Saturday, November 7, 2009

WEEK 10: ACC FOOTBALL

Saturday, November 7th

VIRGINIA @ MAIMI (-13.5), 12:00 PM, TV: RAYCOM (XM 190, Sirius 215)

MARYLAND @ N.C. STATE (-6.5), 1:00 PM, TV: ESPN360.com (XM 191, Sirius 218)

WAKE FOREST @ GEORGIA TECH (-14), 3:30 PM, TV: ABC/ESPN2 (XM 192, Sirius 211)

DUKE @ NORTH CAROLINA (-10), 3:30 PM, TV: ESPNU (XM 190, Sirius 215)

FLORIDA STATE @ CLEMSON (-9.5)Bold, 7:45 PM, TV: ESPN (XM 190/191, Sirius 215)

*Point spreads for recreational purposes only.

THE RIDDLE REPORT

Last Saturday, sixth-ranked Elon easily defeated Wofford College 34-6. Our main man, Scott Riddle was 31-of-44 with one interception and three touchdowns.

Riddle’s favorite target was Senior wide receiver Terrell Hudgins hauled in three touchdown passes for the second straight week and finished with 153 receiving yards while setting the new FCS (Div IA) career record with 24 100-yard games.

The week prior the Pheonix squashed The Citadel 43-7. Riddle completed 18 of his 33 pass attempts for 220 yards and two touchdowns before retiring to the sidelines in the fourth quarter. Hudgins snared six balls for 65 yards and a TD.

This week Elon plays 1-7 Western Carolina.




(Photo by Brad Coville via Flickr)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

BREEDERS CUP PART 1. Jockey Julien Leparoux is led back after winning the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint on the horse Informed Decision during the Breeders Cup races at the Santa Anita racetrack in Los Angeles on November 6, 2009.

The Breeders' Cup features 14 races worth $25.5 million over two days and is capped by Saturday's five million-dollar Classic.

Virginia-bred Quality Road will face the undefeated mare Zenyatta, Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and Belmont/Travers winner Summer Bird among others in the feature race.
Coverage starts at 12:30 EST on ESPN.

(Photo by Mark Ralson/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

STILL UNDEFEATED. Boise State's Kyle Wilson returns a punt while getting a big block from teammate Hunter White, center, at Louisiana Tech's Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston, La. on Friday night. The #7 Broncos remained undefeated with a 45-35 win.

(Photo by Darin Oswald/AP Photos)

Friday, November 6, 2009

HOKIES TOP PIRATES

AP - Ryan Williams ran for a season-high 179 yards and the Hokies (No. 23 BCS, No. 22 AP) avoided their first three-game losing streak in six years, holding off East Carolina 16-3 on Thursday night.

Tyrod Taylor had a 13-yard touchdown run, Matt Waldron kicked three field goals and Williams atoned for his critical miscue last week against North Carolina by cracking the 1,000-yard mark for Virginia Tech (6-3).

"That fumble did something to me, mentally, last week," Williams said. "I think the only person that was going to be able to overcome what happened last week was myself. ... I realized that it happens to everybody, nobody can be perfect."

Virginia Tech had a 379-277 advantage in total yardage, forced three turnovers and made just enough plays on offense to bounce back from losses to No. 10 Georgia Tech and the Tar Heels. The Hokies also avenged last year's loss in Charlotte in which the Pirates turned the tables on Beamerball.

"It's been a tough couple of weeks here," Hokies coach Frank Beamer said. "I use the word, 'relentless,' and that's exactly how I described this football team. They were relentness. They just kept coming back and coming back and fighting their way through it."

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO...

Hmmm…

This according to J.P. Giglio at the Raliegh News & Observer's ACC NOW:

Hip hop has a new hero and it's none other than former Duke great J.J. Redick.

The erstwhile ACC scoring king told allhiphop.com that he's releasing an album with a rap "super group" before the end of the year.

Redick, you'll remember, was into writing poetry at Duke, so maybe that's the natural transition. Right? Either that or he has a lot of time on his hands.

Among the names for Redick's unnamed super group is "Sub-par," which is just too exquisite to make up (and all props to allhiphop if it did).

Tyler Hansbrough can have the scoring record and the national commercial, Redick's got street cred. Right?

