participation. Translation: Sexton is our QB until we are losing.

WAKE – Kicker and offense tsunami Sam Swank is kicking a volleyball and “practicing his stroke” in the pool. Hmmm.

DUKE – Duke junior cornerback Leon Wright will miss the remainder of the 2008 season due to a left hamstring injury, Blue Devil head coach David Cutcliffe announced on Thursday.

FLORIDA STATE – Well it’s not an injury, but out is out. Florida State wide receiver Corey Surrency is suspended for Saturday's game at Georgia Tech for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

ACC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

OFFENSIVE BACK—Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina, WR, 6-1, 210, Jr., Charlotte, N.C. In North Carolina’s 45-24 victory over No. 23 Boston College, Nicks became the first Tar Heel to score four touchdowns in a game since 2006. He had a career-high three touchdown receptions (26, 40 and 43 yards) and finished with eight catches for 139 yards receiving and three carries for 31 yards.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN—Will Barker, Virginia, Tackle, 6-7, 315, Jr., Bryn Mawr, Pa. Barker played every snap in the Cavaliers’ 24-17 win over Georgia Tech and was the line’s second-highest grader while going up against the Yellow Jacket’s stellar defensive ends. He did not allow a sack as Virginia completed 29-of-39 passing for a season high 270 yards.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN—Everette Brown, Florida State, DE, 6-4, 246, Jr., Stantonsburg, N.C. Brown sacked the Hokie quarterbacks three times becoming the first FSU player to record three sacks in a game since Alonzo Jackson in 2002. His four tackles for loss pushed Brown’s career total to 36.5 moving him past Corey Simon (33) into sole possession of sixth place all-time at Florida State.

DEFENSIVE BACK—Kendric Burney, North Carolina, CB, 5-9, 185, So., Jacksonville, N.C. Burney intercepted two passes, broke up a pass and posted eight tackles, including one for a 2-yard loss, in UNC’s 45-24 win over No. 23 Boston College. Burney returned his second half interception to the BC one-yard line.

SPECIALIST—Graham Gano, Florida State, PK/P, 6-1, 197, Sr., Pensacola, Fla.Gano made three field goals in FSU’s 30-20 win over Virgina Tech, converting on attempts from 50, 46 and 29 yards, respectively. He broke the school record with his 13th consecutive field goal and extended his own school record with a 50-yard field goal in a four straight games.

ROOKIE— Robert Marve, Miami, Quarterback, 6-1, 210, R-Fr., Tampa, Fla.Marve accounted for 209 of Miami’s 296 yards in leading Miami to a 16-10 win over Wake Forest. He completed 11-of-20 passes for 153 yards and rushed nine times for 56 yards including his first career rushing touchdown, becoming the eighth freshmen to score for the Hurricanes this season.

(Hicks and Burney – Zeke Smith, and Gano – Getty Images)

WHERE IS IT ALL GONNA END?

We thought we’d take a quick look at where all of this is gonna end up. As crazy as the ACC season has been to date, there is still a bunch of football to be played.

We'll begin by reviewing the standings (conference record and remaining games only, as that's all that's ultimately relevant). We’re throwing N.C. State and Clemson under the bus as hopeless, and examining the rest of the field.

We have to tell you, everybody’s schedule looks difficult relatively speaking.

November is going to be interesting for a variety of reasons.

MARYLAND - 3-1, at Va. Tech, North Carolina, Florida State, at BC – The Terps are very interesting as they could win or lose all of their remaining games.

FLORIDA STATE - 3-1, at Georgia Tech, Clemson, BC, at Maryland – The Noles have two things that continue to improve and make them a better football team – a mobile freshman QB and a running game.

VIRGINIA - 3-1, Miami, at Wake, Clemson, at Virginia Tech. In spite of the simple fact that their fans want them to lose so they can be rid of Al “Must Go” Groh, the Wahoos will continue to win. Then they will go to a bowl game and puke on themselves. History has a nasty habit of repeating itself, and the anti-Groh forces will be in full throat.

BOSTON COLLEGE - 2-2, Clemson, at Florida State, at Wake, Maryland – While the win over the Hokies made the Eagles look good, the whoopin’ in Chapel Hill made them look like a fraud.

WAKE FOREST - 2-2, Duke, Virginia, at N.C. State, BC – They can’t score, so that makes them the new FSU. They’re doomed.

VIRGINIA TECH - 2-2, - Maryland, at Miami, Duke, Virginia - the Hokies offense sucked when the first - and second- string QBs were in the game. How is the third-string guy and the tight end gonna make it better? They could lose to both Duke and Virginia to end the season…(Don’t hate us Hokie Nation, it is what it is!)

