Saturday, November 3, 2012

Saturday ACC Football

IT'S COMING, YOU KNOW IT IS...(Mark Crammer/
GEORGIA TECH (-7) @ MARYLAND, 12:30 PM, TV: ACC Network (split) (XM 192 SIRIUS 132)

VIRGINIA @ N.C. STATE (-14), 12:30 PM, TV: ACC Network (split) (XM 191 SIRIUS 125)


CLEMSON (-15) @ DUKE, 7:00 PM, TV: ESPN2 (XM 190 SIRIUS 135)

*Point spreads, as always, for recreational purposes only. 

ACC Football Links

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By Andrea Adelson |

For those interested in helping Sandy victims, Al Golden has a message for you.

Boston College senior defensive lineman Dillon Quinn has decided to leave school for personal reasons.

Spencer Shuey has earned the starting middle linebacker job at Clemson with his hard work and performance

Read the latest entry in Robert Nkemdiche's diary for ESPN Recruiting Nation.

Duke quarterback Sean Renfree has been cleared to play, but it doesn't look good for Kenny Anunike.

Florida State's defense wants to create more turnovers. Good news, Noles: turnover-prone Logan Thomas is next on the schedule.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson responds to his critics.

Maryland is simplifying the offense for Shawn Petty.

Are the Hurricanes back? No, but beating Virginia Tech is a step in the right direction.

North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard says he won't think about his future until after the season.

N.C. State is hoping to keep pace in the Atlantic.

A young secondary has been a problem for Virginia this season.

Virginia Tech needs to use the lessons learned from this season to fix this mess.

BC, Wake Forest try to avoid the Atlantic cellar. The Deacs have a commitment fromanother Looney.

Pictures Of The Day

Mike Smith rides Royal Delta to a win during the $2 million Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic at Santa Anita Park on November 2, 2012 in Arcadia, California. (Harry How/Getty Images)
Russell Baze rides Class Included during the 2012 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic at Santa Anita Park on November 2, 2012 in Arcadia, California. (Harry How/Getty Images)
Max Chilton of Great Britain and Marussia exits his garage to drive during practice for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 2, 2012 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Ker Robertson/Getty Images Europe)
Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing drives during practice for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 2, 2012 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Mark Thompson/Getty Images Europe)

Friday, November 2, 2012

Miami Throttles Virginia Tech

MORRIS (J. Pat Carter/AP Photo)

Stephen Morris threw for two early touchdowns, both set up by Virginia Tech special-teams miscues, and Miami took a major step forward in the chase for a berth in the conference title game by beating the Hokies 30-12 on Thursday night.

The Hurricanes were outgained 421-347, went 1 for 12 on third down, and managed exactly 3 yards on 12 plays in the third quarter. And in the end, somehow, none of that mattered.

"It's critical," said Golden, the Hurricanes' second-year coach. "Again, I know everybody wants us to be national champions yesterday and get back to BCS games and all that, but the reality of it is the pathway through that is the Coastal. It's almost like we have to re-educate our team. They have to understand, that's how you get there."

THOMAS (J. Pat Carter/AP Photo)
The message seems to have been received.

Duke Johnson had a 7-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and finished with 217 all-purpose yards for the Hurricanes (5-4, 4-2), who snapped a three-game slide. The division is hardly a done deal, however - Miami has conference games left with Virginia and Duke, both on the road.

Logan Thomas had a 73-yard scoring run on a quarterback draw for Virginia Tech (4-5, 2-3), which lost to Miami for just the third time in the last 10 meetings. The loss also ensures the Hokies' streak of eight straight 10-win seasons will end this year.

"I don't fault our effort," Hokies coach Frank Beamer said. "I fault our execution. We didn't do the things to win the football game."

The win puts Miami a half-game ahead of Duke and North Carolina in the Coastal race, though the Tar Heels are ineligible for postseason play, including the ACC title game.

It’s An Election Year, People Lie

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The announced attendance for last night’s game at Miami was listed in the box score at 37,219.


If you saw the game, you know that there was not a single camera angle utilized by ESPN that didn’t show scores of empty orange seats.

C’mon Canes, you can’t be the “U,” if “U” don’t show up for the nationally televised game on Thursday night.

