This Week in ACC Football


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Week #1 Schedule:

 

Saturday, September 4                          Series                             Last
Meeting                           TV              Time

style='font-size:11.0pt'>Virginia at w:st="on">Temple                               1st
meeting                    1st
meeting                             ESPN2        noon

Samford at Georgia Tech                     Georgia
Tech (5-0-0)      Georgia Tech, 43-0, 1945                          1:00

William and Mary at North Carolina   w:st="on">North Carolina (11-0-2) w:st="on">North Carolina, 59-36, 1991                     1:35

style='font-size:11.0pt'>Wake w:st="on">Forest at Clemson                      Clemson
(53-15-1)         w:st="on">Wake Forest,
45-17, 2003       ABC            3:30

Duke at Navy                                       Navy
(16-12-5)              Duke,
43-17, 2002                  HDNet        6:00

Northern Illinois at Maryland              Series
tied (1-1-0)          w:st="on">N. Illinois, 20-13 ot, 2003                         6:00

style='font-size:11.0pt'>Richmond at NC w:st="on">State                          w:st="on">NC State (16-1-1)           NC
State, 27-21, 1981                               6:00

 

Monday, September 6

style='font-size:11.0pt'>Florida w:st="on">State at Miami                         w:st="on">Miami (28-20-0)             w:st="on">Miami, 16-14, 2004                 ABC            8:00

 



Around the ACC:

Two conference tilts - Wake Forest at No. 16 Clemson (Saturday, ABC 3:30) &
fifth-ranked Florida State at No. 6 Miami (Monday, ABC 8:00) - highlight
season’s first full weekend ... Virginia Tech drops 24-13 decision to top-ranked
USC before 91,665 in the BCA Classic ... an all-time high five ACC teams -
Florida State, Miami, Clemson, Virginia and Maryland - ranked in pre-season
polls ... Florida State’s Chris Rix is 8th on ACC career total offensive yardage
(8,333) and 10th in passing (7,525) ... three ACC quarterbacks - Rix (8th),
UNC’s Darian Durant (13th) and Clemson’s Charlie Whitehurst (16th) - ranked
among ACC career leaders in passing efficiency ... Maryland’s Nick Novak (324)
is three points shy of becoming the league’s all-time leading scorer while FSU’s
Xavier Beitia (298) is 10th ... Maryland and Miami are two of only five teams
nationally to have won 10 or more games in each of the past three years ...
FSU’s Bobby Bowden, with 342 wins in 38 years, is the all-time winningest coach
in NCAA Division I-A history ... Bowden and Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer (167)
rank 1,4 among active NCAA coaches in career wins.

Team Notes:

Clemson

The Tigers begin their 109th season of intercollegiate football hosting ACC
foe Wake Forest Saturday … Clemson has more wins (53) against Wake Forest than
any other ACC team … the Tigers have won 15 of its last 20 season openers and
are 79-21-8 all-time in opening tilts ... Charlie Whitehurst enters the 2004
season ranked 16th among ACC career passing efficiency leaders … Whitehurst has
thrown for 200 yards or more six games in a row and in 15 of his 18 career
starts and is already third among school career leaders with 5,115 yards ... the
Tigers are ranked 15th in this week’s AP poll.

Duke

The Blue Devils open the 2004 season Saturday at Navy … QB Mike Schneider
started eight games as a freshman in 2003, throwing for a team-high 1,220 yards
and four TDs … Cedric Dargan, with 264 yards and five TDs as a sophomore in
2003, is the team's leading returning rusher … senior DE Phillip Alexander was
third in the ACC in tackles for loss (18.5) last season and eighth in QB sacks
(6.5) … LB Brenden Dewan is the team's leading returning tackler (91) while TE
Ben Patrick is the team's leading returning receiver (17-for-218) from a year
ago.