GEORGIA TECH - 3-2, Florida State, at North Carolina, Miami - Veer, wishbone, option, you say “tomato” we say “doesn’t hold up in November.” The Jackets are good, but not as good as first thought. FSU game will tell the tale.

NORTH CAROLINA - 2-2, Georgia Tech, at Maryland, N.C. State, at Duke – the remaining schedule certainly favors the Heels getting GT and rival NCSU at home. Trip to College Park could be the toughest test. An improved Duke bunch makes the traditional year-end rivalry game more interesting, not to mention, risky.

MIAMI – 2-2, at Virginia, Virginia Tech, at Georgia Tech, North Carolina State – like the Terps, they could find a way to win or lose all of these games. Revenge could be a factor this week v. the Hoos.

DUKE – 1-2, at Wake, N.C. State, at Clemson, at Virginia Tech, North Carolina. The improved Blue Devils may be a force to reckon with in the near future, but not this year. Their November is formidable.

(UNC/BC - Zeke Smith, Beamer - Hokies Photo from Reuter’s Pictures, Fridge - AP Photo Mary Ann Chastain)
(And props to our buddy Bogart for the now famous and quite old quote: "Brandon: when is it all gonna end?"

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"Tell you what, Al Groh's a lot smarter than all you jokers gave him credit for about four weeks ago. I don't know anything about football, but, at this juncture, he might have done the best coaching job I've seen anyone do in my five years in the ACC."

– Seth Greenberg, Virginia Tech head basketball coach.


(Photo by Stanley Leary/AP Photo)

WHO YOU CALLIN’ A MORON?

http://www.todaysaccheadlines.com/2008/03/and-while-were-at-it.html

We got a comment to an old post the other day, and this particular Duke apologist called us a “f***in moron.” Now that wasn’t right. Nor was it correct.

The post is about a horrible "no call" in the Duke v. Belmont NCAA tournament game last spring. Greg Paulus grabs an errant ball and throws it back in bounds long after he has stepped out of bounds.

Said commenter called us a moron because, according to his view of the world, Paulus “called a timeout.”

No anonymous commenter, he didn’t. Go back and watch the video. To his credit, he tried to call timeout, but the ref ignored him and let the play keep going. If you watch the entire video, one of the replays shows a Duke player catching said pass and dribbling up the court. There is no indication of any stoppage of play that we can see.

Besides, you should stop reading TAH if you don’t have a good sense of humor. If you are still cranky about barely beating a #15 seed some eight months ago, you are way too uptight for these pages!

OLD NEWS

North Carolina received all 31 first-place votes as the unanimous No. 1 in the preseason ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll, which was released Thursday. After losing a big chunk of its roster, the Jayhawks debut at No. 23 following a 37-3 season.

Since ESPN began participating in the coaches' poll in 1997-98 -- USA Today began the poll in 1991 -- the Tar Heels are the first unanimous preseason No. 1. They're also the top-ranked team for the second straight preseason.

ESPN/USA Today Poll
1. NORTH CAROLINA (31) 0-0 775
2. Connecticut 0-0 707
3. Louisville 0-0 694
4. UCLA 0-0 650
5. DUKE 0-0 578
6. Pittsburgh 0-0 576
7. Michigan State 0-0 572
8. Texas 0-0 538
9. Notre Dame 0-0 525
10. Purdue 0-0 465
11. Gonzaga 0-0 437
12. Memphis 0-0 425
13. Tennessee 0-0 408
14. Oklahoma 0-0 387
15. Arizona State 0-0 304
16. MIAMI (FL) 0-0 233
17. Marquette 0-0 219
18. Georgetown 0-0 175
19. Florida 0-0 161
20. Davidson 0-0 158
21. USC 0-0 153
21. Wisconsin 0-0 153
23. Kansas 0-0 130
24. WAKE FOREST 0-0 129
25. Villanova 0-0 122

FOOTBALL SATURDAY

Saturday, Nov 1st

MIAMI @ VIRGINIA (-2), 12:00 PM, Charlottesville, Va., TV: RAYCOM (XM190/Sirius219)

DUKE @ WAKE FOREST (-8), 3:30 PM, Winston-Salem, N.C., TV: ESPN360, (XM190/Sirius213)

CLEMSON @ BOSTON COLLEGE (-4), 3:30 PM, Chestnut Hill, Mass., TV: ESPNU , (XM192/Sirius212)

FLORIDA STATE @ GEORGIA TECH (-2.5), 3:30 PM, Atlanta, Ga., TV: ABC/ESPN, (XM191/Sirius219)

IT'S STILL A LITTLE TENSE DOWN AT KLIMPSON

Evidently, new Clemson head coach Dabo Sweeney invited some students to practice this week to participate in some on the field drills with the team.