Even if the number is accurate, it’s kind of pathetic...37,000, that’s a Wallace Wade number!  This is Miami for cryin’ out loud!

Really showed the ACC in a great light...

Picture Of The Day

Speak Logistics trains in preparation for the 2012 Breeder's Cup at Santa Anita Park on October 30, 2012 in Arcadia, California.  The BC races are run today and tomorrow. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Holiday Of The Week

(James Boardman/AFP Photo)
Bonfire Night.

AP:  His career is in ruins and now an effigy of Lance Armstrong is about to go up in smoke.

The disgraced American cyclist has been chosen as the latest celebrity to be burned in effigy during an English town's nationally famous Bonfire Night celebrations.

Edenbridge in southeast England has built a 30-foot (9-meter) model of Armstrong, who was stripped recently of his seven Tour de France titles for doping offenses.

The effigy, to be burned Saturday, sports a sign saying: "For sale, racing bike, no longer required."

Towns across Britain light bonfires and set off fireworks on Nov. 5 to commemorate Guy Fawkes' failed plot in 1605 to blow up Parliament.

The bonfires traditionally are topped with an effigy of Fawkes but have been decorated with contemporary figures over recent years.

Former Terp Wins $8.5 Million World Series of Poker Jackpot

YES, HE'S WEARING AN ORIOLES SHIRT (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun/Reuters)

Greg Merson of Laurel, MD won the World Series of Poker’s Main Event and its first prize of $8.5 million in cash.

Nice, Greg, NICE!

The former University of Maryland Terrapin has overcome drug addiction and his native country’s prohibition of on-line poker to win the crown.

To read his incredible story, click here

Things That Make You Go...

Undefeated Awesome Feather trains prior to this weekend’s Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. 

Awesome Feather prepped for the $2 million Ladies Classic by winning the Nasty Storm Stakes at Belmont Park in New York in late September.  The win gave the four-year-old mare a 10 for 10 record with career earnings of over $1.9 million. 

Nasty Storm?  

A coincidence?

ACC Football Links

JOE VELLANO (Jonathan Newton/Washington Post)
By Andrea Adelson |

Clemson's defense is gaining confidence in the homestretch. The Tigers are focused onsuccessive BCS bids. SEC blogger Edward Aschoff weighs in on the latest between Steve Spurrier and Dabo Swinney.

Duke's defense faces another test against Clemson.

Florida State defensive back Karlos Williams is starting to live up to expectations.

Georgia Tech president G.P. "Bud" Peterson talks about looking for a new athletic director.

As Joe Vellano goes, so goes the Maryland defense.

Miami faces another big quarterback test in Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas.

Giovani Bernard's punt return takes its place among North Carolina's greatest plays.

Virginia quarterback Phillip Sims has a long way to go.

Virginia Tech or Miami, who has the edge?

Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price has been far from perfect.

Pictures Of The Day

UNC freshman Brice Johnson (11) dunks over the Shaw University team for two of his eight points on Friday October 26, 2012 at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Tar Heels won the exhibition game 81-54. (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
Maryland is down to their fourth string QB and he's a linebacker.  Shawn Petty did play QB at Roosevelt High School and here he hands off to Chris McDowney during the Raiders' 23-22 victory over Wise a few years back.  (Anthony Castellano/The Gazette)
Runners in The Win Big With Betdaq Multiples Racing Handicap Stakes make the turn into the back straight at Kempton racecourse on October31, 2012 in Sunbury, England.  (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley, left, looks on as South Carolina wide receiver Damiere Byrd (3) tries to make a juggling catch in the third quarter on Saturday, October 27, 2012, at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina. (Gerry Melendez/The State/MCT)
Horses walk back to the stable after training in preparation for the 2012 Breeder's Cup at Santa Anita Park on October 31, 2012 in Arcadia, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Missouri wide receiver T.J. Moe, left, cannot reach a pass in the end zone as Kentucky linebacker Avery Williamson chases during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Truth Really Is Stranger Than Fiction: Terps Lose Fourth QB

By Jeff Barker/ The Baltimore Sun
ROWE (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun)
 One week after lamenting its stunning misfortune at losing its second and third quarterbacks to injuries, Maryland learned Sunday that its fourth quarterback — Caleb Rowe — tore his anterior cruciate ligament and will also miss the rest of what has turned into a bizarre season for the Terps.

