Post Thanksgiving weekend often has people in a scramble:  recovering from eating way too much turkey, getting rid of the leftovers, traveling home, shopping for early bargains and getting the Christmas decorations in gear.  The area teams prepare to box up football for 2012… as well as clean up the mess left after Thanksgiving.

 

ACComplishing little– the ACC went 0-4 against the SEC Saturday.  And this is not against the Alabamas, Auburns, LSUs or Tennessees (each which have won National Titles in the last 15 years)– but to Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Florida and Georgia.  All right, the Gators and Bulldogs are legit, but the Tigers inability to beat SC recently is mystifying and I know Wake Forest is Wake Forest… but losing to Vandy is never a good thing.  Bring on an ACC Title tilt featuring a 10-2 Florida State against (gasp) 6-6 Georgia Tech…if you dare.

 

Maryland saw its season end in Chapel Hill with a 45-38 loss to North Carolina.  After falling 2 touchdowns behind in the first quarter, the Terps actually went on a 35-7 run before cooling off in the second half.  But what began as a potential season of redemption ended with injuries and close calls.  Terrapin Triumphs– Brandon Ross rushed for 141 yards and a touchdown… Stefon Diggs threw a TD pass and returned a kickoff for a score… Shawn Petty  after throwing an interception on his first pass of the day settled down and threw for one score while running in another.  Terrapin Troubles– after taking a 14 point lead, the defense allowed four scoring drives of 195 total yards in the third quarter;  while the offense managed minus 7 yards on 14 plays.  Leftovers:  a 4-8 season that showed promise…with one final season in the ACC before the move to the Big Ten.  Who plays quarterback next year, one of the four injured this fall or one of the transfers?

 

Virginia Tech snuck into postseason play at the wire…kicking a last second field goal to beat Virginia 17-14.  That makes nine straight wins by the Hokies over their in-state foes… and another winter of discontent in Charlottesville.  Hokie Highlights– Logan Thomas continues his one man band status by gaining 218 combined yards and accounting for both VT touchdowns…the defense held UVa to 3 of 14 on third down… and the school keeps its in-state dominance intact.   Hokie Humblings– another forgetful first quarter:  27 yards gained on 14 plays from scrimmage… and a missed 41 yard field goal?  In the land of BEAMERBALL!?  Leftovers:  the fact that the Hokies travel well should send them to a more decent bowl than NC State or Duke…but a trip to RFK wouldn’t surprise anybody.   Cavalier Congrats–despite being left for dead four weeks ago, UVa made November somewhat noticeable with 2 straight wins to set up a Thursday night showdown with Miami… followed by a solid effort against Va Tech.  Cavalier Concerns–  of their four second half possessions…only one gained more than 10 yards.  And 30 yards rushing on 20 carries definitely didn’t help.  Leftovers:  A 4-8 finish sets up an interesting 2013… London’s only in his third year so perhaps this will eventually be viewed as a “growing pains” season.

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