Florida State

Bobby Bowden, with 342 wins in 38 years, is the all-time winningest coach in
NCAA Division I-A history … senior PK Xavier Beitia is 10th among ACC scoring
leaders with 298 points … Beitia needs only two more points to become only the
ninth player in league history 300 or more career points ... WR Craphonso
Thorpe's 20.0 yards per catch average is fifth all-time in the ACC … QB Chris
Rix leads all active ACC quarterbacks with 34 career starts … Rix is fourth
among ACC career TD pass leaders (60), eighth in total offense (8,333), 10th in
passing yardage (7,525) an eighth in passing efficiency (142.56).

Georgia Tech

The Yellow Jackets open their 2004 season Saturday, hosting Ohio Valley
Conference foe Samford … Tech leads the series 5-0, including a 43-0 victory in
the series' last meeting in 1945 … Yellow Jacket head coach Chan Gailey was the
head coach at Samford in 1993 … Tech has played in a post-season bowl in each of
the past seven years … junior TB P.J. Daniels earned first-team All-ACC honors
in 2003 after leading the league in rushing with 1,447 yards - the
fourth-highest single season total in ACC history … junior DE Eric Henderson led
the ACC in QB sacks (11) a year ago.

Maryland

Maryland opens its 2004 season Saturday hosting Northern Illinois … the Terps
are one of only five teams nationally to have won 10 or more games in each of
the past three years … senior PK Nick Novak, with 324 points, is three points
shy of becoming the ACC's all-time leading scorer … Novak has made 64 of 84
attempts in his career with five of the misses being from 50 yards or longer …
Steve Suter has an ACC record six punt returns for touchdowns and is third on
the ACC punt return yardage list with 1,108 yards on 94 returns … Josh Allen is
19th on the school career rushing chart (1,327).

Miami

The Hurricanes are one of only five teams nationally to have won 10 or more
games in each of the past three years … Larry Coker is 35-3 (.921) in his first
three seasons as the Hurricane head coach; the 35 wins rank third all-time among
third-year Division I-A head coaches … Miami has led the nation in pass defense
in each of the past two seasons and finished second in 2001 … over the past
three seasons, the Hurricanes have allowed only 132.7 yards per game while
intercepting 56 passes … over the past two years, Miami has scored 21 touchdowns
via non-offensive means.

North Carolina

Senior QB Darian Durant is 13th among ACC career passing efficiency leaders
(137.3) and 16th in career passing yardage (6,517) … Durant has thrown a TD pass
in seven straight games and in 25 of his last 29 regular season games … Durant
has set 47 school records in three seasons, including career marks for passing
yards, completions (523), attempts (860), touchdown passes (51) and total
offense (7,204) … WR Jawarski Pollock had a school-record 71 catches in 2003 for
745 yards and one TD … Ronnie McGill finished seventh in the ACC and led all
freshmen in rushing a year with 654 yards and seven TDs.

NC State

NC State opens its 2004 season hosting Atlantic 10 foe Richmond Saturday in
Carter-Finley Stadium ... the Wolfpack has scored in 104 consecutive games, the
fifth-longest scoring streak in ACC history and a school record … junior TB T.A.
McLendon already ranks 11th among Wolfpack career rushers with 1,709 yards and
is fifth in touchdowns with 29 … NC State is the only ACC team to return three
players - Andre Maddox (145), Pat Thomas (130) and Freddie Aughtry-Lindsay (103)
- who had 100 or more tackles in 2003 … junior Jay Davis will start at
quarterback for the Wolfpack.

Virginia

Virginia tailbacks Wali Lundy and Alvin Pearman have combined for 3,054 yards
rushing, 196 receptions for 1,682 yards and 40 total touchdowns in their careers
… TE Heath Miller set ACC single season records in 2003 in receptions (70) and
receiving yardage (835) … Pearman leads all active ACC players with 109 career
receptions, Miller is second (103) while Lundy is fifth (87) … PK Connor Hughes
has made 28 of 31 career attempts and his career field goal percentage (.903) is
second all-time only to NC State's Marc Primanti, 1995-96 (.939) … the Cavaliers
are ranked 16th in this week’s AP poll.

