This Week in ACC Football


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STANDINGS:
                                 Atlantic Division

                      Conference  Points          Overall   Points      
Team                    W  L  T  For Opp   Pct    W  L  T  For Opp   Pct
----                    -  -  -  --- ---   ---    -  -  -  --- ---   ---
Florida State.......    2  0  0   38  24 1.000    3  0  0  100  34 1.000
Boston College......    1  1  0   33  41  .500    3  1  0   97  51  .750
Maryland............    1  1  0   46  40  .500    2  2  0   88  91  .500
Clemson.............    1  2  0   71  76  .333    2  2  0   96 100  .500
NC State............    0  2  0   40  51  .000    1  2  0   94  61  .333
Wake Forest.........    0  1  0   12  22  .000    1  3  0   79 111  .250

                                Coastal Division

                      Conference  Points          Overall   Points      
Team                    W  L  T  For Opp   Pct    W  L  T  For Opp   Pct
----                    -  -  -  --- ---   ---    -  -  -  --- ---   ---
Virginia Tech.......    3  0  0  116  23 1.000    4  0  0  161  23 1.000
Virginia............    1  0  0   38   7 1.000    3  0  0   96  50 1.000
Georgia Tech........    1  1  0   34  72  .500    3  1  0   85  99  .750
Miami...............    1  1  0   43  40  .500    2  1  0   66  43  .667
North Carolina......    1  1  0   52  51  .500    1  2  0   57  65  .333
Duke................    0  2  0    7  83  .000    1  3  0   68 121  .250




Week #5 Schedule:

(AP/Coaches’ Ranking)


 Saturday, October
1                                                           
Series                          Last Meeting                TV         Time


19/18 Virginia
(3-0) at Maryland (2-2)............... Maryland (39-28-2)............ Virginia,
16-10, 2004.......... JP/Ray....... Noon


3/3 Virginia Tech
(4-0) at West Virginia (4-0) West Virginia (28-21-1).... Virginia Tech, 19-13,
2004............ ESPN....... Noon


Ball State (0-3)
at 21/23 Boston College (3-1) Boston College (2-0-0).. Boston College, 19-11,
2004............................ 1:00


Navy (0-2) at Duke
(1-3)........................................ Navy (17-12-5)................
Navy, 27-12, 2004............................ 1:00


Utah (3-1) at
North Carolina (1-2)............................... Utah
(1-0-0)................. Utah, 46-16, 2004............................ 1:35


Clemson (2-2) at
Wake Forest (1-3).................... Clemson (54-15-1)...... Clemson, 37-30
2ot, 2004.......... ESPNU........ 3:30


Syracuse (1-2) at
6/7 Florida State (3-0)........... Florida State (4-1-0)..... Florida State,
17-13, 2004.............. ABC........ 3:30


South Florida
(3-1) at 9/10 Miami (2-1)........................ 1st
Meeting.......................... 1st Meeting.......... ESPNU........ 8:00

ACColades:

Two conference games - Virginia at Maryland and Clemson at Wake Forest - highlight an eight-game Week 5 schedule ... led by third-ranked Virginia Tech, six ACC teams are ranked in both polls, including three in the Top 10 ... the ACC is 14-5 in non-league play, including a 2-0 mark against ranked opponents ... seven of the first 12 league games have been decided by seven points or less, including four by four points or less and two in overtime ... 30 of the league’s first 39 games have been televised ... Clemson is the first team in ACC history to play in back-to-back overtime games ... four of Clemson’s last 15 games have been decided in overtime ... Maryland LB D’Qwell Jackson is second nationally in tackles per game (14.5) and NC State’s Stephen Tulloch is second in tackles for losses (2.8) ... with 354 career victories in 40 seasons Bobby Bowden is the all-time winningest coach in Division IA history ... Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer is third among active Division IA coaches with 181 wins ... Clemson’s Charlie Whitehurst is 12th among ACC career passing (7,982) and total offense (8,092) leaders ... Wake Forest’s Chris Barclay is 19th among ACC career rushing leaders with 3,261 while Georgia Tech’s P.J. Daniels is 29th (2,792) ... Virginia’s Connor Hughes is 19th on the league’s career scoring list with 257 points while teammate Wali Lundy is 23rd with 246 points ... Boston College’s Will Blackmon leads all active Division IA players in kickoff return yardage (2,413) ... Virginia Tech has out-scored their last three opponents 141-to-7 ... NC State’s Jay Davis has passed for 200 yards or more in 10 of his last 11 games.