The injury to Rowe in the fourth quarter of Saturday's Boston College loss means the Terps have exhausted their true quarterbacks and will turn to Shawn Petty, a 240-pound linebacker who ran an option attack in high school, to start at the position Saturday against Georgia Tech.

“He's athletic, he's strong,” said Tom Green, Petty's high school coach at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt. “Like most freshmen, it's going to be difficult for him. If they limit how much he does, dummy it down a little bit, he'll figure it out.”

Petty will be backed up by freshman tight end Brian McMahon (Atholton).

“I don't know if something like that has ever happened to a team at this position,” Maryland coach Randy Edsall said after describing how Rowe, a promising freshman, suffered the left-knee injury on a third-down play but told the coach he was fine and remained in the game. Edsall said the ligament tore away from the bone and that the player probably faces surgery and a five-to-six month recovery period.

Maryland led 17-13 when Rowe went back to pass on third-and-12 near midfield. Unable to find a receiver, he headed for the sideline and was tackled just as he went out of bounds.
Rowe paused before getting up and remained in a kneeling position, staring at his left knee. He then walked to the bench and was examined by the training staff.

“I saw it because he came out of bounds right where I was, and I said to him, ‘Are you OK?' And he said, ‘Yeah,'” Edsall said.

To read more, click here

ACC Players Of The Week

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OFFENSIVE BACK - Tajh Boyd, Clemson, Jr., QB, 6-1, 225, Hampton, Va.  Boyd completed 27 of 38 passes for 428 yards and five touchdowns without an interception in Clemson's 42-13 win over Wake Forest last Thursday night. He also had 16 carries for 27 yards, giving him 455 yards of total offense. The 428 yards passing were an all-time Clemson single-game record, while his 455 yards of total offense were second best. Boyd threw all five of his touchdown passes in the first half, including four in the second quarter when he took the Tigers to 28 points. That set a record for touchdown passes in a half as well. He tied the single-game touchdown record. His pass efficiency rating for the game was 208, also the best in school history given a minimum of 35 attempts.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina, Sr., OG, 6-3, 295, Wilmington, N.C.  Cooper played 85 snaps, posted 18 knockdown blocks and graded out at 90 percent as the Tar Heels recorded 570 yards of offense in a 43-35 victory over NC State. Carolina rushed for 212 yards, averaging 5.4 yards per carry. Cooper has not allowed a sack all season.

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RECEIVER - Sammy Watkins, Clemson, So., 6-1, 200, Fort Myers, Fla. Watkins had eight receptions for 202 yards and a touchdown in Clemson's 42-13 victory over Wake Forest. Watkins touchdown was a 61-yard catch and run down the sidelines in the second period. He had 177 receiving yards in the first half when Clemson broke the game open. He had three catches of at least 50 yards in the game, also a first. The 202 receiving yards set a Clemson single game record, breaking the previous record of 197 yards by DeAndre Hopkins earlier this year at Boston College. Watkins also had four yards rushing to finish with 206 all-purpose yards.

DEFENSIVE LINE - Joe Vellano, Sr., Maryland, DE, 6-1, 285, Rexford, N.Y. Vellano was part of a defensive line that allowed Boston College to rush for just 8 net yards on 27 attempts. The senior recorded five tackles, including 2.5 sacks to total minus-22 yards, and also forced a fumble that the Terrapins recovered. Vellano leads the ACC and is tied for ninth nationally with 1.75 tackles for loss per game. He's played a big role on a defense that ranks fourth nationally against the run, having surrendered just 77.6 yards per game.

LINEBACKER - Christian Jones, Jr., Florida State, OLB, 6-4, 240, Winter Park, Fla. Florida State set the tone from the start on defense vs. Duke, and Jones played a huge role in that performance. The second-year starter registered eight of his season-high 11 tackles in the first quarter and three of those were tackles for loss, which eclipsed his previous career-high of two. He finished the night with four tackles for loss, while eight of his 11 tackles were solo stops. Florida State's defense, which leads the ACC in every major category and ranks second nationally in total defense, limited the Blue Devils to a season-low 232 total yards.

