Friday, October 14, 2011

Saturday ACC Football

Here is the game slate for Saturday, Oct 15th:

MIAMI @ NORTH CAROLINA (-3), Chapel Hill, N.C., 12:30 PM, TV: ACC Network (Sirius 94//XM 190)

FLORIDA STATE (-9) @ DUKE, Durham, N.C., 3:00 PM, TV: RSN (Sirius 136//XM 191)

GEORGIA TECH (-8) @ VIRGINIA, Charlottesville, Va., 3:30 PM, TV: ESPNU (Sirius 113//XM 197)

VIRGINIA TECH (-7) @ WAKE FOREST, Winston-Salem, N.C., 6:30 PM, TV: ESPN3 (Sirius 94//XM 190)

CLEMSON (-8) @ MARYLAND, College Park, Md., 7:00 PM, TV: ESPNU (Sirius 113//XM 191) 

Boston College and N.C. State have the week off.

ACC Football Links

INJURED HOKIE LB GOUVIEA-WINSLOW #43
By Heather Dinich/ESPN

Maryland offensive guard Andrew Gonnella continues to have an impact on his teammates despite a season-ending knee injury.

Injuries continue to pile up for Virginia Tech's defense heading into the Wake Forest game.

Wake Forest running back Josh Harris missed another practice and remains questionable with a hamstring injury for the Virginia Tech game.

Midway through the season, the ACC race is still wide open.

Miami offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch never played the game. Doesn't matter. He knows his stuff.

DUKE'S JOHN COLEMAN AND DAVE HARDING
(John Rottet/Raleigh News & Observer)
Former Virginia coach Al Groh isn't getting sentimental over his return to Charlottesville this week as Georgia Tech's defensive coordinator.

N.C. State could have some injured players return after the bye week, and that's the hope.

Hey, FSU fans: Telvin Smith has a message for you.

N.C. State is hoping the bye week is a chance to heal.

There are a few bass fishin' Blue Devils on Duke's offensive line, and one of them is a founding member of the Ducks Unlimited chapter.

Occupy Wallstreet Punked By Game Day Fan, Beamer Takes Hit


So, as we have been looking to figure out the whole Occupy Wall Street protest and whether or not a twenty-something dressed like Marie Antoinette really knows jack you-know-what about economic policies, we have been forced to draw a few conclusions about the participants.

We surmise, they are self-disenfranchised citizens frustrated with big corporations and the get rich at all costs mentality that lead to the latest economic meltdown.  That said, they should never go to China where the most popular English phrase is "Me gets my money first, screw you."

However, it would seem the overwhelming majority of the “protestors” appear to be college kids, unemployed young people, leftover hippies and one ESPN College Game Day fan.  

How do we know this?  Easy, the Game Day guy sticks out like a sore “protestor”...

Yes, this lone ESPN College Gameday fan has taken hilarious signs into Occupy Wall Street in an attempt to “Occupy Herbstreit.”
ESPN's College Gameday -- featuring analyst Kirk Herbstreit -- goes around the country to school campuses for the biggest game of the week and shows off different fans, signs, and school alums.

The unnamed fan -- who started an Occupy Herbstreit tumblr account -- took pictures of himself holding signs one of which poked fun at the Hokies notorious lightwieght non-conference schedule at the now weeks-long protest in Lower Manhattan.

Various media outlets have sent a messages to the owner's Twitter account and email listed on the tumblr account, but, so far, no responses.


Here are a few of the best photos from the tumblr account:
You gotta admit, even if you are a Bama fan, that's kinda funny...
Still lookin' for the employed Econ majors and MBAs... 
Does she look qualified to make economic policy....? Just sayin'...


Fish: It’s What’s For Dinner


Our favorite Crazy Person (read that motorcycle racer) Casey Stoner whose name is only somewhat better suited for an X Games Snowboarder, is over in Australia with his Repsol Team Honda.  Casey and the boys will be racing in Round 16 of the MotoGP World Championship, but before they take to the track in Phillips Island they stopped off at the Rhyil Trout and Bush Tucker Farm for a little fishing...

Don’t ask us how we know...


