ACC Bowl Notes


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STANDINGS:
 
Atlantic Division
                  Conference        Overall 
Team             W L T For Opp Pct  W L T For Opp Pct
Boston College   5 3 0 181 160 .625 8 3 0 283 170 .727
Florida State    5 3 0 219 180 .625 8 4 0 353 260 .667
Clemson          4 4 0 222 161 .500 7 4 0 297 201 .636
NC State         3 5 0 136 182 .375 6 5 0 235 212 .545
Maryland         3 5 0 190 217 .375 5 6 0 270 275 .455
Wake Forest      3 5 0 202 227 .375 4 7 0 269 316 .364
 
 
Coastal Division
                   Conference        Overall
Team              W L T For Opp Pct  W  L  T For Opp Pct
Virginia Tech     7 1 0 263 86  .875 10 2  0 405 144 .833
Miami             6 2 0 238 118 .750 9  2  0 322 131 .818
Georgia Tech      5 3 0 154 162 .625 7  4  0 212 203 .636
North Carolina    4 4 0 148 188 .500 5  6  0 198 288 .455
Virginia          3 5 0 177 202 .375 6  5  0 286 248 .545
Duke              0 8 0 95  342 .000 1  10 0 177 408 .091
 
The Bowl Schedule:
 
Bowl                                   Date      Teams                                 TV    Time
Champs Sports Bowl             Dec. 27 23/23 Clemson (7-4) vs. Colorado(7-5)           ESPN  5:00
MPC Computers Bowl             Dec. 28 19/19 Boston College (8-3) vs. Boise St (9-3)   ESPN  4:30
Emerald Bowl                   Dec. 29 24/24 Georgia Tech (7-4) vs. Utah (6-5)         ESPN  4:30
Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl Dec. 30 Virginia (6-5) vs. Minnesota (7-4)              ESPN  Noon
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl         Dec. 30 9/9 Miami (9-2) vs. 10/10 LSU (10-2)            ESPN  7:30
Meineke Car Care               Dec. 31 NC State (6-5) vs. South Florida (6-5)          ESPN2 11:00am
Toyota Gator Bowl              Jan. 2  12/12 Va Tech (10-2) vs. 16/16 Louisville (9-2) NBC   12:30
FedEX Orange Bowl              Jan. 3  22/22 FSU (8-4) vs. 3/3 Penn State (10-1)       ABC   8:00


ACColades:

ACC - A league-record eight ACC teams earn bowl bids ... the ACC and the Big 12 lead all conferences with eight teams in bowl play ... since 2001 a total of 33 ACC teams have taken part in post-season play.

ACC - Following a 3-3 bowl mark in 2004, the ACC is the only conference to post a .500-or-better record in post-season play in each of the past four seasons.

ACC - Over the past four years, the ACC is 16-9 in post-season play and has the best bowl winning percentage (.640) among all I-A conferences during that span.

ACC - The ACC is the nation’s all-time winningest conference in bowl play among conferences with 75 or more bowl appearances ... the 12 current members are a combined 120-107-5 (.533) in post-season play.
ACC - The ACC is 9-7 against BCS conference foes in 2005 with six different teams recording BCS wins during the regular season ... the ACC played more games against BCS opponents (16) than any other conference.

ACC - Over the past four years, the ACC is 46-37 (.554) against other BCS conferences, including a 14-13 mark against the SEC, 7-4 vs. the Big 12, 22-10 vs. the Big East and 2-2 versus the Pac-10.

ACC - For the first time ever, the ACC surpassed 3.8 million in attendance ... the 12 league teams drew 3,835,260 in 73 games ... 10 of the 12 ACC schools drew 85 percent or better in percentage of capacity.

ACC - Miami heads up a group of five ACC teams ranked in the Final BCS standings ... the Hurricanes were ranked 8th, followed by Virginia Tech (10th), Boston College (21st), Florida State (22nd) and Georgia Tech (24th).

ACC - The ACC currently leads all conferences with six teams ranked in the AP poll - the SEC and the Big Ten are tied for second with five ranked teams each ... seven ACC teams were ranked at least one week in 2005, with three - Virginia Tech, Miami and Florida State - earning top 10 recognition.

ACC - Wth nine of its 12 teams listed in the top 45 the ACC is the second ranked conference in the Sagarin Computer poll.