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CO-DEFENSIVE BACK - Ronald Darby, Fr., Florida State, 5-11, 176, CB, Oxon Hill, Md. Continuing his season-long role as the first corner off the bench for the Seminoles, Darby was instrumental in another shutdown performance by the Florida State defense. He finished with four tackles (three solo stops) and provided solid coverage on a day when Duke's passing game could not get going. Florida state limited Duke quarterbacks to 129 passing yards on a 16 of 37 performance and shut down Blue Devils' receiving star Connor Vernon, who had three receptions for 12 yards. The Seminoles rank fourth nationally in pass efficiency defense (90.89) and sixth in passing defense (154.22 ypg).

CO-DEFENSIVE BACK - C.J. Wilson, Gr., NC State, 5-11, 185, Lincolnton, N.C. Wilson played 59 snaps at UNC and made two of the biggest defensive plays of the game. He created two Tar Heel turnovers in the red zone, as he intercepted a pass in the end zone and stripped another ball out of the receiver's hands at the NC State 10 and returned it to the 24. Wilson also tallied three tackles and broke up another pass in the contest.

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SPECIALIST - Giovani Bernard, So., North Carolina, 5-10, 205, Davie, Fla. Bernard had 304 all-purpose yards to lead North Carolina to a 43-25 victory over rival NC State. Bernard scored on a 74-yard punt return with 13 seconds to play to give the Tar Heels the victory and snap the Wolfpack's five-game winning streak in the series. The punt return was Carolina's first for a score against NC State since 1986. It was Bernard's second punt return touchdown of the season, tying the school record. Bernard finished with a game-high 135 rushing yards on 23 carries and two rushing touchdowns. He also had eight catches for a career-high 95 yards and led the Tar Heels in both rushing and receiving. He scored three touchdowns and has 15 for the season in seven games and has 29 touchdowns in 20 collegiate games. In the fourth quarter, Bernard had 89 yards rushing, a 19-yard reception and a 74-yard punt return for a total of 182 all-purpose yards in the final 15 minutes. Bernard has now rushed for 930 yards and 10 touchdowns, an ACC-leading average of 132.9 per game.

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ROOKIE - Stefon Diggs, Maryland, Fr., WR, 6-0, 185, Gaithersburg, Md. Diggs turned in his most productive receiving game this season, setting career marks with 152 receiving yards and 11 catches. The freshman caught a career-long 66-yard touchdown pass, marking the fourth time in the last five games he's had a catch of at least 50 yards. It was the third 100-yard receiving game of the season for Diggs and vaulted him into 16th place on Maryland's single-season receiving yards list with 666. That ranks second all-time among freshmen, trailing only Darrius Heyward-Bey's 694 in 2006.

ACC Football Links

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By Andrea Adelson |

Boston College's win raised spirits.

Dabo Swinney wants Clemson focused on a November to remember.

Duke hopes to learn from its loss to Florida State.

Jimbo Fisher says he is going to get his team's fumbling issues fixed.

Does Georgia Tech have a quarterback controversy on its hands?

What is happening to Maryland quarterbacks is unprecedented.

Miami defensive tackle Luther Robinson apologized for his dad's radio rant against coach Al Golden.

Giovani Bernard's performance energized the North Carolina program.

History is on N.C. State's side when it comes to a rebound.

Virginia has to stop the little things against N.C. State.

Logan Thomas still plans on playing his senior season for Virginia Tech.

Should Wake Forest have gone for it at critical moments against Clemson?

ACC Honor Roll: Week 9.

