Rivers Tabbed ACC Offensive Back of the Week

NC State Quarterback Philip Rivers was selected ACC Offensive Back of the Week for his performance against the Virginia Cavaliers.

OFFENSIVE BACK
NC State's Philip Rivers (Athens, Ala.) completed 29 of 34 passes, including his first 17 straight, for 410 passing yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions to lead NC State over Virginia 51-37. The 6-5, 236-pound quarterback now ranks fifth in NCAA history with 12,311 career passing yards and became the first quarterback in ACC history to throw for over 3,000 yards in three different seasons and only the seventh QB in NCAA history to do so. The senior also tied the ACC record with his fifth career 400-yard passing game. Rivers rushed for 20 yards against the Cavaliers, moving him up to third place in NCAA history with 12,352 career yards of total offense. He used nine different receivers throughout the game and Rivers' four TD passes propelled him to tenth place in NCAA history with 86 career touchdown passes.

OFFENSIVE LINE
Wake Forest's Mark Moroz (Welland, Ontario, Canada) was in on 61 of the Demon Deacons' 67 offensive snaps in Wake's 45-17 win over Clemson. He graded out at a team-best 90 percent with no missed assignments. The 6-4, 285-pound senior also recorded 18.5 knockdowns - another team high. Moroz helped pave the way for the Deacon ground game to record 321 yards - the best single-game rushing mark in the ACC this season - as well as four rushing touchdowns. The offensive line also gave up no sacks on Saturday.

DEFENSIVE LINE
Duke's Matt Zielinski (Amherst, N.Y.) led the Blue Devils with nine total tackles in 23-6 loss to Tennessee. The 6-3, 290-pound senior had four tackles for loss and two quarterback sacks, in addition to adding two quarterback pressures. On the year, the defensive tackle has 55 tackles, 14.5 TFL, five sacks and six quarterback pressures.

DEFENSIVE BACK
Florida State's Leroy Smith (Quincy, Fla.) made his second start of the season and had a 90-yard INT for a touchdown in the Seminoles' 37-0 win at Notre Dame. The 5-10, 179-pound junior is now tied for the team lead with three interceptions on the year. The corner back finished the game with two tackles (one solo), two pass break-ups and a third down stop. Smith's efforts for the Seminole defense helped shut out Notre Dame for the first time since in 25 years (Missouri 3-0, 1978). Florida State has recorded two shutouts on the road in one season for the first time since 1964.

SPECIALIST
Maryland's Nick Novak (Charlottesville, Va.) tallied 15 points in the Terps' 59-21 win over North Carolina. The junior place kicker was 3-of-3 on field goals (24, 20, 46) and 6-of-6 on extra points. The 6-0, 189-pounder had nine of 11 kickoffs go for touchbacks. His 15 points gave him 293 points for his career, moving him into second on the Maryland career chart for points scored, passing RB Rick Badanjek (1982-85). Novak currently leads the ACC and is sixth nationally in field goals, averaging 2.0 per game.

ROOKIE
Wake Forest's Jyles Tucker (Dover, N.J.) earned his first career starting nod against Clemson -- the first true freshman to start for the Deacs this season. The Deacons defeated the Tigers 45-17 in Winston-Salem. The 6-4, 250-pound defense end scored a defensive touchdown, stripping the ball out of Charlie Whitehurst's hands and returning it 12 yards for the TD - getting credit for the forced fumble and recovered fumble as well. In addition, Tucker finished the day with two solo tackles, a pass break-up and a quarterback pressure.


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