Team Notes:

Boston College

Making his second career start in place of injured senior Quinton Porter, Matt Ryan finished 24-of-42 for 221 yards as the Eagles posted their first ACC victory, defeating Clemson 16-13 on Brian Toal's 1-yard TD run in overtime … the BC defense limited Clemson to 251 yards, had three QB sacks, and did not allow the Tigers to convert a single third down (0 for 11) … Will Blackmon leads all active Division-IA players in career kickoff return yardage (2,310) … Blackmon has 2,795 yard21s via returns (kick/punt/interception) in his career … the Eagles lead the ACC and are second nationally in rushing defense (54.8).



Clemson

Eight of Clemson’s last nine games have been decided by seven points or less ... three of the Tigers' next four games are on the road against ACC opponents … senior QB Charlie Whitehurst is 12th among ACC career leaders in both total offense (8,092) and passing yardage (7,982) … junior PK Jad Dean has made 11 of 12 field goal attempts and leads the ACC in scoring (10.5) … Dean has converted 23 of 27 career field goal attempts (.852) … the Tigers have had only one turnover in the first four games and are third nationally in fewest penalties per game (3.3) ... four of Clemson’s last 15 games have been decided in overtime.



Duke

The Blue Devils are allowing 125.7 fewer yards per game than in 2004 and are ranked 27th nationally in total defense (300.8) … junior CB John Talley has eight career interceptions and is eighth all-time in ACC annals with 207 career interception return yards … over his last two games sophomore TB Justin Boyle has rushed for 157 yards and two TDs and averaged 5.4 yards per carry … in his first two collegiate games, true freshman QB Zach Asack has completed 65 per cent of his passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns … Chris Davis is fourth in the ACC in punt returns (9.2) and fifth in kickoff returns (18.8).



Florida State

The Seminoles are ranked sixth in this week's AP poll and seventh by the coaches … FSU has been ranked in 59 consecutive AP polls … over his last two games freshman QB Drew Weatherford has completed 61 percent of his passes for 585 yards and four touchdowns … freshman WR Greg Carr has six catches for 138 yards and has had two TD receptions in each of his first two career games … with 354 career victories in 40 seasons Bobby Bowden is the all-time winningest coach in Division I-A history ... the Seminoles are 189-21-2 under Bobby Bowden in Doak-Campbell Stadium.



Georgia Tech

The Yellow Jackets have allowed opponents to complete only 46.2 percent of their passes and are tied for the lead nationally with 10 interceptions … TB P.J. Daniels is fourth in the ACC and 31st nationally in rushing (94.0) … Daniels is 29th among ACC career rushing leaders with 2,792 yards … QB Reggie Ball is fifth on Tech's all-time passing yardage list (4,780) and fourth in total offense (5,523) … WR Calvin Johnson had five catches for 123 yards in Saturday's loss at Virginia Tech for his fifth 100-yard game … Johnson leads the ACC in receiving yards per game (94.5) and is averaging 18.4 yards per catch in his career.



Maryland

Keon Lattimore ran for a career-high 76 yards on 15 carries and Josh Wilson returned a fumble 20 yards for a touchdown as the Terps snapped a two-game losing streak with a 22-12 win at Wake Forest Saturday … senior LB D'Qwell Jackson is second in the nation in tackles (14.5) and has 368 career tackles … junior QB Sam Hollenbach has completed 62.2 percent of his passes for a league-high 965 yards and leads the ACC in total offense (247.2) … the last Terp to lead the ACC in total offense was Scott Milanovich in 1993 … junior PK Dan Ennis has made all nine of his career field goal attempts.


Miami

QB Kyle Wright threw for a career-high 264 yards and one touchdown in Saturday's 23-3 win over Colorado … on the year Wright has completed 56 percent of his passes for 648 yards and three TDs … SS Brandon Meriweather made 12 tackles and had an interception in the win and is fifth in the ACC in tackles (9.7) … WR Sinorice Moss had 111 yards receiving on five catches against Colorado and is ninth in the ACC in receiving yardage (57.0) … since 1990, Miami is 105-9 against unranked opponents … Larry Coker is 46-7 (.868) in his fifth season as the Hurricanes' head coach … four of Miami’s next five games are at home.



North Carolina

Barrington Edwards ran for a career-high 129 yards and a touchdown and Matt Baker threw for 177 yards and two TDs in Saturday's 31-24 win over NC State … Baker is second in the ACC in total offense (246.7), passing yardage (246.0) and first in yards per completion (15.7) … WR Jarwarski Pollock is second among UNC career reception leaders (157) and seventh in receiving yardage (1,735) ... Pollock is nine catches shy of becoming UNC's all-time reception leader … UNC's schedule is ranked as the nation's sixth-toughest by the Sagarin Computer ... UNC’s next five opponents are a combined 13-4 (76.5).