Editor's note: We will reserve comment on this until we find out exactly who will make up J.J.'s "super group."

DUKE’S SMITH SUSPENDED TWO GAMES

Here’s a news flash: Duke guard Nolan Smith has been suspended for two upcoming games and neither one is against UNC or any other ACC team. Smith, who apparently palyed in some summer games he should not have, will have to ride the pine against irrelevant (only in terms of basketball, so don’t get all riled up) opponents UNC Greensboro and Coastal Carolina.

After Duke defeated Findlay 84-48 at Cameron Indoor Stadium, coach Mike Krzyrgw7ski announced that Smith will miss the first two games of the regular season because of an NCAA suspension.

Smith was suspended because he played in a summer league that wasn’t sanctioned by the NCAA.

Outside of normal play on their own teams, college players are forbidden by the NCAA from participating in organized games that aren’t sanctioned or approved in advance by the NCAA. The NCAA rule governing this is in place in part to preserve players’ amateur status.

"He shouldn’t have done it,” Krzyzvbn3ski said. “The guys know. And this is what every basketball player has to know, don’t play in a game that has time and score (being kept), unless it’s a sanctioned game.”

Smith, who’s from Upper Marlboro, Md., said he played in a summer league game in the Washington, D.C., area while he was home before the second session of summer school. He said he didn’t realize he’d made a mistake until he got back to campus.

"I was definitely disappointed in myself,” he said. “. . .With the rules the NCAA has, you’ve got to get permission as a college athlete. I definitely learned my lesson.”

THURSDAY LINKS

From ESPN:

*Maybe, if Virginia Tech continues its recent trend of waiting until the second half to score points.

*The ACC should've added ECU during expansion, writes Caulton Tudor.

*Boston College coach Frank Spaziani is in his first season as head coach, but he's handling things like a veteran.

*Jonathan Dwyer has actually racked up more yards than he did at this point last year, but he's been overshadowed by talented quarterbacks -- and a few of his own teammates.

*Is the ACC's player of the year primed for a big finish?

*The Terps are on a three-game losing streak, but their original goals remain intact.

*Saturday's game in Chapel Hill could help clear up the ACC's bowl picture. The Meineke Car Care Bowl will move up one spot in the selection order beginning in 2010.

*Miami's Allen Bailey learned time management at an early age, and it all started with catching the ferry to school.

*Bobby Bowden said he and Jimbo Fisher won't have a disagreement about who the next defensive coordinator will be.

*UNC plucked a defensive back from Minnesota's recruitment list.

*Wake Forest redshirt freshman Joey Ehrmann knows he's small, but he's bulked up enough to be one of the Deacs' biggest surprises on defense this year.

*It will be a homecoming of sorts for Clemson safety DeAndre McDaniel, who grew up just a few miles from FSU's campus.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

ARRRGH. ECU fans at last nights game between the Pirates and the Hokies at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, NC.

(Photo by Justin Cook/Roanoke Times)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

UP TO THEIR OLD TRICKS. The Hokies try to block a punt by the Pirates’ Matt Dodge.

(Photo by Justin Cook/Roanoke Times)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

FOOTBALL TONIGHT


ACC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT…

Don’t look now, but Duke has three players who have been named Players of the Week. This marks the first time three Blue Devils have been so honored since…well, since…ever?

CO-OFFENSIVE BACK - Jacory Harris, Miami, QB, So., 6-4, 190, Miami, Fla. (Northwestern) Miami sophomore quarterback Jacory Harris earned this third Offensive Back of the Week accolade this season after he picked up his second career 300-yard passing game in a 28-27 comeback win at Wake Forest. He completed 22-of-43 attempts for 330 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner to Travis Benjamin with 1:08 left in the game that capped a nine-play and 82-yard drive.