(Photos by Robert Cianflone/Getty)

Pictures Of The Day

Cal Ripken Jr., Dennis Eckersley and Tony LaRussa of the St. Louis Cardinals talk during batting practice prior to the Cardinals playing the Milwaukee Brewers during Game 4 of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 13, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. Cal looks good, Eckersley REALLY needs a haircut. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America)
Milwaukee Brewer second baseman Jerry Hariston, Jr.slides into home plate and scores in the 4th inning of game 4 of the NLCS.  The Brewers won and the series ist ied 2-2.  (David E. Klutho/Sports Illustrated)
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland watches his chip shot from a bank near the 2nd hole during day four of the Shui On Land China Golf Challenge in Red Flag Valley in Dalian, China.  (Great 18 Golf Championships Ltd./AFP/Getty Images)
Detroit Tiger Delmon Young hits a two run home run against the Texas Rangers during the sixth inning of game five of the ALCS.  Detroit won, and the series is tied 3-3.  (Damian Strohmeyer/Sports Illustrated)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Picture Of The Da(l)y


John Daly of the USA carrys his own golf bag down the 18th fairway during the pro-am for the Portugal Masters while a small and very low cloud passes by at Oceanico Victoria Golf Course on October 12, 2011 in Vilamoura, Portugal. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images Europe)

Tar Heels To Wear New Unis

Change is never all that popular.

The 2005 and 2009 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Champion University of North Carolina Tar Heels will be bringing much the same team to the hardwoods on Friday when they hit the court for Late Night With Roy, but they will be donning new threads.

So far, the fan base has been underwhelmed…

While the front of the new jerseys - which were worn during yesterday's media day - are pretty much the same, the back will feature an aerographic design incorporating the Old Well, the outline of the state of North Carolina and a basketball, according to the school's website, tarheelblue.com.

The style should be familiar to ACC fans, and, subsequently, unpopular with UNC fans…In 2009, Duke started wearing Nike's aerographic design as an alternate road uniform. The Blue Devils’ uni features the gothic architecture of their Durham campus embedded on the back of their jerseys.  Texas and Kentucky also wear similar uniforms and neither team is particularly popular in Chapel Hill.

Needless, to say folks have opinions.  To get some from The Dagger, click here

Quote Of The Day

“I think you have to continue to explore. Is 14 the right number? Will 16 be? I don’t know if I’m in the minority, majority—I don’t talk to anybody about this—but (it) seems to me that if you’re going to go 14, then you should go 16.”

-- Duke head basketball coach Mike Krzfghjk3ski.

That said, Krzwdfr7ski said he would support divisions of seven teams apiece and a 19-game conference schedule in which schools would play divisional opponents twice and cross-divisional opponents once.

Then Krzyvmn9ski said the idea of four-team pods “makes me vomit” …*

Nice, Coach K, NICE!

*He’s right, four divisions of four teams, while mathematically smooth, is dumb.

The Other Quote Of The Day

(Ethan Hyman/News & Observer)
"There are a lot of questions, a lot of unknowns about this team. You look at some other teams in this league, maybe roles are a little more defined. Where they sit with their program is more defined. To me, ours is a mystery."

-- New N.C. State head basketball coach Mark Gottfried.

Call it step one in the very difficult process of lowering fan expectations to a realistic level…

Good luck with that.

Johnson Gets Good Guy Award Of The Week

(Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
This week’s good guy  award has to go to Paul Johnson.

The Terp’s senior left tackle Andrew Gonnella suffered a nasty knee injury in the game last weekend against the Yellow Jackets.  On Sunday, Johnson and the GT AD Dan Radakovich went to visit the injured Terp at the Grady Medical Center in Atlanta.

“We just wanted to go by and make sure he had what he needed,” Johnson said. “I left him my cell number. His dad was there, I didn’t get to meet his dad. He was outside on a phone call. You feel for guys when they get hurt anytime. He may be the first guy we’ve had since I’ve been here that had to stay over in the hospital. That’s something you would want to do. I think that their guys would do that for our guys if they were left behind. I’m sure they would. More than anything I just wanted him to have my cell number in case he needed anything. We’re right here close by and could help him out.”

The Maryland senior left guard returned to campus on Monday night, but then returned to a local hospital with a blood clot on Tuesday night.

ACC Football Links

JOSH HARRIS (Chuck Burton/AP)
By Heather Dinich/ESPN

Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo apologized for his recent statementsregarding ACC expansion and UConn.

Are Clemson fans watching the fastest team in school history?

Who is going to start at quarterback for Maryland? It remains a mystery until game day.

How's this for a game plan (last two questions)?

Virginia's defense is getting ready for a chess match with master playcaller Paul Johnson.

Injured Virginia Tech defensive end James Gayle is hoping to play against Wake Forest, but defensive line coach Charley Wiles isn't as optimistic.

