Monday, December 15, 2008

2008 ACC Football Championship concludes

A long 365 days later and another ACC Football Championship has concluded. The 2008 game mirrored the same matchup with Boston College taking on Virginia Tech, and concluded in the same result with Virginia Tech winning--this time 30-12. A total of 53,927 tickets were sold and distributed for the game's first year in Tampa. The game will return to Tampa next year at Raymond James Stadium...will you be there? Follow http://www.theroadtotampabay.com/ for all things related to the ACC Football Championship.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Road To Tampa Bay players of the Week 13....

Below are the players of Week 13...

CO-OFFENSIVE BACK—Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech, B-Back, 6-0, 228, So., Marietta, Ga. Dwyer ran for 128 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 10 carries in Georgia Tech’s 41-23 win over No. 23 ranked Miami on Thursday. Dwyer, who sat out most of the second half, helped the Yellow Jackets produce 472 yards of rushing offense – Tech’s highest total in an ACC game. For Dwyer, it was his eighth 100-yard rushing performance of the season and he remains the ACC’s leading rusher (by 13 yards per game).

CO-OFFENSIVE BACK— Russell Wilson, NC State, QB, 5-11, 191, R-Fr., Richmond, Va. Wilson threw for a career-high 279 yards on 17-of-28 passing and two touchdowns in NC State’s 41-10 win over North Carolina. This was the fifth consecutive game he has thrown for multiple touchdowns, the longest such streak since Philip Rivers threw multiple TDs in six straight games in 2003. Wilson also extended his string of consecutive pass attempts without an interception to 203. Last week, Wilson was honored as ACC Rookie of the Week.

CO-OFFENSIVE LINEMAN—Meares Green, NC State, G/T, 6-4, 306, R-Sr., Wilmington, N.C.
Green led the NC State rushing attack that produced season highs in rushing yards (187), passing yards (279) and total yards (466) in the Pack’s 41-10 win over North Carolina. Green graded out at 82% for the game. The offensive line allowed just two sacks of quarterback Russell Wilson.

CO-OFFENSIVE LINEMAN—Thomas Austin, Clemson, Guard, 6-3, 295, Jr., Camden, S.C. Austin helped the Clemson offense to a 13-3 victory over Virginia with 11 knockdown blocks in 71 plays. He did not miss a snap and received a grade of 86 percent from the coaching staff. The Tiger offensive line held tough, not allowing a sack in 29 passing attempts.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN— Everette Brown, Florida State, DE, 6-4, 248, Jr., Stantonsburg, N.C. Brown was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week for his dominating performance in FSU’s 37-3 win over Maryland. For the third time this season Brown recorded three or more sacks in a game as he recorded a career-high 3 ½ sacks. He also forced the fumble that linebacker Derek Nicholson scooped up and returned for a TD to put the Seminoles up 14-0. His career-high 4.5 tackles for loss upped his season total to 20.5 which leads the nation in tackles for loss. He is tied for second in the FBS with 12.5 sacks this season.

DEFENSIVE BACK—Mark Herzlich, Boston College, LB, 6-4, 238, Jr., Wayne, Pa. Herzlich picked off two Riley Skinner passes, returning one 34-yards for a touchdown and setting up an Eagle field goal with the other in Boston College’s 24-21 win over Wake Forest. The junior finished with nine tackles, seven solo, as BC held Wake to 191 net yards of total offense. Herzlich’s interception return for a touchdown marked the sixth consecutive game in which the Eagles have scored a non-offensive touchdown.

SPECIALIST— Graham Gano, Florida State, PK/P, 6-1, 197, Sr., Pensacola, Fla. Gano was 3-for-3 in field goal attempts in the Seminoles upset win over No. 22 Maryland. Gano improved to 21-for-23 this year in field goals and for the sixth time this year (in nine games played) he had double digit points (13). Gano handled all the kicking for FSU and none of his three punts were returned by Maryland. Gano converted on field goal tries from 22, 34 and 48 yards, respectively.

ROOKIE—Dominique Davis, Boston College, QB, 6-4, 198, R-Fr., Lakeland, Fla. Davis was forced into action on Saturday when starting Eagle quarterback Chris Crane went down with a broken collarbone. He came in and completed 13-of-23 for 103 yards as Boston College defeated Wake Forest, 24-21. Davis engineered a 9-play, 70-yard drive that included a 36-yard and 21-yard completion. Ultimately, Davis scored the winning touchdown on a QB sneak.



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Monday, November 24, 2008

48-Hour Celebration of Football begins December 5th

With less than two weeks remaining until the kickoff of the 2008 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship, the Tampa Bay Local Organizing Committee has announced the release of individual tickets to the ACC Coaches & Awards Luncheon presented by Tampa Bay & Company and the ACC Night of Legends presented by The Florida Sports Foundation.

The luncheon will take place at the Marriott Waterside on Friday, December 5 at 12:00pm and will feature one-on-one interviews with the two participating coaches as well as the announcements of the league’s Most Valuable Players, Coach of the Year and Rookie of the Year. Individual tickets and tables of 10 can be purchased by contacting Josh Jones at jojones@visittampabay.com or 813-218-3814. Please click here for more information on the ACC Coaches & Awards Luncheon.

The ACC Night of Legends is an exclusive party that will honor outstanding football legends from each ACC institution. Held at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay on Friday, December 5 at 7:00pm, this event will celebrate the careers of the 2008 ACC Legends Class and feature food, beverage and entertainment indigenous to the Tampa Bay community. Individual tickets and parties of 10 can be purchased by contacting Josh Jones at jojones@visittampabay.com or 813-218-3814. Please click here for more information on the ACC Night of Legends.

Week 13 Summary on the Road To Tampa Bay

The smoke has cleared and there are four teams racing down The Road To Tampa Bay to the 2008 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship. Florida State, Boston College, Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech will all be full speed ahead this weekend as they look to close out the race. Here are the updated standings.


Atlantic Division (Conference/Overall)
Florida State (5-3) (8-3)
Boston College (4-3) (8-3)
Maryland (4-3) (7-4)
Clemson (4-4) (6-5)
Wake Forest (4-4) (6-5)
NC State (3-4) (5-6)

Coastal Division
Georgia Tech (5-3) (8-3)
Miami (4-3) (7-4)
Virginia Tech (4-3) (7-4)
North Carolina (3-4) (7-4)
Virginia (3-4) (5-6)
Duke (1-6) (4-7)

*teams in Bold with opportunities to play.


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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Week 13 on the Road To Tampa Bay

A tight race to the finish, and a possible clinching weekend for two teams. With a Maryland win and a BC loss, the Terps can clinch the Atlantic side. With a Miami win and a Carolina loss, the Canes can clinch the Coastal side. Let's see how the teams stack up this weekend....

Thursday
Miami (7-3) at Georgia Tech (7-3)

Friday
Clemson (5-5) at Virginia (5-5)
NC State (4-6) at North Carolina (7-3)
Boston College (7-3) at Wake Forest (6-4)
Duke (4-6) at Virginia Tech (6-4)
Florida State (7-3) at Maryland (7-3)


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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

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Players of Week 12

Below are the players of Week 12...

OFFENSIVE BACK--C.J. Spiller, Clemson, Running Back, 5-11, 190, Jr., Lake Butler, Fla. Clemson running back C.J. Spiller established a Clemson record for reception yardage by a Tigers running back in the victory over Duke. Spiller had seven receptions for 108 yards, breaking the record held by himself (105 vs. BC two weeks ago), and Ray Mathews, who had 105 receiving yards against Mississippi State in 1948. Spiller also had 10 rushes for 71 yards and two punt returns for 22 yards. That gave him 19 touches for 201 all-purpose yards. His seven pass receptions also tied a Clemson record for a running back. His 83-yard reception was the longest in Clemson history by a running back (breaking his own record of 82 yards against Boston College in 2006), and it was the fourth longest scoring pass in Clemson history overall.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN--Edwin Williams, Maryland, Center, 6-3, 315, Sr., Washington, D.C. Williams graded out as the Terps' top offensive linemen in Saturday's win over North Carolina. The senior saw action in all 85 offensive plays and was credited with five big blocks. He helped open holes for running backs Da'Rel Scott (129) and Davin Meggett (86), who combined for 215 rushing yards (5.1 ypc) in less than ideal playing conditions. Williams and the offensive line also allowed just one sack of quarterback Chris Turner in his 31 pass attempts.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN-- Marcus Robinson, Miami, DE, 6-1, 231, Fr., Homestead, Fla.
Robinson led a Miami defense that held Virginia Tech to 77 yards rushing on Thursday night. He recorded a career-best three sacks in his second career start and finished the game with a team-high seven tackles which included four tackles for loss. He had a sack just before halftime which knocked Virginia Tech out of good field position and resulted in a missed 51-yard field goal. He added two sacks in the third quarter as Virginia Tech had minus-11 yards of total offense in the quarter.

