This Week in ACC Football
Conference Points Overall Points
Team W L T For Opp Pct W L T For Opp Pct
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Florida State...5 0 0 161 44 1.000 6 1 0 222 73 .857
Maryland........2 1 0 64 62 .667 5 2 0 209 102 .714
Virginia........3 2 0 133 86 .600 4 3 0 199 133 .571
NC State........2 2 0 109 116 .500 5 3 0 286 225 .625
Clemson.........2 2 0 91 68 .500 4 3 0 156 129 .571
Georgia Tech....2 2 0 69 81 .500 4 3 0 123 125 .571
Wake Forest.....2 2 0 111 88 .500 4 3 0 187 148 .571
North Carolina..0 3 0 47 122 .000 1 6 0 180 259 .143
Duke............0 4 0 40 158 .000 2 5 0 106 213 .286
Florida State’s Bobby Bowden ties Penn State’s Joe Paterno for first place on
the Division I-A coaching victories list with 338 ... NC State’s Philip Rivers
is sixth on the NCAA’s all-time passing list with 11,532 yards ... Rivers needs
only 361 more yards to become the first player in ACC history to have three
seasons with 3,000-or-more yards passing ... Florida State has scored in 192
consecutive games ... UVa’s Matt Schaub has thrown for 1,207 yards and eight TDs
in his last four games ... FSU QB Chris Rix has thrown a touchdown pass in 26 of
his 29 career games ... Clemson QB Charlie Whitehurst is averaging 267.2 yards
passing in his 12 career starts ... Maryland’s Nick Novak has made 49 of his
last 57 field goal attempts ... Virginia’s Heath Miller set ACC career record
for most TD receptions by a tight end (13) ... NC State’s Jerricho Cotchery has
at least one reception in 34 straight games ... over his last four games Georgia
Tech’s true freshman QB Reggie Ball has averaged 247.0 yards per game in total
offense ... Duke Senterrio Landrum is third nationally in kickoff returns
Thursday, October 23
Maryland at Georgia Tech ESPN 7:45
Saturday, October 25
North Carolina at Clemson JP Noon
NC State at Duke 1:00
Troy State at Virginia 3:00
Wake Forest at Florida State ABC 3:30
By the Numbers:
0 - In Saturday’s 42-13 win over Duke Saturday, Wake Forest did not have a
turnover or commit a penalty.
1 - Yard needed by Maryland’s Bruce Perry to become the eighth Terp to reach the
2,000-yard plateau in career rushing yardage.
4 - Passes attempted by Wake Forest in its’ 42-13 win over Duke Saturday - the
fewest by the Deacons since attempting only three passes against North Carolina
6 - Number of touchdowns allowed by the Florida State defense in its first seven
games in 2003.
6 - Overtime games played by ACC teams this season - a league record ... ACC
teams are 2-3 in non-league overtime games in 2003 and 6-9 all-time.
10 - NC State leads the ACC with 10 scoring drives of 80 yards or longer.
10 - Clemson’s Kevin Youngblood has 10 straight games with three or more
13 - Consecutive field goals made by Virginia’s Connor Hughes ... Hughes is
third in the ACC in scoring (7.4).
26 - Florida State junior quarterback Chris Rix has thrown at least one
touchdown pass in 26 of his 29 career games.
30.6 - Duke’s Senterrio Landrum leads the ACC and is third nationally in kickoff
returns averging 30.6 yards per return.
30.8 - Over his last four games, FSU WR Craphonso Thorpe is averaging 30.8 yards
per catch (13-for-400).
34 - Consecutive games with at least one reception by NC State’s Jerricho
37 - Georgia Tech has not allowed a touchdown on the opponents’ opening drive in
37 consecutive games.
49 - Maryland placekicker Nick Novak has made 49 of his last 57 field goal
attempts (86%) ... four of Novak’s six misses have been from 50 yards or more.
74% - ACC field goal kickers have made good on 77 of 104 field goal attempts
(.740) in the first eight weeks of the season.
89.7 - League-leading per game rushing average by Virginia sophomore Wali Lundy
... Lundy has rushed for over 120 yards in five of his last eight games and has
seven 100-yard games in 15 career starts.
105.2 - Georgia Tech’s P.J. Daniels has averaged 105.2 yards rushing in his last
five games ... following his career-high 175-yard effort against Wake Forest
Saturday, Daniels moved into second in the ACC in rushing with an 89.0 yards per
130 - North Carolina QB Darian Durant has thrown 130 consecutive passes without
192 - Florida State has scored in 192 consecutive games, dating back to the
season opener of the 1988 season.
200 - ACC teams are 13-0 in 2003 when they rush for 200 or more yards.
247.0- Over his last four games, Georgia Tech QB Reggie Ball is averaging 247.0
yards in total offense ... Ball is already 10th among ACC’s freshmen passing
(1,276 yards) and total offense (1,448 yards) leaders.
