Here’s a look at the highlights and lowlights of Week 7:
The good: Maryland’s turnaround. Coach Randy Edsall is building a case for coach of the year. One year after a 2-10 finish, the Terps are leading the Atlantic Division and the only team still undefeated in league play. Maryland held on to beat Virginia 27-20 and has momentum heading into Saturday’s game against NC State.
The bad: Backup quarterbacks. Who IS the backup quarterback in Charlottesville? Is it Michael Rocco? Phillip Sims? Rocco came off the bench against Maryland but threw three straight incompletions on the final possession. Miami backup quarterback Ryan Williams relieved injured starter Stephen Morris in the fourth quarter against North Carolina and threw an incompletion on fourth-and-6 from the North Carolina 26 with 5:45 left. Duke backup quarterback Anthony Boone came in for injured starter Sean Renfree and didn’t look as sharp as he did the previous week. His interception in the second quarter led to a Tech field goal that cut Duke’s lead to 20-10.
The ugly: North Carolina’s penalties. The Tar Heels had 15 penalties for 140 yards.
The nonexistent: Miami’s rushing defense. The Hurricanes allowed UNC 272 rushing yards. Giovani Bernard accounted for 177 of them and two touchdowns. Miami allowed Notre Dame 376 rushing yards the prior week.
The comeback: Virginia Tech scored 41 unanswered points in the final three quarters against Duke to win 41-20, the biggest comeback the program has ever seen under coach Frank Beamer.
The comeback II: Florida State quickly buried its loss to NC State and took out its frustrations on Boston College in a 51-7 dismantling of the Eagles.
The stat: BC tailback Andre Williams rushed for 104 yards, making him the first back to top 100 yards against FSU in more than a year.
The quote: "I think our bubble feels burst. It hurts today. It hurts a lot." -- Duke coach David Cutcliffe after the loss to the Hokies, according to the Associated Press.