DEFENSIVE BACK--Marcellus Bowman, Boston College, Safety, 6-2, 217, Jr., Girard, Ohio Bowman returned an interception 87 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter of Boston College's 27-17 win over Florida State. It was the Eagles' third interception return for a touchdown of the season and marked the sixth consecutive game in which Boston College defense or special teams have scored a touchdown. Bowman also recorded a sack for a nine-yard loss in the second quarter to force a FSU field goal.

SPECIALIST-- Matt Bosher, Miami, P/PK, 6-0, 202, So., Jupiter, Fla.
Bosher averaged 42.0 yards on five punts, which included a long of 45 yards in Miami's 16-14 win over Virginia Tech on Thursday night. The Lou Groza Award semifinalist also was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals. He made kicks from 21 yards, 31 yards and 23 yards. His 23-yarder with 11:58 left in the fourth was the eventual game-winner. He is now 16-of-18 in field goal attempts this season.

ROOKIE-- Russell Wilson, NC State, Quarterback, 5-11, 191, R-Fr., Richmond, Va.
Wilson passed for 152 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions, in NC State's upset win over Wake Forest. He completed 16 of 33 pass attempts and also carried the ball 14 times for 69 yards and a touchdown. He was NC State's leading rusher for the game. Wilson was responsible for all three of the Wolfpack's touchdowns and 221 yards of total offense. He ran for 69 yards on 14 carries including a four-yard scamper for a touchdown. In attempting 33 passes without an interception against the Demon Deacons, Wilson extended his streak of consecutive passes without an interception to 175, second-longest in school history, four short of the school record.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Road To Tampa Bay Week 12 Summary

After last week's game play, this is how the team's stack up in the race to the Road To Tampa Bay....Maryland crept into the Top 25 at # 22, Miami is back in at # 23, and North Carolina remains in at # 25.

Current Standings:
(Team/conference record/overall record)

Atlantic Division
Maryland (4-2) (7-3)
Florida State (4-3) (7-3)
Wake Forest (4-3) (6-4)
Boston College (3-3) (7-3)
Clemson (3-4) (5-5)
NC State (2-4) (4-6)

Coastal Division
Miami (4-2) (7-3)
Georgia Tech (4-3) (7-3)
North Carolina (3-3) (7-3)
Virginia Tech (3-3) (6-4)
Virginia (3-3) (5-5)
Duke (1-5) (4-6)



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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Week 12 on The Road To Tampa Bay

Another elimination weekend for the 12 ACC schools as each fights its way down the Road To Tampa Bay.

Thursday, November 13
Virginia Tech at Miami

Saturday, November 15
Duke at Clemson
Wake Forest at NC State
North Carolina at Maryland
Boston College at Florida State


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RTTB Street Team hits Miami and Tallahassee

The Road To Tampa Bay Street Team will be in Miami and Tallahassee this weekend to help fans get ready for the 2008 ACC Football Championship in Tampa, Florida!

Look for The Road To Tampa Bay booth and street team in Miami on Thursday night and in Tallahassee on Saturday.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Outstanding Players of Week 11

Here are the players of the week from Week 11....

OFFENSIVE BACK—Darren Evans, Virginia Tech, RB, 6-0, 215, r-Fr., Indianapolis, Ind. Evans ran for a school-record 253 yards on 32 carries in Tech's 23-13 win over No. 23 Maryland on Thursday night at Lane Stadium. He also caught two passes for 20 yards for 273 all-purpose yards. Evans ripped off runs of 50 and 45 yards en route to breaking the record. He also broke 12 tackles and scored a touchdown, his ninth of the season.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN—Rodney Hudson, Florida State, OT, 6-2, 290, S., Mobile, Ala.
Hudson once again recorded the best grade on the line as he helped FSU rush for 266 yards and three TDs against Clemson. Hudson led the team for the fifth time in nine games with an 89% grade overall and an unprecedented 98% grade versus the run. He had two knockdowns and in 40 run plays he received a passing grade 39 times. The 266 yards rushing by the FSU offense marked the third-highest rushing total of the season for the Seminoles and the fourth time overall FSU has eclipsed 200 yards on the ground.

CO-DEFENSIVE LINEMAN— Neefy Moffett, Florida State, DT, 6-1, 255, Sr., Palm Bay, Fla. Moffett only recorded two tackles in the game, but his game-tying 18-yard interception return touchdown knotted the score at 10-10. The interception return for points was the first by a FSU interior lineman in almost two decades. Moffett also recorded his third sack of the season when he dropped Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper for a 13-yard loss. Overall, Moffett and the Seminole defensive line limited the Tigers to a total of 79 yards rushing combined.

Mark Herzlich, Boston College, LB, 6-4, 238, Jr., Wayne, Pa.
Herzlich recorded 11 tackles, 10 solos, and three pass breakups in the Eagles’ 17-0 win over Notre Dame. The junior linebacker was instrumental in Boston College’s first shutout win over the Irish in series history and the first time that Notre Dame has been held scoreless this season. The Eagles forced five turnovers and held the Notre Dame rushing attack to just 66 yards rushing, their second lowest total of the season.

DEFENSIVE BACK—Paul Anderson, Boston College, SS, 6-11, 211, Sr., Staten Island, N.Y. Anderson picked off two passes, returning one for 76 yards for a touchdown and intercepting another in the endzone as the Eagles shutout Notre Dame, 17-0 on Saturday. The interception return was the longest of his career and his first defensive touchdown. The Eagles now have three interception returns for over 60-yards, two for touchdowns.

SPECIALIST— Graham Gano, Florida State, PK/P, 6-1, 197, Sr., Pensacola, Fla.
Gano handled the placekicking and punting duties on Saturday against Clemson, kicking a total of 18 times in the 41-27 win over the Tigers. He made his 16th and 17th consecutive field goals from 52 and 37 to extend his streak of consecutive games with a 50+ yard field goal to five. His hang time on eight kickoffs and three punts held Clemson to only 87 yards on returns.

ROOKIE— Brandon Pendergrass, Wake Forest, RB, 5-9, 200, R-Fr., Royal Palm Beach, Fla. Pendergrass posted his first career 100-yard rushing game with 110 yards on a career-high 27 carries against Virginia on Saturday. Pendergrass rushed for a 1-yard touchdown run that put the Deacons ahead 21-3 late in the second quarter. During that touchdown drive, Pendergrass rushed for 59 yards including a 19-yard gain to the Virginia nine-yard line.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Road To Tampa Bay Week 11 Summary

The race is shaping up and it looks to be a photo finish down the Road To Tampa Bay. The ACC keeps two teams in the Top 25 this week with North Carolina at # 17 and Florida State at # 20.

Current Standings: (Team/conference record/overall record)

Atlantic Division
Florida State (4-2) (7-2)
Wake Forest (4-2) (6-3)
Maryland (3-2) (6-3)
Boston College (2-3) (6-3)
Clemson (2-4) (4-5)
NC State (1-4) (3-6)

Coastal Division
North Carolina (3-2) (7-2)
Miami (3-2) (6-3)
Virginia Tech (3-2) (6-3)
Georgia Tech (4-3) (7-3)
Virginia (3-3) (5-5)
Duke (1-4) (4-5)


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Thursday, November 6, 2008

RTTB street tour continues to Blacksburg and Chapel Hill

The Road To Tampa Bay Street Team is heads to Blacksburg, VA and Chapel Hill, NC this
weekend to help fans get ready for the 2008 ACC Football Championship in Tampa, Florida!
Look for The Road To Tampa Bay booth and street team in Blacksburg on Thursday night and in Chapel Hill on Saturday.

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Week 11 on the Road To Tampa Bay

A huge weekend for ACC teams as they travel on their way down the Road To Tampa Bay. With a 5-way tie in the Coastal Division and two teams on the brink of being eliminated in the Atlantic Divison, this could serve as the separation Saturday.

Thursday, Nov. 6th
# 23 Maryland at Virginia Tech

Saturday, Nov. 8th
#20 Georgia Tech at #19 North Carolina
Clemson at # 22 Florida State
Virginia at Wake Forest
NC State at Duke
Notre Dame at Boston College

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Week 10 Players of the Week

Week 10 has passed and with only 4 weeks to go on the Road To Tampa Bay, we take a look at last week's standouts...

OFFENSIVE BACK--C.J. Spiller, Clemson, Running Back, 5-11, 190, Jr., Lake Butler, Fla. Spiller had 242 all-purpose yards to lead the way in Clemson's 27-21 win over Boston College. The junior had six receptions out of the backfield for 105 yards, a Clemson record for reception yards by a running back in a single game. Spiller also had 8 carries for 55 yards, a 64-yard kickoff return that changed the momentum of the game in the fourth period and led to Clemson's winning touchdown. He also added an 18-yard punt return.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN--Thomas Austin, Clemson, OG/C, 6-3, 295, Jr. Camden, S.C.
Austin graded 82 percent with five knockdowns and did not allow a sack in playing two different positions in Clemson's win over Boston College. Austin had started the first seven games at center, he moved to left guard for the Boston College game. Austin played all 69 snaps, 60 at guard and nine at center in the victory.

