This Week in ACC Football


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STANDINGS

                Conference  Points          Overall   Points      
Team            W  L  T  For Opp   Pct    W  L  T  For Opp   Pct 
----            -  -  -  --- ---   ---    -  -  -  --- ---   --- 
Florida State.. 7  0  0  268 125 1.000    8  3  0  377 244  .727 
Maryland....... 5  1  0  202  99  .833    9  2  0  376 163  .818 
Virginia....... 5  2  0  172 172  .714    7  4  0  297 292  .636 
NC State....... 4  3  0  175 120  .571    9  3  0  415 225  .750 
Georgia Tech... 4  4  0  148 150  .500    7  4  0  252 186  .636 
Clemson........ 4  4  0  197 223  .500    6  5  0  288 274  .545 
Wake Forest.... 3  4  0  182 166  .429    5  5  0  274 251  .500 
Duke........... 0  7  0  116 231  .000    2  9  0  206 330  .182 
North Carolina. 0  7  0   90 264  .000    2  9  0  200 400  .182 

ACCOLADES:



Florida State clinches at least a tie for its 10th ACC title in 11 years with a 40-14 victory over North Carolina ... six ACC teams -- Florida State, Maryland, Virginia, NC State, Georgia Tech and Clemson -- are bowl eligible ... Terps extend winning streak to eight in a row with 30-12 win at Clemson ... Virginia QB Matt Schaub has thrown a TD pass in 11 straight games ...Tech's Luke Manget has made an ACC-record 156 consecutive PATs and is nine points shy of becoming the ACC's all-time leading scorer ... Virginia's Billy McMullen is third on the ACC career reception list with 198 catches while NC State's Philip Rivers issixth in career passing yards with 8,594 yards ...Clemson's Justin Miller leads the ACC and is fifth nationally in interceptions per game (0.64) ... Miller leads all freshmen nationally with his seven interceptions.


By the Numbers


1 - Touchdown 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.


2 - Catches needed by Virginia's Billy McMullen to become only the third player in ACC history with 200 or more career receptions.


4 - ACC record punt returns for touchdowns by Maryland sophomore Steve Suter following his 77-yard scoring jaunt in the second quarter against UNC (Nov. 2) ... the four TDs also tied the NCAA single season mark.


7 - Interceptions by Clemson DB Justin Miller ... Miller leads the ACC and is fifth nationally in interceptions per game (0.64) and has three more interceptions than any other NCAA Division I-A freshman.


8 - Consecutive wins by Maryland's Terrapins - their longest win streak since a 12-game streak in 1977-78.


9 - Points needed by Georgia Tech's Luke Manget to become the ACC's all-time leading scorer ... Manget is currently third on the league's scoring list with 318 points.


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


31 - 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.


57 - Yards needed by Georgia Tech's Kelley Rhino to become the ACC's all-time leading punt returner ... Rhino is currently second with 1,135 yards ... NC State's Ledel George (1990-93) is the ACC's all-time leader with 1,191 yards.


Streaking Terp

Junior quarterback Scott McBrien has played a key role in Maryland's current eight-game win streak ... over the last eight games, McBrien has completed 64 percent of his passes for 1,525 yards and 11 touchdowns ... has averaged 17.1 yards per com pletion and 214.8 yards in total offense during the eight-game victory skein ... in his last two games, McBrien has rushed 18 times for 100 yards and two touchdowns ... is second in the ACC and 12th nationally in passing efficiency.


McBrien's Last Eight Games

Opponent     Cm.     Att.    Int.    TD      Yds
E. Michigan  14      19      0       3       300
Wofford      11      19      0       1       128
W. Virginia  8       18      0       1       162
Georgia Tech 11      19      0       0       198
Duke         16      21      1       2       264
N Carolina   6       11      0       1       190
NC State     10      10      0       0       130
Clemson      13      23      3       3       153
Totals       89      140     4       11      1525


Comeback Cavs

Virginia leads all ACC teams with four second-half and three fourth-quarter comebacks in 2002 ... the Cavaliers have trailed in seven of Al Groh's 12 victories at Virginia the last two seasons ... of Virginia's last nine victories, six have come after they trailed at halftime.


