This Week in ACC Football

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Standings Conference Overall
Atlantic Coast Conference - Atlantic W-L PF PA W-L PF PA STRK
Boston College 3-1 96 88 6-1 198 98 W4
Florida State 3-1 100 74 5-1 200 98 L1
Maryland 2-1 91 73 4-2 171 131 W3
Clemson 2-3 129 117 3-3 154 141 W1
N.C. State 1-3 67 96 2-3 121 106 L1
Wake Forest 1-3 97 125 2-5 164 214 L2

Standings Conference Overall
Atlantic Coast Conference - Coastal W-L PF PA W-L PF PA STRK
Virginia Tech 3-0 116 23 6-0 236 54 W6
Miami 2-1 95 47 5-1 179 60 W5
Georgia Tech 2-2 83 99 4-2 134 126 W1
Virginia 2-2 114 101 4-2 172 144 W1
North Carolina 1-1 52 51 2-3 102 151 L1
Duke 0-4 24 170 1-6 106 236 L4


conference games
highlight a six-game Week 8 schedule ... five ACC teams are ranked in this
week’s polls ...   the ACC has four teams - Virginia Tech (3), Miami (6),
Florida State (11), Boston College (13) - ranked among the top 13 teams in the
AP poll for the first time ever ... the ACC is 22-7 in non-league play,
including a 2-1 mark against ranked opponents ... 42 of the league’s first 56
games have been televised ... Maryland LB D’Qwell Jackson leads the nation in
tackles per game (14.4) ... Clemson’s Charlie Whitehurst is 10th among ACC
career passing (8,394) and total offense (8,296) leaders ... Wake Forest’s Chris
Barclay is 13th among ACC career rushing leaders (3,582), Georgia Tech’s P.J.
Daniels is 29th (2,910) ... Virginia’s Connor Hughes has made 58 of 70 career
field goal attempts and is 14th on the league’s career scoring list with 291
points, teammate Wali Lundy is 22nd with 252 points ... Boston College’s Will
Blackmon leads all active Division IA players in kickoff return yardage (2,458)
and is 46 yards shy of totaling 3,000 career yards in kickoff and punt returns
... Wake Forest’s Ryan Plackemeier is the ACC’s all-time leading punter (44.7),
Maryland’s Adam Podlesh is seventh (43.5) ... Florida State’s Drew Weatherford
has thrown for over 300 yards three times this season and leads all freshmen
nationally in passing yardage (1,602) and TD passes (11) ... Miami has been
ranked in 96 consecutive AP polls ... the Hurricanes lead the nation in total
defense (227.2), pass defense (127.2) and passing efficiency defense (75.4) ...
Virginia Tech is first in scoring defense (9.0) while NC State leads in kickoff
returns (35.6).



Matthew Ryan's
26-yard scoring pass to Kevin Challenger with 1:18 left in the game as the
Eagles won their fourth-straight with a 35-30 win over Wake Forest Saturday … in
two drives, Ryan completed 7-of-9 passes for 134 yards and two scores … LB/FB
Brian Toal  has scored six touchdowns this season on 20 carries and is third on
the team with 36 tackles, including 5.5 TFLs … Will Blackmon leads all active
Division-IA players in career kickoff return yardage (2,458) … BC leads the ACC
and is ranked fifth nationally in rushing defense (77.7), their lowest rushing
yield since a 70.3 per game average in 1990.


The Tigers are
one of only two Division I-A teams to not have lost a fumble this season … PK
Jad Dean has made 26 of 30 career field goal attempts ... James Davis ran for a
career-high 143 yards in Thursday’s 31-10 win at NC State and is one of two ACC
freshmen to lead his team in rushing (72.2) ... Davis has scored two touchdowns
in each of his past two games ...QB Charlie Whitehurst has seven career 300-yard
passing games and is eighth among ACC career passing leaders (8,532) and 10th in
both total offense (8,659) ... Whitehurst has completed 29-of-46 (63.0) of his
third down passes this season.


