FLORIDA STATE 24 - MARYLAND 16
Ladies and gents, the 2007-2009 success or failure of the Seminoles lie in great part in the talented hands of superb sophomores Preston Parker and Patrick Robinson. Parker, moving from WR to RB to fill the void left by the injured Antone Smith and Jamaal Edwards, tore through the Terrapins to the tune of 133 yards on 20 carries, while cornerback "P-Rob" snagged his 6th interception in his last 7 games. Parker has become a revelation after being buried on the depth chart in the preseason and being utterly ignored his freshman year by the Jeff Bowden Project. As for the Terps, the hangover from the BC win appeared to carry over as they found themselves at the wrong end of a 21-3 score early in the second quarter, before sobering up and playing decent football the rest of the way. QB Chris Turner outplayed his Seminole counterpart Drew Weatherford and the Maryland defense completely manhandled the Nole offense in the 2nd and 3rd quarters.
"Versatility and stop-on-a-dime shiftiness reminiscent of Peter Warrick? To hell with that crap." - Jeff Bowden
GEORGIA TECH 27 - NORTH CAROLINA 25
Equilibrium achieved. A classic Chan Choke (UNC took their first and only lead with 5:50 remaining) was averted when the infallible Chan Gailey Equilibrium rearranged time and space to provide the Jackets with their 7th win of the season on a 27-yard field goal with 18 seconds left. While no one can look at the Tar Heels this year and say they are anything but improved over the last six seasons, their 3-8 record heading into the Duke game still looks awfully Bunting-esque and may spur Butch Davis into going home to momma (who happens to reside in Fayetteville, AR; I hear there's a job opening there).
The Equilibrium cannot be stopped. Hell, it can't even be contained. It devours all in it's path.
WAKE FOREST 38 - NC STATE 18
Leave it to a Jim Grobe team to extinguish a completely en-fuego NC State club. Up 21-3 in the third quarter, the Deacons withstood a Wolfpack rally and pulled away with their 724th (okay, 8th) INT return for a score this season. Despite the loss, the Pack still showed a pulse on offense but were done in by the pesky interception bug. Wake likely clinched a Muffler Bowl spot while State needs a win over Maryland next Saturday to become amazingly bowl eligible after the 1-5 start.
They call me the fireman. That's my name.
NOTRE DAME 28 - DUKE 7
It's a strange season when a loss to the Fighting Irish can get a Duke coach fired.
Sure, there's been no word on Ted Roof's status, but after such a promising beginning to the season, the Devils have again sunk to "Worst BCS Conference Team" status after getting drilled by the former owners of that title, the now 2-9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Coughing up 414 yards to one of the all-time worst offensive units in major college football history, and avoiding a shutout only by scoring a cheap TD in garbage time, is simply a total disgrace to Duke - and the ACC by association - and we'll have no more of that, dammit. I hope.
The Roof...the Roof...the Roof is now fired. Well, probably.
VIRGINIA TECH 44 - MIAMI 14
Miami sucks. Quite horribly, in fact. And in the distance, Larry Coker laughs impishly but with a morose undercurrent. That is all.
It takes a special coach to lose 92-14 to the Commonwealth of Virginia in a seven-day span. Ths is not that coach.
BOSTON COLLEGE 20 - CLEMSON 17
Sure, Matt Ryan gets all the glory for his eerily familiar scrambling-for-dear-life late 4th quarter TD toss to win the game, but Eagle RB Andre Callender was the true hero for BC on Saturday night. 92 yards receiving and 75 yards rushing aren't quite legendary numbers, but it was the third down conversion daggers thrust into the gut of the Clemson faithful by Callender that was the theme of the night. Well that, and the inevitability that a Tommy Bowden club will be always be so damn predictable and consistent, even in this year of lunacy.
The wind beneath Matt Ryan's wings. Ugh, did I actually just type that?