STATE (9-2, 4-2 ACC)
Wolfpack kicker Adam Kiker missed a 28-yard field goal that would have
put State up by two scores, 24-14, with 11:20 remaining. On NCSU’s next
possession, Maryland’s Domonique Foxworth intercepted and the Terps moved
for a tying touchdown. Nick Novak’s 26-yard field goal with 34 seconds left
provided the 24-21 Maryland win. Premier State receiver Jerricho Cotchery
went out with an ankle injury in the Pack’s haste to move into position for
a field goal try. Then NCSU’s Philip Rivers was intercepted again to seal
State’s second straight loss. Virginia, coming off a 35-14 loss at Penn
State, hosts State on Saturday.
CLEMSON (6-4, 4-3 ACC)
The Tigers fell behind 9-0 at North Carolina but four touchdown passes by
freshman Charlie Whitehurst helped Clemson come back for a 42-12 win.
Whitehurst, the son of former Green Bay Packers back-up quarterback David
Whitehurst, threw for 274 yards in his second start as the Tigers
accumulated 530 yards on total offense. The Tigers host Maryland on
SOUTH CAROLINA (5-5, 3-4 SEC)
Three games ago the Gamecocks were 5-2 and appeared to be in good
position for an unprecedented third straight bowl trip. That was also three
losses ago. The latest setback was a 23-0 loss at home to a rampaging
Arkansas team that became bowl eligible. USC quarterback Corey Jenkins threw
for just 79 yards and was picked off twice. The hosts didn’t seriously
threaten after controlling the ball almost seven minutes on their opening
drive before Daniel Weaver missed a field goal. A bowl trip looks doubtful
with remaining games at Florida and Clemson.
WAKE FOREST (5-5, 3-4 ACC)
Deacons coach Jim Grobe said he has never dealt with consecutive open
dates as Wake is doing following its 34-21 loss to Florida State on Nov. 2.
Next up is Navy on Nov. 23 and the Middies gave visiting Notre Dame a battle
before falling 30-23 on Saturday in Baltimore. Citing the value of routine
for younger players, the Deacons have continued practice on a regular
schedule during their extensive down time.
EAST CAROLINA (3-5, 3-1 C-USA)
Down 34-17 in the fourth quarter, the Pirates rallied for a thrilling
54-48 win in triple overtime as Paul Troth passed for 369 yards and ECU kept
its chances alive for the Conference USA championship and bowl eligibility.
Art Brown scored the winning touchdown on a 25-yard run as ECU gathered
valuable momentum going into next Saturday’s 3 p.m. start at UAB.
DUKE (2-8, 0-6 ACC)
The Blue Devils had an open date after nearly knocking off Clemson and
will aim for another upset at Georgia Tech at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
NORTH CAROLINA (2-8, 0-6 ACC)
The Tar Heels appear to be pretty bad in the classic sense, B-A-D. They
have little offense, little defense and apparently little chance of avoiding
some ugly payback at Florida State beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Don’t
forget the Heels hammered FSU 41-9 last season in Chapel Hill.