NC State

Four of the Wolfpack's next six games are on the road … over his last two games TB Toney Baker has scored five touchdowns and is second among all freshmen nationally in scoring per game (10.0) ... senior QB Jay Davis has passed for 200 yards or more in 10 of his last 11 games and over that span has thrown for 2,575 yards and 13 TDs … sophomore Darrell Blackmon leads the ACC and is 10th nationally in kickoff returns (35.5) … as a team, NC State is averaging 33.8 yards per kickoff return … junior LB Stephen Tulloch is fifth nationally in tackles (13.3) and second in tackles for loss (2.8).



Virginia

QB Marques Hagans threw for 174 yards and four TDs in Virginia's 38-7 victory over Duke Saturday … Hagans has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 11 of his last 15 games and over his last four games is averaging 229.3 yards per game in total offense … Kai Parham had a game-high 12 tackles, including two for losses, against the Blue Devils and is tied for sixth nationally in QB sacks (1.33) … PK Connor Hughes has made 49 of 61 career field goal attempts (.803) and is 19th among ACC career scoring leaders with 257 points … the Cavaliers have been ranked in 21 consecutive AP polls.



Virginia Tech

TE Jeff King caught a touchdown pass and blocked a field goal, leading to another score, as fourth-ranked Virginia Tech beat No. 15 Georgia Tech 51-7 Saturday … the Hokies scored three non-offensive TDs Saturday against the Yellow Jackets and have had 49 return touchdowns since 1999 … the Hokies have outscored their last three opponents 141-to-7 … QB Marcus Vick threw for a career-high 223 yards on 13-of-18 passing with a touchdown and no interceptions … Vick leads the ACC in passing efficiency (171.8) and has thrown a league-high seven TDs … Tech is second nationally in scoring defense (5.8) and is third in total defense (219.8).



Wake Forest

Micah Andrews (120.8) and Chris Barclay (118.7) rank 1-2 among ACC rushing leaders … Barclay is averaging 6.4 yards per carry while Andrews averages 6.0 yards per attempt … Barclay is 19th on the ACC career rushing list with 3,261 yards and is 157 yards shy of 4,000 all-purpose yards … the Deacons lead the ACC and are 16th nationally in rushing offense (230.5) … freshman PK Sam Swank has made seven of his nine field goal attempts and is 16th nationally in field goals per game (1.8) … senior P Ryan Plackemeier is second among ACC career punting leaders (44.30).



GAME PREVIEWS:



Saturday, October 1

#18 Virginia (3-0, 1-0 ACC)

at Maryland (2-2, 1-1 ACC)

JP/Raycom; 12:00 pm

Byrd Stadium (51,500)




The Series: Maryland leads 39-28-2

Maryland leads 19-10-2 in College Park, Md.



The Coaches: Al Groh: 33-21-0 (5) at Virginia; 59-61-0 overall (11)

Ralph Friedgen: 38-16-0 (5) at Maryland; 38-16-0 overall (5)



Game Preview: Virginia makes its first conference road trip of 2005 traveling to Maryland in the JP/Raycom ACC Game of the Week at 12:00 pm...Virginia had won nine straight in the series from 1992 to 2000 but both teams have split the last four games winning on their home field...Virginia starts the season 3-0 for the second consecutive year, while Maryland looks for back-to-back wins in the same season for the first time since the beginning of last year when the Terps downed Northern Illinois and Temple...Virginia and Maryland rank three-four in total offense in the ACC at 393.3 and 360.8 yards per game, respectively.



Last Time Out: Last year, Virginia registered a 16-0 victory over Maryland in Charlottesville marking the first shutout of the Terrapins in three seasons...the duo of Alvin Pearman and Wali Lundy each rushed for more than 100 yards while the Cavalier defense held the Terps to just 51 yards rushing...Marques Hagans threw for 114 yards in the win...TE Vernon Davis paced Maryland with 104 receiving yards.





Saturday, October 1

#3 Virginia Tech (4-0, 3-0 ACC)

at West Virginia (4-0, 1-0 Big East)

ESPN: 12:00 pm

Mountaineer Field (65,155)




The Series: West Virginia leads 28-21-1

West Virginia leads 16-8-0 in Morgantown, W.Va.