Virginia Tech

The Hokies opened the 2004 season Saturday dropping a 24-13 decision to
top-ranked Southern California in the BCA Football Classic before 91,665 at
FedEx Field in Landover, Md. ... the 91,665 fans were the largest crowd ever to
see Virginia Tech play … senior QB Bryan Randall completed 14 of 29 passes for
153 yards and one TD and ran for a team-high 82 yards on 17 attempts … Randall
accounted for 235 of Tech's 294 yards and leads all active ACC quarterbacks with
993 career rushing yards … the Hokies are off this weekend before returning home
to take on Western Michigan on September 11.

Wake Forest

Saturday's game at Clemson marks the Deacons' first season opener against an
ACC opponent since 1992 … P Ryan Placekemeier enters the 2004 season as the ACC
career punting leader with a 44.75 per kick average … Chris Barclay was second
in the ACC in rushing a year ago with 1,192 yards … Barclay is already 10th on
the Deacon career rushing yardage list with 1,895 yards … WR Jason Anderson has
a 18.5 yards per catch average in his career, the eight-best average in ACC
annals … junior QB Cory Randolph is 15th among school career total offense
leaders with 2,106 yards.

Game Previews:

Saturday, September 4



#16 Virginia (8-5 in 2003)

at Temple (1-11 in 2003)

ESPN2; 12:00 p.m.

Lincoln Financial Field (68,532)

THE GAME: This will be the first meeting between both squads as Virginia
travels to Philadelphia to take on Temple in a 12 noon kickoff on ESPN2.
Virginia seems to shine when they broadcast their talent on ESPN2. In nine games
that the Cavaliers have been on the 'duce', the Cavaliers have posted an 8-1
record (.889) including five straight victories.

THE COACHES: Virginia head coach Al Groh begins his fourth year in
Charlottesville posting an overall record of 22-17 including back-to-back
postseason victories in the Continental Tire Bowl … Bobby Wallace returns for
his seventh season at the helm of Temple after leading the Owls to a 1-11 record
last season … in six seasons overall at Temple, Wallace is 17-51.

TEMPLE:

• Entering the 2003 season, the Owls were only one of eight Division I-A
schools that had not played in an overtime game. But that all changed as Temple
played in three overtime games including tying an NCAA record for consecutive
overtime games played in a season with two.

• Temple will once again play all their home games at Lincoln Financial Field,
home of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles. Last season marked the first time since
1991 the Owls played all their homes games at the same site. Temple's five games
at Lincoln Financial drew an average of 24,147 fans, a 21 percent increase from
2002.

• Temple is 5-32 all-time against teams from the ACC having played six of the 11
schools. Wins for the Owls have come against Miami, Virginia Tech and Wake
Forest

VIRGINIA:

• For just the seventh time, the Cavaliers begin the 2004 year ranked in the
preseason AP poll. Virginia enters the season ranked No. 16, which ties its mark
for the second highest ranking to start a season. Uva’s highest preseason
ranking came in 1990 when they began the season at No. 15.

• The Cavaliers return a pair of tailbacks who each rushed for at least 500
yards last season for the first time since 1998. Junior Wali Lundy was fourth in
the ACC in rushing last season with 929 yards and 10 TDs, while senior Alvin
Pearman was eighth in the conference with 643 yards rushing.

• For the second year in a row, Virginia returns all three starting defensive
lineman in Chris Canty, Brennan Schmidt and Andrew Hoffman. While on the
offensive front, the Cavaliers return its entire offensive line including three
of five linemen that will be entering their third year as starters.

• Heath Miller, a first team all-ACC selection a year ago, led the nation in
receiving at the tight end position. In 2003, Miller had 70 receptions for 835
yards and six touchdowns - both his catches and yards are ACC records by a tight
end. He has caught at least one pass in 21 straight games.

