Three Tigers Named ACC Players of the Week
In earning the award for the second time this season, Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan had a career day in leading the Eagles to a 30-23 double-overtime win over BYU Saturday. Despite nursing a sore ankle, the 6-5, 221-pound junior from Exton, Penn., completed 29-of-48 passes for a career-high 356 yards and two touchdowns as Boston College ran its record to 3-0. Ryan leads the ACC in total offense (289.7) and passing yards per game (297.0).
Clemson guard Roman Fry had 13 knockdown blocks in 53 snaps and graded out at 87 percent in the Tigers' 27-20 win over ninth-ranked Florida State Saturday night in Tallahassee. Fry's biggest block came on Clemson's winning play when James Davis ran behind his block to score the winning touchdown with eight seconds left to play. The senior played a major role as Clemson had 151 yards rushing against a Seminole defense that was ranked first in the nation in rushing defense entering the contest.
Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams had two-and-a-half sacks and five tackles overall to lead the Tigers' defensive front in Saturday's 27-20 win at Florida State. Clemson allowed just one touchdown and 204 yards of total offense, 102 rushing and 102 passing. It was the fewest yards of total offense allowed by a Clemson defense ever against Florida State. The 6-5, 265-pound senior from Greenwood, S.C., also had three quarterback pressures.
Clemson defensive back Duane Coleman had a team-high 10 tackles in Saturday's 27-20 win at ninth-ranked Florida State. The 5-10, 195-pound senior from Naples, Fla., had seven first hits and three assists and also had a fumble return for four yards that stopped a Florida State drive in the first half. It marked the second straight year Coleman was Clemson's top tackler in a win over a top 20 Florida State team. He had nine stops in Clemson's win in 2005.
Florida State's Tony Carter scored eight of the Seminoles' 20 points in Saturday's 27-20 loss to Clemson. The Tigers' first extra point attempt of the game was blocked by Lawrence Timmons and Carter scooped up the loose ball and raced 90 yards for the defensive point after touchdown, marking the first time in school history that a Seminole had scored defending a PAT. Almost 15 minutes later, the 5-9, 170-pound sophomore from Jacksonville, Fla., picked up a blocked Clemson field goal attempt and returned it 69 yards for a touchdown.
North Carolina quarterback Cam Sexton and Virginia Tech defensive end William Wall share ACC Rookie of the Week honors. Sexton, a 6-1, 185-pound freshman from Laurinburg, N.C., made his first career start Saturday and completed 14 of 20 attempts for 265 yards and two touchdowns as the Tar Heels defeated Furman 45-42. Sexton averaged 18.9 yards per completion and was never sacked. Wall, a 6-3, 243-pound freshman from Washington, D.C., led the Hokie defensive line with five tackles, including three sacks, as Tech posted its second shutout of the season, a 36-0 win over Duke. Playing in just his second collegiate game, White also had a forced fumble.