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By Carlos Pineda
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With its 13-10 victory over Virginia Tech, Duke picked up its first road win over a top 25 team in 42 years.

It was a wacky week in the ACC. Seventh-ranked Miami found itself pulling out a dramatic win for the second game in a row, and now heads to Tallahassee undefeated and 7-0. Florida State had no problem overlooking NC State and Clemson.

Game of the Week

No. 7 Miami 24, Wake Forest 21 — The old adage is good teams find ways to win. That's been the case for Miami. The cardiac Hurricanes got off to another slow start Saturday, trailing Wake Forest 14-3 in the second quarter. But as we've seen countless times, when they flip the switch the Canes are dangerous.

The trouble has been flipping the switch early and keeping it on. Like last week at North Carolina, UM needed a last minute drive to win the game, or in this case two. Quarterback Stephen Morris continues to teeter with his throwing accuracy, which has become a weekly concern. He didn't throw any interceptions this week. But Miami's resiliency has taken an unexpected journey this season.

The Hurricanes' lack of style points in their wins over UNC and Wake Forest have attracted plenty of criticism made them a sure underdog heading into their rivalry game against Florida State. But Miami is 7-0 for the first time since 2003 and that's not something to overlook.

Post-Game Reaction

— The Virginia Tech-Duke series has seen its fair share of closely contested matchups, especially in the past couple of years. The Blue Devils (6-2, 2-2 ACC) became bowl eligible by playing the role of spoiler on the road at Virginia Tech (6-2, 3-1) with a 13-10 victory. Duke ended a 12-game losing streak to the Hokies and beat a ranked team for the first since it beat 13th-ranked Virginia in 1994. Quarterback Anthony Boone ran for a touchdown and a pair of field goals gave the Blue Devils a 13-0 lead VT couldn't overcome.

Logan Thomas threw four interceptions and no touchdowns despite passing for 214 yards. The win broke a 42-year losing streak against ranked teams on the road for Duke.

— As has been the case for much of the season, Florida State has been mowing over its opposition. The Seminoles (7-0, 5-0) took a 35-0 lead in the first quarter and easily defeated NC State (3-4, 0-4) 49-17. Quarterback Jameis Winston completed 16 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns.

— Frustrated from a blowout loss at home to Florida State last week, Clemson (7-1, 5-1) was able to pull way from Maryland (5-3, 1-3) in the fourth quarter to win 40-27. Tajh Boyd passed for 304 yards and Roderick McDowell rushed for 161 yards to get the Tigers back on the winning track.

— ESPN's College GameDay will be coming live from Tallahassee next Saturday for the top 10 matchup between Miami and Florida State. It will mark the 18th time GameDay has been at a Miami game home or on the road.

Other scores:

— Georgia Tech 35, Virginia 25

— Navy 24, Pitt 21

— North Carolina 34, Boston College 10

Carlos Pineda - Carlos Pineda is a featured writer for Southern Pigskin. He covered the UCF Knights football team for Florida Today in 2010. Carlos' work has been published in the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel and Orlando Business Journal. He attended the University of Central Florida. Follow Carlos on Twitter @CarlosFPineda.