Samford (1-0)

at Georgia Tech (7-6 in 2003)

1:00 p.m.

Bobby Dodd Stadium (55,000)

THE GAME: Samford, originally known as Howard University, will face Georgia
Tech for the first time as Samford University. From 1903-45, Georgia Tech played
Howard five times winning every game. The Yellow Jackets have never allowed a
point to Samford in those five meetings, outscoring the Bulldogs 170-0. Georgia
Tech head coach Chan Gailey will face Samford for the first time since serving
as the Bulldogs head coach for one season back in 1993 during which he posted a
5-6 mark. The Yellow Jackets are 1-1 in season openers under Gailey.

THE COACHES: Chan Gailey is in his third year at the helm of Georgia Tech
where he has posted identical records of 7-6 in back-to-back seasons. Gailey is
1-1 in bowl games having closed the 2003 season in fine fashion with a 52-10 win
over Tulsa in the Humanitarian Bowl. Bill Gray is 16-12 in his fourth season
with Samford. Gray led the Bulldogs to a 5-3 mark in their first season in the
Ohio Valley Conference garnering conference Coach of the Year honors.

SAMFORD:

• Samford joined the Ohio Valley Conference in 2003 finishing in a tie for
third place with a 5-3 league mark after being picked to finish eighth out of
nine teams. The move to the OVC marked the first time the Bulldogs had been in a
conference since Samford reinstated football in 1984.

• Samford led the OVC in several statistical categories in 2003 including
scoring offense (31.8 ppg), passing offense (271.5 ypg.), kickoff returns (24.3
ypr.), pass efficiency (134.3), fewest penalties (42.9 ypg.), fourth-down
conversion (58.3 percent), third-down conversion (41.4 percent) and fewest sacks
allowed (96).

• Samford successfully opened their 2004 campaign with a 34-20 victory over West
Alabama. The Bulldogs tallied 438 yards of total offense led by QB Ray Nelson
who went 21-34 for 321 yards including five touchdown passes and WR Efrem Hill
who caught nine passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns.

GEORGIA TECH:

• The Yellow Jackets hold a 9-2-1 record in home openers at Bobby Dodd
Stadium dating back to 1984. In those nine wins, Georgia Tech has averaged 33.7
points per game while holding its opponent to 10.0 ppg.

• The 2003 ACC Rookie of the Year, QB Reggie Ball returns for his sophomore year
after establishing freshman records for passing yards (1,980), pass completions
(177) and total offense (2,372). Ball's total offensive numbers from a year ago
was the fourth best single-season total by a freshman in ACC history.

• Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist James Butler was second in the ACC a year ago
with five interceptions. A first-team All-ACC selection in 2003, Butler recorded
six pass breakups, three forced fumbles and six tackles for loss while setting a
Georgia Tech season record for tackles by a defensive back with 119.

William & Mary (5-5 in 2003)

at North Carolina (2-10 in 2003)

1:35 p.m.

Kenan Stadium (60,000)

THE GAME: North Carolina will take a 13-game series unbeaten streak into
Saturday's game against William & Mary in the opening game of the 2004 season
for both teams. The Tar Heels and Tribe last met in Chapel Hill back in 1991
when both teams combined to score 95 points (the most points scored in the
series) as North Carolina came out on top, 59-36. The Tar Heels are 11-0-2
lifetime against the Tribe including a 7-0-2 mark at home. North Carolina is
averaging 42.2 points per game in its last six home games against William &
Mary. North Carolina's defense has held the Tribe to seven points or less in
eight games including three shutouts.

