This Week in ACC Football


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ACC STANDINGS

               Conference  Points          Overall   Points      
Team          W  L  T  For Opp   Pct    W  L  T  For Opp   Pct 
----          -  -  -  --- ---   ---    -  -  -  --- ---   --- 
NC State......4  0  0  128  58 1.000    9  0  0  368 163 1.000 
Florida State.4  0  0  173  77 1.000    5  3  0  282 196  .625 
Maryland......2  1  0   89  59  .667    6  2  0  263 123  .750 
Virginia......4  2  0  158 163  .667    6  3  0  269 248  .667 
Wake Forest...3  3  0  161 132  .500    5  4  0  253 217  .556 
Georgia Tech..2  3  0   94 110  .400    5  3  0  198 146  .625 
Clemson.......2  3  0  109 150  .400    4  4  0  200 201  .500 
N Carolina....0  4  0   57 123  .000    2  6  0  167 259  .250 
Duke..........0  5  0   83 180  .000    2  7  0  173 279  .222 


AROUND THE ACC:


Four conference matchups comprise Week #11 schedule ... NC State improves to 9-0 and is ranked eighth in the coaches poll and 10th by AP ...
Maryland’s Steve Suter sets ACC single-season record with third punt return for a touchdown ... NC State’s Philip Rivers leads the nation in passing efficiency, Virginia’s Matt Schaub is 9th ... Schaub has thrown a TD pass in nine straight games ... Georgia Tech’s Luke Manget has made an ACC-record 152 consecutive PATs ... Virginia’s Billy McMullen is tied for ninth on ACC career reception list (184); also ninth on the receiving yardage chart (2,673) ... NC State true freshman running back T.A. McLendon is second in the ACC in rushing with 813 yards and is sixth nationally in scoring (10.5).


UVa’s Lundy on pace to set frosh reception mark


With 43 catches through his first eight games, Virginia tailback Wali Lundy is on pace to break the existing ACC mark for receptions by a freshman set by Maryland’s Frank Wycheck with 58 catches in 1990 ... if maintained, Lundy’s 4.7 per game reception average would give the Willingsboro, N.J., product 62 catches at the end of the season.


ACC Freshmen Season Receptions 

1.Frank Wycheck, Md.    1990    58 
2.Derrick Hamilton, Cl. 2001    49 
3.Koren Robinson, NCS   1999    48 
4.Robert Lavette, GaT   1981    45 
5.Wali Lundy, UVa       2002    43 
6.Tamarick Vanover, FSU 1992    42 
7.Andrew Carter, Md.    1993    41 
8.Kory Bailey, UNC      1998    38 
9.Corey Thomas, Duke    1994    37 
  Randall Felton, UNC   1989    37 

NC State’s McLendon climbs ACC freshmen rushing chart


NC State’s T.A. McLendon, with 813 yards in nine games, is already 14th on the ACC’s all-time freshmen single-season rushing list.

ACC Freshmen Season Rushing Yards 
        
Rk.     Player, School  Year    Yards   TD 
1.      Amos Lawrence, UNC      1977    1,211   6 
2.      Joe McIntosh, NCS       1981    1,190   5 
3.      James McDougald, WF     1976    1,018   10 
4.      Leon Johnson, UNC       1993    1,012   14 
5.      Terry Allen, Clem.      1987    973     7 
6.      Michael Ramseur, WF     1982    966     8 
7.      Ronald Williams, Clem.  1990    914     8 
8.      Jimy Lincoln, GaT       1991    913     2 
9.      Ted Brown, NCS		1975    913     12 
10.     Robert Lavette, GaT     1981    866     7 
11.     Natrone Means, UNC      1990    849     10 
12.     Howard Petty, UVa       1983    835     7 
13.     Ray Robinson, NCS       1998    822     10 
14.     T.A. McLendon, NCS      2002    813     14 
15.     B.J. Hill, Duke		1998    798     2 
16.     Tremayne Stephens, NCS  1994    791     3 
17.     Antonio Rice, UVa       1992    764     6 
18.     Billy Copeland, UVa     1973    700     4 
19.     Marcus Wilson, UVa      1987    692     7 
20.     LaMont Jordan, Md.      1997    689     3 
21.     Travis Zachery, Clem.   1998    635     4 
22.     Travis Minor, FSU       1997    623     9 
23.     Ronny Cone, GaT		1979    617     4 
24.     Rock Preston, FSU       1994    587     9 
25.     Stanley Broadie, Duke   1977    579     5 
26.     Tony Benjamin, Duke     1973    572     1 
27.     Jerry Mays, GaT		1985    566     3 
28.     C.J. Williams, GaT      1994    564     1 
29.     Letavious Wilks, Duke   1996    554     2 