Sports Illustrated Highlights ACC Basketball Players

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To see the photos, click here

Pictures Of The Day

In spite of demolishing Western Washington 105-87 in an exhibiition game, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski appears to be in mid-season form as he yells at a game official in the first half of play. (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)

Oregon turned out Saturday in yet another uniform variation. Here, De'Anthony Thomas #6 is congratulated by Jake Fisher #75 after returning a punt for a touchdown against the Colorado Buffaloes on October 27, 2012 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images North America)
A rainbow is seen among homes devastated by the effects of Hurricane Sandy at the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, and Brian Vickers, driver of the #55 Toyota, lead the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 28, 2012 in Ridgeway, Virginia. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images North America)
Zombie enthusiasts rehearse a dance before setting out on a "Zombie Walk" in the city center on October 27, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Approximately 150 zombies, who had organized themselves through Facebook, walked and limped across Alexanderplatz, growled and moaned at passersby and performed their jerking dances. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images Europe)
A downed tree and electrical line block a county road not too far from T.A.H. Worldwide Media Headquarters.  Thankfully, the nerve center of ACC sports’ news suffered no power outages (so far).  Photo/Lawrence Emerson/Fauquier Now)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Uni Watch: The Bees Called, They Want Thier Bumble Back

What the hell was that?
Here, Mike Wallace #17 of the Pittsburgh Steelers can't control the ball and is ruled incomplete against the Washington Redskins during the game on October 28, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Steelers wore throwbacks from the 1930’s.  (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America)

Stupid Baseball: The Giants, Not The Nats, Sweep Detroit For World Series Win

Ryan Theriot #5 of the San Francisco Giants runs home after a run off of Marco Scutaro #19 of the San Francisco Giants an RBI single to center field against Phil Coke #40 of the Detroit Tigers in the tenth inning during Game Four of the Major League Baseball World Series at Comerica Park on October 28, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
 Sergio Romo #54 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates with his teammates after striking out Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers in the tenth inning to win Game Four. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
 Sergio Romo #54 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates with the Most Valuable Player trophy after defeating the Detroit Tigers to win Game Four of the World Series. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Pictures Of The Day

UNC's head coach Larry Fedora, right, shakes hands with N.C. State's head coach Tom O'Brien before their game. (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
UNC defensive tackle Sylvester Williams (92) can't stop N.C. State running back James Washington (24) during the second half. (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
UNC's Giovani Bernard (26) rushes eight yards for a first quarter touchdown against N.C. State. (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
Jamal Golden #4 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets returns a kickoff for a touchdown against the BYU Cougars at Bobby Dodd Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images North America)
Jamaal Williams #21 of the BYU Cougars carries the ball for a touchdown against Georgia Tech. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images North America)
Isaiah Johnson #1 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets scores after intercepting a pass against the BYU Cougars at Bobby Dodd Stadium. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images North America)
Mitch Matthews #10 of the BYU Cougars is tackled by Jemea Thomas #14 and Rod Sweeting #6 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images North America)
UNC wide receiver Erik Highsmith (88) pulls in a long reception as N.C. State safety Earl Wolff (27) and Juston Burris (11) defend. (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
N.C. State linebacker Brandon Pittman (39) can't believe it after UNC's Giovani Bernard (26) ran back a punt return 74-yards for a touchdown. (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
N.C. State wide receiver Charlie Hegedus (84) scores a touchdown on 32-yard pass reception. (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
UNC running back Giovani Bernard (26) returns a punt 74-yards for a touchdown. (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
N.C. State wide receiver Rashard Smith (2) dives in on a 30-yard touchdown reception as UNC safety Gene Robinson (1) tries to stop him during the first half.  (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
Boston College defensive back Sean Sylvia (19) and defensive tackle Max Ricci (98) celebrate as Maryland wide receiver Tyrek Cheeseboro, foreground, walks away after Boston College's Spenser Rositano intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in Boston, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. Boston College won 20-17. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs, center, carries the ball on a 66-yard touchdown reception as Boston College defensive back Spenser Rositano (47) and defensive back Justin Simmons (27) defend. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin celebrates his punt return for a touchdown against Duke in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State won the game 48-7. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
Florida State's Rodney Smith makes a long reception against Duke's Ross Cockrell in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State won the game 48-7. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
Florida State's Eddie Goldman, left, and Cornellius Carrdine pressure Duke's Sean Renfree as he attempts a pass. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
Duke's Jamison Crowder can't come up with pass from Anthony Boone in the third quarter. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig looks to pass in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Maryland in Boston, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Maryland quarterback Caleb Rowe looks to pass in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Boston College in Boston, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
UNC running back Giovani Bernard (26) returns a punt 74-yards for a touchdown. (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)

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