THE COACHES: John Bunting is 13-24 heading into his fourth year as the UNC
head coach. He led the Tar Heels to a third place finish in the ACC and a win in
the Peach Bowl during his first season at North Carolina in 2001. Jimmye Laycock
enters his 25th season at the helm of William & Mary posting an overall record
of 159-110-2. The Tribe's winningest all-time coach, Laycock has taken William &
Mary to the upper echelon of DI-AA posting 17 winning seasons in the last 21
years, while taking the Tribe to the postseason in eight of the last 18 seasons.

WILLIAM & MARY:

• William & Mary return 34 letterwinners in 2004 including 16 offensive, 16
defensive and two special team players. The Tribe lost only eight lettermen from
last year's team that went 5-5 and finished sixth in the Atlantic-10 conference.
Of the 101 players on the roster, William & Mary welcomes back 32 upperclassmen
(12 seniors and 20 juniors).

• The Tribe has garnered 111 All-Conference honors since joining the Atlantic-10
in 1993. That is an average of 10.1 players per year.

• The offense will look to senior QB Lang Campbell in 2004, who led the A-10 a
year ago in passing yards per game (229.6) and passing efficiency (152.1) and
second in the league in total offense (259.6). Travis McLaurin, a preseason,
first team all-conference selection, was second on the team with 120 tackles
last season.

NORTH CAROLINA:

• Twenty-five lettermen, including eight starters return from an offensive
unit that averaged 394.3 yards per game in 2003 - the most by a Tar Heel offense
since the 1995 season. Headlining the offensive front is senior QB Durian
Durant, who has already set numerous offensive records at UNC including
completion percentage, TD passes, passing yards, completions and total offensive
yardage.

• North Carolina has lost three straight season openers including two straight
at home. The last season opening win for the Tar Heels came back in 2000 when
UNC downed Tulsa, 30-9 in Chapel Hill.

• Eight of the team's top nine tacklers are back this season including CB Mahlon
Carey (96 tackles) and LB Larry Edwards (85 tackles) who finished as the team's
second and third leading tacklers, respectively.

Wake Forest (5-7, 3-5 ACC in 2003)

at #15 Clemson (9-4, 5-3 ACC in 2003)

ABC; 3:30 p.m.

Memorial Stadium (81,474)

THE GAME: Clemson leads the all-time series with Wake Forest 53-15-1,
including a 30-7 mark in games played at Memorial Stadium. Last season, the
Demon Deacons downed the Tigers 45-17 at Groves Stadium marking the first time
since 1992 that Wake Forest had defeated Clemson in Winston-Salem. The Deacs'
Chris Barclay tied a career high with 163 yards rushing while scoring twice as
Wake Forest out rushed Clemson 321-62. The Demon Deacons also scored a pair of
defensive touchdowns as Wake Forest ran out to a 35-0 halftime advantage.

THE COACHES: Jim Grobe is 18-18 in three seasons at Wake Forest and 51-51-1
in nine years overall. Last year, Grobe got the Deacs off to a 2-0 start with
wins against Boston College and No. 11 NC State to earn a spot in the AP
rankings for the first time since the conclusion of the 1992 season. Tommy
Bowden is 38-24 in fiuve seasons at Clemson and 56-28 in seven years overall.
Bowden, the 2003 ACC Coach of the Year, begins the 2004 season having won four
straight including wins over nationally ranked Florida State and Tennessee in
the Peach Bowl.

WAKE FOREST:

• Wake Forest is 5-5 in its last ten season openers including a 3-3 mark on
the road. Saturday’s game marks the first time since 1992 that the Deacons will
open the season against a conference opponent (UNC, L, 17-35). In the last ten
years, Wake Forest is 2-8 in ACC openers with wins coming against NC State
(2003, 38-24) and at Clemson (1998, 29-19).

• The Demon Deacons scored five defensive touchdowns in 2003 - one more than in
the previous eight seasons combined. The Deacons scored three touchdowns via
fumble returns and two on interceptions.

• Wake Forest has rushed for at least 300 yards against Clemson each of the last
two years, including 365 yards the last time the two teams played at Clemson
(2002).