Largest Comebacks to Win Game

21      by Virginia (0) vs. UNC (21)    Halftime
17      by Virginia (10) vs. WF (27)    Halftime
14      by Florida St. (0) vs. WF (14)  2:04, 1st Q
14      by Maryland (7) vs. NCS (21)    5:08 3rd Q
10      by Clemson (7) vs. Duke (17)    Haftime
10      by NC State (7) vs. UNC (17)    10:04 3rd Q
9       by Clemson (7) vs. WF (16)      3:51 2nd Q
9       by Clemson (0) vs. UNC (9)      2:42 1st Q


Halftime Comebacks

Team    No.     Opponent & Points Trailed 
UVa     4       USC-1, WF-17, CU-6, UNC-21 
Clem.   2       WF-2, Duke-10 
FSU     1       WF-4 
GaT     1       BYU-3 
Md.     1       NCS-7 
UNC     1       Syr-1 
NCS     1       UNC-3 
WF      1       GaT-4


Devil Defense

Duke leads the ACC in rushing defense, allowing only 119.2yards per game - their best per game yield since a 108.9 mark in 1949 ... a year ago, the Blue Devils ranked last in the ACC, and 113th nationally, in rushing defense allowing 245.6 yards per game ... the 126.4 yards per game improvement is currently the third best in ACC history ... the last time Duke led the ACC in rushing defense was in 1957 (151.8) ... overall, Duke is sixth in the ACC in total defense, allowing 374.1 yards per contest.


100-Yard Rush Defense Improvement

School          Year    Yds.    Year    Yds.    Imp.
W. Forest       ‘96     254.4   ‘97     96.1    -158.3
Ga. Tech        ‘94     230.4   ‘95     91.2    -139.2
Duke            ‘01     245.6   ‘02     119.2   -126.4
N. Carolina     ‘68     234.7   ‘69     108.5   -126.2
N. Carolina     ‘89     237.6   ‘90     122.6   -115.0
W. Forest       ‘63     279.4   ‘64     173.4   -106.0
Virginia        ‘60     253.2   ‘61     149.8   -103.4


Article IV. Bowl Championship Series Tie Breaking Procedures


  • The ACC football champion is the team that finishes the season with the highest winning percentage in conference games. If more than one team has the same winning percentage, the tied teams are declared co-champions.
  • In order to determine the Conference's representative to the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), the procedures listed below will be followed. All references to rankings refer to the BCS standings released after the regular season is completed for all ACC members.


    Two Way Tie (between Teams A &-B)


    1. Team A defeats Team B and is ranked higher - Team A earns the BCS bid.

    2. Team A defeats Team B and is ranked lower, but in the Top 10 - Team A earns bid (*except if Team B is ranked #1 or #2 in the BCS standings, then Team B earns the BCS bid).

    3. Team A defeats Team B and is ranked lower, but is ranked five or fewer positions below Team B - Team A earns the BCS bid.

    4. Team A defeats Team B and is ranked lower, and more than five positions below Team B - Team B earns the BCS bid.

    * If two teams have the same ranking, or both are unranked, the bid goes to the team that has won the head-to-head game.


    Clemson

    In eight games, freshman QB Charlie Whitehurst has thrown for 1,004 yards and nine touchdowns and only two interceptions ... junior PK Aaron Hunt is sixth on Clemson's all-time scoring list with 227 points ... Hunt has made 15 of 18 field goal attempts on the year and is second in the ACC in field goal percentage (.833) and field goals made per game (1.5) ... CB Justin Miller leads the ACC and is fifth nationally in interceptions per game (0.64) and is bidding to become the fourth freshman to lead the ACC in interceptions ... Miller leads all freshmen nationally with his seven interceptions ... Miller is also averaging 37.5 yards on 10 kickoff returns ... Clemson leads the ACC and is tied for fourth nationally with 19 interceptions


    Duke

    Junior linebacker Ryan Fowler is fourth in the ACC in tackles (11.5) ... the Blue Devils lead the ACC in rushing defense (119.2) and in time of possession (32:15) and are the second-least penalized team in the ACC (44.6) ... the Blue Devils haven't led the ACC in rushing defense since 1957 ... Alex Wade is fourth in the ACC in rushing (76.5) while Chris Douglas is sixth (59.8) ... Douglas is 58 yards shy of becoming only the fifth Blue Devil to rush for 2,000 yards in his career and is tied for 10th on the ACC's all-time kickoff return yardage list with 1,645 yards ... led by Shawn Johnson (10 sacks), Duke is fourth in the ACC with 25 QB sacks ... Johnson leads the ACC in QB sacks and is tied with Wake Forest's Calvin Pace for the league lead in tackles for loss (17).