The Blue Devils
have intercepted seven passes in their last six games … junior CB John Talley
has 10 career interceptions - tops among active players in the ACC … Talley
ranks fourth all-time in the ACC with 245 career interception return yards … TB
Justin Boyle ran for 88 yards on 27 carries against Georgia Tech Saturday and
leads the team in rushing with 365 yards … the Blue Devils are fourth in the ACC
in passing yardage defense (182.5) … DT Clifford Respress made his first career
start against Georgia Tech, becoming the fifth true freshman to start for Duke
this season.


Weatherford completed 35-of-59 passes for 359 yards and a touchdown in
Saturday's 26-21 loss at Virginia …Weatherford leads the ACC in passing yardage
(267.0) and leads all freshmen nationally in passing yards (1,602), touchdown
passes (11) and total offense (1,576) … over his last five games Weatherford has
completed 62 percent of his passes and has averaged 307.0 yards passing per game
… senior TB Leon Washington is 10th on FSU's career rushing list with 1,883
yards … the Seminoles lead the ACC in total offense (435.7), their highest per
game average since a 549.0 mark in 2000.

Georgia Tech

Reserve RB
Tashard Choice rushed for a career-high 107 yards and two touchdowns as Tech
snapped a two-game losing streak with a 35-10 victory over Duke Saturday … the
Jackets lead the ACC and are second nationally with 14 passes intercepted …TB
P.J. Daniels is 29th among ACC career rushing leaders with 2,910 yards …  QB
Reggie Ball is fifth on Tech's all-time passing yardage list (5,203) and fourth
in total offense (6,078) … WR Calvin Johnson has six career 100-yard games,
leads the ACC in receiving yards per game (96.8) and is averaging 17.7 yards per
catch in his career.


Maryland has
won three in a row and is averaging 210.7 yards rushing over that span … QB Sam
Hollenbach has thrown for 215-or-more yards in five of his six games and leads
the ACC in total offense (264.3), is third in passing efficiency (144.0) and is
averaging 7.5 yards per play - the top figure among ACC quarterbacks … TE Vernon
Davis has had 13 receptions of 20 yards or more and is averaging 20.4  yards per
catch ... sophomore Lance Ball leads the team in rushing with 346 yards and is
averaging 5.3 yards per carry ... LB D'Qwell Jackson is the nation’s leading
tackler, averaging 14.4 tackles per game.


QB Kyle Wright
threw four touchdown passes in the first 19 minutes as the Hurricanes extended
their win streak to five in a row with a 34-3 victory over Temple Saturday … WR
Sinorice Moss had three catches for 122 yards, including a 92-yard TD pass
against the Owls and is fourth in the ACC in receiving yards per game (63.2) and
second in yards per catch (21.1) … Miami is ranked sixth in both polls this week
and has been ranked in 96 consecutive AP polls … in the last three games Miami
has allowed opponents to complete only 35 percent of their passes (25-of-71) for
57.7 yards per outing.

North Carolina

Four of the Tar
Heels' next five games are in Kenan Stadium … UNC's schedule is ranked as the
nation's  sixth toughest by the Sagarin Computer and their next four games are
against opponents who are a combined 19-6 … senior QB Matt Baker has passed for
220 or more yards in four of his first five starts and is third in the ACC in
passing yards per game (245.8) and first in yards per completion (15.0) …
freshman Brandon Tate is third in the ACC and sixth nationally in kickoff
returns (32.2) … the Tar Heels are second in the ACC and tied for 14th
nationally in QB sacks (3.2) …WR Jarwarski Pollock is second among UNC career
reception leaders (160).

NC State

Three of the
Wolfpack’s next four games are on the road ...WR Brian Clark  is averaging 22.5
yards per catch (10-for-225) ... Toney Baker is one of two ACC freshmen to lead
his team in rushing (51.6) and has scored five of NC State’s 14  touchdowns this
season ... QB Jay Davis has completed 61 percent of his passes for 1,165 yards
and six TDs and is ninth on the school’s career passing list with 3,446 yards
... Darrell Blackman leads the nation in kickoff returns (41.6), is 23rd in
all-purpose yardage (141.4) and has 10 plays of 20 or more yards, including five
plays of 50+ yards.