TEAM NOTES:

Boston College
The Eagles closed out the regular season with back-to-back wins over NC State and Maryland and are ranked 19th in both polls … the Sagarin computer ranks their schedule as the nation's 26th toughest … BC is second in the ACC and 8th nationally in rushing defense allowing 95.2 yards per game, their lowest average since a 70.3 mark in 1990 … the Eagles have yielded a league low five TDs rushing … sophomores L.V. Whitworth (748) and Andre Callender (651) have combined to rush for 1,399 yards and 13 TDs from the tailback position … Will Blackmon is third on the NCAA career kickoff return yardage list with 2,772 yards.

Clemson
The Tigers have won three in a row, five of their last six, and are ranked 23rd in both polls … ACC Rookie of the Year James Davis is fourth in the ACC in rushing with 729 yards and eight TDs … the Tigers' four losses were by a combined total of 14 points, including two in overtime … senior Charlie Whitehurst is 5th in the ACC in career passing yards (9,460) and total offense (9,561) and has thrown two-or-more touchdown passes 14 times in his career … Clemson has forced two-or-more turnovers in eight straight games and leads the ACC in turnover margin (+0.91).

Duke
The Blue Devils closed out their 2005 season with a 24-21 loss at North Carolina (N19) … three of Duke's losses were by seven points or less … the Blue Devils played 14 true freshmen in 2005 … MLB Michael Brown leads all ACC freshmen in tackles per game (7.6) and was named as the ACC Defensive Freshman of the Year by the Sporting News … Zach Asack started six times at QB and is 5th nationally among freshman passing leaders with 966 yards … 1st-team All-ACC CB John Talley has 11 career interceptions - tops among active players in the ACC and sixth nationally … Talley ranks 4th all-time in the ACC with 245 career interception return yards.

Florida State
FSU claimed its 12th ACC title with a 27-22 victory over 5th-ranked Virginia Tech in the inaugural ACC Title Game … the Seminoles are ranked 22nd in both polls … Willie Reid accounted for 210 all-purpose yards against the Hokies and was named Game MVP … Reid is 10th on the ACC career punt return list (883) and 5th in career punt return average (14.2) ... QB Drew Weatherford leads the ACC in total offense (243.8), passing yardage (245.8) and is second in TD passes (17) … Weatherford's 2,950 yards passing are the second-most by a freshman in ACC history.

Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech and Southern Cal are the only two teams in the nation that have two wins over teams currently ranked in the Top 10 … Tech played seven games against teams that earned a bowl bid this season, including four games against teams that won nine or more games and the Sagarin Computer ranks their schedule as the nation's 14th-toughest … GT ranks in the Top 20 nationally in total defense (10th), rushing defense (11th), pass efficiency defense (14th), scoring defense (16th), turnover margin (17th) … QB Reggie Ball is 17th among ACC career total offense leaders (7,145) and 22nd in passing (6,050).

Maryland
The Terps finished the season 5-6 overall and tied for fourth in the Atlantic Division with a 3-5 league mark … Sam Hollenbach threw for over 200 yards eight times in 2005 and ranks second among ACC quarterbacks with 2,539 yards passing … LB D'Qwell Jackson is second nationally in tackles per game (13.7) and became the third Terp in the last five years to be named ACC Defensive Player of the Year … TE Vernon Davis led the team in receptions (51) and receiving yardage (871) and earned first-team AFCA All-America honors … Lance Ball is third in the ACC in rushing yards per game (82.1).

Miami
The Hurricanes finished the regular season 10-2, second in the Coastal Division with a 6-2 league mark and ranked ninth in both polls … the two losses were by a total of seven points … Miami leads the nation in passing yardage defense (148.2) and passing efficiency defense (84.6) and is second in scoring defense (11.9) and third in total defense (252.1) … Kyle Wright has completed 59 percent of his passes for 2,303 yards and a league-high 18 TD passes … Kelly Jennings leads the ACC and is third nationally in passes defended (1.5) … Devin Hester has four punt returns for TDs in his career and is averaging 15.6 yards per return.

North Carolina
The Tar Heels finished the season 5-6 overall and fourth in the Coastal Division with a 4-4 league mark … two of the losses were by six points or less … WR Jarwarski Pollock finished his career 12th on the ACC all-time reception list with 177 catches … the Sagarin Computer ranks UNC's schedule as the nation's 8th-toughest … QB Matt Baker threw for 200 or more yards seven times in 2005 and his 2,345 yards passing is the 4th-best single season total in UNC history … Ronnie McGill averaged 4.1 yards per carry and led the team in rushing with 530 yards.

