I'll add that I (BCMike) was not at this game and therefore feel partially responsible for the win (see the worst of the worst VT post if you're unfamiliar with the "BCMike attendance curse").
On to the best plays vs. Ginger's boys....
1M) Montel Harris smashing the record books
Despite splitting time for most of the year last season with Josh Haden, Montel actually set the all-time record for rushing yards by a freshman in BC history last season. This Saturday, Harris broke out the record books just to smash them again. Harris piled up a record-breaking 264 yards *and* a record breaking FIVE touchdowns in the rout.
To me, this accomplishment is amazing on it's own, but when you take into consideration that it was done
B) intra conference
Ba) Against a team not named Duke
C) this was a team that was obviously facing a defense that was going to key on the running
D) w/out a really good passing game (13 completions)
E) Against a defense that had allowed 63 yards on the ground (team) for the YEAR, on average per game after six games.
This was a truly outstanding performance by Montel.
Oh, and FYI Patriot Golfer...Montel Harris was NOT a Tom O'Brien recruit.
2W) Shinskie pump and toss 50 yarder to Larmond.
3M) Luke Kuechly's 14 tackles
Yeah, we're kind of running out of superlatives to say. I'll go with "I don't remember the last time I saw a kid as a true freshman that I was 100% sure would be an all-time BC great". Let's hope Luke stays healthy and continues to grow.
Ten of those were solo tackles, by the way.
Alex had a fantastic leaping swat in the endzone in the 2nd quarter on 3rd down near the goal line. Russell Wilson had scrambled away from trouble twice, and had a great line on a TD pass. Albright was dropped into coverage, and instead of quitting on a long play when everything else had broken down, he kept his head on a swivel and made an incredibly athletic play diving and swatting the ball away.
The front four (and sometimes three) managed to get good pressure and Albright had a lot to do with that. In BC's two bad losses, Albright didn't play vs. VT and only saw limited action vs. Clemson where he was hurt. A healthy Alex Albright makes a world of difference to our defense.
7M) Shinskie rebounds strong
After posting the lowest D1A QB efficiency rating of any quarterback in five years, Shinskie rebounded strong and played a smart game. While only 13 for 25, he threw two touchdowns and NO interceptions. He also held on to the ball when sacked from the blind side and pulled it down instead of forcing the throw on multiple occasions. There were also a handful of drops from the wide outs that would have bolstered Shinskie's stats that were notable.
9M) Outstanding Safety play (both Bowman and Davis)
Let me say that I actually very much disagree with A) going for it on 4th down, and B) passing for it on 4th down. The game was in hand and there was no need for it. Take the three and go on your way.
After a very poor outing vs. VT where both Bowman and particularly Davis had games to forget, they also responded with outstanding performances vs. NCSU. Davis had a nice INT on the DeLeon Gause deflection but most important was the open field tackling by both of these guys.
Many times NCSU had tossed a ball short of the sticks on 3rd down needing their player to beat our man and make a play for an additional 3-5 yards for the first down. Both Davis and Bowman came up and make sure handed tackles and kept the play in front of them.
BCMike drafts: Montel breaks records, Kuechly the killer, Albright swat, Shinskie rebounds, Safety play
Wesley drafts: Larmond bomb from UD, Montel Wildcat TD, Ramella trifecta, Spaz kill shot, Sid perfect