CO-DEFENSIVE LINEMAN--Boo Robinson, Wake Forest, DL, 6-2, 325, R-Jr., Monroe, La. Robinson led all of Wake's defensive linemen with nine tackles including two solos and seven assists in the Deacon's 33-30 overtime win over Duke. Robinson also recorded a tackle for loss of one yard.

--Michael Johnson, Georgia Tech, DE, 6-7, 260, Sr., Selma, Ala.
Johnson sacked Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder for a loss of 10 yards and forced a fumble in the process in Georgia Tech's 31-28 win over 16th ranked Florida State. The Yellow Jackets recovered the fumble and went on to score a touchdown on the next possession. He also added a solo tackles in the game.

DEFENSIVE BACK--Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest, CB, 5-9, 190, R-Sr., Pahokee, Fla.
Smith had two interceptions, a blocked punt and a pair of tackles in Wake Forest's 33-30 overtime win over Duke. Smith's first interception of the day came with 12:44 remaining in the third quarter and led to a touchdown that gave Wake Forest a 19-7 lead. His second interception came in overtime and sealed the Deacon win. Smith's blocked punt came with 1:59 to play in the first quarter and went out of the end zone for a safety to give Wake Forest a 9-7 lead.

SPECIALIST--Shane Popham, Wake Forest, PK, 5-11, 192, R-Fr., Crestview Hills, Ky.
Popham, a redshirt freshman, booted a career-high three field goals and scored 11 points in Wake Forest's 33-30 win over Duke. Popham hit from 24 and 44 yards in regulation and added a 28-yarder in overtime to provide Wake Forest's winning points. Popham was a perfect 3-for-3 on the day in field goal attempts.

ROOKIE--Jacory Harris, Miami, Quarterback, 6-4, 185, Fr., Miami, Fla.
Harris rallied the Hurricanes on the road at Virginia throwing two touchdowns - a game-tying TD in the final minutes of regulation and the go-head score in overtime as Miami defeated the Cavaliers, 24-17, in overtime. He completed 12-of-21 passes (57.1 percent) for 160 yards and two touchdowns.


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Monday, November 3, 2008

The Road To Tampa Bay Week 10 summary....

Plenty of upsets this weekend have now sent the conference back into a scramble for first place in both divisions. The ACC heads into this week with 4 teams in the Top 25...North Carolina # 19, Georgia Tech # 22, Maryland # 23, and Florida State # 24.

Current Standings:(Team/conference record/overall record)

Atlantic Division
Maryland (3-1) (6-2)
Florida State (3-2) (6-2)
Wake Forest (3-2) (5-3)
Boston College (2-3) (5-3)
Clemson (2-3) (4-4)
NC State (0-4) (2-6)

Coastal Division
Georgia Tech (4-2) (7-2)
Miami (3-2) (6-3)
Virginia (3-2) (5-4)
North Carolina (2-2) (6-2)
Virginia Tech (2-2) (5-3)
Duke (1-3) (4-4)


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Friday, October 31, 2008

7,154 miles and counting as The Road To Tampa Bay team hits street Charlottesville, VA

The Road To Tampa Bay Street Team is heads to Charlottesville, VA this weekend to help Cavalier and Hurricane fans get ready for the 2008 ACC Football Championship in Tampa, Florida!


Look for The Road To Tampa Bay booth and street team at the Virginia Athletics Foundation event at the Biltmore on Friday night 8-12 and tailgating in concourse of Scott Stadium at 10 AM on Saturday leading up to a Coastal Division battle between Virginia and Miami. Stop by the booth for pictures with the Championship trophy, grab some cool stuff, enter to win ACC Championship Tickets.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Week 10 on the Road To Tampa Bay...

Only 5 weeks left to determine who will be at the end of the Road to Tampa Bay. With some teams off this weekend, there are a couple of matchups that present upset chances for some teams and for the leaders, a chance to grow their leads on each division.

Saturday
Miami (5-3) at Virginia (5-3)
Clemson (3-4) at Boston College (5-2)
Duke (4-3) at Wake Forest (4-3)
Florida State (6-1) at Georgia Tech (6-2)


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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Official Tiebreaker Rules

If more than one team in the same division is tied for the best winning percentage in its Conference games, then, in order to determine the Divisional Champions, below are the official rules to determine which two ACC teams will play in the championship game on December 6th in Tampa, Florida.


ACC Divisional Tiebreaker

Two-Team Tie:
1. Head-to-head competition between the two
tied teams.
2. Records of the tied teams within the division.
3. Head-to-head competition versus the team
within the division with the best overall record
(divisional). Conference record and preceeding
through the division. Multiple ties within the
division broken from fi rst to last.
4. Overall record versus all common non-divsional
opponents.
5. Combined record vs. all non-divisional teams.
6. Record versus common non-divisional teams
based on their order of fi nish (divisional and nondivisional)
and proceeding through other common
non-divisional teams based on their order of
fi nish within their division.
7. The tied team with the highest ranking in the
Bowl Championship Series Standings following
the end of regular season game shall be the
divisonal representative in the ACC Championship
Game.
8. The representative shall be chosen by a draw.

Three-Team Tie (or More):
(Once tie has been reduced to two teams,
the two-team tiebreaker format is used.)
1. Combined head-to-head record among teams.
2. Records of the tied teams within the division.
3. Head-to-head competiton versus the team
within the division with the best overall (divisional
or conference) record, and proceeding through
the division. Multiple ties within the division will
be broken fi rst to last.
4. Overall record for non-divisional teams.
5. Combined record versus all common nondivisional
teams.
6. Record versus common non-divisional with
the best overall Conference (divisional and non
divisional record) and proceeding through the
other common non-divisional teams based on
their order of fi nish.
7. The tied team with the highest ranking in the
Bowl Championship Series Standings following
the conclusion of regular season games shall be
the divisional representative in the ACC Championship
Game, unless the second of the tied teams
is ranked within fi ve or fewer places of the highest
of the highest ranked tied team. In this case,
the head-to-head results if the top two ranked
tied teams shall determine the representative in
the ACC Championship Game.
8. The representative shall be chosen by a draw.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Week 9 Players of the Week

Week 9 is done, below are the players that helped to put their teams closer to Tampa Bay for the ACC Championship game December 6th...

OFFENSIVE BACK—Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina, WR, 6-1, 210, Jr., Charlotte, N.C.
In North Carolina’s 45-24 victory over No. 23 Boston College, Nicks became the first Tar Heel to score four touchdowns in a game since 2006. Nicks finished with eight catches for 139 yards receiving and three carries for 31 yards.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN—Will Barker, Virginia, Tackle, 6-7, 315, Jr., Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Barker played every snap in the Cavaliers’ 24-17 win over Georgia Tech and was the line’s second-highest grader while going up against the Yellow Jacket’s stellar defensive ends. He did not allow a sack as Virginia completed 29-of-39 passing for a season high 270 yards.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN—Everette Brown, Florida State, DE, 6-4, 246, Jr., Stantonsburg, N.C.
Brown sacked the Hokie quarterbacks three times becoming the first FSU player to record three sacks in a game since Alonzo Jackson in 2002. His four tackles for loss pushed Brown’s career total to 36.5 moving him past Corey Simon (33) into sole possession of sixth place all-time at Florida State.

DEFENSIVE BACK—Kendric Burney, North Carolina, CB, 5-9, 185, So., Jacksonville, N.C.
Burney intercepted two passes, broke up a pass and posted eight tackles, including one for a 2-yard loss, in UNC’s 45-24 win over No. 23 Boston College.

SPECIALIST—Graham Gano, Florida State, PK/P, 6-1, 197, Sr., Pensacola, Fla.
Gano made three field goals in FSU’s 30-20 win over Virgina Tech, converting on attempts from 50, 46 and 29 yards, respectively. He broke the school record with his 13th consecutive field goal and extended his own school record with a 50-yard field goal in a four straight games.

ROOKIE— Robert Marve, Miami, Quarterback, 6-1, 210, R-Fr., Tampa, Fla.
Marve accounted for 209 of Miami’s 296 yards in leading Miami to a 16-10 win over Wake Forest. He completed 11-of-20 passes for 153 yards and rushed nine times for 56 yards including his first career rushing touchdown, becoming the eighth freshmen to score for the Hurricanes this season. He had a 43-yard run which was the second longest run ever by a Miami QB dating back to 1983.

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Road To Tampa Bay update week 9...