NC State
NC State won four of its last five games to finish 6-5 overall and tied for fourth in the Atlantic Division with a 3-5 league mark … the Wolfpack committed only three turnovers over the last four games … over the final six games of the season State allowed only 71.2 yards per game rushing … Andre Brown (616) and Toney Baker (453) combined to rush for 1,069 yards and 10 touchdowns as freshmen … Brown averaged 5.3 yards per carry, Baker 4.5 … Darrell Blackman leads the ACC and is 5th nationally in kickoff returns (29.1) … WR Brian Clark leads the ACC in yards per catch (22.0).

Virginia
Senior Wali Lundy is 11th on the ACC career scoring list (300), 20th in all-purpose yardage (4,439) and 23rd in rushing yardage (3,134) … PK Connor Hughes has made 64-of-77 career field goal attempts (83.1) and is tied for 5th on the ACC career scoring list with 322 points … Deyon Williams is tied for second in the ACC in receptions (4.7) and fourth in yards (61.7) … Jason Snelling is averaging 5.9 yards per carry in his career (93-for-552 yards) … Marcus Hamilton is tied for the league lead with five interceptions …freshman Cedric Peerman is second in the ACC and 15th nationally in kickoff returns (27.3).

Virginia Tech
The Hokies are ranked 12th in both polls … Tech leads the country in total defense (239.7) and is second in pass defense (149.1), third in scoring defense (12.0) and fourth in defense against the run (90.6) … QB Marcus Vick has completed 61.9 percent of his passes for 2,190 yards, 15 TDs and leads the ACC in passing efficiency (141.6) … for the second year in a row Frank Beamer was named ACC Coach of the Year … Cedric Humes (639), Branden Ore (591) and Mike Imoh (419) combined for 1,649 yards and 20 touchdowns from the tailback position … Ore, a freshman, averaged 6.0 yards per carry.

Wake Forest
The Deacons finished the 2005 season 4-7 overall and 3-5 in the ACC ... All-America punter Ryan Plackemeier leads the NCAA in punting average (47.2), the second-highest single season average in ACC history and finished his career as the ACC's all-time leading punter (45.26) … Chris Barclay finished his career 5th on the ACC career rushing list (4,032), 10th in all-purpose yardage (4,930) and tied for 25th in scoring (240) … Barclay leads the ACC in rushing (112.7) and is only the sixth player in ACC history to rush for 1,000 yards in three straight seasons … freshman Sam Swank made 19-of-24 field goals (79.2) and is 5th among all freshmen nationally in scoring (7.8).


GAME PREVIEWS:

Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Champs Sports Bowl
Clemson (7-4) vs. Colorado (7-5)
5:00 pm; ESPN
Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium (65,438)

The Coaches:
Tommy Bowden: 51-33-0 (7) at Clemson; 69-37-0 overall (9)
Mike Hankwitz: Defensive coordinator named interim head coach

Game Preview: For just the second time and first since the 1957 Orange Bowl, No. 23 Clemson and Colorado will square-off at the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Fla., in a game shown nationally on ESPN...the Buffaloes are 1-0-0 all-time against the Tigers...Clemson is making its 28th bowl appearance, while maintaining an all-time bowl record of 14-13-0 including wins in two of its last three postseason games...Colorado has an all-time bowl record of 12-14-0 and has just two wins in seven tries in bowl games played in Florida...the Tigers are making their second trip to Orlando in the last four years playing Texas Tech in the 2002 Tangerine Bowl...Clemson has made five bowl appearances in Orlando posting a mark of 2-2-0...the Tigers are 6-9-0 lifetime against the Big 12 and 3-3-0 in bowl games with wins over Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma...the Tigers are just one of two teams in the ACC to have forced at least one turnover in every game this season; Clemson leads the league and is 14th nationally in turnover margin at 0.91.