CO-OFFENSIVE BACK - Thaddeus Lewis, Duke, QB, Sr., 6-1, 215, Opa-Locka, Fla. (Hialeah Miami Lakes) Duke senior quarterback Thaddeus Lewis completed 24-of-40 passes for 343 yards and one touchdown to help rally Duke past Virginia, 28-17. In the process, the Blue Devils became the only team this season to throw for more than 190 yards on the Cavalier defense, which entered the contest leading the ACC and ranking fifth nationally in passing defense (151.3 yards per game). As Duke trailed 17-12 with 5:36 to play in the fourth quarter, Lewis engineered a five-play, 67-yard drive, culminating in a 42-yard touchdown pass to Conner Vernon for the go-ahead touchdown, a score that proved to be the game-winner.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN – Rodney Hudson, Florida StateBold, G, Jr., 6-2, 285, Mobile, Ala. (B.C. Rain) Florida State junior guard Rodney Hudson earned his second Offensive Lineman of the Week honor after helping to anchor a Seminole offensive line that guided Florida State to a season-high 555 total yards—tied for the third-highest mark in the league this season—in a 45-42 shootout win over NC State. Hudson, a preseason All-American, graded out at 91 percent, had two knock-down blocks, and was part of an offensive unit that did not give up a sack or a quarterback hurry.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Tydreke Powell, North Carolina, DT, So., 6-3, 300, Ahoskie, N.C. (Hertford County) North Carolina sophomore defensive tackle Tydreke Powell forced a key fourth-quarter fumble, broke up a pass, and added three tackles, including one sack, in a 20-17 win at 14th-ranked (AP) Virginia Tech. With just over two minutes remaining in the game, Powell forced a Hokie fumble which was recovered by the Tar Heels and eventually led to Casey Barth’s game-winning 21-yard field goal.

DEFENSIVE BACK – Luke Kuechly, Boston College, LB, Fr., 6-3, 225, Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Xavier) Boston College freshman linebacker Luke Kuechly intercepted the first pass of his career and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown in the Eagles’ 31-10 win over Central Michigan. Kuechly also racked up a game high 11 tackles and anchored a defensive secondary that limited heralded Central Michigan signal-caller Dan Lefevour to 152 passing yards and no touchdowns.

SPECIALIST – Will Snyderwine, Duke, K, Jr. 5-11, 185, Potomac, Md. (Landon School)
Duke junior placekicker Will Snyderwine (#96) converted field goal tries of 44, 28, 34, 25, and 43 yards to match the fifth-best single-game field goal total in ACC history in Duke’s win over Virginia. Snyderwine got the Blue Devils off on the right foot by kicking his first three field goals to give them a 9-0 lead, then later pushed Duke to a 12-10 advantage with a 25-yarder at the 13:50 mark in the fourth quarter. His final kick of the day, a 43-yarder with 1:05 left to play, that gave the Blue Devils a 28-17 lead, and was Snyderwine’s 11th consecutive converted field goal attempt.

ROOKIE – Conner Vernon, Duke, WR, Fr., 6-0, 185, Miami, Fla. (Gulliver Prep) Duke freshman wide receiver Conner Vernon (#2) caught a game-high seven passes for 103 yards, including Duke’s go-ahead 42-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Thaddeus Lewis with 3:45 to play, in the Blue Devils’ win over the Cavaliers. Vernon’s seven receptions gave him 38 for the season, establishing a Duke single-season record for freshman, while his 100-yard receiving game was his third of the season, another school single-season freshman record.

ACC TO BIG EAST: SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP

No sooner than basketball seasons starts, so will the “which conference is better” blather.

Big East aficionados will declare supremacy based on having five/six (depending on the poll) ranked teams in the pre-season polls as opposed to the ACC’s four. They would be wrong.

They will forget that an ACC school won the National Championship last season and ignore the fact that the Big East has approximately 37 teams in it last time we checked.

Based on Syracuse losing at home to other night to Div. II Le Moyne (Dolphins, 2,784 students, Syracuse, NY), we declare the conversation over.

Where's Flipper?

UVA TO DO AT YEAR-END WHAT THEY ALWAYS DO AT YEAR END

According to AP, Virginia Athletic Director Craig Littlepage says a decision on Al Groh's future as the school's football coach will come at the end of the season.

Correct of us if we’re wrong, but don’t they do that every year?

Littlepage says in an e-mail to The Associated Press that Groh will be evaluated on his "full body of work" and that the school's goal is to have fan support at games.

That criteria suggests that Groh's ninth season at his alma mater could be his last. The 3-5 Cavs are facing a tough Miami team this week and only averaging 46,600 fans for home games. That’s down some 7,000 from last season.

