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Around the ACC: Yates picking up Tar Heels

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates has played a great game so far, leading UNC to a 21-14 lead over East Carolina. Yates has completed 14 of 17 passes for 172 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He's spreading it around to his receivers and running backs, and together -- with a group effort -- they're moving the chains. North Carolina's defense has held the Pirates to 30 yards rushing, and when you can't run the ball, it's tough to win.

Elsewhere in the ACC, Clemson is handing Boston College a reality check with a 16-0 lead over the Eagles. The score is deceiving, though, as Clemson hasn't scored a touchdown yet. All of those points are from field goals and a punt return. Frank Spaziani's defense is good, period, but Clemson's defense -- at least so far -- has been better. BC is 0 for 6 on third-down conversions, has three yards passing and minus-six yards rushing. This shouldn't be a surprise, considering the reality of BC's quarterback situation. But you'd think the Eagles would put up better numbers in the running game, despite the strength of Clemson's defensive front. BC's offensive line is big, tough and experienced.

As for Duke, well, the Blue Devils trail 20-7 and its shaping up to be more of what was expected -- Duke isn't ready yet to really challenge a Top 25 team. Backup Sean Renfree has worked his way in the game, but neither Thaddeus Lewis nor Renfree have the supporting cast that Todd Reesing does.