Friedgen, Amato, Bowden climb ACC coaching lists


- Maryland’s 45-12 win at Duke Saturday was the 16th career win for Terp head coach Ralph Friedgen ... the 16 wins ties Fridegen for fourth among coaches in their second year at a school in the ACC.


- NC State’s 38-6 win at Clemson last Thursday marked the 24th career win for Wolfpack head coach Chuck Amato ... Amato is sixth in wins among third-year coaching records in the ACC.


- Clemson’s Tommy Bowden is currently ninth with 26 wins among fourth-year head coaches in ACC history.


Career Wins in Second Year

Coach, School (Years)           Record
Ken Hatfield, Clem. (90-91)     19-4-1
Charley Pell, Clem. (77-78)     18-4-1
Lou Holtz, NCS (72-73)		17-6-1
Ralph Friedgen, Md. (01-02)     16-4-0
Bobby Ross, Md. (82-83)		16-8-0
Mike O’Cain, NCS (79-80)        16-8-0
Tommy Bowden, Clem. (99-00)     15-9-0
Chuck Amato, NCS (00-01)        15-9-0
Danny Ford, Clm. (79-80)        15-9-0
Three tied with 13 wins

Career Wins in Third Year


Coach, School (Years)           Record
Lou Holtz, NCS (72-74)          26-8-2
Danny Ford, Clem. (79-81)       26-9-0
Bobby Ross, Md. (82-84)         25-11-0
Chuck Amato, NCS (00-02)        24-9-0
Dick Crum, UNC (78-80)          24-10-1
Ken Hatfield, Clem. (90-92)     24-10-1
Tommy Bowden, Clem. (99-01)     22-14-0
Jerry Claiborne, Md. (72-74)    21-13-1
Steve Spurrier, Duke (87-89)    20-13-1
Dick Sheridan, NCS (86-88)      20-13-2


Career Wins in Fourth Year

Coach, School (Years)   Record
Danny Ford, Clem. (79-81)       35-10-1
Bobby Ross, Md. (82-85)         34-14-0
Lou Holtz, NCS (72-74)          33-12-3
Dick Crum, UNC (78-80)          32-12-0
Ken Hatfield, Clem (90-92)      32-13-1
Jerry Claiborne, Md. (72-74)    30-15-2
George O’Leary, GaT (95-98)     28-21-0
Dick Sheridan, NCS (86-89)      27-18-2
Tommy Bowden, Clem. (99-02)     26-18-0
Tom Nugent, Md. (59-62)         24-16-0


Best Starts


NC State’s nine victories equal the school record for wins in a season and their 9-0 start is tied for the eighth-best start in ACC history ... the ACC’s top 10 starts to a season are listed below:


10 Best Starts in ACC History

                                        AP
        Rk.     School  Year    Start   Final   Rank
1.      Florida St.     1999    13      13-0    #1
2.      Clemson         1981    12      12-0    #1
3.      Florida St.     1996    11      11-1    #3
        Maryland        1976    11      11-1    #8
5.      Maryland        1955    10      10-1    #5
        Maryland        1953    10      10-1    #1
        Florida St.     1997    10      11-1    #3
8.      NC State        2002    9       -       -
        Florida St.     1993    9       12-1    #1
10.     No. Carolina    1997    8       11-1    #6
        Maryland        1978    8       9-3     #20
        Clemson         2000    8       9-3     #16
        NC State        1967    8       9-2     nr*
*only top 10 ranked