Marques Hagans
completed 27-of-36 passes for a career-high 306 yards and two touchdowns in
Saturday's 26-21 victory over fourth-ranked Florida State 26-21 … TE Jonathan
Stupar caught five passes against FSU for 66 yards and a score … over his last
seven games Hagans is averaging 253.7 yards per game in total offense and has
accounted for 15 touchdowns … Hagans has a career completion percentage of 62.4
and is ranked 12th among ACC career passing efficiency leaders (136.93) … PK
Connor Hughes has made 58 of 70 career field goal attempts (82.9) and is 14th on
the ACC career scoring list with 291 points.

Virginia Tech

The Hokies have
won 14 straight regular season games and are ranked third in both the AP and
coaches polls ... Marcus Vick has completed 68 percent of his passes for 1,043
yards and 10 touchdowns ... Tech has turned the ball over only twice this season
and is second nationally in turnover margin (+2.00) … Brandon Pace has made 32
of 39 career field goal attempts (82.1) ... Tech is 6-0 in league road games
since joining the league in 2004 ... the Hokies have out-scored their opponents
236-to-54 ... TE Jeff King has scored four touchdowns on 15 receptions this


35-30 loss at Boston College marked the 29th time over the last five years that
the Deacons have been in a game decided by a touchdown or less … senior TB Chris
Barclay is 13th on the ACC career rushing list (3,582) and 26th among career
all-purpose yardage leaders (4,211) … Barclay is tied with FSU's Warrick Dunn
(1993-96) for seventh place in ACC history with 37 rushing touchdowns … senior P
Ryan Plackemeier is the ACC's all-time leading punter (44.66) … the Deacons are
the only team in the ACC to rush for 200 or more yards per game and are 23rd
nationally in rushing offense (205.4).



Virginia Tech
and Clemson are the only two teams in Division I-A to not have lost a fumble
this season.


With Saturday’s
35-30 win over Wake Forest, Boston College became the second ACC team to become
bowl eligible.


Adam Podlesh is two punt attempts shy of leading the ACC and ranking fourth
nationally in punting ... Podlesh is averaging an even 46 yards per punt this


In five seasons
under Ralph Friedgen, Maryland is 3-2 versus AP-ranked teams in Byrd Stadium ...
in the prior 17 seasons to Friedgen’s arrival, the Terps were 0-32-2 vs.
AP-ranked teams at home.


For the first
time ever, four ACC teams - Virginia Tech (3), Miami (Florida State (4), Miami
(9) - are ranked in the Top 13 of the AP poll.


Over the last
six seasons, Georgia Tech is 6-4 versus AP-ranked opponents on the road.


Virginia Tech
is 6-0 in league road games since joining the league in 2004.


Virginia Tech’s
Marcus Vick is averaging 9.7 yards per pass attempt in 2005 - the third best
mark in ACC history.


quarterback Marques Hagans completed 27 of 36 passes for 306 yards in Saturday’s
26-21 win over No. 4 Florida State ... Hagans is ranked 12th among ACC career
passing efficiency leaders (136.93) and has a career completion percentage of


Georgia Tech
leads the ACC and is second nationally with 14 interceptions.


Virginia Tech
has won 14 straight regular season games.


D’Qwell Jackson leads all Division I-A players in tackles per game (14.4).


North Carolina
QB Matt Baker has thrown for 220 yards or more in four of his first five starts
and leads the ACC in yards per completion (15.0).


Career punt
return average of Miami’s Devin Hester (32-for-551) ... the current ACC career
record is 17.1 yards per return set by South Carolina’s Bobby Bryant (1964-66).


Over its last
three games Miami has allowed opponents to complete only 35 percent of their
passes (25-of-71) for 57.7 yards per outing.


Yards needed by
Boston College’s Will Blackmon to reach the 3,000-yard mark in career kickoff
and punt return yardage ... Blackmon leads all active Division IA players in
kickoff return yardage (2,458).


Larry Coker is 49-7 (.875 in his fifth season as the Hurricanes head coach.


