Maryland's Josh Allen (Tampa, Fla.) posted the 11th-best rushing day in ACC history and third-best in Maryland history as he ran for 257 yards on 38 carries in the Terps' 27-17 win over Virginia. The 5-11, 206-pound sophomore's yardage total was tops in the ACC and the fifth-best effort in Division I-A this season. The tailback's attempt and yardage totals were both career highs, while he also tied a career high with a pair of touchdowns. His 200-yard performance marked the 14th such feat in school history.
NC State's Philip Rivers (Athens, Ala.) led the Wolfpack with 449 yards of total offense and five touchdowns in a double overtime loss at No. 11 Florida State. The 6-5, 236-pound quarterback completed 28-of-38 passes for 422 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. The senior also rushed for 27 yards and a score. Rivers broke the ACC record with his sixth career 400-yard passing game and tied the NCAA record for career starts by a quarterback with his 49th. Now second in NCAA history with 12,801 career yards of total offense, Rivers moved into third place in NCAA history with 12,733 career passing yards and seventh in NCAA history with 90 career TD passes.
Florida State's Ray Willis (Angleton, Texas) led the offensive line with a grade of 93 percent in the Seminoles' 50-44 double-overtime win over NC State. The 6-6, 314-pound junior totaled nine intimidation blocks and added two "cut blocks" and had two key blocks on touchdown runs. The outside tackle was instrumental in Florida State's 455 total yards, including a season-high 296 yards on the ground.
Maryland's Randy Starks (Waldorf, Md.) posted his most impressive performance of the season in the Terrapins 27-17 win over Virginia, overcoming double teams to lead the Terp defense. The 6-4, 312-pound junior made eight tackles (five unassisted) while adding three tackles for loss (for minus 11 yards) and a sack (minus 8). The defensive tackle's tackle total was second-highest on the team while his tackles for loss and sacks were the only tackles of the game behind the line of scrimmage for the Terrapins. Starks moved into the Maryland career top ten with his fourth quarter sack as he now has 15.5 in his career.
Georgia Tech's Reuben Houston (Peachtree City, Ga.) made three key defensive plays in the Yellow Jackets' 41-24 win over North Carolina with an interception, a fumble recovery and a sack. The 6-0, 195-pound cornerback also had eight tackles and a pass breakup. With the Jackets clinging to a 20-17 lead in the fourth quarter and North Carolina on the move into Tech territory, the redshirt sophomore's fumble recovery at the Tech 14-yard line preserved the lead.
Georgia Tech's Jonathan Smith (Argyle, Ga.) recorded three touchdowns in less than seven minutes of the fourth quarter in the Yellow Jackets' victory over North Carolina (41-24), including a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown. The 5-11, 185-pound wideout became the first player in Tech history to have a touchdown pass, a touchdown reception and touchdown return in the same game. After Saturday's performance, the senior now leads the ACC in punt returns with a 10.4-yard average. Smith accounted for a total of 157 yards in the game, including six receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown, five yards rushing, a 26-yard touchdown pass and 75 punt return yards.
Georgia Tech's Reggie Ball (Stone Mountain, Ga.) threw a season-best three touchdown passes to lead the Yellow Jackets' to a 41-24 victory over North Carolina. The 5-11, 192-pound freshman completed 13 of 25 passes for 122 yards and three scores and rushed 12 times for 53 yards to total 175 yards of total offense. With the score tied at 17-17, Ball moved Tech down the field for the go-ahead field goal with an 81-yard drive on which he gained 32 yards rushing.