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Decision time for Wake's Vaughn

Looking ahead to Wake Forest at Florida State on Saturday, a question was posed to Wake's Chip Vaughn: Will he sport his black "Conquered" T-shirt with the Seminoles logo?

Vaughn, a starting free safety for the Demon Deacons, revealed the shirt after Wake's 24-21 victory over Florida State. It was an original Florida State shirt he got from friends in Florida with FSU's "Unconquered" motto written across the front.

Don't second-guess Paul Johnson

"The guys who do the games, they're morons."

That was first-year Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson's take on the second-guessing by ESPN announcers of Johnson's decision to go for it on fourth down late in GT's 20-17 loss to Virginia Tech.

We are nothing if not fans of candor in the media so when Johnson calls anyone a moron, that's good copy. But how quickly do you think Johnson was scolded by Greensboro for his frankness?

Prediction for Deacs to 'Ponder'

Christian Ponder says Florida State is "not going to lose" for a third straight year to Wake Forest.

Wait, who's Christian Ponder? If you haven't been following FSU this season, he's the new Peter Tom Willis/Thad Busby/Chris Rix/Drew Weatherford. Ponder won a preseason scrum at quarterback beating out the senior Weatherford, and has performed quite nicely against a pair of Southern Conference teams (6 TD, 0 INTs).

By the numbers: Lewis to Riley

Duke football has boasted a dangerous scoring combination since last season but winning is shining a brighter spotlight on QB Thaddeus Lewis and WR Eron Riley.

The duo hooked up for a 15th, 16th, and 17th time in their careers in the Blue Devils' 41-31 win over Navy at Wallace Wade Stadium on Saturday. Here's a behind-the-numbers look at the best scoring combo in Duke football history:

3 — Number of TD passes from Lewis to Riley against Navy on Saturday.

Drescher: Save your boos for the pros

The topic of booing college football players has taken on a life of its own on the Internet since Daniel Evans' performance against William & Mary on Sept. 6.

Luke DeCock's column about Evans started the dialogue and Executive Editor John Drescher continued the conversation with his Sunday column from the Q section.

Drescher's stance:

"DeCock stood up for Evans. I'll stand up for all college players. I don't think we should boo them, except possibly for poor sportsmanship or a clear lack of effort.

There's a difference between athletes who play in high school, college and the pros. That difference isn't just about talent. It's also about their age, their compensation and our expectations."

Pack's Brown gets tough

During Sunday’s team meeting, N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien singled out senior running back Andre Brown for some encouragement.

Brown led N.C. State with 64 rushing yards and four catches for 51 yards in last week’s loss at Clemson. More importantly, he avoided the temptation to bounce out to the perimeter after contact, which has plagued him in the past.

Wolfs not the only ones with injury woes

N.C. State leads the league in injuries but it is not the only team with problems.

• BC defensive end Alex Albright is out for the season with a disk problem in his neck. Going back to the offseason, the Eagles are now minus both of their defensive ends (Brady Smith was kicked off the team).

On the bright side, starting running back Josh Haden is probable for Saturday's game with UCF. Haden injured his ankle in the Eagles' 19-16 loss to Georgia Tech.

• ECU will be without starting linebacker Quentin Cotten for the rest of the season. Cotten injured his knee against Tulane on Saturday.

• Maryland running back Da'Rel Scott, the ACC's leading rusher, is questionable for the Eastern Michigan game. 

Burney's pop a big hit

CHAPEL HILL — UNC cornerback Kendric Burney nabbed his first interception of the season in the win at Rutgers last Thursday. But it was his bone-jarring hit on a Scarlet Knights receiver in the first quarter that still excites him the most.

“You dream of that when you start playing pop warner or rec league,’’ said the 5 feet 9 former baseball player from Jacksonville. “You see the pros do it all the time, and when you get an opportunity to get that hit, it’s something special.”

Pack's Cash out indefinitely

Add starting defensive tackle Alan-Michael Cash to N.C. State's already lengthy injured list.

Cash needs knee surgery and is out indefinitely after being injured in last week's loss at Clemson, N.C. State announced Monday before coach Tom O'Brien's weekly news conference.

Reserve offensive guard Curtis Crouch (foot) and wide receiver Geron James (ankle) also will miss Saturday's game with East Carolina because of injuries, O'Brien said.

Game times for Sept. 27

Tags: ACC Now

 Good thing Time Warner added ESPNU, eh?

Saturday, Sept. 27
Maryland @ Clemson, noon (Raycom)
UVa @ Duke, noon (ESPNU)
UNC @ Miami, noon (ESPN or ESPN2)
Rhode Island @ Boston College, 1
Colorado vs. Florida State (@ Jacksonville), 3:30 (ABC or ESPN)
Navy @ Wake Forest, 3:45 (ESPNU)
South Florida @ N.C. State, 7:30 (ESPNU)
Va. Tech @ Nebraska, 8 (ABC)