If Littlepage is measuring based on fan support, Groh may be in trouble.

BOWDEN STAYING OR GOING?

Based on the latest twist in the Mickie Andrews story, we vote “Staying whether you like it or not” or “Go ahead, fire me, I dare you.”

Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said Wednesday that he will "make the final decision" on the Seminoles' next defensive coordinator, but added that head coach-in-waiting Jimbo Fisher should weigh in heavily.

"I think he definitely has to have a say-so, because he's the future here," Bowden said of Fisher, during the weekly ACC teleconference. "It's one of those things I'll make the final decision on, but I'll definitely get his input, and very strongly."

On Tuesday, current defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews announced his pending retirement. Andrews, who is in his 26th season with the Seminoles and 47th in coaching, will remain on staff through Feb. 10, 2010.

It is unclear, though, whether Bowden will return to Florida State to coach the 2010 season. The university will owe Fisher $5 million if he is not named head coach by January 2011.

HUMP DAY LINKS

Around the ACC we go:

*So you think the ACC is bad? Lenox Rawlings says you haven't been paying enough attention.

*Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner remains questionable for Saturday's game at Georgia Tech, but there's one thing the Deacs know for sure -- they can't afford to lose anymore.

*Virginia Tech linebacker Lyndell Gibson is making the most of his second chance and earned the starting job for Thursday night's game against ECU.

*Why on earth do teams keep kicking it to C.J. Spiller? Coach Dabo Swinney roots for it every week.

*Virginia coach Al Groh has played 14 true freshmen this year, matching the most he's ever used as a head coach. His decisions about redshirting will affect the future of the program, but will he be around to see it?

*Speaking of departures in the league, Mickey Andrews made his retirement official.

*There were several reasons for the low attendance on homecoming at Florida State, but the bottom line? Lose on Saturday, cancel tickets on Monday.

*There's only one color combination Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson doesn't want to see his players in: Gold on gold. "Looks like a giant French fry," Johnson told the AJC. Ha.

*Miami's defense has been challenged to play harder and smarter despite several injuries.
Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis is the most confident he's been since arriving in Durham, and it has showed.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

THE YANKEES WIN. The New York Yankees celebrate after their 7-3 win against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Six of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium on November 4, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

FSU FANS SET CLOCKS BACK A DAY EARLY AND SLEEP THROUGH GAME

Bobby Bowden and Florida State played in front of the smallest crowd at Doak Campbell Stadium in 16 years last Saturday. The 67,712 fans who did show up saw another wild victory for the Seminoles over N.C. State.

The chair of FSU’s Board of Trustees, Jim Smith, blamed coach Bowden. Bowden blamed Jimbo Fisher who in turn blamed defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews. FSU will announce Andrews’ retirement later today. (You read it here first.)


*Items in italics may not be true.

MONDAY LINKS


Links via T.A.H. and ESPN.

*Folks at Duke are cranky with N&O columnist Caulton Tudor for suggesting their football coach might be looking to move on to more football fertile pastures.

*Word on the street is that FSU defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews will announce his retirement at season end sometime today.

*The differences between Georgia Tech and Georgia are pretty glaring this year, and only the Jackets are heading in the right direction.

*Some Maryland fans are looking for dramatic change, but by naming offensive coordinator James Franklin successor, the Terps are in for a similar style and philosophy.

*What's going on at Boston College is amazing, but the potential still remaining is one of the ACC's feel-good stories of the year.

*There is little left to play for at Virginia besides each other.

*Virginia put plenty of pressure on Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, but the veteran is holding up, and so are the Blue Devils.

*The winner of the Duke-UNC game will be in a much better situation when it comes to bowl possibilities.

*Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers was injured just in time for what coach Dabo Swinney deemed "the biggest game of the year."

*Speaking of injuries, Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe said he'll do what's best for quarterback Riley Skinner, not what's best for the team.

*Might Miami's concerns at linebacker result in more nickel packages for the Canes?

*If Bobby Bowden and Christian Ponder don't seem too concerned about the star quarterback's bruised ribs, either should FSU fans.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

STILL ALIVE. Chase Utley #26 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning as Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees looks on in Game Five of the 2009 MLB World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 2, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Phils won the game 8-6 and the Yankess lead the Series 3-2.

(Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY 2

IF YOU GIVE AWAY $7 MILLION…they will come. And, they will even act like they like each other. Tiger Woods, (L) and Phil Mickelson of the USA pose at a Chinese chess table during the the Official 2009 WGC-HSBC Photocall at the Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal on November 3, 2009 in Shanghai, China.

Below, Asia's first Major winner, South Korean golfer Yang Yong-Eun, US golfers Phil Mickelson, and Tiger Woods, along with defending champion Sergio Garcia of Spain, tee-off before the Shanghai city skyline.

The 2009 HSBC Champions is set to become the biggest televised golf event in Asian history, with the tournament being beamed into 500 million homes, organizers say.


(Photos by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images and Philippe/AFP/Getty Images)




PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY 3

SHOCKING? Two racegoers take a different approach to fashion before the running of Australia’s Melbourne Cup horse race on November 3, 2009. A crowd over 100,000 people gathered to watch 24 horses competing in the $4.95 million USD race run over 3200 meters (about 2 miles).

Here, jockey Corey Brown powers to victory in the Melbourne Cup on his horse Shocking ahead of Kerrin McEvoy on Crime Scene on November 3, 2009. Shocking denied international contenders Crime Scene and Mourilyan the win at Flemington Racecourse.

(Photos by William West/AFP/Getty Images)

Monday, November 2, 2009

FYF COLTS WIN CHAMPIONSHIP IN TRIPLE OVERTIME

By the non-existent hair on their five-, six- and seven-year-old chinny-chin-chins, future UNC multi-sports star Toly Hansbrough’s FYF Colts escaped with a hard fought 8-7 (56-49) triple overtime victory over the FYF Falcons in the Instructional League Championship Game on Saturday at Liberty High School in Bealton, VA.

Toly’s Colts came out with a fast start scoring three touchdowns in the first quarter. Outside speedster Justin L (#11) scored a touchdown as did signal caller Clay G and all-star utility man J.T. D. The Falcons came roaring back in the second quarter though and scored four touchdowns of their own for a 4-3 halftime lead.

Faces were long on the Colts bench as the team had gone two regular seasons without losing a game and had never trailed at intermission. Needless to say, coaches Pearson, Pancione, Goff and Martin had a serious chin-orientation challenge. They must have said the right things as the Colts’ defense stiffened in the third quarter holding the determined Falcons to a lone score.

When the Colts got the ball back at the beginning of the fourth quarter trailing by two touchdowns, DaRonn J (#22) calmed the nervous players and fans by scoring on the first play of the second stanza with an impressive 40 yard scamper.

Two more touchdowns and a regulation victory seemed well within reach with over 14 minutes left on the clock, and the Colts needing just two more scores. However, the Falcons defense stiffened and the Colts could manage just one more touchdown on a run by J.T.D. (whose big brother Garrett D quarterbacks one of the local high school football teams).

The Falcons opened up the first overtime scoring from the ten to take a 6-5 lead. The Colts then faced fourth and goal from 15 in desperate need of a game-tying and game-prolonging touchdown. DaRonn J, who ended up with 1767 yards rushing for the day, answered the call with a clutch TD run to the delight of all the onlookers in blue and white. Colts 6, Falcons 6.

The Colts managed a touchdown by QB Clay G in the second overtime, and only had to stop the Falcons scoring juggernaut to end the game and pick up the hardware. Colts 7, Falcons 6. The Colts defense was staunch for several plays, but the Falcons and their wily QB Jackson E completed a pass for a touchdown to tie the game again. Yep, not a misprint, we said touchdown PASS! Colts 7, Falcons 7.

The Falcons got the ball to start the third extra period and Garret P, who was flying around the Falcon backfield all game, caused a loss on first down. The Falcons gained a few back on second down, but felt compelled to go to the air for third down. QB Jackson E overthrew his receiver on third down and offensive hero DaRonn J was on the scene to defend the fourth down pass. The Colts had held. Colts 7, Falcons 7.

All, and we use the term “all” rather loosely, the Colts had to do was muster enough strength in their weary legs and worn spirits to score one more touchdown. Amazingly on the one hand and quite obviously on the other, DaRonn J again came through with a fourth down touchdown run that sent Colts players, coaches, fans and parents into a well-earned celebration. Colts 8, Falcons 7. Bedlam ensued.