Since 1999,
Miami has scored more touchdowns (55) on various returns (punts, kickoffs,
fumbles or interceptions) than any team in the nation.


Yards needed by
Wake Forest’s Chris Barclay to move past NC State’s Joe McIntosh (1981-84) and
into 12th place on the ACC career rushing list ... Barclay is currently 13th
with 3,582 yards.


Georgia Tech’s
Calvin Johnson is averaging 5.3 receptions and 96.8 receiving yards per game and
is bidding to become the first Yellow Jacket to lead the ACC in receiving since
Harvey Middleton did so in 1996.


Virginia Tech’s
Marcus Vick leads the ACC and is second nationally in passing efficiency (177.2)
and has thrown a league-high 10 TD passes ... the ACC single-season passing
efficiency record is 170.5 set by NC State’s Phillip Rivers in 2003.


Duke junior CB
John Talley is fourth on the ACC's all-time interception return yardage list
with 245 yards ... Talley leads active ACC players with 10 career interceptions.


Maryland QB Sam
Hollenbach has thrown for 215-or-more yards in five of his six starts in 2005
and leads the ACC in total offense (264.3).


Florida State
QB Drew Weatherford leads all freshmen nationally with 1,602 yards passing and
11 TD passes.


Forest’s Chris Barclay is 26th among ACC career all-purpose yardage leaders with
4,211 yards.


Freshmen Single
Season Passing Yards

Player, Team                                     
Year                 Yards

1.      Philip Rivers, NCS                    
2000                3,054

2.      Chris Rix, FSU                          
2001                2,734

3.      Ben Bennett, Duke                  
1980                2,050

4.      Reggie Ball, GT                        
2003                1,996

5.      Darian Durant, UNC                
2001                1,843

6.      Shawn Jones, GT                      
1989                1,748

  7.       Drew
Weatherford, FSU                       2005                      1,602

8.      Jamie Barnette, NCS                 
1996                1,594

9.      Charlie Whitehurst, Clem.        
2002                1,554

10.    Spence Fisher, Duke                
1992                1,505

11.    Joe Hamilton, GT                      
1996                1,342


Freshmen Single Season Total Offense  

Player, Team                                     
Year                 Yards

1.      Chris Rix, FSU                          
2001                3,123

2.      Philip Rivers, NCS                    
2000                2,969

3.      Reggie Ball, GaT                      
2003                2,380

4.      Shawn Jones, GaT                    
1989                2,078

5.      Darian Durant, UNC                
2001                1,971

6.      Ben Bennett, Duke                  
1980                1,840

7.      Jamie Barnette, NCS                 
1996                1,657

8.      Joe Hamilton, GaT                    
1996                1,590

  9.       Drew
Weatherford, FSU                       2005                      1,576

10.    Charlie Whitehurst, Clem.        
2002                1,534

11.    Calvin McCall, Md.                   
1999                1,520


Thursday, October

#3 Virginia Tech (6-0, 3-0 ACC)

at Maryland (4-2, 2-1 ACC)

ESPN; 7:30 pm

Byrd Stadium (51,500)


The Series:   
Maryland leads

                     Maryland leads 4-2-0 in College Park, Md.

The Coaches:
Frank Beamer: 141-77-2 (19) at Va. Tech; 183-100-4 overall (25)

                     Ralph Friedgen: 40-16-0 (5) at Maryland; 40-16-0 overall

Game Preview:
Virginia Tech and Maryland square-off for the second straight year
in ESPN’s Thursday night football...the Hokies have won two straight in the
series with both victories coming in Blacksburg, while Maryland has won nine of
the last 12...this is only the second meeting between the two teams in the last
12 23 of the 27 meetings, the losing team has been held to nine
points or less...Virginia Tech is looking to go 7-0 for the first time since
2002 when the Hokies started 8-0...Maryland as won three straight - its longest
streak since winning five in a row to close the 2003 season...Virginia Tech has
allowed just one TD in the last 11 quarters of ACC play...the Terps have
recorded two straight 200+ yard rushing games. 

