There were several outstanding performances in the ACC this past weekend, from Duke quarterback Anthony Boone throwing four touchdown passes in his start, to NC State quarterback Mike Glennon leading a come-from-behind victory over No. 3 Florida State.
But the choice for ACC Player of the Week is North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard. Simply put, Bernard shredded the once-stout Hokies defense to the tune of 262 yards rushing -- a career high. Here is quick glimpse of all he did in the 48-34 win over Virginia Tech.
Bernard became the first Tar Heel to rush for 200 or more yards in a game since Ronnie McGill ran for 244 yards against Wake Forest in 2003.
The 262-yard mark is the fifth highest in North Carolina single-game history and the most ever gained against Virginia Tech in any game.
Bernard averaged 11.4 yards per carry, the highest mark in school history, surpassing Kelvin Bryant’s mark of 11.1 in 1981 against East Carolina.
Bernard scored a 62-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-inches carry on the first play of the second quarter and broke a 51-yarder in the third quarter. He has now gained 50 or more yards on five plays this season (runs of 51, 59, 62 and 68, punt return of 70).
In the first quarter, Bernard had three rushes for minus-3 yards. Over the last three quarters, he had 20 carries for 265.
In one stretch of 11 carries from the second to third quarter, Bernard had nine carries for at least 10 yards, including two carries of 51 yards or more. He averaged 19.5 yards during the 11-carry stretch. Bernard finished the day with 10 carries of at least 10 yards.
Bernard missed two games early this season with a knee injury and was not completely himself when he returned. But boy, he showed against the Hokies he is back in a big way. Consider: Bernard had 213 TOTAL yards rushing going into the game against Virginia Tech. He blew that number out of the water with his performance in just four quarters.