    Florida State

    In his last four games, Adrian McPherson has thrown for 772 yards and 10 TDs while suffering only one interception ... McPherson has thrown for at least two touchdowns in four straight games and five times overall ... Greg Jones, the ACC rushing leader with 938 yards in nine games, will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury ... the Noles are the only ACC team to average over 200 yards per game rushing (204.0) and passing (224.6) ... prior to missing the North Carolina games with an injury, senior Nick Maddox has run for 244 yards and two TDs in two games ... FSU has out-scored opponents by more than 126 points (176-50) in the second quarter ... junior WR Anquan Boldin has six TD receptions in the last four games and leads the ACC with 10 TD receptions.


    Georgia Tech

    Gordon Clinkscale ran for 71 yards and two touchdowns and A.J. Suggs completed 18 of 28 passes for 200 yards as Tech's won for the third time in four games, 17-2 over Duke ... Suggs has thrown for 200 yards or more in five straight games and is third in the ACC with 2,044 yards passing ... over his last five games, senior TB Gordon Clinkscale has averaged 6.7 yards per carry, rushing for 415 yards on 62 carries ... Luke Manget has made an ACC-record 156 consecutive PATs and is third on the ACC career scoring list with 318 points ... WR Kerry Watkins is 10th on the ACC's career receiving yardage list (2,537) and tied for 19th in receptions (161) ... Kelley Rhino is second on the ACC's all-time punt return yardage list with 1,191 yards.


    Maryland

    Scott McBrien passed for three touchdowns and ran for for a score as Maryland held an ACC opponent without a touchdown for the first time in six years in a 30-12 victory over Clemson ... the win marked the Terps' sixth-straight road win over the past two years and snapped a string of eight straight losses in Death Valley dating back to 1985 ... McBrien leads the ACC in yards per completion (15.8) and is 12th nationally in passing efficiency (143.7) ... Steve Suter leads the ACC in punt returns (13.6) and kickoff returns (27.6) and has tied an NCAA single season record with his four punt returns ... the eight-game winning streak is the Terps' longest since a 12-game streak in the 1977 and 1978 seasons ... senior Chris Downs leads the team with 995 yards rushing.


    North Carolina

    Senior wide receiver Sam Aiken is second in the ACC in receptions (5.5) and third in receiving yards (82.0) and is 98 yards shy of becoming the first 1,000-yard receiver in school history ... Aiken already holds the school's single-season record for receptions with 58 and needs only 69 yards to eclipse UNC's single-season mark for receiving yards (970) set by Octavus Barnes in 1995 ... sophomore quarterback Darian Durant, who fractured his right thumb against Virginia and will miss the remainder of the season, is the ACC's active career passing efficiency leader with a 149.1 rating ... in his last five games, QB C.J. Stephens has thrown for 828 yards and three touchdowns ... freshman QB Matt Baker threw his first career TD pass, a 14-yard toss to Danny Rumley, in the fourth quarter against FSU.


    NC State

    QB Philip Rivers needs only 46 yards to throw for 3,000 yards on the season ... Rivers leads the ACC in total offense (252.3) and is sixth on the ACC career passing list (8,594) and seventh in total offense (8,567) ... Rivers is fifth in the ACC with 10 rushing TDs ... T.A. McLendon is third in the ACC in rushing and is fourth nationally among all freshmen averaging 88.1 yards per game ... McLendon has 32 catches in his last seven games and is second among ACC running backs with 36 receptions for 309 yards ... junior WR Jericho Cotchery had eight catches for 108 yards against Virginia Saturday ... Cotchery has gone over 100 yards receiving in three straight games and six times this season and is the fourth State player to break the 1,000-yard mark (1,047) in a season.


    Virginia

    The Cavaliers became bowl elgible following Saturday's 14-9 win over 20th-ranked NC State ... sophomore TB Marquis Weeks ran for a career-high 129 yards on 19 carries, surpassing his career total of 53 yards coming into the game ... QB Matt Schaub leads the ACC and ranks eighth nationally in passing efficinecy (147.7) ... Schaub has thrown a TD pass in 11 straight games and has a school-record 23 TD passes this season ... Billy McMullen needs only two catches to become only the fourth player in ACC history with 200 or more career receptions ... McMullen is currently third in the ACC in career receptions (198) and eighth in receiving yardage (2,864) ... with 45 receptions in the first 11 games, TB Wali Lundy is tied for the fourth-best single season reception total by an ACC freshman.