Freshmen


Through the first 10 weeks of the 2002 season a total of 58 first-year freshmen have seen playing time for the nine ACC teams ... Virginia leads all ACC schools with 13 true freshmen seeing playing time for the Cavaliers while North Carolina is second with nine ... UVa also leads the ACC with 31 starts by those 13 first-year freshmen.


First-Year Freshmen by ACC School

                        Games
School          Fr      Started
Clemson         1       3
Duke            7       4
Florida State   8       1
Georgia Tech    5       3
Maryland        7       1
North Carolina  9       2
NC State        5       5
Virginia        13      31
Wake Forest     3       0


By the Numbers


2 - Touchdowns needed by NC State tailback T.A. McLendon to tie the ACC single season mark of 16 touchdowns by a freshman set by North Carolina’s Leon Johnson in 1993.


3 - ACC record punt returns for touchdowns by Maryland sophomore Steve Suter following his 63-yard scoring jaunt in the first quarter against Duke Saturday.


4 - Points needed by Georgia Tech’s Luke Manget to become only the sixth player in ACC history to score 300 or more points in his career.


9 - Consecutive games with a touchdown pass by Virginia quarterback Matt Schaub.


31 - Yards needed by Georgia Tech’s Kelley Rhino to become only the third player in ACC history with 1,000 yards or more in career punt returns.


14 - Rushing touchdowns by NC State first-year freshman T.A. McLendon tying him with UNC’s Leon Johnson for the ACC freshmen single season mark set in 1993.


24 - Games with at least one touchdown pass, in 30 regular season games, by NC State quarterback Philip Rivers.


60 - Yards needed by North Carolina’s Sam Aiken to become the fifth Tar Heel to reach the 2,000-yard mark in career receiving yardage.


187 - Yards rushing needed by NC State’s T.A. McLendon to become only the fourth freshman in ACC history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season.


107.0 - Yards per game rushing by Florida State’s Greg Jones ... Jones leads the ACC and is 27th nationally in rushing yards per game and is bidding to become the first Seminole to lead the ACC in rushing.

GAME PREVIEWS:


Saturday, November 2

Clemson (4-4, 2-3 ACC)

at Duke (2-7, 0-5 ACC)

JP-TV; Noon

Wallace Wade Stadium (33,941)


THE GAME: Clemson has held the upper hand in this long-time rivalry that was first contested in 1934 ... the Tigers have won the last three meetings between the two teams (by a 169-to-60 margin), and 21 of the last 25, to take a 30-15-1 lead in the rivalry ... the two teams have split the last six meetings in Durham ... overall, Clemson owns a 12-11 advantage in games played in Wallace Wade



LAST YEAR: Clemson’s Woodrow Dantzler threw for 243 yards and four touchdowns and ran for an additional 135 yards and one score as the Tigers posted a 59-31 win in Death Valley.



THE COACHES: Tommy Bowden is 26-18 in four years at Clemson and 45-21 in six seasons overall ... Carl Franks is 5-37 in four years at Duke.



Fast Facts:



- In the last three meetings between the two teams, Clemson has outgained the Blue Devils by a 564.0-to-277.0 yards per game margin while averaging 56.3 points per contest.



- Duke’s Chris Douglas has averaged 163.0 all-purpose yards in his two career games against Clemson ... Douglas is 27th on the ACC career all-purpose yardage list with 4,023 yards.



- Clemson sophomore Derrick Hamilton leads the ACC and is 16th nationally in all-purpose yardage (155.3).



- Duke linebacker Jim Scharrer signed to play baseball at Clemson in the mid-1990s, but never attended Clemson, opting to play professional baseball instead.



