Ore honored by ACC
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September 11, 2006

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore Branden Ore was one of six players honored by the ACC Monday afternoon, earning ACC Offensive Back of the Week honors.

Virginia Tech tailback Branden Ore carried the ball a career-high 22 times for 111 yards, while scoring a career-high three touchdowns in the Hokies 35-10 win on the road against North Carolina. Ore, a native of Chesapeake, Va., also caught two passes for 37 yards, including a key 22-yard reception on third and long that kept the Hokie drive alive, eventually resulting in his third touchdown of the game. The red shirt sophomore was credited with nine broken tackles on the afternoon and was responsible for the first three Virginia Tech scores.

Miami center Anthony Wollschlager played a key role in the Hurricanes 51-10 victory over Florida A&M in the Orange Bowl last week. The senior from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., graded out at 90 percent as Miami gained 563 total yards on offense including a league, season-high 339 yards rushing against the Rattlers.

For the second straight week, Florida State middle linebacker Buster Davis was named Defensive Lineman Player of the Week. The 5-10, 246-pound senior recorded eight tackles and added a crucial fourth-quarter interception, which led to the eventual game-winning touchdown for the Seminoles. With the score tied at 17, Davis recorded the first interception of his career with 4:54 remaining in the game against Troy. The Daytona Beach native was the leader of the Seminole defense that allowed just 45 yards rushing to the Trojans.

Safety Jamal Lewis of Georgia Tech returned an interception 97 yards for a touchdown as part of the Yellow Jackets dominating defensive effort in a 38-6 win over Samford. Lewis' interception return is the fourth-longest in school history and the longest since Jeff Ford set the Georgia Tech record with a 102-yard return vs. Notre Dame in 1969. The 6-0, 192-pound junior from Riverdale, Ga., also made five tackles as the Jacket defense held the Bulldogs to 163 total yards, including just 11 yards rushing and nine first downs.

Boston College kickoff returner Jeff Smith returned five kickoffs for 213 yards, one-yard shy of the all-time BC kickoff return yardage record, in the Eagles 34-33 double-overtime victory over Clemson. Smith, the nation's leader in kickoff return yardage (42.6), opened the third quarter with a 96-yard touchdown return to tie the score at 17. The freshman from Plympton, Mass., also had returns of 45, 39 and 29 yards.

In his first collegiate start, Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner went 22-for-29 for 235 yards and a touchdown in the Demon Deacons 14-13 come-from-behind victory over Duke. Skinner led the Deacs on the game-winning drive in the games final three and a half minutes, becoming the first quarterback in Wake Forest history to lead the Deacs to a fourth quarter comeback. The freshman from Jacksonville, Fla., was 13-for-16 for 182 yards and a touchdown in the second half against the Blue Devils.