Wed., December 28, 2005
MPC Computers Bowl
Boston College (8-3) vs. Boise State (9-3)
4:30 pm; ESPN
Bronco Stadium (30,000)

The Coaches:
Tom O’Brien: 65-42-0 (9) at Boston College; 65-42-0 overall (9)
Dan Hawkins: 53-9-0 (5) at Boise State; 93-20-1 overall (10)

Game Preview: No. 19 Boston College and Boise State will be meeting for the first time when they square off in the MPC Computers Bowl...Boston College has gone to bowls in each of the last six years, all under head coach Tom O’Brien, winning its last five straight...the Eagles have played in 16 bowls in their history, going 10-6-0...Boise State is making its fourth straight bowl appearance, and is 4-1-0 in bowls since moving to Division I-A in 1996...the Broncos are making their fourth appearance at the MPC Computers Bowl, and are 3-0-0 in the bowl all-time...the Eagles went 8-3 overall and 5-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference in their first season in the league, tying for first in the Atlantic Division...Boise State won its fourth straight Western Athletic Conference title...the Eagles had five All-ACC selections, including first team defensive lineman Mathias Kiwanuka...Boston College is No. 9 in the nation in scoring defense, while Boise State is eighth in scoring offense. The Eagles rank eighth nationally in rush defense, and the Broncos are No. 15 in rush offense.

Thursday, December 29, 2005
Emerald Bowl
Georgia Tech (7-4) vs. Utah (6-5)
4:30 pm; ESPN
SBC Park (38,437)

The Coaches:
Chan Gailey: 28-21-0 (4) at Georgia Tech; 52-32-0 overall (7)
Kyle Whittingham: 6-5-0 (1) at Utah; 6-5-0 overall (1)

Game Preview: The Emerald Bowl welcomes 24th-ranked Georgia Tech and Utah to San Francisco, Calif., in the first meeting between both teams...the Yellow Jackets have won two straight bowl games, outscoring the opposition 103-24 during that span, and three of their last four en route to a 22-11-0 all-time bowl record...Tech is appearing in postseason play for the ninth consecutive year, while the Utes are making their third straight bowl appearance and 12th overall...Utah has registered an all-time bowl record of 7-4-0...this marks the first bowl game played by either team in the Golden Gate City...ranked for a total of nine weeks this season, GT climbed as high as No. 15 in week three...the Jackets posted a 2-2 mark against ranked opponents in 2005 including a pair of road victories over Auburn and Miami...GT’s rushing defense is ranked 11th nationally and is one of three teams in the ACC allowing less than 100 yards per game on the ground at 98.0 - Utah is 34th in the nation averaging 179.4 yards a game...Tech leads the ACC with 19 INTs and is second in turnover margin at 0.82.

Friday, December 30, 2005
Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl
Virginia (6-5) vs. Minnesota (7-4)
12:00 pm; ESPN
The Coliseum (67,000)

The Coaches:
Al Groh: 36-26-0 (5) at Virginia; 62-66-0 overall (11)
Glen Mason: 58-49-0 (9) at Minnesota; 117-113-1 overall (20)

Game Preview: Virginia and Minnesota will be meeting for the first time when they tangle at the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl...the Cavaliers finished fifth in the ACC’s Coastal Division, picking up conference wins over then-No. 4 Florida State, Duke and Georgia Tech...Virginia has appeared in 15 bowls throughout its football history, posting a 6-9-0 record...the Cavaliers are 2-1 in their last three bowl games, all of which have come under head coach Al Groh...Virginia averaged 35 points per game in those three contests...Cavalier place kicker Connor Hughes is fifth in ACC scoring history with 322 career points, while teammate Wali Lundy is 11th with 300...Minnesota is playing in its fourth straight bowl game, and has won its last three...the Golden Gophers boast the No. 2 rush offense in the nation averaging 279.9 yards per game...Minnesota also played in the Music City Bowl in 2002 and 2004, winning both times...The Golden Gophers are 3-2-0 in bowls under head coach Glen Mason.

Friday, December 30, 2005
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Miami (9-2) vs. LSU (10-2)
7:30 pm; ESPN
Georgia Dome (71,149)

The Coaches:
Larry Coker: 53-8-0 (5) at Miami; 53-8-0 overall (5)
Les Miles: 10-2-0 (1) at LSU; 38-23-0 overall (5)

Game Preview: The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is the host to this top-ten showdown as No. 9 Miami and No. 10 LSU face-off in Atlanta on a game shown nationally on ESPN...the Hurricanes are making their eighth straight bowl appearance, 32nd overall, and sit with a record of 18-13-0...the Tigers enter the contest with a postseason mark of 17-18-1 while extending their bowl streak to six straight...Miami has won seven of its last eight bowl games including two in a row...both the Canes (2-0) and Tigers (3-0) have never lost in the Peach Bowl...the ACC has won four straight Peach Bowl contests (2001-04) outscoring their SEC opponents 100-37...LSU leads the all-time series over Miami 8-3-0, but its the Hurricanes who won the last meeting in 1988 and three of the last four contests...this game marks the first neutral site meeting between the two teams and just the second game in which Miami has been ranked higher...Larry Coker has led the Canes to a bowl game in each of his five seasons as head coach including a streak of three consecutive BCS appearances.