The Coaches: Frank Beamer: 139-77-2 (19) at Va. Tech; 181-100-4 overall (25)

Rich Rodriguez: 32-20-0 (5) at West Virginia; 77-56-2 overall (12)



Game Preview: In the 33rd consecutive meeting between these two squads, Virginia Tech travels to West Virginia in a game shown nationally on ESPN at 12:00 pm...the Hokies won last year’s contest and eight of the last 11 meetings including three of the last five games played in Morgantown...Virginia Tech has posted a +9 turnover margin through the first four games of the season, while the Hokie defense had gone 10 straight quarters without giving up a point before Georgia Tech’s third quarter TD last week...Virginia Tech has not allowed more than 100-yards rushing in three consecutive games...the Hokies own an average margin of victory of 34.5 this season, while West Virginia has won its four games by an average of 13.3 points.



Last Time Out: Last year, Virginia Tech hung on to a 19-13 victory over West Virginia in front of 65,115 fans at Lane Stadium...Brandon Pace connected on 4-of-5 FG opportunities and Vincent Fuller returned a block FG 74-yards for the TD in the Hokies’ win...Virginia Tech’s Mike Imoh rushed for 115 yards on 30 carries.



Saturday, October 1

Ball State (0-3, 0-1 MAC)

at #21 Boston College (3-1, 1-1 ACC)

1:00 pm

Alumni Stadium (44,500)




The Series: Boston College leads 2-0-0.

Boston College leads 1-0-0 in Chestnut Hill, Mass.



The Coaches: Brady Hoke: 6-20-0 (3) at Ball State; 6-20-0 overall (3)

Tom O’Brien: 60-40-0 (9) at Boston College; 60-40-0 overall (9)



Game Preview: In just the third overall meeting and for the second time in Chestnut Hill, Ball State travels to Boston College for a 1:00 pm kickoff at Alumni Stadium...the Eagles return home after collecting their first-ever ACC victory with a 16-13 overtime win in Death Valley...since 1999, Boston College has compiled a non-conference home record of 15-1 winning five straight...over the last seven years, the Eagles have gone 29-5 (.853) in out of conference play including bowl games...BC is looking to improve to 4-1 for the second year in a row and for the fourth time under Tom O’Brien.



Last Time Out: Last year in a rare Thursday night season opener for both teams, Boston College posted a 19-11 victory over Ball State in Muncie, Ind.,...BC’s Will Blackmon returned a kickoff 96 yards for a TD, but it was the Eagle defense that stole the show racking up five QB sacks and allowing just 64 yards on the ground...L.V. Whitworth rushed for 129 yards and a TD in the win for the Eagles.



Saturday, October 1

Navy (0-2)

at Duke (1-3, 0-2 ACC)

1:00 pm

Wallace Wade Stadium (33,941)




The Series: Navy leads 17-12-5

Navy leads 5-4-1 in Durham, N.C.



The Coaches: Paul Johnson: 20-19-0 (4) at Navy; 82-29-0 overall (9)

Ted Roof: 5-15-0 (3) at Duke; 5-15-0 overall (3)



Game Preview: Navy travels to Wallace Wade Stadium to face Duke for the first time since 1997 when the Blue Devils posted a 26-17 victory over the Midshipmen...each team has garnered five victories in the last 10 games with both teams winning a pair of games in Durham during that span...Duke is looking to post back-to-back wins at home for the first-time since 2003 when the Blue Devils defeated Western Carolina and Rice...the Blue Devils own a mark of 6-7-0 against non-conference opponents over the last four years



Last Time Out: Last year, despite playing turnover free ball for the second consecutive week, Duke fell to Navy 27-12 in Annapolis, Md.,...Navy’s Aaron Polanco broke a 6-6 tie with a 28-yard TD run giving the Midshipmen the lead for good...Polanco posted 259 yards of total offense including two TDs...Duke’s Cedric Dargan rushed for 114 yards and Matt Brooks connected on FGs of 29 and 35 yards.



Saturday, October 1

Utah (3-1, 1-1 Mt. West)

at North Carolina (1-2, 1-1 ACC)

1:35 pm

Kenan Stadium (60,000)




The Series: Utah leads 1-0-0

First meeting in Chapel Hill, N.C.



The Coaches: Kyle Whittingham: 3-1-0 (1) at Utah; 3-1-0 overall (1)

John Bunting: 20-32-0 (5) at North Carolina; 58-46-2 overall (10)



Game Preview: North Carolina and Utah will square-off for the second-straight year, and for the first-time in Kenan Stadium, on Saturday afternoon...the Tar Heels are hosting their second non-conference opponent in the last three weeks dropping their first contest to Wisconsin 14-5...the Tar Heels own a mark of 7-11-0 in non-conference games under head coach John Bunting...North Carolina allowed just 13 yards rushing to NC State last week and is giving up just over 100 yards per game (100.3) through the first three games this season, while Utah is averaging 182.3 rushing yards per contest in 2005.