    Wake Forest

    After two consecutive open dates, the Deacons return to action to host Navy Saturday in Groves Stadium this coming Saturday ... the last time Wake Forest had at least 20 days off in between games was in 1928 when the Deacs played at Mercer on Nov. 29 and then finished the regular season Christmas day at Miami (Fla.) ... DE Calvin Pace leads the ACC with 17 tackles for loss and is third in QB sacks (8.0) ... Tarence Williams has run for 97 yards or more in four of his last five games and is fifth on the school's all-time rushing list with 2,325 yards ... the Deacs lead the ACC and rank eighth nationally in rushing offense (248.1) ... led by Williams (596 yards), Wake has six players in the ACC top 20 rushing leaders ... Chris Barclay is second among all ACC freshmen in rushing (49.4).


    GAME PREVIEWS



    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23


    North Carolina (2-9, 0-7 ACC) at Duke (2-9, 0-7 ACC)

    JP Sports; Noon

    Wallace Wade Stadium (33,941)


    THE GAME: North Carolina has held the upper hand in this long-time rivalry since these two arch rivals first met on the gridiron in 1888 ... the Tar Heels have beaten the Blue Devils 12 straight times and lead the series 49-34-4, including a 26-16-2 mark in Chapel Hill ... the 12-game UNC win streak is the longest winning streak in the series' history ... Duke's last win in the series was a 41-0 shutout in Chapel Hill in 1989 ... the ACC series total does not include a 1889 game in Durham that both schools claim as a forfeit victory.


    LAST YEAR: Quarterback Ronald Curry threw for 217 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another score to lead UNC to a 52-17 win in Chapel Hill ... the Tar Heels rolled up a season-high 560 yards in total offense.


    THE COACHES: John Bunting is 10-14 in two years at UNC and 48-28-2 in six seasons overall ... Carl Franks is 5-38 in four years at Duke.


    Fast Facts:


  • North Carolina has scored at least 50 points against Duke in each of the last two years and in three of the last five meetings.
  • In the Tar Heels' current 12-game series' winning streak, UNC has outscored Duke by a 38.6-to-18.3 margin and have out-gained the Blue Devils 464.6-to-297.2 ... UNC has had 400-or-more yards in nine of the last 12 meetings, including six games with 500 or more yards.
  • Over the last six games, Duke has allowed only 92.7 yards per game rushing ... the Blue Devils lead the ACC in rushing defense (119.2).
  • Duke leads the ACC in time of possession (32:39) while North Carolina is sixth (29:05).


    #14 Florida State (8-3, 7-0 ACC) at NC State (9-3, 4-3 ACC)

    ABC; 3:30 p.m.

    Carter-Finley Stadium (51,500)


    THE GAME: Florida State, assured of at least a tie for its 10th ACC title in 11 years, visits Carter-Finley Stadium to take on an NC State team coming off a 14-9 defeat at Virginia Saturday ... the Seminoles own a 16-6 lead in a rivalry that began in 1952 with a 13-7 Wolfpack win ... the two teams have split the last four meetings ... Florida State has won seven of the 10 previous games contested in Raleigh.


    LAST YEAR: Philip Rivers threw for 245 yards and Ray Robinson ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns as NC State handed the 10th-ranked Seminoles their first-ever ACC loss in Doak Campbell Stadium 34-28.


    THE COACHES: Bobby Bowden is 258-62-4 in 27 years at FSU and 331-94-4 in 37 seasons overall ... Chuck Amato is 24-12 in his third season at NC State


    Fast Facts:

  • Over the last 10 meetings with NC State, the Seminoles have averaged 44.2 points and 500.5 yards per game and have forced 37 Wolfpack turnovers.
  • NC State is the only ACC team to have defeated Florida State twice since the Seminoles joined the ACC in 1992 ... FSU is 77-4 all-time in conference play.
  • Florida State leads the ACC and is 14th nationally in total offense (428.6) while NC State leads the ACC and is 21st among Division I-A teams in total defense (312.3)
  • Seminole QB Adrian McPherson leads the ACC with one touchdown pass every 11.3 pass attempts (12 TDs, 135 attempts) ... NC State QB Philip Rivers is 46 yards shy of becoming only the third quarterback in ACC history to throw for 3,000 yards twice.


    Navy (1-9 I-A Independent) at Wake Forest (5-5, 3-4 ACC)

    3:30 p.m.

    Groves Stadium (31,500)


    THE GAME: Wake Forest's Demon Deacons return to action following a two-week hiatus hosting the Midshipmen of Navy in their final non-conference game of the 2002 season ... Wake Forest has won the last two meetings to take a 4-2 lead in the series ... the two teams have split the two previous meetings in Groves Stadium.


    LAST MEETING: Sophomore QB James MacPherson completed 15 of 21 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns and Tarence Williams ran for 75 yards and three scores as the Deacs totaled 577 yards en route to a 49-26 win before 30,370 in Winston-Salem.