As another week passes, more movement was made in the Road To Tampa Bay standings. Maryland moves into AP Top 25 at #25, North Carolina is back in at # 21, and Florida State moves up to # 16.

Current Standings:
(Team/conference record/overall record)

Atlantic Division
Florida State (3-1) (6-1)
Maryland (3-1) (6-2)
Boston College (2-2) (5-2)
Wake Forest (2-2) (4-3)
Clemson (1-3) (3-4)
NC State (0-4) (2-6)

Coastal Division
Virginia (3-1) (5-3)
Georgia Tech (3-2) (6-2)
North Carolina (2-2) (6-2)
Miami (2-2) (5-3)
Virginia Tech (2-2) (5-3)
Duke (1-2) (4-3)

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Road To Tampa Bay Street Team headed Back to Tallahassee!

The Road To Tampa Bay Street Team is heading back to Tallahassee, Florida this weekend to help Seminole and Hokie fans get ready for the 2008 ACC Football Championship in Tampa, Florida!


Look for The Road To Tampa Bay booth and street team at the "Downtown Get Down" on Friday night 6-10 (at the corner of College and Adams), and tailgating in the Seminole Village from 12-3 on Saturday leading up to a must-win battle for both potential ACC championship contenders. Stop by the booth for pictures with the Championship trophy, grab some cool stuff, free Road To Tampa Bay t-shirts, play corn hole, enter to win ACC Championship Tickets.



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Week 9 down the Road To Tampa Bay

A make or break weekend for some teams in the ACC, and a chance for some of the new front runners to pull ahead as play continues this Saturday. Wake Forest and Virginia Tech desparately need wins to remain in contention for the championship game (each holds the tiebreaker), as Florida State, Boston College, Maryland, Georgia Tech, and Virginia all look to take over the top spot.

Saturday
Boston College (5-1) at North Carolina (5-2)
Wake Forest (4-2) at Miami (4-3)
Duke (3-3) at Vanderbilt (5-2)
Virginia Tech (5-2) at Florida State (5-1)
Virginia (4-3) at Georgia Tech (6-1)
NC State (2-5) at Maryland (5-2)



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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

He said it...

“It’s a crazy race and to me, it’s down to a five-game playoff right now. The team that has the best record after these last five games is the team that will play in Tampa (for the ACC championship). We have to take it one game at a time and it is very important that we play our best against North Carolina State this week.”
--Ralph Friedgen, coach for University of Maryland

Read the rest of this mornings Herald-Mail article on the Terps big game this week for NC State.
http://www.herald-mail.com/?cmd=displaystory&story_id=206452&format=html


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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Week 8 Players of the Week

Week 8 brought some turns down the Road To Tampa Bay, these players of the week were able to push their teams closer.


OFFENSIVE BACK—Chris Turner, Maryland, Quarterback, 6-4, 210, Jr., Simi Valley, Calif. Turner completed a career-high 28 of 41 passes (68.3 percent) for a season-high 321 yards, including one TD with no interceptions.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN—Bruce Campbell, Maryland, Tackle, 6-7, 285, So., Hamden, Conn.
In his second career start, Campbell graded out as Maryland’s top offensive lineman in the upset over No. 21 Wake Forest. The Terps rushed for 140 yards and the offensive line did not allow a sack in 41 pass attempts.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN—Jon Copper, Virginia, ILB, 6-0, 230, Sr., Roanoke, Va.
Copper had one of the best performances of his career and led the Cavaliers with a career-high 16 tackles on Saturday in UVa’s 16-13 overtime win over North Carolina. Ten of his tackles were solos and he also had one tackle for loss.

DEFENSIVE BACK—Mark Herzlich, Boston College, OLB, 6-4, 238, Wayne, Pa.
Herzlich led all defenders with 13 tackles (8 solo, 5 assist) and had two tackles for loss as Boston College defeated No. 17 Virginia Tech.

SPECIALIST— Graham Gano, Florida State, PK/P, 6-1, 197, Sr., Pensacola, FL
Gano accounted for 14 of the Seminoles’ 26 points in a 26-17 win over the NC State. The senior raised his field goal streak to 10 in a row with a perfect 4-for-4 night versus the Wolfpack. His 10 straight field goals is the second-longest streak in FSU history. Gano connected from 37 yards twice and then from 44 and 53 yards in the win.

ROOKIE— Jacory Harris, Miami, Quarterback, 6-4, 185, Fr., Miami, Fla.
Harris threw a career-high four touchdown passes and ran for another touchdown in helping Miami to a 49-31 road win at Duke. He completed 18-of-28 passes for 185 yards and rushed 10 times for 53 yards.


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Monday, October 20, 2008

The Road To Tampa Bay summary week 8...

After another week, three teams out, and three new teams in...North Carolina, Wake Forest, and Virginia Tech all fall out of the Top 25 following losses, and Georgia Tech # 21, Boston College # 23, and Florida State # 24 jump in.

Current Standings:
(Team/conference record/overall record)

Atlantic Division
Boston College (2-1) (5-1)
Florida State (2-1) (5-1)
Maryland (2-1) (5-2)
Wake Forest (2-1) (4-2)
Clemson (1-3) (3-4)
NC State (0-3) (2-5)

Coastal Division
Georgia Tech (3-1) (6-1)
Virginia Tech (2-1) (5-2)
Virginia (2-1) (4-3)
North Carolina (1-2) (5-2)
Miami (1-2) (4-3)
Duke (1-2) (3-3)


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Friday, October 17, 2008

Road To Tampa Bay street team hits Maryland!

The Road To Tampa Bay Street Team will be in College Park, Maryland this weekend to help get fans ready for the 2008 ACC Football Championship in Tampa, Florida. Look for The Road To Tampa Bay booth and street team in the Touchdown Terrace in the stadium at Saturday's battle between Maryland and Wake Forest. Stop by the booth for pictures with the Championship trophy, grab some cool stuff, and enter to win ACC Championship Tickets. This will be the street team's 7th stop at an ACC game this year.


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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Week 8 on the Road To Tampa Bay

It's separation Saturday for many teams in the ACC again this weekend as we move another step closer down the Road To Tampa Bay.

Thursday
Florida State (4-1) at NC State (2-4)

Saturday
Georgia Tech (5-1) at Clemson (3-3)
Wake Forest (4-1) at Maryland (4-2)
North Carolina (5-1) at Virginia (3-3)
Miami (3-3) at Duke (3-2)
Virginia Tech (5-1) at Boston College (4-1)


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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Players of the Week for Week 7

Week 7 constituted as a rebuilding week for many teams, and a separation Saturday for others. Here are the players that helped separate their teams from the pack.

OFFENSIVE BACK—Cedric Peerman, Virginia, RB, 5-10, 208, Sr., Gladys, Va.
Against East Carolina, Peerman rushed for a season-high 173 yards on just 16 carries and scored twice. He also caught a career-high eight passes for another 26 yards.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN—Eugene Monroe, Virginia, Tackle, 6-6, 315, Sr., Plainfield, N.J. Monroe played every snap in the Cavaliers' win and graded out at a team-leading 88%, his highest grade this season and the second-highest by any Virginia player in 2008. He helped pave the way for the Cavaliers to rush for a season-high 202 yards.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN—Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech, DE, 6-4, 270, So., Coatsville, Pa. Morgan had career-highs of four tackles-for-loss and 2.5 sacks. He also added 10 total tackles and he partially deflected Gardner-Webb’s game-tying field goal in the closing moments of the Yellow Jacket’s 10-7 win. Morgan had seven solo tackles.

DEFENSIVE BACK—Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina, OLB, 6-2, 230, So., Oakboro, N.C. Sturdivant returned an interception 32-yards on the opening drive of the second half in North Carolina’s 29-24 victory over Notre Dame to change the momentum and bring the Tar Heels within one point of the Fighting Irish at 17-16. Sturdivant also added 10-tackles for the second consecutive game.

SPECIALIST—Casey Barth, North Carolina, PK, 5-11, 170, Fr., Wilmington, N.C.
Barth booted three field goals, all in the first half, of Carolina’s 29-24 win over Notre Dame. He converted on efforts from 41, 24 and 42 yards. Barth tied the single-game school record for most field goals by a freshman with three.

ROOKIE—Matt Conrath, Virginia, Defensive End, 6-7, 269, R-Fr., Oak Lawn, Ill.
Conrath recorded only two tackles but was instrumental in Virginia’s 35-20 victory over East Carolina. He sacked the East Carolina quarterback early in the fourth quarter and forced a fumble in the process, which was recovered by the Cavaliers. He also broke up a pass and graded out at 85% on the Virginia defense which held East Carolina’s offense to 89 yards on the ground.


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Monday, October 13, 2008

Blake Shelton's interview about the ACC Championship game

In case you missed it on Monday...here is the interview with Blake Shelton from US 103.5 fm. He will be in Tampa on December 6th for the ACC Championship Game!