Saturday, December 31, 2005
Meineke Car Care Bowl
NC State (6-5) vs. South Florida (6-5)
11:00 am; ESPN2
Bank of American Stadium (73,238)

The Coaches:
Chuck Amato: 45-28-0 (6) at NC State; 45-28-0 overall (6)
Jim Leavitt: 61-38-0 (9) at USF; 61-38-0 overall (9)

Game Preview: NC State and USF will be meeting for the first time at the Meineke Car Care Bowl...the Wolfpack have appeared in 22 bowls, posting an 11-10-1 record...NC State has gone 3-1 in its last four bowl appearances, all of which have come in head coach Chuck Amato’s six-year tenure...the Wolfpack won five of their last six contests to close the regular season and become bowl eligible...two NC State players were named first team All-ACC on the defensive line, with Mario Williams and Manny Lawson both earning the honor...tight end T.J. Williams and specialist Darrell Blackman earned second team accolades...NC State ranks 17th in the nation in rushing defense, while USF is No. 17 in rushing offense...the Bulls will be making their first-ever bowl appearance...USF started its program in 1995, playing its first games in 1997, and became a Division I-A program in 2001...USF had eight players earn All-BIG EAST honors in its first season in the league...The Bulls competed in Conference USA in 2003 and 2004.

Monday, January 2, 2006
Toyota Gator Bowl
Virginia Tech (10-2) vs. Louisville (9-2)
12:30 pm; NBC
Alltel Stadium (73,000)

The Coaches:
Frank Beamer: 145-79-2 (19) at Va. Tech; 187-102-4 overall (25)
Bobby Petrino: 29-7-0 (3) at Louisville; 29-7-0 overall (3)

Game Preview: In the first-ever meeting, 12th-ranked Virginia Tech and No. 15 Louisville collide in Jacksonville, Fla., in the 61st annual Toyota Gator Bowl at Alltel Stadium on January 2...the Hokies are making their 13th straight bowl appearance all under the direction of head coach Frank Beamer and 19th overall, while the Cardinals are playing in their eighth consecutive bowl game and 13th overall...Tech has an all-time bowl record of 6-12-0 and are playing in their fifth Gator Bowl where they have posted an overall record of 1-3-0 with their lone win coming against Clemson in 2000...Louisville is making their first trip to the Gator Bowl and has a 5-6-1 all-time bowl record...the ACC is 25-15-2 all-time at the Gator Bowl including four consecutive victories and wins in seven of the last nine contests dating back to 1996...the Hokies have reached 10-wins or more for the second straight season and for the seventh time since 1995...Virginia Tech is one of nine teams in the nation to be ranked in all 15 AP Top 25 polls this season.

Tuesday, January 3, 2006
FedEx Orange Bowl
Florida State (8-4) vs. Penn State (10-1)
8:00 pm; ABC
Dolphins Stadium (72,230)

The Coaches:
Bobby Bowden: 286-74-4 (30) at FSU; 359-106-4 overall (40)
Joe Paterno: 353-117-3 (40) at Penn St.; 353-117-3 overall (40)

Game Preview: The FedEx Orange Bowl will feature a match-up of the two winningest football coaches in Division I-A history with Bobby Bowden and No. 22 Florida State taking on Joe Paterno and No. 3 Penn State...the Seminoles claimed their 12th ACC title in 14 years by winning the inaugural ACC football championship game...the Orange Bowl will mark Bowden’s 27th bowl appearance in 30 years at the helm of the Florida State program...Bowden owns a 19-8-1 bowl record, including two appearances while the head coach at West Virginia...the Seminoles own an all-time bowl mark of 19-12-2, while Penn State has amassed an overall bowl record of 23-12-0...Florida State has played in the Orange Bowl seven times (3-4-0) in Bowden’s tenure, winning the national title in 1993, while the Nittany Lions are 3-1-0 lifetime at the Orange Bowl...FSU is unbeaten in two previous bowl games (1-0-1) against Penn State...Bowden owns the best bowl winning percentage in NCAA history (.696), while Paterno (20) and Bowden are 1-2 in overall bowl wins.