Last Time Out:
Last year, Virginia
Tech posted a 55-6 victory outrushing the Terrapins 239 to 56 in
Blacksburg...the Hokies used four first half turnovers to take a 41-3 halftime
lead...Cedric Humes led all rushers with 85 yards, while Mike Imoh tallied a
pair of rushing TDs...the Terps’ Sam Hollenbach went 5-for-8 for 53 yards.


Saturday, October

#23 Virginia (4-2, 2-2 ACC)

at North Carolina (2-3, 1-1 ACC)

JP/Raycom Sports; 12:00 pm

Kenan Stadium (60,000)


The Series:   
North Carolina leads

                     North Carolina leads 28-10-3 in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Coaches:
Al Groh: 34-23-0 (5) at Virginia; 60-63-0 overall (11)

                     John Bunting: 21-33-0 (5) at North Carolina; 59-47-2
overall (10)

Game Preview:

North Carolina welcomes
23rd-ranked Virginia to Kenan Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the JP/Raycom ACC
Game of the the South’s oldest rivalry, the Tar Heels and Cavaliers
are meeting for the 110th time, the most played series in the ACC...Virginia has
won three in a row and 15 of the last 20 in the series...North Carolina is
unbeaten in six of the last 10 games vs. the Cavs at home...both teams have
averaged 879.8 yards of total offense over the last four games...Virginia has
posted back-to-back games of 500+ yards of total offense, while registering
three straight 200+ rushing games...the Tar Heels are looking for consecutive
home victories for just the fourth time in the last four years.

 Last Time Out:
Last year, UVa downed UNC 56-24, tallying the most points against
an ACC opponent since 1996...the Cavs scored on their first six offensive
possessions as TB Wali Lundy scored the first three TDs...Marquis Weeks tied an
ACC record with a 100-yard kickoff return...Matt Baker was 8-of-9 for 171 yards
and a TD to pace UNC. 


Saturday, October

Georgia Tech (4-2, 2-2 ACC)

at #6 Miami (5-1, 2-1 ACC)

ABC; 12:00 pm

Orange Bowl (72,319)


The Series:   
Georgia Tech leads

                     Miami leads 1-0-0 in Miami, Fla.

The Coaches:
Chan Gailey: 25-19-0 (4) at Georgia Tech; 49-30-0 overall (7)

                     Larry Coker: 49-7-0 (5) at Miami; 49-7-0 overall (5)     

Game Preview:

Georgia Tech travels to the
Orange Bowl to face sixth-ranked Miami for only the second time in a game shown
regionally on ABC at 12:00 pm...the Hurricanes won the only other meeting on
their home turf,  49-7 in 1967...this is just the third meeting between both
teams since 1978...Georgia Tech had won four in a row in the series prior to
Miami’s current two game-winning streak...the Canes have won five straight after
dropping their season opener and have outscored the opposition 136-20 in the
last four...the Yellow Jackets rushed for a season-high 257 yards last weekend
vs. Duke and have gained over 100 yards on the ground in five of six games in
2005...GT is second in the ACC in turnover margin (+7) and defensive TDs
(2)...Miami is unbeaten at home this year (3-0).

Last Time Out:

Last year, Miami posted a 27-3
victory as Brock Berlin threw for three TDs and TB Frank Gore rushed for 124
yards...Miami got out to a fast start taking a 20-3 halftime advantage...Kyle
Wright was 4-of-6 for 24 yards...the Jackets’ Reggie Ball threw for 68 yards
while Chris Woods rushed for 74...UM forced four GT turnovers.  

Saturday, October


at Clemson (3-3, 2-3 ACC)

Comcast; 12:40 pm

Memorial Stadium (81,473)


The Series:   
Clemson leads 1-0-0

                     Clemson leads 1-0-0 in Clemson, S.C.