Miami is taking a "no excuses" approach to its porous defense.

DUKE FANS (Chuck Liddy/News & Observer)
Some said UNC receiver Joshua Adams would never play football again, but with a rare disease now in remission, he has a chance to step on the field again.

Duke running back Desmond Scott is recovering from another injury and could see some more snaps this weekend.

FSU coach Jimbo Fisher is ready to hold his assistants accountable.

Wake Forest running back Josh Harris is determined to play this weekend, despite a tight hamstring.

Saturday ACC Football

Here is the game slate for Saturday, Oct 15th:

MIAMI @ NORTH CAROLINA (-3), Chapel Hill, N.C., 12:30 PM, TV: ACC Network (Sirius 94//XM 190)

FLORIDA STATE (-9) @ DUKE, Durham, N.C., 3:00 PM, TV: RSN (Sirius 136//XM 191)

GEORGIA TECH (-8) @ VIRGINIA, Charlottesville, Va., 3:30 PM, TV: ESPNU (Sirius 113//XM 197)

VIRGINIA TECH (-7) @ WAKE FOREST, Winston-Salem, N.C., 6:30 PM, TV: ESPN3 (Sirius 94//XM 190)

CLEMSON (-8) @ MARYLAND, College Park, Md., 7:00 PM, TV: ESPNU (Sirius 113//XM 191) 

Boston College and N.C. State have the week off.

Pictures Of The Day

Nice hat… Mexico’s Oscar Soto trains for the modern pentathlon at the aquatic center in Guadalajara in preparation for the Pan Am Games.  (Jose Miguel Gomez/Reuters)
Milwaukee Brewer Mark Kotsay is out at second as St. Louis Cardinal second baseman Nick Punto takes the throw on a fly out by Prince Fielder during game three of the NLCS.  The Cards won and lead the series 2-1.  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
Jorgan Persson of Sweden returns the ball during the final match of the men’s team competition at the 2011 Table Tennis Championships in Gdansk, Poland.  (Wojtek Figurski/AP)
 Mike Napoli of the Texas Rangers tags out Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers at home plate for the final out of the eighth inning of game four of the ALCS.  The Rangers won and lead the series 3-1.  (Harry How/Getty Images)
Another nice hat. (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Players Of The Week

#31 SEAN SPENCE, #3 LOGAN THOMAS
OFFENSIVE BACK – Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech, QB, So., 6-6, 254, Lynchburg, Va. Thomas completed 23 of 25 passes for a career-high 310 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. His incomplete passes were a dropped pass by David Wilson and a flip to Wilson to avoid a sack. He also rushed for a career-high two scores, including the game-winner. He had more touchdown passes (3) than incompletions (2) and his completion percentage of 92 percent is the highest for any quarterback under coach Frank Beamer in 301 games (minimum 20 attempts).

RECEIVER – Chris Givens, Wake Forest, WR, Jr., 6-0, 195, Wylie, Tx. Givens caught six passes for 101 yards in Wake Forest’s 35-30 win over Florida State on Saturday. Givens had one touchdown catch, a 22-yard scoring pass from Tanner Price late in the second quarter that staked the Demon Deacons to a 16-7 lead. Givens had three receptions for 86 yards in the second quarter with all three catches leading to first downs. He had catches for 40, 24 and 22 yards. Four of his six catches on Saturday were for first downs.


OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Blake DeChristopher, Virginia Tech, T, Sr., 6-5, 311, Midlothian, Va.DeChristopher led an offensive line that put up nearly 500 yards of total offense in Tech's win over Miami. The All-ACC tackle played all 66 snaps, grading out at 93 percent with a team-high eight knockdown blocks.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Joe Vellano, Maryland, DT, Jr., 6-2, 285, Rexford, N.Y. Vellano was all over the field for Maryland in its 21-16 loss to No. 13 Georgia Tech, racking up a career-high 20 tackles, including 14 solo stops and a tackle for loss, as the Terps held the triple option in check. Vellano, whose previous high of 10 stops came in the 2010 season opener, became just the fifth defensive player in the nation to post 20 or more tackles, though he is the only lineman in the FBS to register more than 15 stops in a game in 2011. The junior is one of just six Maryland players to reach the 20-tackle plateau since 1990, including the only defensive lineman.