Here is the follow up sent to TAH by B. Hokie Schulen’s uncle who’s a prof at Kimpson.

An email to the entire student body from Coach Sweeney:
Dear Student Body,
First of all, I would like to offer a sincere thank you for the turnout at practice yesterday. To have hundreds of students attend practice was an inspiration and motivation for the coaches and players alike. I hope all of you enjoyed your afternoon of watching practice, meeting the players and staff, and even kicking some field goals and throwing some passes.

I am sending all of you this email because your work is far from over. Next Saturday Clemson travels to Boston College to take on the Eagles. We need you to follow this team and be loud and proud in the stands during our game. We have several opportunities planned for all of those who travel to this game with us.

You are all invited to participate in the pre-game warmup on the field. When you arrive at the stadium, just show security your student ID card and you will be escorted to the playing field where you will have the opportunity to participate in the pregame pass skeletons, blocking drills, and all other warm-up activities. Imagine the effect it would have on the Boston College football team to look at our side of the field during warmups and see the ENTIRE Clemson student body warming up, ready for action!

After warmups, you are invited to join the team in the locker room to hear the pre-game pep talk by 'Give the Team a Pep-Talk' contest winner, and Sophomore Accounting student, Susie Johnson (3rd from right above). I've already had a chance to read the rough draft of her speech, and it's FANTASTIC!


After you take your seats in the stands, and just before the game begins, volunteers will make their way to the stands and distribute hand-held electronic devices to all students. These electronic devices will allow you to vote for the next offensive play the Tigers will run. At the end of each offensive play, you have 15 seconds to vote for the next play. After 15 seconds, the votes will be tabulated and sent to me.

I will then relay that play in to the Quarterback. Below is a photo of the voting device. Please familiarize yourself with the device before the game, as 15 seconds will go quickly after each play. NOTE: I have instructed the staff to disable the 'BRING DANNY BACK' option, as I really want the job for myself. Please disregard this option on the remote.

Nice, Klimpson, NICE!

(Sweeney -AP Photo by Richard Shiro)

THE RIDDLE WATCH

Scott Riddle went 30 for 45 for 263 yards and 2 touchdowns. Problem is he also tossed 3 picks while being sacked three times. In the end, #4 Wofford throttled 3rd ranked Elon 55-20.

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

CELEBRATE…The Phillies won the World Series last night for the city’s first major championship in over 25 years. Needless to say, Phil’s fans celebrated.

Among other things, before they left they passed banners and shirts down to a police officer so he can rub them in the dirt so they can have dirt from the field.

Nice, Philadelphia, NICE!

(Photos by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images and AFP Images)
THUNDER…The Milwaukee Bucks spoiled the debut of the Oklahoma City (Seattle) Thunder (Supersonics) with an 98-87 win on Wednesday night.

NBA Commish David Stern did allow the Thunder to wear cowboy hats and utilize a trampoline on their end of the court…

(Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY 3

OFF YOU GO…Emirati Rally Champion Mohammed bin Sulayem (l) chairman of the organizing committee for the UAE Desert Challenge 2008 rally, gestures to Qatari driver Nasser al-Attiyeh and his co-driver Tina Thomer driving their BMW at the ceremonial start of the rally in Abu Dhabi on October 27, 2008.

More than 140 drivers are set to take part in the five day rally.

Here, Qatari driver Nasser al-Attiyah and his co-driver Swedish Tina Thomer driving the MBW X3 through the Liwa desert, south of Abu Dhabi.

(Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images and AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4


INFLATABLE ZIMA BOTTLE…which simply begs the question: Why, why, why?

Monday, October 27, 2008

RANKING THE ACC

In the polls and the BCS rankings, BC is out and UNC is in. Only FSU is showing any consistency and that's frightening for several reasons.

J.P. Giglio of the News & Observer has been kind enough to rate the ACC in his Late Hits column:

Here’s how he ranks the league after last weekend’s games:

T1. Florida State
T1. Maryland
T1. UNC
T1. Virginia Tech
T1. Georgia Tech
T1. Boston College
T1. Wake Forest
T1. Virginia
T1. Miami
10. Duke
11. Clemson
12. N.C. State

Sorting the ACC is like listening to Billy Squier’s greatest hits. Dude, is this “In the Dark” or “My Kinda Lover?” Who can tell the difference?