Saturday, November 2

Maryland (6-2, 2-1 ACC)

at North Carolina (2-6, 0-4 ACC)

1:30 p.m.

Kenan Stadium (60,000)




THE GAME: Maryland’s Terrapins take to the road for the third time in four weeks and puts their five-game winning streak on the line when they travel to Chapel Hill to take on North Carolina’s Tar Heels in the 65th renewal of a series that began in 1920 ... Maryland has two of the last three meetings ... UNC leads the series 35-28-1, including a 19-13-1 edge in Chapel Hill.



LAST YEAR: Shaun Hill threw two touchdown passes and Bruce Perry ran for 116 yards on 21 carries as the Terps posted a 23-7 win in Ralph Friedgen’s head coaching debut.



THE COACHES: Ralph Friedgen is 16-4 in his second season at Maryland ... John Bunting is 10-11 in two years at UNC and 48-25-2 in six seasons overall.



Fast Facts:



- After winning only two of their previous 15 ACC road games, the Terps have rebounded to win five of their last seven road games against league foes.



- In the Terps’ five-game winning streak, QB Scott McBrien has completed 63 percent of his passes for 1,052 yards and seven touchdowns while throwing only one interception.



- The team with the most rushing yardage has won six in a row and nine of the last 10 meetings ... over the last 10 games, UNC has averaged 219.5 yards rushing per contest.



- Maryland is third in the ACC in passing defense (200.1) and have allowed only seven touchdown passes all season ... North Carolina leads the ACC and is 16th nationally in passing offense, averaging 286.9 yards per game.



Saturday, November 2

Georgia Tech (5-3, 2-3 ACC)

at #8 NC State (9-0, 4-0 ACC)

ABC; 3:30 p.m.

Carter-Finley Stadium (51,500)




THE GAME: Undefeated and eighth-ranked NC State returns home to the friendly confines of Carter-Finley Stadium to host a Georgia Tech team coming off a 23-15 win over Virginia ... the Yellow Jackets have won six of the last seven against the Wolfpack to take a 13-8 lead in a series that debuted with a 128-0 Tech victory in 1918 ... NC State owns a 6-4 advantage in games played in Carter-Finley Stadium.



LAST YEAR: George Godsey threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns and Joe Burns ran for 114 yards as Tech posted a 27-17 Homecoming victory in Atlanta.



THE COACHES: Chan Gailey is 5-3 in his first year at Georgia Tech and 29-14 in four years overall ... Chuck Amato is 24-9 in his third season at NC State.



Fast Facts:



- Georgia Tech is 2-3 against ranked NC State teams all-time, including a 1-2 mark in Raleigh ... the Jackets have won six of their last 10 ACC road games.



- In two career games against the Yellow Jackets, NC State quarterback Philip Rivers has thrown for 485 yards and four touchdowns.



- Georgia Tech has won four of its last five road games against ranked teams with its only setback a 41-35 decision at #1 Florida State in 1999.



- The team with the most rushing yardage has won seven of the last eight meetings.



- NC State leads the ACC and is sixth nationally in scoring offense (40.9) while Georgia Tech is third in the ACC and 17th in Division I-A in scoring defense (18.1).



Saturday, November 2

#18 Florida State (5-3, 4-0 ACC)

at Wake Forest (5-4, 3-3 ACC)

ESPN2; 4:00 p.m.

Groves Stadium (31,500)




THE GAME: 18th-ranked Florida State and Wake Forest renew their rivalry for the 21st time when they meet in a regionally-televised game in Winston-Salem ... the Seminoles have won 10 in a row and lead the series 17-2-1 ... Wake Forest’s last win in the rivalry was a 9-7 decision in 1973 ... Florida State has three of the previous four games in Groves Stadium.



LAST YEAR: Chris Rix completed 16-of-21 passes for 345 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-24 Florida State victory ... Nick Maddox ran for 94 yards and two TDs for the Noles.



