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ACC FOOTBALL REPORT: Bowden gets his day
Florida State will welcome back legendary former head coach Bobby Bowden when the Seminoles host N.C. State on Saturday.
Bowden, who was forced out following the 2009 season after 35 years at FSU, is expected to plant the spear at midfield before kickoff. It will be his first appearance at Doak Campbell Stadium since his final season as coach.
Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher, who served as an assistant for Bowden before taking over head coaching duties, said he is thrilled to have his mentor back where he once ruled college football.
“He made Florida State. He was Florida State. That’s why we have this stadium, the facilities, that’s why we have academics, that’s why we have the school. That’s why we have everything,” Fisher said.
“I think it’s what’s right about the world,” Fisher added. “It’s what’s right for Florida State, and it’s great for college football. I’m extremely excited because he was my hero, too.”
GROBE NEARING WINS MARK
Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe is one win away from becoming the Demon Deacons’ all-time winningest football coach. He is currently tied with D.C. “Peahead” Walker with 77 career victories.
Wake Forest, which beat Maryland at home last week, visits No. 7 Miami on Saturday. Grobe downplayed the record, choosing to focus on his team’s success. The Demon Deacons still need two wins to become bowl eligible.
“Personally, you’re wrapped up in your players and school and you just need to win games. What we’ve done in the past really means little as far as the future is concerned,” Grobe said. “To be honest with you, I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished at Wake Forest, but for me personally, I much would rather win the next five.”
Duke was a perfect 4-for-4 on fourth-down conversions in its 35–22 comeback win at Virginia on Saturday.
Three of those conversions were short-yardage situations, while one, a fourth-and-8 in the third quarter was a bit riskier.
Duke’s go-ahead touchdown—a 47-yard pass from quarterback Brandon Connette to Braxton Deaver in the fourth quarter—came on fourth-and-1.
“I’ve always been a believer in it,” Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe said of being aggressive on fourth down. “We’ve done it a lot since we’ve been here. Some of that is matchup or ebb and flow of the game. I have numbers in my mind, always, with yard lines and distances that I change a little every week.
“At halftime of the Virginia game, after being as stale as we were, I changed all of those numbers. It’s week to week. Anything that’s over a 50 percent risk is a great risk opportunity. That’s how I think about it.”
Boston College wide receiver Alex Amidon needs 145 receiving yards to become the school’s all-time leading receiver.
Florida State is the first team in ACC history with five straight games of scoring 48 or more points.
Clemson senior quarterback Tajh Boyd needs eight passing yards to become third player in ACC history with 10,000 for career. Philip Rivers and Thaddeus Lewis are the only two ACC players to achieve that milestone.
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RISE AND FALL
WAKE FOREST—The Demon Deacons have won two straight heading into a tough matchup at undefeated Miami.
N.C. STATE—The Wolfpack are looking to end a two-game skid, but they must do so at No. 3 Florida State.
BOSTON COLLEGE at North Carolina Saturday, 3:30 (CSN)
CLEMSON at Maryland Saturday, 3:30 (ESPN)
DUKE at Virginia Tech Saturday 3:30 (ESPNU)
FLORIDA STATE vs. N.C. State Saturday, 3:30 (ABC)
GEORGIA TECH at Virginia Saturday, 12:30 (TV–5, 35)
MARYLAND vs. Clemson Saturday, 3:30 (ESPN)
MIAMI vs. Wake Forest Saturday, noon (ESPNU)
NORTH CAROLINA vs. Boston College Saturday, 3:30 (CSN)
N.C. STATE at Florida State Saturday, 3:30 (ABC)
PITTSBURGH at Navy Saturday, 1 p.m. (CBSSN)
SYRACUSE vs. Wake Forest Nov. 2, 12:30 (TV–5, 35)
VIRGINIA vs. Georgia Tech Saturday, 12:30 (TV–5, 35)
VIRGINIA TECH vs. Duke Saturday, 3:30 (ESPNU)
WAKE FOREST at Miami Saturday, noon (ESPNU)