CO-LINEBACKER – Sean Spence, Miami, LB, Sr., 6-0, 224, Miami, Fla. Spence continued his defensive dominance with a team-best 13 tackles in the loss to Virginia Tech. Spence, who now has a team-best 41 total tackles this year despite missing the opener, also recorded 2.0 tackles for a loss against the Hokies. Spence ranks second in the ACC with a 10.6 tackles per game average.

BROWN
CO-LINEBACKER – Zach Brown, North Carolina, LB, Sr., 6-2, 230, Columbia, Md. Alternating between outside linebacker and middle linebacker, senior Zach Brown posted a game-high 11 tackles and recorded his first interception of the season in Carolina's 14-7 win over Louisville. Brown, the team leader with 42 tackles, had to call the defensive plays with Kevin Reddick out with an ankle injury. The Tar Heels shut out the Cardinals for three quarters and held Louisville to 273 yards, including just 85 in the second half.

DEFENSIVE BACK – David Amerson, NC State, CB, So., 6-3, 194, Greensboro, N.C.  Amerson increased his ACC-leading interception total to six with a pair of picks against the Chippewas. He returned them for 28 yards in total returns. The last time an NC State player had as many as six or more interceptions in a season was 1998, when Lloyd Harrison had seven. In addition to the two picks, Amerson also had five tackles, including three solo hits.

CANTANZARO
ROOKIE – Sammy Watkins, Clemson, WR, Fr., 6-1, 200, Fort Myers, Fla. Watkins had seven receptions for 152 yards in the win over Boston College. He did not score a touchdown, but had two receptions that set up scores, including a 62-yard catch when he was covered closely by a Boston College cornerback. Saturday was Watkins’s third game of at least 140 receiving yards. He is now second in Clemson history in career 140-yard receiving games. Only Perry Tuttle has more with four games of at least 140 yards.

SPECIALIST – Chandler Catanzaro, Clemson, PK, So., 6-2, 200, Greenville, S.C.  Catanzaro won the Leather Helmet Award as the overall MVP of the Clemson vs. Boston College game. Catanzaro booted five field goals in the game, just one off the Clemson single game record. He was a perfect 5-5 on field goals, the first Tiger to make at least five since 2009 when Richard Jackson had six in a win over Boston College. Catanzaro made field goals of 38, 42, 18, 20 and 47 yards. He was 2-2 on field goals of at least 40 yards and is 5-6 on field goals of that length this year. He was named National Kicker of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards.

Clemson QB Cleared To Practice

(Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
According to the AP, Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd said Tuesday he has been cleared to practice with the strained hip he injured against Boston College that appeared more severe than it turned out.

Boyd sat out Monday’s workout as he recovered from the hard hit by Eagles defensive end Max Hollowayearly in the third quarter of last week’s 36-14 Tigers’ victory. 


Coach Dabo Swinney said Boyd will get all the work with starters as the eighth-ranked Tigers (6-0, 3-0 ACC) prepare to take on Maryland this Saturday.


Boyd said he’s not sore, although he experiences some stiffness in his left hip if he sits too long.
“It was a little scary,” he said. “If you look at it, it definitely could have gone a lot of different ways. But fortunately, it turned out in my favor.”

Boyd has a reputation for toughing out injuries. He tore a knee ligament in high school but played out the season before having surgery. He said teammates and friends have joked with since Saturday, saying that Boyd put on a big display when he was helped off the field and driving to the locker room for someone not hurt all that badly.

“It’s something I’ll probably hear about the rest of my time here,” Boyd said with a laugh.

Texas Football Rivals Try To Emulate Tobacco Road Shenanigans

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So, the way we see it “plausible deniability” usually doesn’t include clarifying the situation…but, what the heck do we know?

Texas Tech officials "strongly condemned" vandalism that targeted a Texas A&M bus before the Aggies played the Red Raiders, but corrected their rival’s version of the incident saying fish bait, not manure, was used in the incident.

Hmmm.

Texas Tech said in a statement Monday that bait was dropped on the floor of one bus parked at a Lubbock hotel before the Aggies' 45-40 victory.

Before Saturday night's game, A&M athletic director Bill Byrne said that manure went "from one end to the other" in one bus and was spread on the outside of three others. He tweeted the buses were "spray-painted."

Tech said washable shoe polish was on the windows of one bus, adding that the buses were cleaned before Byrne saw them and calling Byrne's tweet "careless” which is a code word out in Lubbock for “stupid.”

GUILTY? NAH...
No one has admitted to the prank and Tech was relying on information it received from the hotel management and the bus company.


