Four Honored by ACC
Players earn accolades in win over UNC
November 28, 2005

BLACKSBURG - Four Virginia Tech football players were honored Monday by the ACC for their play against the University of North Carolina, earning ACC Player of the Week honors.

Virginia Tech tailback Cedric Humes ran for a career-high 134 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in the Hokies' 30-3 win over North Carolina on Saturday, which clinched Virginia Tech a spot in the inaugural Dr Pepper ACC Championship game on Dec. 3. Humes, a redshirt senior from Virginia Beach, Va., had six broken tackles and a long run of 39 yards in the game. Both of his touchdown runs came in the third quarter, pushing the score to 27-3 and giving the Hokies some breathing room in what had been a tight game to that point.

Virginia Tech outside guard/center Will Montgomery graded out at a season-high 97 percent on 67 plays with a season-tying high seven knockdown blocks as the Hokies beat North Carolina 30-3 on Saturday to clinch the ACC's Coastal Division. The Clifton, Va., senior started at center, but also saw action at left guard, leading an offense that had two backs go over 100 yards for the second week in a row. Montgomery has earned ACC weekly honors on the offensive line three times this season, including the last two weeks.

NC State defensive end Mario Williams had eight tackles, including five solo stops, in the Wolfpack's 20-14 win over Maryland on Saturday. The junior from Richlands, N.C., had five tackles for loss totaling 23 yards, and broke his own school record with four sacks for 22 yards, pushing his league-leading total to a school-record 13 sacks on the season. Williams also had two quarterback pressures and caused a fumble. He earned the Walter Camp National Player of the Week award for his record-breaking performance.

NC State cornerback Marcus Hudson had five tackles, a fumble recovery and two interceptions for the Wolfpack in a 20-14 win over Maryland on Saturday. Hudson's fumble recovery came on special teams in the first quarter of action, as he pounced on a loose ball at the Terrapins' 33-yard line, setting up NC State's first field goal. With the Wolfpack holding a 10-7 lead in the fourth quarter, the senior from Homestead, Fla., picked off a Maryland pass and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown. Later in the fourth quarter, with the Terrapins trailing 20-14 and holding possession with 39 seconds left, Hudson intercepted his second pass of the game, stopping Maryland's last-ditch drive.

Virginia Tech punter Nic Schmitt averaged 50.3 yards on three punts in the Hokies' 30-3 win over North Carolina on Saturday. The redshirt junior from Salem, Va., had a long punt of 54 yards with one punt downed at the 1-yard line. Schmitt had a net average of 42.3 yards per punt in the game.

Virginia Tech tailback Branden Ore rushed for more than 100 yards for the second straight game and the third time this season as the Hokies beat North Carolina on Saturday, 30-3, to secure a berth in the ACC Championship game on Dec. 3. Ore had 104 yards rushing and a touchdown on 17 carries, breaking eight tackles with a long run of 26 yards. The weekly honor is the second straight for Ore, a redshirt freshman from Chesapeake, Va.