Last Time Out: Last year in Salt Lake City, Utah defeated North Carolina 46-16 in the first-ever meeting between both squads...Ute QB Alex Smith threw for four TDs and ran for another as he tallied 341 yards in the air to lead Utah to victory...UNC’s Madison Hedgecock rushed for a pair of TDs and Matt Baker saw time against the Utes going 6-for-13 for 54 yards and an INT.



Saturday, October 1

Clemson (2-2, 1-2 ACC)

at Wake Forest (1-3, 0-1 ACC)

ESPNU; 3:30 pm

Groves Stadium (31,500)




The Series: Clemson leads 54-15-1

Clemson leads 19-8-1 in Winston-Salem, N.C.



The Coaches: Tommy Bowden: 46-31-0 (7) at Clemson; 64-35-0 overall (9)

Jim Grobe: 23-28-0 (5) at Wake Forest; 56-61-1 overall (11)



Game Preview: Wake Forest welcomes Clemson to Groves Stadium for a 3:30 pm kickoff on ESPNU...the Tigers have won nine of the last 13 in the series with four of last six games being decided by nine points or less...the Demon Deacons won the last meeting at home but its Clemson who has been victorious in nine of the last 11 on the Deacs home turf...after winning the first two games of the season, Clemson has dropped two straight, overtime decisions...Wake Forest is 1-2 at home this season and is looking for its first conference win of 2005.



Last Time Out: Last year it took double overtime as Clemson downed Wake Forest 37-30 on opening day for both teams...Charlie Whitehurst threw an 11-yard TD pass to Kyle Browning in the second OT to lift Clemson to victory...Whitehurst finished the game 20-of-41 for 288 yards and 2 TDs...Chris Barclay led the Wake Forest rushing attack with 179 yards on 29 carries including a 50-yard TD run...WF registered 410 yards of total offense while Clemson posted 371.



Saturday, October 1

Syracuse (1-2, 0-1 Big East)

at #6 Florida State (3-0, 2-0 ACC)

ABC; 3:30 pm

Doak Campbell Stadium (82,300)




The Series: Florida State leads 4-1-0

Florida State leads 1-0-0 in Tallahassee, Fla.



The Coaches: Greg Robinson: 1-2-0 (1) at Syracuse; 1-2-0 overall (1)

Bobby Bowden: 281-70-4 (30) at FSU; 354-102-4 overall (40)



Game Preview: Florida State and Syracuse square-off for just the second time in Tallahassee and for the sixth time overall in a game shown regionally on ABC...after dropping the first game in the series, Florida State has won four straight including the only previous meeting at Doak Campbell Stadium, a 46-14 win in 1991...three of the four wins by the Seminoles have been by 28 points or more with their largest margin of victory of 32 coming in ‘91...Florida State has compiled a mark of 17-3 at home dating back to the 2002 season...the Seminoles have not given up a point in the second half this year, outscoring their opponents 63-0.



Last Time Out: Last year, Leon Washington rushed for a career-high 164 yards and scored on runs of 21 and 45 yards in the second half as FSU rallied past Syracuse 17-13 in the Carrier Dome...Lorenzo Booker registered 85 yards on the ground as the Seminoles tallied 258 rushing yards for the game while limiting the Orange to just 58.



Saturday, October 1

South Florida (3-1, 1-0 Big East)

at #9 Miami (2-1, 1-1 ACC)

ESPNU; 8:00 pm

Orange Bowl (72,319)




The Series: First meeting in the series

First meeting in Miami, Fla.



The Coaches: Jim Leavitt: 58-34-0 (9) at South Florida; 58-34-0 overall (9)

Larry Coker: 46-7-0 (5) at Miami; 46-7-0 overall (5)



Game Preview: Miami welcomes South Florida to the Orange Bowl in the first meeting between the two teams in a game shown on ESPNU at 8:00 pm...the Hurricanes, winners of two straight, are playing in the second of a three straight home games...over the last 10 years, Miami has posted a non-conference home record of 21-6 with only one loss being registered in the last five years, a span of 14 games...after losing its season-opener, USF has won three straight outscoring the opposition 113-31...the Bulls only loss in 2005 came on the road at Penn State...the Hurricanes are +3 in turnover margin in their two wins this season.



Last Time Out: This is the first meeting between both teams...last week Miami and South Florida were both victories each winning on its home field...Miami defeated Colorado 28-3 for its second straight win over the Buffaloes...South Florida opened Big East conference play with a 45-14 upset victory over No. 9 Louisville.

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