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The Road To Tampa Bay week 7 summary...

Teams surge ahead as another week passes down the Road To Tampa Bay. It is still anyone's game, but a Wake Forest victory over Clemson puts them in first place of the Atlantic division. The ACC reamins with 3 teams in the Top 25 with Virginia Tech at # 17, North Carolina at #18 and Wake Forest at # 21.

Current Standings:
(Team/conference record/overall record)

Atlantic Division
Wake Forest (2-0) (4-1)
Boston College (1-1) (4-1)
Florida State (1-1) (4-1)
Maryland (1-1) (4-2)
Clemson (1-2) (3-3)
NC State (0-2) (2-4)

Coastal Division
Virginia Tech (2-0) (5-1)
Georgia Tech (2-1) (5-1)
North Carolina (1-1) (5-1)
Duke (1-1) (3-2)
Virginia (1-1) (3-3)
Miami (0-2) (3-3)

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Blake Shelton to play ACC Championship game!


US 103.5 FM brings you country music star and Warner Brothers Nashville recording artist Blake Shelton! Shelton will be performing a post-game concert at the 2008 ACC Football Championship. Since his 2001 debut, Shelton has released 15 singles, 4 of which have hit # 1 including "Austin", "Some Beach" and more recently "Home". Shelton's new album Startin' Fires is scheduled to be released November 18th. http://www.blakeshelton.com/



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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Splitsville Kicks-off celebration with Road To Tampa Bay party

Splitsville invited hospitality members to attend a special Road To Tampa Bay promotional night to celebrate the approaching 2008 ACC Football Championship and 48-hour celebration of ACC Football.

Hospitality and local organizing committee members enjoyed free bowling, billiards and pizza during Monday Night Football.

Road To Tampa Bay prizes and ACC Football Championship game tickets were raffled out throughout the night.




Splitsville will be a concept host for the fan filled "Channelside's Toast to the Atlantic Coast" held on December 5th, the night before the game.




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Monday, October 6, 2008

Players of Week 6

As week 7 down the Road To Tampa Bay approaches, let's look back at the highlight players from week 6...

OFFENSIVE BACK—Chris Crane, Boston College, QB, 6-4, 239, Sr., Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Crane accounted for all 5 of BC’s touchdowns when he completed 34-of-51 passes for a career-best 428 yards and 2 touchdowns and also led the Eagles in rushing with 11 caries for 42 yards and 3 touchdowns.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN—Rodney Hudson, Florida State, T, 6-2, 290, So., Mobile, Ala.
Hudson helped lead the FSU ground game to 281 rushing yards. Hudson led a young offensive line that paved the way for FSU QB Christian Ponder to rush for 144 yards, the second-most rushing yards by a Seminole QB in the history of the program. Not only did he open holes for Smith on his four TD runs and for Ponder on his career rushing day, he was a key factor in limiting the Hurricanes to zero sacks.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN—Clint Sintim, Virginia, OLB, 6-3, 254, Sr., Woodbridge, Va.
Sintim had another disruptive performance as the Cavaliers posted a shutout of Maryland. He tied his season high with 7 tackles, including 6 solo stops. Sintim sacked Maryland QB Chris Turner for an 11- yard loss on a key 3rd-down play from midfield in the third quarter to force a Maryland punt. He now has 5 sacks this season and leads the ACC. Sintim also had a pass deflection.

DEFENSIVE BACK—Tony Carter, Florida State, DB, 5-9, 166, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Carter recorded multiple interceptions for the second week in a row. Carter picked off Miami’s Robert Marve in the first quarter, which led to the Seminoles’ first TD of the game and then again in the fourth quarter on a deep pass on 4th-and-6 to thwart a potential Miami TD. He also had four solo tackles in the game.

SPECIALIST—Bruce Carter, North Carolina, OLB, 6-3, 230, So., Havelock, N.C.
Sophomore linebacker Bruce Carter set an ACC single-game record by blocking three punts – all in the second quarter - in the win over No. 24 Connecticut. His third block was recovered in the end zone for a touchdown by Matt Merletti. Carter also recorded seven tackles, including two tackles for losses and a pass deflection. Carter also tied a school record for blocked punts in a season with four to match Bracey Walker’s 1993 total. Carter may have done something no other player in NCAA history has accomplished - blocking four consecutive punts, including the last one at Miami and UConn’s first three. The NCAA does not keep records on consecutive blocked kicks.

ROOKIE— Jaybo Shaw, Georgia Tech, QB, 6-0, 190, Fr., Flowery Branch, Ga.
Shaw, had more yards passing (230) than any Tech quarterback in their first career start. Shaw, who ran for one touchdown and passed for another, was 9-of-13 passing for 230 yards, including an 88-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas -- the third-longest pass play in Tech history.


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The Road To Tampa Bay week 6 summary...

Turns are being made as we pass another week down the Road To Tampa Bay. The ACC has 3 teams in the Top 25 with Virginia Tech at # 18 and Wake Forest at # 21 and North Carolina at #22. Current Standings:

(Team/conference record/overall record)

Atlantic Division
Wake Forest (1-0) (3-1)
Maryland (1-1) (4-2)
Clemson (1-1) (3-2)
Boston College (1-1) (4-1)
Florida State (1-1) (4-1)
NC State (0-2) (2-4)

Coastal Division
Virginia Tech (2-0) (5-1)
Georgia Tech (2-1) (4-1)
Duke (1-1) (3-2)
Virginia (1-1) (2-3)
North Carolina (1-1) (4-1)
Miami (0-2) (2-3)


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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Road To Tampa Bay street team hits Miami

The Road To Tampa Bay Street Team will be in Miami, Florida this weekend to help get fans ready for the 2008 ACC Football Championship in Tampa, Florida.



Look for The Road To Tampa Bay booth and street team at the "Downtown Get Down" on Friday night, and tailgating around Dolphin Stadium from 12-3 on Saturday leading up to the in-state rivalry between the Seminoles and the Hurricanes.

Stop by the booth for pictures with the Championship trophy, grab some cool stuff, free Road To Tampa Bay t-shirts, play corn hole, enter to win ACC Championship Tickets.



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ACC Legends hold close ties to Tampa Bay...

This year’s ACC Legends were announced and will be honored at this year's Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship game weekend. They will appear at the ACC Coaches & Awards Luncheon on Friday, Dec. 5, and will be honored at the "ACC Night of Legends" held at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay on Friday evening. They will also be recognized during pre-game ceremonies at Raymond James Stadium. Among the 12 Legends are three who have specific ties to Tampa Bay.

Former Virginia (1993-1996) running back Tiki Barber played with the New York Giants in the 2001 Super Bowl, held in Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, which is also the site of this year’s Dr Pepper ACC Championship game. Barber was the 1996 ACC Player and Offensive Player of the year, and played 10-years with the New York Giants. Barber’s twin brother Ronde, who currently plays with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is also head of the Buccaneer ACC Alumni Council for Tampa Bay as well as their Special Advisor for the ACC-Tampa Bay Football Partnership.

Former North Carolina (1992-1995) defensive tackle Marcus Jones was chosen in the first round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1996 NFL Draft, and played seven seasons with the Bucs (1996-2002). Jones was the ACC’s 1995 Defensive Player of the Year and currently lives nearby Tampa in Lutz, Florida.

Former Boston College (1980-83) linebacker Steve DeOssie was a member of the 1991 Super Bowl Championship New York Giants, who captured their championship in old Tampa Stadium, which is adjacent to the site of Raymond James, this year’s championship game. DeOssie was a two-time All-ECAC selection in college and enjoyed a 12-year NFL career with Dallas, the New York Giants and New England Patriots.

The “ACC Night of Legends” presented by the Florida Sports Foundation will take place from 7-11pm at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. This Legendary Event is an invitation-only party to honor outstanding legends from each ACC institution. Held at the ACC Headquarters Hotel, this party will embody the true spirit of ACC Football as well as provide the opportunity to meet some of the biggest names in college football. For information about the 2008 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship and the ACC Night of Legends, log on to www.TheRoadToTampaBay.com.

The Road To Tampa Bay week 6


It's any team's game as play continues this week. Teams are looking to break away from the pack and move on step closer to the ACC Championship game in Tampa, Florida. Who will drive their team further down the Road To Tampa Bay? Tune in and find out.

Saturday, October 4

Conference Games:
Boston College (3-1) at NC State (2-3)
Duke (3-1) at Georgia Tech (3-1)
Florida State (3-1) at Miami (2-2)
Maryland (4-1) at Virginia (1-3)

Non-conference Games:
Western Kentucky (2-3) at Virginia Tech (4-1)
Connecticut (5-0) at North Carolina (3-1)




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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

2008 ACC Legends announced...

The ACC has released the Legends to be honored at this year's Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship game weekend. They will appear at the ACC Coaches & Awards Luncheon at noon on Friday, Dec. 5, and will be honored at the "ACC Night of Legends" held at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay on Friday evening. They will also be recognized during pre-game ceremonies at Raymond James Stadium.