CLEMSON:

• Clemson has won 15 of its last 20 season openers and is 79-21-8 all-time.
In the last ten years, Clemson is 5-5 in ACC openers including a 3-2 mark at
home and a victory over Wake Forest in 2000. This marks the first time since
1996 that the Tigers will open the season against a conference opponent (at UNC,
L, 0-45).

• Clemson's 53 wins over Wake Forest is more than any other ACC team. Tommy
Bowden has a 4-1 record against Wake Forest in his career, but three of the wins
have been by nine points or less, including 2002's 31-23 come-from-behind
victory in Death Valley in which the Tigers erased a nine-point, second-half
deficit scoring the game's final 17 points.

• Clemson enters the 2004 season ranked No. 15 in the AP preseason poll. It is
the highest preseason ranking for the Tigers since 1992, when Clemson opened the
season at No. 13. Since 1992, Clemson has found a spot in the preseason AP poll
eight times.

Duke (4-8 in 2003)

at Navy (8-5 in 2003)

HDNet; 6:00 p.m.

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)

THE GAME: Saturday’s game marks the 34th meeting between Duke and Navy with
the Midshipmen holding a 16-12-5 all-time series lead. The two teams have split
the last ten games but Duke has won two straight including the last meeting back
in 2002 when the Blue Devils cruised to a 43-17 victory in Annapolis. Navy is
8-4 against Duke on their home turf.

THE COACHES: Ted Roof enters his first full season as head coach of the Duke
Blue Devils after posting a 2-3 mark in five games as interim head coach last
season. Roof led the Blue Devils to their first conference win in 30 games, a
span of three plus years, as Duke recorded a 41-17 win over Georgia Tech in
Durham. Paul Johnson is 10-15 after two seasons at Navy. After going 2-10 in his
first season, Johnson quadrupled his win total last year leading the Midshipmen
to an 8-5 record and propelling Navy to its first bowl game since 1996.

NAVY:

• The eight wins last season equaled Navy's win total for the previous four
years combined and the six-game improvement was the second-best turnaround in
the country. The Mids also became just the sixth team in NCAA history to go from
a winless season to a bowl game in two years or less.

• Navy's potent triple option offense led the nation in rushing, averaging a
school-record 323.2 yards per contest. The Mids also set school records for
rushing yards (4,202), yards per rush (5.5), rushing touchdowns (44), total
offense (5,506), total offense per game (431.4) and yards per play (6.0) in
2003.

• QB Craig Candeto, FB Kyle Eckel and slot backs Eric Roberts and Tony Lane all
rushed for over 1,000 yards in their career, marking just the second time in
NCAA history that a team has had four 1,000-yard career rushers on the same
team.

DUKE:

• Duke is opening the season with a non-conference opponent for just the
fifth time in the past 13 years. When Duke takes the field against Navy for the
season opener, it will be the first non-conference, non-North Carolina opponent
for the Blue Devils since facing South Carolina back in 1991.

• Of the 11 schools on Duke's schedule this season, seven went on to play in
bowl games last year while nine schools posted records of .500 or better. The
Blue Devils' three non-conference opponents (Navy, Connecticut and The Citadel)
posted a combined ledger of 23-14 in 2003.

• The Blue Devils will open the season with three straight road games for just
the sixth time in school history. The last time Duke kicked off the season with
three away games was 1981 when the Blue Devils played Ohio State, South Carolina
and Virginia. 1965 marks the only year that Duke opened a season with three
straight wins on the road (Virginia, South Carolina and Rice).

Northern Illinois (10-2 in 2003)

at #21 Maryland (10-3 in 2003)

6:00 p.m.

Byrd Stadium (51,500)

THE GAME: The series is tied at 1-1 between both teams. This is the second
straight season that the two teams will face each other in the season opener.
Last season the Huskies posted a 20-13 overtime victory over the Terrapins as
Dan Sheldon caught a 20 yard pass from Josh Haidi in overtime. Northern
Illinois' Randee Drew intercepted a Scott McBrien pass in the extra period to
seal the victory for the Huskies.