Here is how an unbiased blogger described the event:

Sometime before the game a dastardly pack of marauding ne’er do wells—and everybody from Kent Hance to Wes Welker to Elmer Tarbox to Will Rogers is justifiably under suspicion—launched a sickening attack on the defenseless Aggie bus. They took a tankard of Kiwi Shoe Polish—and the color was sheep doo-doo brown for added insult!—and they scrawled several graffiti gravely offensive to dainty Aggie sensibilities on the winders of the innocent Aggie bus. 

Now that right there is grounds some testy heart-to-heart with none other than Rick Perry, but the rampaging Red Raiders weren’t done yet. Not by a long shot! As if smearing a sickly double T on the winders wasn’t carnage enough, the miscreants had to go and dump a load o’ Quanah Stink Bait in the floorboard of the bus!

And here is how that same blogger described the big picture and the A&M AD’s reaction:

KINDA LOOKS GUILTY...
Yes, my fellow Red Raiders, there is a foul pest a-plaguin’ the land when our fair and saintly brethren from College Station, the veritable polar north of moral rectitude in the macroverse, cannot drive their busses through the streets of Lubbock without being set upon by shoe-polish wielding, stink bait slingin’ barbarian Taliban actin’ in the name of Texas Tech. I’m deeply ashamed and I know you are too.


I’m also appalled that the Texas Tech administration, rather sending an embassy of goodwill and lip-biting apology worthy of Bill Clinton to beg forgiveness for this vile atrocity, has had the effrontery to question Byrne and company. I mean just because the offending substances were shoe polish and stink bait rather than spray paint and fecal remnants as originally reported, and just because the unholy mess was cleaned up before most of the Aggie gang ever saw it, is no reason to question Byrne’s probity.

My word, what will the Tech thugs do next? Threaten a peaceable Aggie corpsman with a saber? For the love of Jackie Sherrill, why can’t we all just get along?

Can you just imagine it?!

Good stuff.  Especially liked "effrontery."

ACC Football Links

(Mark Dolejs/US Presswire)
By Heather Dinich/ESPN

At 5-1 and unranked, North Carolina's players are feeling a bit disrespected.

Injuries to Virginia Tech's defensive front are a big concern right now.

Virginia's defense is taking all the time it can get to prepare for Georgia Tech's offense.

Maryland freshman Titus Till is well-traveled, but he's new to his home in the starting lineup.

If anyone knew what it felt like to be Clemson backup quarterback Cole Stoudt this past weekend, it was his father.

Some of Miami's players think they're better than they are, according to coach Al Golden.

Based on a comparison of last year's numbers, Georgia Tech has made "slight progress" this year.

Just because Duke is on a three-game winning streak and FSU has lost three straight doesn't mean the 

Blue Devils will prepare for FSU any differently this week.

FSU is down, but coach Jimbo Fisher says the Noles aren't out.

Jim Grobe for Coach of the Year? I'll buy it.

ACC In The Polls


Clemson stayed the same, the Hokies inched up two notches, Georgia Tech one and Florida State (to no one’s surprise) has left the building in the AP Poll.

FSU's fall is particularly disconcerting to Seminole Nation considering FSU was ranked No. 6 preseason...oh yeah, and they lost to Wake and they'd tell you to a man "We NEVER lose to Wake!"


Just sayin'...

That said, the ACC still has good representation with No. 8 Clemson, No. 12 Georgia Tech and No. 19 Virginia Tech. North Carolina and Wake Forest both received votes.

Unfortunately for the ACC, Oklahoma is still undefeated, which makes it unlikely that the Tigers can find their way into any BCS Championship game conversations.  By most accounts, it come down to Oklahoma vs. the SEC

Pictures Of The Day

How many times has your coach told you to “keep your eyes on the ball?”  Here, Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia plays a shot against Zheng Jie of China during their women's second round match of the Japan Women's Open tennis tournament in Osaka, western Japan on October 12, 2011. (Yes, tennis fans we know the ball is leaving the racket so don't leave a bunch of wonky comments...)  (Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images)
Thee bat of Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers flies through the air on its way to hitting a fan after he lost his grip on it during an at-bat in Game Three of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on October 11, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game and Texas leads the series 2-1. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Hey look, I found Elvis’ pants and his belt...Woo hoo!  Actually, it’s just Liang Wenchong (L) of China celebrating an eagle during day 3 of the Shui On Land China Golf Challenge at the Topwin Golf and Country Club in Beijing.  Elvis has been living in China the past ten years where he has been seeking alternative treatments for being fat, crazy and dead.  (Photo by AFP/Great 18 Golf Championships Ltd.)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Pictures Of The Day