The Coaches:
Bobby Wallace: 19-67-0 (8) at Temple; 101-103-1 overall (18)

                     Tommy Bowden: 47-32-0 (7) at Clemson; 65-36-0 overall (9)

Game Preview:
Temple travels to
Clemson on Saturday afternoon in a game slated to kickoff at 12:40 pm...the two
teams meet for only the second time overall and for the first time since the
1991 season...this is the second non-conference opponent for the Tigers in 2005
having defeated Texas A&M at home to open the year...under Tommy Bowden at home
vs. non-conference opponents, Clemson has posted a record of 13-2-0 including
five straight wins...the Tigers recorded season-highs in rushing yards (243) and
total offense (489) last week at NC State...five of the six games played by
Clemson in 2005 have been decided by six points or less (2-3)...Temple faces an
ACC opponent for the third consecutive week scoring just 10 points in the first
two games (vs. MD & UM). 

Last Time Out:
In 1991, CU posted a
37-7 victory at home over the Owls...Temple had a 7-0 lead after the first
quarter thanks to a 1-yard catch by Bryant Garvin, but the Tigers then rattled
off 37 straight points...Clemson rushed for 222 yards while limiting the Owls to
just 89...four Tiger defenders combined for 10 TFL and three sacks. 


Saturday, October

#11 Florida State (5-1, 3-1 ACC)

at Duke (1-6, 0-4 ACC)

ESPNU; 3:30 pm

Wallace Wade Stadium (33,941)


The Series:   
Florida State leads

                     Florida State leads 4-0-0 in Durham, N.C.

The Coaches:
Bobby Bowden: 283-71-4 (30) at FSU; 356-103-4 overall (40)

                     Ted Roof: 5-18-0 (3) at Duke; 5-18-0 overall (3)          

Game Preview:
11th-ranked Florida State makes the trek to Durham, N.C. to face
Duke in a game televised on ESPNU at 3:30 pm...the Seminoles have won all 13
games in the series, the second longest current winning streak in the
ACC...Florida State has scored 44 or more points in 12 of the 13 games...the
Seminoles have outscored Duke 207-54 in four games played at Duke...the Blue
Devils rank third in the league in time of possession (32:02), while FSU ranks
12th (27:26)...Duke sits fourth in the ACC in pass defense averaging 182.3 yards
per game...FSU has recorded three straight games of 300+ yards passing, while
the Seminole defense has held the opposition to under 100 yards rushing in four
of their six games this season.

Last Time Out:
Last year, FSU’s Gary
Cismesia tied a school record with five FGs as the Seminoles posted a 29-7 win
over Duke...QB Wyatt Sexton came off the bench and threw for 220 yards and a
TD...Lorenzo Booker rushed for 130 yards on 15 carries...Duke’s Cedric Dargan
scored a TD and Mike Schneider threw for 155 yards. 


Saturday, October

NC State (2-3, 1-3 ACC)

at Wake Forest (2-5, 1-3 ACC)

3:30 pm

Stadium (31,500)


The Series:   
NC State leads

                     NC State leads 21-12-1 in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The Coaches:
Chuck Amato: 41-26-0 (6) at NC State; 41-26-0 overall (6)      

                     Jim Grobe: 24-30-0 (5) at Wake Forest; 57-63-1 overall (11)

Game Preview:
Wake Forest welcomes NC State to Groves Stadium in the 99th
meeting between both teams - the third most played series in the ACC...NC State
has won four of the last five games, while the Deacs have tallied wins in three
of the last four at home in the series...Wake Forest has rushed for 200+ yards
in four of the last six games against NC State including back-to-back games of
202 yards...the Wolfpack are looking for consecutive road wins for the first
time since 2002 when NC State opened the year with four straight road
wins...since taking over at QB, Cory Randolph has posted the highest completion
percentage (70.7) in the league...NC State leads the ACC in kickoff return
yardage (35.4) and kickoff coverage allowing just 7.7 yards a return. 

Last Time Out:
Last year, NC State
rallied from 14 points down at the half to  garner a 27-21 OT victory over
Wake...the Wolfpack’s T.A. McLendon finished with 139 yards on the ground and
two TDs and Jay Davis threw for 244 yards...Micah Andrews rushed for two TDs and
Marcus McGruder returned an INT for a TD to pace the Deacs.

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