THE COACHES: Ralph Friedgen is 31-8 in his fourth season at Maryland and is
the first coach in ACC history to lead a team to three straight seasons of 10
wins or more. Friedgen led the Terps to the ACC title in 2001 and three-straight
bowl appearances. Joe Novak enters his ninth season at Northern Illinois with an
overall record of 38-52. He has led the Huskies to four consecutive winning
seasons including and a top two finish in the MAC in three straight years.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS:

• Northern Illinois finished the 2003 campaign at 10-2 with wins over
Maryland, Alabama and Iowa State. The Huskies made their way into the national
polls last season reaching as high as No. 12 in the nation for two consecutive
weeks.

• The Huskies return 41 letterwinners and 14 of 24 starters overall - seven on
offense, six on defense and one on special teams. Josh Haidi is back after
starting all 12 games at QB last year. He compiled a .592 completion percentage
while throwing for 25 TDs and nine interceptions. He owns an 18-6 mark as the
Huskies starting quarterback.

• Northern Illinois will look to fill some large shoes at the tailback position
this season. Last year, Michael Turner gained 1,648 yards on 310 carries with 14
TDs. This season A.J. Harris returns with the most experience having rushed for
272 yards on 65 carries while scoring only twice.

MARYLAND:

• Maryland has not lost a season opener at home since 1997 when the Terrapins
fell to Ohio 21-14. The last time Maryland opened the season with three straight
non-conference opponents was in 2000 as the Terps posted a 2-1 record. Maryland
faced Temple (W), West Virginia (L) and Middle Tennessee (W) in those three
games. The last time Maryland opened the season with two straight homes games
was in 2001 when the Terrapins started with seven consecutive victories.

• A two-time first-team All-ACC selection, placekicker Nick Novak, needs just
three points to surpass Scott Bentley of Florida State as the league's all-time
scoring leader. Currently second in the ACC with 324 points, Novak has made 64
of 84 field goal attempts in his career.

• Josh Allen returns for his junior year after leading the Terrapins in rushing
with 922 yards. He has averaged 5.5 yards per carry in his career with eight TDs
in each of his first two seasons.

Richmond (2-9 in 2003)

at NC State (8-5 in 2003)

6:00 p.m.

Carter-Finley Stadium (53,800)

THE GAME: NC State and Richmond will meet for the first time in 23 years and
for the 19th time overall when the two teams tangle under the lights of
Carter-Finley Stadium. Last time out in 1981, the Wolfpack downed the Spiders
27-21 in Raleigh in the season opener for both teams. This will be the fifth
time that NC State has opened its season against Richmond posting a 3-1 record.
The Wolfpack is 16-1-1 all-time against the Spiders including a 3-0 mark at
home.

THE COACHES: NC State head coach Chuck Amato begins his fifth year at the
helm of the Wolfpack having compiled an overall record of 34-17 (.667). He has
led NC State to four consecutive bowl appearances (3-1). Dave Clawson became
Richmond's 32nd head coach when he was hired on Feb. 23, 2004. He was the DI-AA
National Coach of the Year in 2002 while accumulating a 29-29 record in five
season at Fordham.

RICHMOND:

• Richmond is 53-60-7 all-time in season openers. The Spiders have lost their
last four season openers to Division I-A teams with their last victory coming in
1985 against Virginia Tech. For the 11th time in program history, the Spiders
begin their season with three consecutive road games. The last time Richmond
opened with three on the road was 1997 when the Spiders went 2-1.