These 12 legends encompass an Outland Trophy, three ACC Players of the Year, 10 All-Americans and 10 players who combined for a total of 106 years of experience in the National Football League.


Here is the 2008 ACC Football Championship Legends Class:

Steve DeOssio, Boston College (1980-83)
DeOssie lettered four times for the Eagles from 1980 through 1983 for Head Coaches Ed Chlebek and Jack Bicknell. He led the Eagles to their first bowl trips in 41 years, helping BC to appearances in the 1982 Tangerine and the 1983 Liberty Bowls. During his time at Chestnut Hill, the Eagles compiled a 29-16-1 record and, in 1983, earned their first appearance in the final AP Top 25 (19th) in 40 years. Drafted in the 4th-round by the Dallas Cowboys, DeOssie enjoyed a 12-year NFL career with Dallas, the New York Giants and New England Patriots. While with New York, he helped the Giants win the NFL's World Championship in Super Bowl XXV in 1991, held in the old Tampa Stadium. A native of Tacoma, Wash., DeOssie currently lives in Charlestown, Mass.

Levon Kirkland, Clemson (1988-91)
Kirkland started four seasons for the Tigers from 1988 through 1991 for Head Coaches Danny Ford and Ken Hatfield, helping Clemson post a 39-8-1 record including ACC Championships in 1988 and 1991. A three-time first-team All-ACC selection, he earned second-team All-America honors in 1990 and consensus first-team All-America accolades in 1991. As a senior in 1991, he led a Clemson rushing defense which was the nation's best. A 2nd-round draft choice by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1992, he played 11 years in the NFL twice earning all-pro honors and was selected to the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 1990s. Originally a native of Lamar, S.C., Kirkland now lives in Greer, S.C.

Claude "Tee" Moorman, II , Duke (1958-60)
Moorman lettered three years for Duke and helped lead the Blue Devils to the 1960 ACC Championship and a No. 10 final national ranking by the Associated Press and a 7-6 win over 7th-ranked Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl, catching the game-winning pass in the fourth quarter. As a senior that year he made 54 receptions, still the 12th-best single season total for a Blue Devil and the second-highest ever by a tight end. Selected a first-team All-America in 1960 by both the Football Writers Association of America and the Football News, he was also named first-team All-ACC that year. Named to the Silver Anniversary All-ACC football team in 1977, he finished his career with 71 receptions for 709 and five touchdowns. In 1986, he was honored by the NCAA and presented with its prestigious Silver Anniversary Award. Originally a native of Miami, Fla., Moorman now lives in Plymouth, N.C.

Danny Kannell, Florida State (1992-95)
Kannell started two seasons for Florida State at quarterback, after spending two seasons as an understudy to Heisman Trophy-winning QB Charlie Ward. He posted a 21-3 record as a starter for the Seminoles including two 4th-place final AP rankings and wins over Florida in the Sugar Bowl and Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl. During his four years at FSU, the Seminoles compiled a 43-5-3 record and a 31-1 ACC mark. Kannell threw for over 300 yards in a game 10 times, the second-most in school history. He still holds the two-best completion days in FSU history, completing 41 passes against Georgia Tech in 1995 and 40 versus Florida in 1994. The 1995 ACC Player of the Year, he was a second-team all-America in 1995 and a two-time first-team All-ACC selection. A fourth-round 1995 pick of the New York Giants, Kannell enjoyed a seven-year NFL career with the Giants, Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos. He still resides in his original hometown of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Pat Swilling, Georgia Tech (1982-85)
Swilling started four seasons at outside linebacker for Georgia Tech and as a senior was one of the leaders of Tech's famed "Black Watch Defense" which led Tech to a 9-2-1 record and a No. 18 national ranking. Swilling earned first-team All-America honors by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) in 1985, and that year set an ACC single-game record for quarterback sacks which still stands with seven against NC State in the season-opener. He earned first-team All-ACC honors in 1985 and was a 3rd-round selection of the New Orleans Saints in the 1986 NFL Draft. He played 13 seasons in the NFL with the Saints, Detroit Lions and Oakland Raiders. While with the Saints in 1991, he was named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year. Originally a native of Toccoa, Ga., he now resides in New Orleans, La.

Stan Jones, Maryland (1950-53)
Stan Jones was named a consensus All-America at defensive tackle in 1953 for Maryland's National Championship team. During his career at Maryland, the Terrapins compiled a 34-5-1 record, finishing unbeaten at 10-0 and Southern Conference Champions in 1951 and 10-1 and National Champs in 1953. The Terps played in the Sugar Bowl in 1951 and the Orange in 1953. In Jones' senior year, Maryland's defense allowed only 31 points in 11 games. Named the "Outstanding College Lineman of the Year" by the College Football Coaching Board, Jones was a 5th-round draft choice by the Chicago Bears in the 1954 NFL draft he enjoyed a 13-year NFL career including 12 seasons with the Chicago Bears. He was one of the leaders for the Bears in their 1963 NFL Championship team. Jones is originally a native of Altoona, Pa., who now lives in Broomfield, Colorado.

Russell Maryland, Miami (1987-90)
Maryland played on Miami teams which were National Champions in 1987 and 1989 and helped UM to a four-year record of 44-4. A consensus All-America as senior, Maryland became the first Miami player to win the Outland Trophy, which is given annually to the nation's best interior lineman. Also named the 1990 UPI Lineman of the Year, he finished his Miami career with 270 tackles and 20.5 quarterback sacks. The first player chosen in the 1991 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, Maryland went on to an 11-year professional career including five years with Dallas, four with Oakland and two with Green Bay. He played on three NFL Super Bowl Championship teams while with the Cowboys. Maryland is originally a native of Miami, Fla., who now resides in South Lake, Texas.

Marcus Jones, North Carolina (1992-95)
Marcus Jones lettered four years and started three seasons for North Carolina, helping the Tar Heels compile a 34-15 record including playing in four consecutive bowl games. He played both defensive tackle and end for the Tar Heels, earning 2nd team All-ACC honors as an end in 1993, first-team All-ACC honors as a tackle in 1994 and again first-team All-ACC as an end in 1995. A consensus All-America choice in 1995, that year he was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Chosen on the first round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1996 NFL Draft, he played seven seasons with the Bucs (1996-2002) and two years (2002-03) with Buffalo. Jones was originally a native of Jacksonville, N.C., and now resides in Lutz, Fla.

Bill Yoest, NC State (1970-73)
Yoest lettered four times for the Wolfpack playing for coaches Earl Edwards, Al Michaels and Lou Holtz. He helped State to a two-year, 17-6-1 record under Holtz, as the Wolfpack finished 1972 ranked 17th and 1973 ranked 16th. A two-time first-team All-ACC choice as a guard, he earned consensus All-America honors as a senior in 1973. He was the recipient of the 1973 ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy given annually to the league's top blocker. He earned invitations to both the Hula Bowl and East-West Shrine Game. Yoest then played a short stint with the Orlando Blazers of the World Football League before returning to Raleigh and starting a financial services business. Yoest is originally from Pittsburgh, Pa., but now resides in Raleigh, N.C.

Tiki Barber, Virginia (1994-96)
Barber lettered three times for Virginia, helping lead the Cavaliers to a 25-12 record and three consecutive bowl trips and the 1995 ACC Co-Championship. He finished his career as Virginia's all-time leading rusher with 3,389 yards, a mark since eclipsed by Thomas Jones in 1999. Barber has more 100-yard rushing games (19) than any other back in Virginia history. He was named a first-team All-ACC running back in 1995 and 1996, and a first-team Academic All-America in both seasons. He was named the ACC's Player of the Year in 1996 as Virginia became the first ACC team to defeat Florida State in conference play. Named a National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Scholar in 1996, he was a 2nd-round draft pick by the New York Giants in the 1997 NFL draft. He played 10 seasons for the Giants, rushing for 10,449 yards and 55 touchdowns in his career and played for the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV, which was held at Raymond James Stadium-the site of this year's ACC Championship Game. Barber is originally from Roanoke, Va., but now he resides in New York City and is an NBC news correspondent and an analyst for the network's Football Night in America.

