Sunday, November 1, 2009


FLORIDA STATE 45, N.C. STATE 42 – It was advertised as a shoot-out between to potent offenses with good quarterbacks facing defenses that have been rocked of late. That’s exactly what it was. Wilson passed for 349 yards while Ponder pitched 277. Between them they had seven touchdowns (Wilson had five) and four interceptions (two each). The 67,712 fans at Doak Campbell was the smallest FSU crowd in 16 years.

CLEMSON 49, Coastal Carolina 3 – Clemson played Coastal Carolina and we aren’t sure why. The hero of the overtime win last week over Maimi, Jacoby Ford caught a touchdown and threw for his first career score as Clemson won its third straight game. C.J. Spiller barely played. Ford joined Spiller as the only Tigers to score five different ways: passing, receiving, rushing and returning both a kickoff and punt.

#19 MIAMI 28, WAKE FOREST 27 – After being so consistent for three of their first four games against ranked opponents, Miami has been nothing else but inconsistent since. While the offense stumbled most of the day, and the defense allowed Riley Skinner to show off his game, Jacory Harris threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Travis Benjamin with 1:08 left as part of a two touchdown fourth quarter rally. Basically, it was “100 yard volleyball.” Harris passed for 330 yards and three TDs while Skinner tossed it 349 yards with two touchdowns. The Deacons squandered a 17-0 lead.

DUKE 28, VIRGINIA 17 – Signature win as the Blue Devils work toward both respectability and bowl eligibility. The “Groh Must Go” chants will start soon (if they didn’t already on Saturday in C’ville.) Thaddeus Lewis hit Conner Vernon on a 42-yard touchdown pass with 3:45 remaining as part of a 19 point Duke fourth quarter rally. Will Snyderwine made five field goals for the Blue Devils (5-3, 3-1 ACC) who added a touchdown when Charlie Hatcher recovered a fumble by Jameel Sewell with 3:22 left to clinch it. The victory is Duke's third in a row -- all in ACC play -- the first time that has happened since 1989.

BOSTON COLLEGE 31, Central Michigan 10 – Another why game? How do the Chippewas end up in Chestnut Hill fairly late in the season? Former walk-on kicker Steve Aponavicius became Boston College's all-time scoring leader while Montel Harris finished with 136 yards rushing and two TDs. BC snapped the Chippewas' (7-2) seven-game winning streak.

#11 GEORGIA TECH 56, Vanderbilt 31 – Vandy victimized the Jackets’ for a number of big plays, but Georgia Tech’s prolific offense can cover up most bad defensive performances on any given day. Josh Nesbitt only completed six passes, but one was a TD pass of 87 yards and another was a 35 pass of 63 yards. The two teams combined for 994 yards. No, not a misprint, 994.

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