    THE COACHES: Paul Johnson is 1-9 in his first year at Navy and 63-19 in six seasons overall ... Jim Grobe is 11-10 in his second season at Wake Forest and 44-43-1 in seven years overall.


    Fast Facts:

  • Two of the nation's top rushing offenses will be on display Saturday as Navy ranks fifth among Division I-A teams in rushing offense (251.1) while Wake Forest is eighth (248.1) ... rushing yardage accounts for 72 percent of Navy's total offense and 61 percent of Wake's.
  • The Deacs are a combined 9-7 against the three service academies - Air Force (0-1), Army (5-4) and Navy (4-2)
  • Wake Forest is the third ACC opponent for Navy this season ... the Midshipmen lost to NC State 65-19 and Duke 43-17 earlier in the season.
  • In only his third career start back in the 2000 season, Wake Forest quarterback James MacPherson threw for 259 yards against the Midshipmen ... the 259 yards are second-best single game total in MacPherson's career.


    #18 Maryland (9-2, 5-1 ACC) at Virginia (7-4, 5-2 ACC)

    ESPN2; 5:30 p.m.

    Scott Stadium (61,500)


    THE GAME: 18th-ranked Maryland takes to the road for the final time this season against a Virginia club looking to win its second-straight game against a nationally-ranked opponent when the two teams tangle in a nationally-televised affair on ESPN2 ... this is the 67th meeting in a series that began in 1919 ... Maryland's 41-21 victory last year in College Park snapped a nine-game Virginia winning series' winning streak ... the Cavaliers have won 11 of the last 14 meetings but still trail in the series 38-26-6 ... Virginia has won the last five meetings in Charlottesville ... Maryland's last win in Scott Stadium was a 35-30 decision in 1990.


    LAST YEAR: Maryland scored 17 unanswered fourth quarter points en route to a 41-21 victory in College Park ... Terp TB Bruce Perry ran for a game-high 143 yards and one TD and caught eight passes for 51 yards.


    THE COACHES: Ralph Friedgen is 19-4 in his second season at Maryland ... Al Groh is 12-11 in his second year at UVa and 38-51 in seven seasons overall.


    Fast Facts:


  • Since 1957, Virginia has averaged 214.8 yards rushing in wins over Maryland and 117.4 in losses ... the Terps have won 15 straight games when limiting the Cavaliers to under 100 yards rushing.
  • Four of Al Groh's 12 wins at Virginia have come against ranked teams.
  • Maryland has averaged 291.7 yards rushing over the last three games and have rushed for 200 yards in seven of the last eight games.
  • Virginia's Matt Schaub is eighth among NCAA passing efficiency leaders while Maryland's Scott McBrien ranks 12th.


    South Carolina (5-6, 3-5 SEC) at Clemson (6-5, 4-4 ACC)

    ESPN; 7:45 p.m.

    Memorial Stadium (81,474)


    THE GAME: A full house and a national TV audience is expected for this one as the two Palmetto State rivals clash for the 100th time in a series that has gone uninterrupted since 1909 ... this is the third-longest active series in Division I-A, trailing only Kansa-Nebraska (1906) and Minnesota-Wisconsin (1907) ... Clemson has won four of the last five meetings and nine of the last 13 and leads the rivalry 59-36-4 ... South Carolina is 7-13-1 in "Death Valley".


    LAST YEAR: South Carolina snapped a four-game losing streak against Clemson with a 20-15 victory before a Williams-Brice Stadium record crowd of 85,000 ... Woodrow Dantzler threw for 204 yards and two scores and added 102 yards rushing on 20 carries for the Tigers.


    THE COACHES: Lou Holtz is 22-24 in four seasons at South Carolina and 238-119-7 in 31 years overall ... Tommy Bowden is 28-19 in four years at Clemson and 47-22 in six seasons overall.


    Fast Facts:


  • The Gamecocks' Lou Holtz is 5-2 against Clemson, 4-0 as a head coach at NC State and 1-2 while at South Carolina.
  • Six of the last nine meetings have been decided by 10 points or less, including three by three points or less.
  • After winning five of its first seven games, South Carolina has lost four in a row to LSU, Tennessee, Arkansas and Florida.
  • In Charlie Whitehurst's first three collegiate starts, Clemson has averaged 29.3 points and 406.7 yards per game ... Whitehurst, who has thrown for 824 yards in his last three games, will go up against a South Carolina defense ranked 22nd nationally in pass defense (177.8).
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