Promising juvenile colt Here Comes Frazier fell in the stretch during Sunday’s Grade III Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky. Here Comes Frazier was leading in the stretch of the 11⁄16-mile turf race under jockey Julien Leparoux when he shied and fell into the rail suffering a broken hock and sending Leparoux tumbling several yards over the rail. Leparoux was unhurt save for a few aches and pains. (Photo by Amy Wallot/Photos By Z)
A young Milwaukee Brewers fan cheers for his team during Game 1 of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals.  (Photo by Jeff Haynes/Reuters)

Calvin Johnson (Georgia Tech) of the Detroit Lions celebrates his touchdown catch by leaping into the stands at Ford Field during a game against the Chicago Bears.  The Lions won 24-13 to go 5-0 for the first time since the French and Indian War.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

R.I.P. Al Davis 1929 - 2011


Al Davis, whose impact on the NFL is permanent, has died at age 82.

He was praised as the trendsetting owner of the Oakland Raiders, who broke racial and gender barriers while winning three Super Bowl titles and preaching his mantra of “Just win, baby!”

Davis was still called “Coach” by many of those around him. Coach Hue Jackson always used that respected title whenever he talked about Davis, saying there was no other owner in the NFL who could talk the intricacies of the game as well as “Coach Davis.”

Davis died Saturday at his home in Oakland, while his beloved team was in Houston preparing to play the Texans. That Davis was not with his team was telling as he is believed to have missed only three games since joining the team as coach in 1963.

What A Difference A Week Makes

(Don Petersen/AP Photo)
Last week against Clemson, Virginia Tech’s offense was terribly ineffective.  Yesterday, against Miami, QB Logan Thomas played brilliantly. Go figure.  What a difference a week makes...


That said, while Virginia Tech's offense was much improved, Miami’s offense put on a show against the Hokies vaunted defense.  The combined stats read like 100 yard volleyball.
The Hokies and Canes combined for 73 points at 1,001 yards.  That’s not a misprint, that’s 1,001 YARDS!
Jacory Harris was 13 for 21 for 267 yards and three touchdowns.  His battery mate, running back Lamar Miller shredded, and we do mean SHREDDED, the Hokies defense for 166 yards and a touchdown.  Miller averaged 9.2 yards PER CARRY.
(Don Petersen/AP Photo)
As good as that one-two punch was, the Hokies were better. Logan Thomas came back from one of the worst  games of his life and completed 23 of 25 passes.  He had more touchdown passes (3) than he had incomplete passes (2).  He threw for 310 yards.  Against Clemson, he threw for 125 yards, no touchdowns and an interception.
Six ball carriers toted the pigskin for Virginia Tech for a total of 172 yards.  David Wilson had 128 of those yards. 
Like the Michigan victory over Notre Dame earlier this season, thirty five points were scored in the fourth quarter – actually, 35 points in 13 minutes.

Pictures Of The Day

N.C. State's David Amerson (1) returns an interception 28-yards past Central Michigan's David Blackburn (82) in the third quarter.  (Photo by Ethan Hyman/News & Observer.com)
Tajh Boyd #10 of the Clemson Tigers acknowledges the crowd after being injured in the second half against the Boston College Eagles at Memorial Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Clemson, South Carolina. Clemson won 36-14. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
A Clemson Tigers fan looks on during the game against the Boston College Eagles at Memorial Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Clemson, South Carolina. Clemson won 36-14. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
 Mr. Wuf is carried by fans.  (Photo by Ethan Hyman/News & Observer.com)
Roddy Jones #20 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets carries the ball against Dexter McDougle #25 of the Maryland Terrapins at Bobby Dodd Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
American Idol winner and Garner, N.C.  native Scotty McCreery sings the National Anthem at N.C. State's game against Central Michigan Saturday October 8, 2011, at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C. (Photo by Ethan Hyman/News & Observer.com)
Louisville's Anthony Connor (35) and Hakeem Smith (29) force UNC's Giovani Bernard (26) to fumble in the first quarter on Saturday October 8, 2011 in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Photo by Robert Willett/News & Observer)
Wake Forest's Josh Bush, right reaches in vain as he defends a pass to Florida State's Rodney Smith, left, during the first quarter of a NCAA college football game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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