THE COACHES: Bobby Bowden is 255-62-4 in 27 years at FSU and 328-94-4 in 37 seasons overall ... Jim Grobe is 11-9 in his second season at Wake Forest and 44-42-1 in seven years overall.



Fast Facts:



- In the last 10 meetings, Florida State has outgained the Deacs by a 519.2-to-237.3 yards per game margin while averaging 45.9 points per outing ... in six of the last 10 games, the Seminoles have totaled 500-or-more yards in total offense.



- Wake Forest (249.3) and Florida State (213.5) rank 1-2 in the ACC in rushing offense ... 24 of Wake’s 28 offensive touchdowns have come via the ground game.



- Florida State’s Greg Jones leads the ACC in rushing (107.0) while the Deacs have six players listed among the top 20 in the ACC in rushing.



- Florida State is one of seven teams in Division I-A to average over 200 yards in both rushing (213.5) and passing (200.6).



- Wake Forest has held its opponent to under 100 yards rushing five times this season.




TEAM NOTES:


Clemson - Derrick Hamilton has three 200 all-purpose yardage games this season and leads the ACC in all purpose yardage at 155.2 yards per game which is 6.7 yards per game ahead of Tony Horne’s school record of 148.5 yards per game set in 1997 ... Hamilton is third on the team in rushing with 177 yards and is averaging 10.4 yards per carry ... PK Aaron Hunt is seventh on Clemson’s all-time scoring list with 199 points ... the Tigers are second in the ACC and 23rd in the nation in total defense (323.1) ... junior Kevin Youngblood leads the team in receiving and is one of three receivers with 30 or more catches - Youngblood (36), McKelvey (34) and Derrick Hamilton (32) ... Brian Mance leads the ACC and is 11th nationally in interceptions per game (0.62).



Duke - Two of Duke’s remaining three games are at home against opponents with a combined 11-13 mark ... the Blue Devils lead the ACC in time of possession (32:27) and are the second-least penalized team in the ACC (45.7) ... over the last four games, the Blue Devils are allowing only 92.5 yards rushing per contest ... in Saturday’s loss to Maryland, freshman Malcolm Ruff became the fifth different player to lead the team in rushing with 44 yards rushing on nine attempts ... Alex Wade leads the team and is fourth in the ACC in rushing (81.6) while Chris Douglas is sixth (55.0) ... sophomore Karry Sharpe is the team’s leading receiver with 22 catches for 292 yards and five touchdowns ... Sharpe has a TD reception in four of his last five games.



Florida State - Greg Jones leads the team in rushing with 856 yards and eight TDs through the first eight games ... Jones has nine career 100-yard games, is averaging 107.0 yards per game on the year and is bidding to become the first Seminole to lead the ACC in rushing ... the Seminoles are one of seven teams nationally to average over 200 yards per game rushing (213.5) and passing (220.6) ... QB Chris Rix threw for 207 yards against Notre Dame Saturday and became only the third sophomore in ACC history to throw for 4,000 or more yards ... Xavier Beitia has made 87 percent (27-of-31) of his career field goal attempts ... freshman Leon Washington is averaging 32.7 yards on seven kickoff returns (7-for-229) ... Alonzo Jackson is tied for fourth in the ACC with 7.0 QB sacks.



Georgia Tech - A.J. Suggs passed for 220 yards as Tech snapped a two-game losing streak with a 23-15 win over Virginia ... Luke Manget has made an ACC-record 152 consecutive PATs and is seventh on the ACC career scoring list with 296 points ... over his last four games, Kerry Watkins has 29 receptions for 374 yards and four touchdowns ... Watkins is 18th on the ACC’s all-time receiving yardage list (2,355) ... Tech has out-scored its opponents 113-to-56 in the first quarter ... the Yellow Jackets four remaining opponents are a combined 24-10 (.706) - the 11th toughest remaining schedule in the country ... over the last two games, A.J. Suggs has completed 54-of-86 passes (.627) for 492 yards and one TD and has averaged 259.5 yards per game in total offense.