BY THE NUMBERS:

0 - Clemson did not allow an offensive touchdown in wins over Florida State and South Carolina to close out the regular season, marking the first time one school has held a Bobby Bowden and Steve Spurrier offense out of the end zone in the same season.

1 - Virginia Tech leads the NCAA in total defense, yielding 239.7 yards per game ... the Hokies are one of six ACC teams ranked in the top 18 nationally in total defense ... four of the 14 teams nationally, allowing 300 yards or less per game, are from the ACC.

2 - Georgia Tech and Southern Cal are the only two teams in the nation with two wins over teams currently ranked in the Top 10 ... the Yellow Jackets defeated No. 7 Auburn 23-14 (Sept. 3) and No. 9 Miami 14-10 (Nov. 19).

4 - NCAA-fewest passing touchdowns allowed by Maryland this season ... Miami and Auburn were tied for second allowing six scoring passes during the regular season.

5 - Rushing touchdowns allowed by Boston College - tying the Eagles with Alabama for the fewest rushing touchdowns allowed during the 2005 regular season ... BC was second in the ACC and eighth nationally in rushing defense (95.2).

5 - Points needed by Virginia PK Connor Hughes to move past FSU place-kickers Sebastian Janikowski and Scott Bentley and move into 3rd place on the ACC’s all-time scoring list ... Hughes has made 64 of 77 career field goal attempts (83.1).

6 - Led by Virginia Tech freshman Branden Ore, six ACC running backs, who gained over 500 yards, averaged better than five yards per carry in 2005.

ACC Yards Per Carry Leaders

Player, School        Att.     Yards   Avg.
Branden Ore, VT       98       591      6.0
Micah Andrews, WF     110      621      5.6
James Davis, Clem.    137      729      5.3
Andre Brown, NCS      117      616      5.3
Chris Barclay, WF     218      1,127    5.2
Andre Callender, BC   127      651      5.1

6 - With 1,127 yards this season Wake Forest’s Chris Barclay became only the 6th player in ACC history to rush for 1,000 yards in three straight seasons.

ACC Consecutive 1,000 Yard Rushing Seasons
Amos Lawrence, UNC (77-80)  4
Chris Barclay, WF (02-05)   3
Ted Brown, NCS (75-78)      3
Warrick Dunn, FSU (94-96)   3
Mike Voight, UNC (73-76)    3
Kelvin Bryant, UNC (80-82)  3

6 - The ACC led all conferences with six teams ranked in the final regular season AP and Coaches’ football polls ...the Big Ten and the SEC were tied for second with five ranked teams each.

7 - Boston College’s trip to the MPC Computers Bowl will mark the seventh straight post-season appearance for the Eagles.

8 - Clemson QB Charlie Whitehurst has led the Tigers to eight fourth-quarter comeback victories in his career.

9 - Florida State WR Greg Carr leads all ACC freshmen with nine touchdowns scored ... Carr’s nine scoring receptions leads the ACC and ties the ACC freshman single-season TD reception mark set by Virginia’s Heath Miller in 2002.

Touchdowns by ACC Freshmen
Greg Carr, Florida State       9
James Davis, Clemson           8
Toney Baker, NC State          6
Branden Ore, Virginia Tech     6

9.9 - Miami (9.91) led the ACC and was second nationally to Nebraska (10.45) in tackles for loss ... NC State (9.68) was third and Florida State (9.58) fourth.

13 - Total points allowed by Virginia Tech in the first quarter this season - a league low for any quarter ... the Hokies have outscored their opponents 172-to-36 in the first and fourth quarters combined.

Points Allowed by Quarter
Team            Quarter    Points
Virginia Tech      1st       13
Miami              3rd       14
Boston College     3rd       16
Virginia Tech      4th       23
Clemson            1st       29

14 - Clemson’s four losses this season were by a total of 14 points ... dating back to last season, the Tigers’ last five defeats have been by a total of 17 points.

21 - Boston College’s Will Blackmon and Maryland’s Vernon Davis lead the ACC with 21 plays of 20 or more yards ... the Terps’ Jo Jo Walker is third with 20 plays of 20 or more yards.