Duke's a step behind the top nine because it beat Virginia but couldn't close out Miami at home.

N.C. State and Clemson are the only teams kind enough to identify themselves.

Nine teams tied for first and a Billy Squier reference. Nice, J.P. NICE!

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO…

Duh…?

For the second straight season, North Carolina is the unanimous No.1 selection in the ACC's preseason basketball poll.

The Tar Heels received all 40 first-place votes yesterday in the annual poll of media members who cover the conference.

Duke was second in the poll, followed by Wake Forest, Miami, Clemson and Virginia Tech. Here is the complete poll, with voting totals in parentheses:
1. North Carolina (480)
2. Duke (436)
3. Wake Forest (354)
4. Miami (344)
5. Clemson (306)
6. Virginia Tech (298)
7. Maryland (192)
8. Georgia Tech (186)
9. N.C. State (179)
10. Florida State (145)
11. Boston College (123)
12. Virginia (79)

North Carolina senior center Tyler Hansbrough, who was the consensus national player of the year last season, was the unanimous selection as preseason player of the year.

Boston College guard Tyrese Rice (r) joined Hansbrough as a unanimous preseason All-ACC selection. Miami guard Jack McClinton, North Carolina guard Ty Lawson and Duke wing Gerald Henderson also were All-ACC selections.

Wake Forest freshman forward Al-Farouq Aminu was voted the preseason rookie of the year. He received 18 votes — 14 more than his nearest competitor, Virginia's Sylven Landesberg.

MAN PAINTS HOUSE BURGUNDY AND GOLD

D.C. Sports Blog hipped us to this, and it’s a peach, hone!

A gentleman in Cape Hatteras, NC got the green light from his wife to paint his house burgundy and gold. A fellow Skins fan spied same and stopped by to video the establishment.

We are led to believe this is probably a Monday as the conversation references a “bad” day prior…loss to Rams? We point this out as you will note the homeowner in question is sporting both a smoke and a Miller High Life.

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO…

Hmmm…

According to Luciana Chavez, Georgia Tech basketball coach Paul Hewitt does not really look like Democratic nominee Barack Obama. But both men are tall, lanky, and black so Hewitt is feeling the residue of a hotly contested Presidential election.

Someone approached Hewitt to ask about him about it on Sunday at the ACC media day. Before it went too far, Hewitt said, “I’ve already heard it all.”

It has gotten to the point, Hewitt said, that “I had a recruit call me Coach Obama."

Simply put, we don't see it either.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

OOPS…Redskin QB Jason Campbell is halfway through the 2008-2009 NFL regular season and he has yet to toss an interception. He does fumble, now and again though – twice yesterday in a win over the Detroit Lions.

(Photo by Toni L. Sandys-The Washington Post)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

BIG WAYNE…North Carolina's Wayne Ellington is introduced during the Late Night With Roy Williams NCAA college basketball scrimmage in Chapel Hill, N.C., Friday, Oct. 24, 2008. Fans got their first chance to see the 2008-2009 Tarheel basketball team at the event.

(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

LET’S GET READY TO FUMBLE…! Quarterback Terrell Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes fumbles the ball after being hit by defensive back Mark Rubin #9 of the Penn State Nittany Lions on October 25, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

Penn State recovered the ball and went on to score the game-winning touchdown.

(Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

IF IT WERE SOCCER…They’d call it all off. It looks like the Phils may have an insurmountable lead at 3-1 in the World Series.

Here, Joe Blanton #56 of the Philadelphia Phillies crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run as Dioner Navarro #30 of the Tampa Bay Rays during game four of the 2008 MLB World Series on October 26, 2008 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 5

JUST A BIT OUTSIDE...Tight end John Carlson #89 of the Seattle Seahawks lunges but can't make a catch in front of Manny Lawson #99 of the San Francisco 49ers in the first quarter at Candlestick Park on October 26, 2008 in San Francisco, California.

The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 34-13.

(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

HEELS, NOLES, TERPS, BOWL ELIGIBLE

North Carolina, Florida State, Maryland and Georgia Tech all got their sixth win yesterday.

NORTH CAROLINA 45, BOSTON COLLEGE 24

Hakeem Nicks #88 had three second-quarter touchdown catches and ran for a score in the fourth to help the Tar Heels beat Boston College 45-24 on Saturday, bouncing back from last week's road loss with what coach Butch Davis called "the most complete team game we've probably played" in his two seasons here.