Maryland - Scott McBrien completed 16-of-21 passes for 264 yards as the Terps extended their winning streak to five in a row with a 45-12 victory over Duke ... the five wins have been by an average of 26.5 points per game ... in the Terps’ five-game winning streak, McBrien has completed 60-of-96 (.625) passes for 1,052 yards (17.5 yards per completion) and seven TDs while throwing only one interception ... Bruce Perry, last year’s ACC Offensive Player of the Year, made his first appearance of the year against the Blue Devils running for 19 yards on the game’s first play before injuring his shoulder ... Steve Suter set an ACC single season record with his third punt return for a touchdown with a 63-yard scoring return against Duke Saturday ... Suter leads the ACC in punt return average (13.8).



North Carolina - In his first career start, QB C.J. Stephens completed 17-of-27 passes for 221 yards Saturday against Wake Forest ... starting QB Darian Durant, the ACC’s total offense leader (285.9), fractured his right thumb against Virginia (Oct. 19) and will miss the remainder of the season ... WR Sam Aiken is tied for the lead in the ACC in receiving yards per game (90.6) and is second in receptions (5.0) ... Aiken is fifth among UNC career receiving yardage leaders (1,940) and seventh in career receptions (118) ... the Tar Heels lead the ACC in passing yardage per game (286.9) and are second to Maryland in the ACC in yards per pass completion (14.5) ... over his last four games, senior WR Chesley Borders has 18 receptions for 300 yards and five touchdowns.



NC State - NC State’s nine victories equal the school record for wins in a season and their 9-0 start is tied for the eighth-best start in ACC history ... QB Philip Rivers has thrown for 2,144 yards and 16 touchdowns and leads the nation in passing efficiency (170.8) ... Rivers is ninth on the ACC career passing list (7,784) and 11th in total offense (7,736) ... Rivers is also tied for fifth in the ACC with eight rushing touchdowns ... first-year freshman T.A. McLendon leads the ACC and is sixth nationally in scoring (10.5) ... McLendon is second in the ACC in rushing (101.6) and is one of only four freshmen nationally to average 100 yards or more rushing ... over his last five games McLendon has rushed for 659 yards and 11 touchdowns ... State’s four remaining opponents are a combined 22-11 (.667).



Virginia - Matt Schaub threw for 372 yards in Saturday’s loss at Georgia Tech and set school records for completions (41) and attempts (58) - the 41 completions also tied for the fifth-most in ACC history ... Virginia has outscored their opponents 192-to-76 in the second half this season ... Billy McMullen is ninth on the ACC career receiving yardage chart (2,673) and tied for ninth in career receptions (184) ... LB Darryl Blackstock tied the ACC QB sack record by freshmen with eight ... Virginia’s four remaining opponents are a combined 28-5 (.849) - the toughest remaining schedule in the country ... freshman TE Heath Miller leads the ACC in TD receptions with seven ... TB Wali Lundy has caught two or more passes in every game this year and is third nationally among freshmen with 43 catches.



Wake Forest - James MacPherson threw for 177 yards and two TDs as Wake Forest posted its first shutout in ACC play since 1978 defeating North Carolina 31-0 ... DE Calvin Pace had three tackles for losses against UNC, including his seventh and eighth sacks of the year ... Pace leads the ACC with 17 TFLs and is tied for the league lead with eight QB sacks ... Tarence Williams ran for 101 yards against UNC to become the first Deacon this season to reach the 100-yard mark ... the Deacs lead the ACC and rank ninth nationally in rushing offense (249.3) ... led by Williams (447 yards), Wake has six players in the ACC top 20 rushing leaders ... true freshman Chris Barclay is seventh in the ACC in rushing (52.8) and has scored at least one touchdown in five of his last six games.

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