Don Strock, Virginia Tech (1970-72)
Strock lettered three times for Virginia Tech playing for Jerry Claiborne and Charlie Coffee. The most prolific passer in Virginia Tech history, he still holds Tech single-season records for most passes attempted (527) and completed (228) and passing yardage (3,243) as well as single-game marks in all three categories. He was named a third-team All-America by the Associated Press in 1972. A fifth-round selection by the Miami Dolphins in the 1973 draft, Strock went on to play 16 years in the NFL including 14 seasons with the Dolphins. He played on two Dolphin teams which earned trips to the Super Bowl after the 1982 and 1984 seasons. Used as mainly a reserve throughout his career, he still passed for 5,349 yards and 45 touchdowns. He is the author of one of the most famous plays in NFL history, the famed "Hook and Lateral" play in the 1982 NFL playoffs. Strock is originally a native of Pottstown, Pa., who now lives in Weston, Fla.

John Henry Mills, Wake Forest (1988, 1990-92)
Mills lettered four times for Wake Forest playing for head coach Bill Dooley. Mills is Wake's all-time leading receiver among tight ends having caught 142 passes for 1,652 yards. A three-time All-ACC first-team selection from 1990 through 1992, he finished third in the ACC in receptions in 1990 with 46 and led the league in 1991 with 51. Against Duke in 1990, he caught 12 passes for 230 yards, still the second-most receiving yards in a single game in school history. A fifth-round pick by the Houston Oilers in the 1993 NFL Draft, he played seven seasons in the NFL with Houston, Oakland and Minnesota. In 1996, while with the Oilers, he earned All-Pro honors as a special teams player. Mills is originally from Jacksonville, Fla., but he now lives in Houston, Texas.


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Starting October 1st, tickets to the 2008 ACC Football Championship Game will be available for purchase at International Plaza’s Ticket Master kiosk (located on the first floor, next to Champs Sports). For as low as $25 not only will you receive tickets to the 2008 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship (one of the best values in all of college football), you will also receive free ACC Football Championship merchandise!

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Week 5 Players of the week

With only 9 weeks to go down the Road To Tampa Bay, we take a look at the headlining players from Week 5!


OFFENSIVE BACK—Cameron Sexton, North Carolina, QB, 6-1, 190, Jr., Laurinburg, N.C.
Was 11 of 19 for 242 yards and two touchdowns, With time winding down and Carolina trailing by three, he led the Tar Heels on a 56-yard scoring drive, going 3 for 4, including a perfectly thrown pass in the corner of the end zone to Brooks Foster for the game-winning touchdown.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN—Ryan Shuman, Virginia Tech, Center, 6-3, 313, R-Sr., Fork Union, Va. Shuman had a season-high seven knockdown blocks in helping lead a line that opened holes for Tech’s offense in the road win at Nebraska. Tech rushed for 206 yards as a team and put up a season-high 377 yards of total offense on the evening.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN—Michael Tauiliili, Duke, MLB, 5-11, 235, Sr., Houston, Texas
Tauiliili led Duke to a 31-3 win over Virginia by collecting a career-high 16 total tackles. He was named the National Defensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. He had a hand in three of the six turnovers forced by the Duke defense, a fumble recovery in the second quarter, an interception in the fourth quarter and a forced fumble. Tauiliili leads the ACC in tackles (46) and tackles per game (11.5).

DEFENSIVE BACK—Trimane Goddard, UNC, S, 5-11, 195, Sr., Robersonville, N.C.
Senior safety Trimane Goddard posted a team-high eight tackles, intercepted two passes and broke up another in Carolina’s come-from-behind 28-24 victory at Miami. On the final play of the game, Goddard picked off a pass in the back of the end zone, knocking it out of the hands of the intended receiver and holding on for his second interception of the day as the game ended.

CO-SPECIALIST—Travis Baltz, Maryland, Punter, 6-2, 200, So., Whitehouse, Ohio
Baltz punted seven times for an average of 43.9 yards per attempt in Saturday’s win over Clemson. Baltz currently ranks second in the ACC and 13th nationally in punting average (44.3).
Michael Ray Garvin, Florida State, KR, 5-8, 182, Sr., Upper Saddle River, N.J. Senior
Michael Ray Garvin earned his first career touchdown on a kickoff return as he gave the Seminoles a 25-14 fourth quarter lead over Colorado lead with a career-long 94-yard return. For the game, Garvin earned a career-high 119 kickoff return yards and increased his career total to 1,195 yards.

ROOKIE—Montel Harris, Boston College, RB, 5-10, 192, Fr., Jacksonville, Fla.
The true freshman had 18 carries for a career-best 143 yards and 3 touchdowns in Boston College’s 42-0 win over Rhode Island, as the Eagles rushed for 289 yards on a rain-soaked day in Alumni Stadium. Harris averaged 7.9 yards per carry.



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Monday, September 29, 2008

The Road To Tampa Bay Week 5 Summary...

Another weekend has gone by as we drive closer down the Road To Tampa Bay. The ACC conference pulled out 3 non-conference victories, and still has two teams remaining in the top 25 with Virginia Tech at # 20 and Wake Forest at # 25.

Current Standings: (Team/conference record/overall record)

Atlantic Division
Maryland (1-0) (4-1)
Wake Forest (1-0) (3-1)
Clemson (1-1) (3-2)
Boston College (0-1) (3-1)
Florida State (0-1) (3-1)
NC State (0-1) (2-3)

Coastal Division
Virginia Tech (2-0) (4-1)
Duke (1-0) (3-1)
Georgia Tech (1-1) (3-1)
North Carolina (1-1) (3-1)
Miami (0-1) (2-2)
Virginia (0-1) (1-3)



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Friday, September 26, 2008

Road To Tampa Bay spreads to two more schools....

This Saturday, Duke and Miami will be on the Road to Tampa Bay as their fans will receive ACC Championship flyers and magnets. All staff at each game will also be showing their support of the championship game by wearing Road To Tampa Bay pins. Duke will have their ACC home opener against Virginia and Miami will play host to North Carolina.

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ACC Hospitality Committee pushes down Road To Tampa Bay

The ACC Hospitality Committee, one of the local organizing committee's marketing council, gained recognition in last week's Tampa Bay Business Journal. The committee is made up of local members from various hospitality concepts.

In promoting ACC Football Championship, local outlets are implementing signage, team jerseys, posters and offering free ticket contests. Area hotels will have banners and posters displayed in the lobbies, bars, restaurants, and other public places.

Some venues are purchasing hospitality packages to use for entertaining top clients and rewarding employees. Prices for these packages range from $2,500 to $18,500 and include game tickets, parking passes, reception and hospitality invitations and advertising opportunities.
Local beverage distributors have helped produce several hundred posters to hang around local establishments. Other restaurants holding watch parties for local alumni groups have signage and ticket promotional opportunities throughout the season.

Splitsville in Channelside, one concept for the December 5th "Toast to the Atlantic Coast" celebration, has servers wearing Road To Tampa Bay t-shirts and has a Road To Tampa Bay banner above each of the 12 bowling lanes.

See what Bridgette Mill, publisher of the Tampa Bay Business Journal has to say about the various marketing initiatives for the 2008 ACC Football Championship here (scroll to 1:25).











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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Road To Tampa Bay recognizes Hillsborough County Players of Week

The Road to Tampa Bay recognizes the Champions of Week 3 from Hillsborough County...

Click here to view Hillsborough County's players of the week and future Under Armour Hillsborough County All-Star game participants. The Under-Armour Hillsborough County All-Star Game will be played December 6th, following the ACC Football Championship at Raymond James Stadium.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

ACC Award Winners of Week 4...

After a huge week of wins from the ACC, Georgia Tech's Andrew Gardner earned his second offensive lineman of the week award. Below are others who join him in helping their teams advance down the Road To Tampa Bay.

OFFENSIVE BACK--Russell Wilson, NC State, QB, 5-11, 191, Fr., Richmond, Va.
Wilson completed 21 of 31 pass attempts for 210 yards and three touchdowns. All three of his touchdown passes tied the game.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN--Andrew Gardner, Georgia Tech, T, 6-6, 305, Sr., Tyrone, Ga. Gardner was instrumental in Georgia Tech producing 438 rushing yards. Gardner played every significant snap in the 38-7 Yellow Jacket victory as Tech rolled up 500 yards of total offense.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN-- Glen Cook, Miami, ILB, 6-0, 228, Sr., Hollywood, Fla.
Cook picked up a season-high nine tackles (three solo and six assisted) and returned a fumble for a touchdown. It was his second career fumble return for a TD. Cook leads the Hurricanes with 18 total tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss.

DEFENSIVE BACK--Kevin Patterson, Wake Forest, S, 5-10, 191, Sr., Kingsland, Ga.
Patterson accounted for three of Wake Forest's seven takeaways in the 12-3 win over Florida State. Patterson had two interceptions and forced a fumble. Patterson had six tackles in the game including three solos and three assists.

SPECIALIST--Sam Swank, Wake Forest, PK, 6-2, 201, Sr., Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
Swank booted a career-high four field goals in leading Wake Forest to a 12-3 win over No. 24/25 Florida State in Tallahassee on Saturday. Swank converted on tries from 48, 29, 49 and 31 yards to set a new career high and move into third place on the ACC career field goal list. Swank also set a Wake Forest school record with seven attempts in the game.