20 Yards Plus Play Leaders
Vernon Davis, Maryland           21
Will Blackmon, Boston College    21
Jo Jo Walker, Maryland           20
Chansi Stuckey, Clemson          17
Darrell Blackman, NC State       16

26 - Georgia Tech led the ACC in QB sack differential with a +26 rating ... the Yellow Jackets were third in the league in QB sacks (34) and first in fewest QB sacks allowed (8).

QB Sack Differential
Team               By  Allowed    Mar.
Georgia Tech       34    8        +26
Boston College     32    13       +19
Florida State      41    29       +12
Clemson            28    20        +8
NC State           36    32        +4
Virginia Tech      33    31        +2

41.38 - NCAA-best net punting average by Wake Forest in 2005 ... the Deacons’ net punting average was better than the overall punting average of 88 of the 117 Division I-A teams and 1.45 yards better than second place Nebraska (39.83).

43.4 - Georgia Tech QB Reggie Ball leads the ACC in offensive plays per game (43.4) ... Florida State QB Drew Weatherford is second (40.4).

Plays per Game Leaders
Reggie Ball, GT         43.4
Drew Weatherford, FSU   40.4
Matt Baker, UNC         38.6

45 - NC State’s Chuck Amato is tied for fourth place in career wins (45) by a coach in his sixth season.

Career Wins in Sixth Year
Danny Ford, Clem. (79-84)       51-15-2
Jerry Claiborne, Md. (72-77)    49-20-2
Dick Crum, UNC (78-82)          48-20-1
Chuck Amato, NCS (00-05)        45-28-0
George O’Leary, GT (95-00)      45-28-0
Tommy Bowden, Clem. (99-04)     44-29-0
Dick Sheridan, NCS (86-91)      43-26-2
Bill Dooley, UNC (67-72)        38-28-0
Mike O’Cain, NCS (93-98)        35-34-0
Mack Brown, UNC (88-93)         34-34-0

45.26 - Wake Forest’s Ryan Plackemeier finished his career as the ACC’s all-time leading punter ... his 47.2 average in 2005 was the second-highest single-season average in ACC annals ... Plackemeier is also the NCAA leader among punters with 200 or more career punts.

NCAA Career Punting Leaders (200 or more punts)
Ryan Plackemeier, WF       ‘02-05          45.26
Shane Lechler, Tex AM      ‘96-99          44.69
Ray Guy, So. Miss          ‘70-72          44.67
Daniel Sepulveda, Baylor   ‘03-05          44.65
Bucky Scribner, Kansas     ‘80-82          44.56
Brian Schmitz, UNC         ‘96-99          44.38

45.8 - Miami leads the nation in passing efficiency defense (84.57) and is one of only five teams nationally to hold opponents to under 50 percent completion percentage for the season.

Completion Pct% Defense
Miami             45.8
Connecticut       46.5
LSU               47.6
Texas             49.1
Pittsburgh        49.8

92 - Florida State leads the ACC with 92 plays of 20 yards or more ... 17 different players have had at least one play of 20 yards or more.

86 - Wake Forest PK Sam Swank scored a team-high 86 points in 2005, tying him for the fifth most by a freshman in ACC history.

All-Time ACC Freshmen Scoring Leaders
T.A. McLendon, NCS, 2002         108
Leon Johnson, UNC, 1993          100
Scott Bentley, FSU, 1993          95
Nick Novak, Md., 2001             89
Sam Swank, WF, 2005               86
Luke Manget, GT, 1999             86
Sebastian Janikowski, FSU, 1997   85
Xavier Beitia, FSU, 2001          83
Nelson Welch, Clem., 1991         81
Connor Barth, UNC, 2004           77

105 - Passing yards needed by Florida State’s Drew Weatherford to become the top single-season freshman passer in ACC history ... NC State’s Philip Rivers currently holds the existing ACC single-season passing mark with 3,054 yards in 2000.

134 - Points scored by Virginia Tech in the fourth quarter this season - the most by any ACC team this season.

Points Scored by Quarter
Team          Quarter  Points
Virginia Tech   3rd      134
Florida State   4th      117
Miami           2nd      110
Virginia Tech   4th      101
Virginia Tech   2nd       99

151 - Boston College’s Will Blackmon needs 151 yards to become the NCAA’s all-time leader in kickoff return yardage ... Blackmon is currently third with 2,772 yards ... needs 11 yards to move into 2nd place on the NCAA career list.