• The Spiders are a combined 26-120-10 all-time against current members of the
ACC. The last time Richmond defeated a member of the ACC was on Sept. 6, 1985
when the Spiders captured a 24-14 win at Virginia Tech

• Junior Stacy Tutt begins his first collegiate season as the Spiders' starting
quarterback. He has started four games in his career including the final three
of 2003. His lone win as a starter came in his first start, a 35-13 win at
William & Mary in 2002.

NC STATE:

• NC State has won seven straight season openers including five in a row at
home. The Wolfpack have not lost a season opener to a non-conference opponent
since 1987, a 32-14 loss at home versus East Carolina, a string of 15 straight.

• The Wolfpack have scored in 104 consecutive games, a school record and the
fifth-longest scoring streak in ACC history. NC State has scored a league high
18 non-offensive touchdowns the past two seasons, while 20 different players
have scored at least one touchdown in 2003.

• For the first time in five seasons, a new quarterback will start for NC State.
Junior Jay Davis has been given the starting nod to replace Philip Rivers. Davis
has seen action in ten games over the last two seasons as Rivers' understudy.
Last season Davis was 9-10 with one touchdown and no interceptions. Defensively,
NC State is the only team in the ACC to return three players who had 100 or more
tackles a season ago - Andre Maddox (145), Pat Thomas (130) and Freddie Aughtry-Lindsay
(103).

Monday, September 6

#5 Florida State (10-3, 7-1 ACC in 2003)

at #6 Miami (11-2 in 2003)

ABC; 8:00 p.m.

Orange Bowl (72,319)

THE GAME: Monday night’s nationally-televised affair on ABC marks the 49th
meeting between these two long-time rivals but the first as conference
opponents. Miami has won the last five meetings and leads the all-time series
28-20. The Hurricanes won both meetings in 2003 downing the Seminoles in
Tallahassee (22-14) and then besting them again in the Orange Bowl (16-14) to
finish the season. Three of the last five wins for Miami have been by three
points or less. This will be the fifth time that both these teams have met to
open the season. The previous four contests have all been played at the Orange
Bowl with each school winning two games (2-2). The winners of those four games
have not allowed the opposition to score.

1988: Miami 31, Florida State 0

1964: Florida State 14, Miami 0

1963: Florida State 24, Miami 0

1953: Miami 27, Florida State 0

THE COACHES: Bobby Bowden is 269-67-4 in 28 years at FSU and 342-99-4 in 38
seasons overall .... Bowden is the all-time winningest Division I-A head coach
with his 342 career victories. Larry Coker is 35-3 in his first three years at
Miami.

FLORIDA STATE:

• Florida State has won 14 consecutive season openers including five wins at
neutral sites and three on the road. The Seminoles have yet to drop a season
opener against a conference opponent since joining the league back in 1992
(6-0).

• Seminole QB Chris Rix enters his senior season with a 24-10 record in 34
career starts. He is eighth on the ACC career list for total offense (8,333) and
tenth in passing yards (7,525). Rix threw for 3,107 yards and 23 TDs a year ago
and has thrown for 200 or more yards 28 times, including seven games of 300
yards.

• FSU is one of only two ACC teams to return all five offensive linemen. While
on the defensive end, the Seminoles return a league-low four starters.

MIAMI:

• Miami has won eight straight season openers including seven in a row at
home. The last season opening loss for the Hurricanes came at the hands of the
University of Florida back in 1985. The Hurricanes have outscored their
opponents 356-61 at home during this span.

• Brock Berlin returns for his second season as the starting quarterback for the
Hurricanes. Last year, Berlin threw for 2,419 yards and 12 TDs. Berlin was third
among Big East quarterbacks with a .599 completion percentage and threw for over
300 yards twice. Berlin is 2-0 in his career aganst FSU with both victories
coming last season.

• Miami has led the nation in pass defense in each of the past two seasons and
finished second in 2001. Over the past three seasons, the Hurricanes have
allowed only 132.7 yards per game while intercepting 56 passes. Over the past
two years, Miami has scored 21 touchdowns via non-offensive means.

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