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By Anthony Richards
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Duke's DeVon Edwards scored three non-offensive touchdowns in a 38-20 win over NC State.

Offensive Player of the Week: Logan Thomas QB/ Virginia Tech

Thomas had a huge game on Saturday, compiling 408 yards of total offense during Virginia Tech’s 42-24 victory on the road against Miami.  He completed 25 of 31 passes for two touchdowns through the air. With the win, he helps re-position the Hokies as a contender in the Coastal Division.

Defensive Player of the Week: DeVon Edwards DB/ Duke

Shortly after Duke regained the lead 24-20 in the fourth quarter, Edwards extended it with a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown.  One minute later, he would cement the victory with another interception return of 45 yards for a score. He also added a 100-yard kickoff return for touchdown. 

Special Teams Player of the Week: Myles Willis RB/ Boston College

Willis returned only two kickoffs in the game, but came up big when his team needed him most.  With the game tied at 27 in the fourth quarter, he took a kickoff and returned it 98 yards to regain Boston College’s lead and help the Eagles improve to a record of 5-4 overall.

Coach of the Week: Paul Chryst/ Pittsburgh

Chryst’s Panthers broke a three-game losing streak by defeating No. 23 Notre Dame 28-21 at home.  With the win, Pittsburgh improves to 5-4 on the season, and now needs just one more victory to become bowl-eligible in Chryst’s second season.

X-Factor of the Week: Special Teams Touchdowns

The ACC had four different players score on kickoff or punt returns in week eleven action.  Levonte Whitfield of Florida State, Ryan Switzer of North Carolina, Myles Willis of Boston College and DeVon Edwards of Duke all returned kicks for a score.  In each case, the player’s team won its game.

Anthony Richards - Anthony was born and raised in Jacksonville, Fla. and currently attends the University of North Florida. He is a sports journalist, with a particular passion for college football in the south and the atmosphere that surrounds it. He enjoys the classic southern combination of Bar-B-Q and a large glass of sweet tea. You can reach Anthony at antnyrich@comcast.net.