In the end, the Colts ran 45 plays and gained 322 yards, scoring 8 touchdowns – not bad on a 40 yard field. For the season, the Colts ran 287 plays and gained 3,632 yards. They averaged 403.5 yards per game and 12.6 yards per play. They scored 81 touchdowns averaging 9 TDs per game. Their stingy defense only allowed 16 touchdowns or 1.7 per game. The Falcons scored 9 of those 16 touchdowns – two in the first game, a 4-2, Colts win and 7 more in the championship tilt.

DaRonn J was the Colts' leading rusher with 1,148 total yards, averaging over 127 yards per game. Justin L turned in 1,043 yards, averaging 115 yards a game. Lawson was second in solo tackles with 28, following teammate Wyatt M who stacked up 45 solos, or five per game.

*This story depicts as accurately as possible what happened during this 2.25 hour epic battle between two very good and very well-coached young football teams. All the coaches, fans, parents and media members that contributed to this story were so involved emotionally, it is possible that some of the fine points may not be entirely accurate. But the final score is correct. We know that for sure ‘cause the big blue trophy is on the mantel at T.A.H. Worldwide Media Headquarters!

Nice, COLTS, NICE!

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

WELCOME HOME? Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates a touchdown by teammate Percy Harvin #12 after a 51 yard touchdown pass during the third quarter of the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on November 1, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Not everybody was happy to see him.

(Photos by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

A-ROD AND M-TEX. Alex Rodriguez #13 and Mark Teixeira #25 of the New York Yankees celebrate their 7-4 win against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Four of the 2009 MLB World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 1, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

(Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

COSTUME OF THE DAY

A young UVA fan shows her opinion of in-state rival Virginia Tech.

(Photo by Ted Richardson/Raleigh News & Observer)

WEEK 9: ACC FOOTBALL RESULTS

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.

2009-10 ACC BASKETBALL PREVIEW

You know we’ve spent hours upon hours at T.A.H. Worldwide Media headquarter preparing our annual ACC Basketball Preview.

Well…no. Not so much.

Here is in a nutshell. In spite of losses to the pros and graduation, UNC will still be one of the best teams in the country. Duke will start out fast and be lauded by the “legitimate” media before fading mainly due to simply not having Gerald Henderson. Henderson, who was actually underrated (no small feat for a Duke guy), was the heart and soul of that team. Who’s gonna pick up the slack?

The rest of the league will beat each other up while scrambling for NCAA berths.

Clemson will improbably lose a few games they shouldn't. Grevis Vasquez will say something stupid (more than once), Gary Williams will yell a lot, which Jeff Allen will show up? How good are the young teams at Georgia Tech and Wake Forest? Folks in Raleigh will remember why they really didn’t mind Herb Sendek so much and can all those giant kids at FSU get it together, blah, blah, blah.

Here’s a slightly more professional version from Rivals.com. They do this type of thing for a living.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

TRICKS AND TREATS. Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli #8 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates with fans on the sidelines as time runs down in the fourth quarter of the game against the USC Trojans at Autzen Stadium on October 31, 2009 in Eugene, Oregon.

Masoli threw for 222 yards and a touchdown and ran for 164 more yards with another score as the Ducks upset the Trojans 47-20. Oregon put 613 yards of total offense on the Trojans.

(Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

NICE COSTUMES. The Vols pulled out the black jerseys to keep the Halloween theme going. Here, Austin Johnson #40 of the Tennessee Volunteers celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Neyland Stadium on October 31, 2009 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

UT won 31-13.

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

ALL ORANGE. Texas broke out of their slump and looked like a legit BCS Championship team last night whoopin’ the #14 Cowboys 41-14. Here, Cody Johnson #31 of the Longhorns rushes for five yards short of the endzone and is stopped by Donald Booker #44 of OSU in the fourth quarter of their game at Boone Pickens Stadium on October 31, 2009 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

BOMBS AWAY. Nick Swisher #33 of the New York Yankees connects for a home run in the top of the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Three of the 2009 MLB World Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 31, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Yankees hit three home runs and won the game 8-5 for a 2-1 series lead.

(Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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