NCAA Career Kickoff Return Yardage Leaders
Player, School               Year       Yards
Jeff Liggon, Tulane          1993-96    2,922
Cedric Johnson, UTEP         1993-96    2,782
Will Blackmon, BC            2002-**    2,772
Steve Odom, Utah             1971-73    2,582
Derrick Mason, Mich. St.     1993-96    2,575

1984 - For the first time since 1984, Boston College was ranked in the AP Top 25 the entire season.

300 - Virginia is the first team in league history to have two 300-point career scorers in the same season ... PK Connor Hughes is tied for 5th on the ACC all-time scoring list (322) while TB Wali Lundy is 11th (300).

712 - Combined career wins by Florida State’s Bobby Bowden and Penn State’s Joe Paterno ... Bowden is currently the winningest active 1-A coach while Paterno is second ... Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer is third with 187 victories.
Bobby Bowden, FSU         359
Joe Paterno, Penn State   353
Frank Beamer, Va. Tech    187
Jim Tressell, Ohio St.    184

1,095 - Georgia Tech’s Reggie Ball leads all current ACC quarterbacks and is 9th all-time with 1,095 yards rushing.

Career 1,000-Yard ACC QB Rushers
Quarterback, School        Years    Yards
1. Woodrow Dantzler, Clem. 1998-01   2,615
2. Mike Dunn, Duke         1975-78   1,939
3. Larry Russell, WF       1969-71   1,923
4. Joe Hamilton, GT        1996-99   1,758
5. Steve Fuller, Clem.     1975-78   1,665
6. Shawn Moore, UVa        1987-90   1,268
7. Johnny Evans, NCS       1974-77   1,259
8. Ronald Curry, UNC       1998-01   1,249
9. Reggie Ball, GT         2003-**   1,095
10.Nealon Greene, Clem.    1994-97   1,073
11.Gail Bomar, UNC         1967-68   1,024

2,950 - Florida State’s Drew Weatherford leads all freshmen nationally in passing yards (2,950) and touchdown passes (17).

2005 NCAA Freshmen Passing Yardage Leaders

Player, School               Yards    TDs
Drew Weatherford, FSU        2,950   17
Dustin Grutza, Cincinnati    1,799   11
Allan Evridge, Kansas St.    1,365   6
Drew Willy, Buffalo          1,481   6
Willie Tuitama, Arizona      1,105   9
Zack Asack, Duke               966   5

ACC Freshmen Single Season Passing Yards

Quarterback, School       Year  Yards
1. Philip Rivers, NCS     2000  3,054
2. Drew Weatherford, FSU  2005  2,950
3. Chris Rix, FSU         2001  2,734
4. Ben Bennett, Duke      1980  2,050
5. Reggie Ball, GT        2003  1,996


ACC Freshmen Single Season Total Offense

Quarterback, School       Year     Yards
1. Chris Rix, FSU         2001    3,123
2. Philip Rivers, NCS     2000    2,969
3. Drew Weatherford, FSU  2005    2,926
4. Reggie Ball, GT        2003    2,380
5. Shawn Jones, GT        1989    2,078

3,835,260 - For the first time in ACC history, league schools surpassed the 3.8 million mark in total attendance in 2005 and for the sixth-straight year, the league set a new single season total attendance record ... in 73 games, ACC teams drew 3,835,260, breaking the existing record of 3,693,032 set in 2004 ... in its 53rd season, the ACC eclipsed the 50,000 per game mark for the third-straight year, averaging 52,257 per game ... ACC teams drew 90.4 percent of capacity to its games in 2005.

2005 ACC Football Attendance

School           G    Total      Cap%  Avg
Florida State    6    496,343    100.5 82,724
Clemson          6    470,500    96.2  78,417
Virginia Tech    6    390,690    100.0 65,115
Virginia         6    365,836    99.1  60,973
NC State         7    370,476    98.4  52,925
Maryland         5    262,129    101.8 52,426
North Carolina   6    310,000    86.1  51,667
Georgia Tech     6    309,644    93.8  51,607
Miami            6    271,862    62.7  45,310
Boston College   6    236,572    88.6  39,429
Wake Forest      6    173,544    91.8  28,924
Duke             6    104,915    51.5  17,486
ACC Title Game   1    72,749     97.0  72,749
2005 Total       73   3,835,260  90.4  52,538





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