ROOKIE--Rookie - Robert Marve, Miami, QB, 6-1, 220, Fr., Tampa, Fla.
Tampa Plant High School graduate Marve, making his second career start, completed 16-of-22 passes for 212 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in helping lead Miami to a 41-23 win over Texas A&M. Marve completed 13 of his first 16 passes. For the game, he completed 72.7 percent of his passes and had a passer efficiency of 174.58.


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The Road To Tampa Bay...Week 4 Summary

Another successful weekend for the Atlantic Coast Conference as teams combined for 6 out of conference wins, and 8 overall. Clemson moved up in the rankings to #20 after a win over South Carolina State. Wake Forest jumped to #16 as well after beating a previously ranked Florida State team. Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Miami and North Carolina also received votes.

Current Standings: (Team/conference record/overall record)

Atlantic Division
Wake Forest (1-0) (3-0)
Clemson (1-0) (3-1)
Maryland (0-0) (3-1)
Boston College (0-1) (2-1)
Florida State (0-1) (2-1)
NC State (0-1) (2-2)

Coastal Division
Virginia Tech (2-0) (3-1)
Georgia Tech (1-1) (3-1)
Duke (0-0) (2-1)
Miami (0-0) (1-2)
Virginia (0-0) (1-2)
North Carolina (0-1) (2-1)


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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Road To Tampa Bay street team hits Tallahassee!

The Road To Tampa Bay Street Team will be in Tallahassee, Florida this weekend to help kick off the 2008 ACC Football season and get fans ready for the 2008 ACC Football Championship in Tampa, Florida.

Look for The Road To Tampa Bay booth and street team at the "Downtown Get Down" on Friday night, and tailgating in the Seminole Village from 12-7 on Saturday leading up to the night's main event when two undefeated Atlantic Division powerhouses Florida State and Wake Forest battle it out down the Road To Tampa Bay.

Stop by the booth for pictures with the Championship trophy, the Warchant.com cowgirls, grab some cool stuff, free Road To Tampa Bay t-shirts, play corn hole, enter to win ACC Championship Tickets.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Players of the week through week 3...

Some new faces took home the player of the week award for week 3 as each team continues down the Road To Tampa Bay.

OFFENSIVE BACK--Thaddeus Lewis, Duke, QB, 6-2, 200, Jr., Opa-Locka, Fla.
Lewis accounted for a total of 358 yards in the Blue Devil's 41-31 victory over Duke. He completed 25-of-35 (.714) passes for 317 yards and 3 touchdowns and led Duke in rushing with a career-high 41 yards on 12 carries.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN--
Thomas Austin, Clemson, C, 6-3, 315, Jr., Camden, SC
Austin graded 85 percent and had 12 knockdown blocks in Clemson's win over NC State as the Tigers gained 428 yards of offense.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN-- Brett Warren, Virginia Tech, ILB, 6-1, 223, r-Sr., Warrenton, Va. Warren recorded a career-high 15 tackles (five solo) with a half a tackle for loss and a forced fumble in Virginia Tech's 20-17 ACC win over Georgia Tech.

DEFENSIVE BACK--Vincent Rey, Duke, OLB, 6-0, 240, Jr., Far Rockaway, N.Y.
Rey made 12 tackles in Duke's 41-31 victory over Navy. Rey also tallied four tackles for loss, a sack and a 37-yard fumble return for a touchdown.

SPECIALIST--Jay Wooten, North Carolina, PK, 6-3, 185, Fr., Laurinburg, N.C.
Wooten kicked three field goals and pinned Rutgers deep on kickoffs several times in the 44-12 win in Piscataway. Wooten's first career attempt was a 43-yarder in the second quarter which tied the game at 3. He later converted kicks of 29 and 27 yards.

ROOKIE--Darren Evans, Virginia Tech, RB, 6-0, 215, r-Fr., Indianapolis, Ind.
Evans ran for a career-high 94 yards on 19 carries in Tech's win over Georgia Tech.


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Monday, September 15, 2008

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The Road To Tampa Bay week 3 summary....

A big weekend for the Atlantic Coast Conference as three teams are now ranked the in Top 25. Wake Forest moved up to # 18, Clemson jumped back into the rankings at #23 and Florida State is now # 24. North Carolina and Virginia Tech received votes.

Beginning with an explosive win by North Carolina over Rutgers on Thursday night, the ACC had 6 winners this past weekend. North Carolina (2-0), Clemson (2-1), Duke (2-1), Maryland (2-1), Virginia Tech (2-1), and Florida State (2-0) moved one step closer down the Road To Tampa Bay.

Boston College, Miami, and Wake Forest had the week off.

It looks like a close race so far. Who will be in the driver's seat on the Road To Tampa Bay?
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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Behind the numbers of UNC's #87....

Since entering North Carolina, All-purpose receiver Brandon Tate has elevated his name to a national stage, already breaking UNC records and holding NCAA records. Tonight’s game with Rutgers will give Tate the chance to showcase his talents in a Thursday night game on national television, where UNC has not played since 2006. Here are a few of Brandon Tate’s accolades through game 1:


  • Tate broke UNC’s single game record for all-purpose yards with 397. This marked the second most single game all-purpose yards in ACC history.
  • Tate became the first wide receiver to rush for 100 yards in a game in UNC history with 106.
  • Tate set the UNC single-game record for highest average punt return (min. three) with 47.3 yards per return.
  • Tate posted his career long reception (57 yards), his career best punt return (82 yards) and matched his career long rush (54 yards).
  • Tate put the Tar Heels on the board with his UNC-record sixth career touchdown return in the first quarter (three punt, three kickoff). The 82-yard punt return was the longest of his career and matched the ninth longest in school history.
  • Tate’s go-ahead 57-yard touchdown reception from T.J. Yates in the third quarter was the sixth of his career. He finished with four catches for 93 yards on the night.
    Tate had three touches (all returns) in the first quarter for 176 yards (120 punt return, 56 kickoff return). He had four touches of more than 50 yards on the night.

    Other Records Tate holds:
  • The nation’s active career return yardage leader
  • UNC’s record of punt and kickoff return yardage in a single game (208 yards vs Duke 2006)
  • UNC’s record of kick returns for touchdowns

If North Carolina can win tonight, it will mark their first 2-0 start since 2000 when Carl Torbush began the season beating Tulsa and Wake Forest. They are 0-3 all time vs Rutgers.

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Monday, September 8, 2008

The Road To Tampa Bay Week 2 Summary....

It looks to be anyone's game as the race down the Road To Tampa Bay continues.

Wake Forest (2-0) and Georgia Tech (2-0) moved once step closer down the road as they picked up their second wins on Saturday.

Two other unbeatens, Florida State (1-0) picked up their first win and North Carolina (1-0)remained undefeated with the week off.

Clemson (1-1), NC State (1-1), Virginia (1-1), and Virginia Tech (1-1) also picked up their first wins of the season.


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Players of the week through Week 2.......

Skinner drives Wake Forest closer with another Player of the Week honor...Joining him are some of the other players of the week in their respective areas.

OFFENSIVE BACK--Riley Skinner, Wake Forest, QB, 6-1, 205, Jr. Jacksonville, Fla.
Skinner set career highs with 32 completions and 43 attempts to finish with his second Player of Week honor in two weeks.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN--Rodney Hudson, Florida State, T, 6-2, 290, So., Mobile, Ala. Hudson graded out at 89% and played more snaps than any other lineman. He recorded five knockdowns and graded out at 91% in run blocking situations.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN--Darryl Richard, Georgia Tech, DT, 6-4, 290, Sr., Destrehan, La. Richard recorded a team-high three tackles-for-loss, forced a fumble and batted down a pass. Richard had four solo tackles and five tackles total.

DEFENSIVE BACK--Nate Irving, NC State, OLB, 6-1, 225, So., Wallace, N.C.
Irving led NC State in total tackles for the second week in a row, amassing 13 total tackles, including 1.5 for losses totaling six yards. He added a fumble recovery, which he returned for 13 yards, and an interception.

SPECIALIST--Sam Swank, Wake Forest, P/PK, 6-2, 201, Sr., Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
Swank scored 12 points on three field goals and three PATs. Swank was good on field goals of 21 and 27 yards before hitting the game-winner from 41 yards out with three seconds remaining in the game. Swank is five for five on field goal attempts this year and has made nine straight field goal attempts dating back to last season. He is the NCAA's active career leader, now has 65 field goals for his career and has been successful on all 114 of his career PAT attempts.

ROOKIE--Johnny Williams, Duke, WR, 5-10, 190, Fr., St. Stephens, Ala.
Williams caught a game-high 11 passes for 135 yards. His 11 catches is the top single-game performance by a freshman in the nation this season.


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