Trimane Goddard added an interception return for a touchdown for the Tar Heels (6-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who fell behind 10-0 in the first quarter before roaring back.

MARYLAND 27, N.C. STATE 24

Obi Egekeze #39 kicked a 20-yard field goal with 6 seconds left, and Maryland kept North Carolina State winless in Atlantic Coast Conference play with a rain-soaked 27-24 victory Saturday.

The Terrapins (6-2, 3-1) got the ball on their own 8 with 4:50 remaining and moved 89 yards before Egekeze's winning kick. Chris Turner went 3-for-4 on the drive, including a 31-yard completion to running back Davin Meggett on a third-and-10 from the Wolfpack 35.
FLORIDA STATE 30, VIRGINIA TECH 20

Previously doomed Noles, get the best of Tech as both Hokie QBs leave the game injured.

The win leaves Florida State (6-1, 3-1 ACC) tied with Maryland for first place in the ACC's Atlantic Division and in control of its own destiny for a shot at the league's Dec. 6 championship game.

(Photoa by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images, AP Photo/Phil Coale and AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WAHOOS: FIRST PLACE…?

You kiddin’?

Nope.

Virginia rallied for the latest win in its comeback of a season, and now the Cavaliers find themselves in a most improbable spot.
First place.

Cedric Peerman (#37) rushed for 118 bruising yards, including the winning touchdown with 3 1/2 minutes left, and Virginia won its fourth straight with a 24-17 upset of No. 18 Georgia Tech on Saturday.

It was Virginia’s fourth win in a row over the Yellow Jackets.

(Jerks).

(AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser)

ACC MILKTOAST CRUSHES SEC POWERHOUSE

DUKE 10, VANDERBILT 7

Ugly, but a win.

Nick Maggio kicked a 42-yard field goal in the third quarter after Duke missed its first two attempts, and the Blue Devils made that stand in beating Vanderbilt 10-7 on Saturday.
Duke (4-3) snapped a six-game skid in this series and put a serious dent in Vanderbilt's bowl hopes. The Commodores (5-3) lost their third straight game trying to become bowl eligible for the first time since 1982 after opening the season with five straight wins in their best start since 1943.

Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis (9) loses his helmet and the ball as he is hit by Vanderbilt defensive end Broderick Stewart (90) in the third quarter. Lewis recovered the ball on the play. Behind Lewis is Duke guard Rob Schirmann.

(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS WAKE FOREST…

…and why can’t they score anymore?

Robert Marve (#9) had a 1-yard touchdown run to put Miami ahead for good, Matt Bosher kicked three field goals, and the Hurricanes' defense stiffened considerably in the second half on the way to beating Wake Forest 16-10 on Saturday.

Marve completed 11 of 20 passes for 153 yards and set up the go-ahead score in the third quarter with a 43-yard rush, helping Miami (5-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) win consecutive league games for the first time since October 2006.

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

UNDEFEATED…The FYF Colts celebrate their undefeated season. Their final game against the FYF Seahawks was cancelled due to rain, but the Colts hung 10 touchdowns on the Hawks in their first match so, by default, the COLTS WIN!

(Photo by TAH)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

LONGSHOT…Raven’s Pass won the $5 Breeders Cup Classic. Favorite Curlin was fourth.
Here, jockey Frankie Dettori aboard the winner is congratulated after winning the Breeders' Cup Classic horse race at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008.

He paid $29.00 to win and was part of a $159 exacta, $2,395 triple, and $55,920 Pick Six.

(Photos by AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

THE SIXTY-THREES…Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators breaks a tackle and scores a touchdown in a game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 25, 2008 in Gainesville, Florida.

Florida won 63-5.

Ouch.

The Red Raiders of Texas Tech also hung 63 on Kansas.



(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

HEY COACH, THE DOG PEED ON MY UNI…No, son, we aren't playing Georgia, that was a Vol that peed on your uni.

Nick Saban the Head Coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide shakes hands with John Parker Wilson #14 after removing Wilson late in the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 25, 2008 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Alabama won 29-9.

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 5

WINNING RUN…We don’t know why the folks at MLB thought it makes sense to play a World Series game on a College Football Saturday, but they did.

Here, Eric Bruntlett #4 of the Philadelphia Phillies scores the winning run as Evan Longoria #3 of the Rays fails to throw to home during game three of the World Series between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, October 25, 2008.

The Phils are up 2-1.

(Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB via Getty Images)

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