269.5 - Over his last two games, Duke freshman QB Mike Schneider is averaging
269.5 yards per game in total offense.
300 - Five different ACC quarterbacks have thrown for 300 yards or more 12 times
this season ... a year ago the ACC had only ten 300-yard passing games.
338 - Career victories by Florida State’s Bobby Bowden tying him with Penn State’s Joe Paterno as the all-time winningest Division I-A head coach.
Passing yards needed by NC State’s Philip Rivers to become the first quarterback
in ACC history to pass for 3,000 or more yards in a single-season three times
... Florida State’s Chris Weinke (1999 & 2000), Duke’s Ben Bennett (1982 & 1983)
and Rivers are the only three ACC quarterbacks with multiple 3,000-yard seasons.
Yards thrown for by Virginia’s Matt Schaub in his last four games ... has thrown
for two TDs in each of the past four games ... has a 143.01 passing efficiency
mark on the season which, if he were eligible, would rank him second in the ACC
and 24th nationally ... Schaub will become eligible for statistical ranking
following Virginia’s game with Troy State this Saturday.
Yards passing by Clemson’s Charlie Whitehurst in his 12 career starts - a 267.2
yards per game average.
NC State’s Jerricho Cotchery is 13th on the ACC’s all-time receiving yardage
list with 2,483 yards.
Duke’s Chris Douglas moved into fifth place on the ACC Career All-Purpose
Yardage list with 5,022 yards.
NC State senior QB Philip Rivers is the ACC’s all-time leader in passing yardage
(11,532) and total offense (11,546) ... Rivers is currently sixth on the NCAA’s
all-time passing list ... has thrown for 300 yards or more in five of NC State’s
first eight games in 2003 ... .. has completed 70.5 of his passes and leads the
ACC and is ninth nationally in passing efficiency (156.6).
NCAA Career Passing Leaders
Player, Team Years Yards
1.Ty Detmer, BYU 1988-91 15,031
2.Tim Rattay, LaT 1997-99 12,746
3.Chris Redman, Louis. 1996-99 12,541
4.Kilff Kingsbury, TxT 1999-02 12,429
5.Luke McCown, LaT 2000-** 11,626
6.Philip Rivers, NCS 2000-** 11,532
7.Todd Santos, SDSU 1984-87 11,425
8.Carson Palmer, USC 1998-02 11,388
9.Tim Lester, WMU 1996-99 11,299
10.Peyton Manning, Tenn. 1994-97 11,201
Led by NC State’s Philip Rivers, six ACC quarterbacks are currently averaging
over 200 yards per game in total offense ... in addition, Virginia’s Matt Schaub
is averaging 254.4 yards per game in total offense, but needs one more game to
be ranked among ACC leaders ... the ACC record for most players averaging 200
yards or more in total offense is six in 1995, 1997 and 2001.
In his first three games coming back from a shoulder injury, Virginia QB Matt
Schaub has completed 121 of 168 passes (.720) for 1,207 yards and eight
touchdowns ... Schaub has thrown two touchdown passes in each of the past four
In Maryland’s first three games of the season, senior QB Scott McBrien was last
in the ACC with a passing efficiency rating of 89.2 ... over his last four
games, McBrien has a passing efficiency mark 147.3, completing 60 of 103 passes
for 904 yards and six TDs.
NC State senior QB Philip Rivers is bidding to become only the second Wolfpack
QB to lead the ACC in passing ... NC State’s Roman Gabriel led the ACC in
passing in 1961.
NC State’s Philip Rivers leads the ACC in yards per passing attempt at 8.32
yards per attempt ... ACC starting quarterbacks’ yards per pass attempt are as
Yards per Pass Attempt
Philip Rivers, NCS 8.32
Chris Rix, FSU 7.93
Scott McBrien, Md. 7.65
Cory Randolph, WF 7.34
Charlie Whitehurst, Clem. 7.15
Reggie Ball, GaT 6.58
Darian Durant, UNC 6.53
Mike Schneider, Duke 5.66
Wake Forest’s Ryan Plackemeier leads the ACC and is ranked fourth nationally in
punting and is bidding to become the first Deacon to lead the ACC in punting
since Martin Bailey did so in 1988 ... Plackemeier’s 46.15 average is currently
the second-best average in ACC history.
ACC Single-Season Punting Average
Brian Schmitz, UNC (1999) 47.81
Ryan Plackemeier, WF (2003) 46.15
Johnny Evans, NCS (1976) 46.13
Russ Henderson, UVa (1976) 45.91
Maryland placekicker Nick Novak leads the ACC in scoring (8.7) and is bidding to
become the first player to lead the ACC in scoring three times.
After gaining only 248 yards and averaging 3.1 yards per carry in Wake Forest’s
first five games, sophomore TB Chris Barclay has totaled 287 yards with a 7.0
yards per carry average in his last games.
Virginia’s Alvin Pearman tied an ACC single-game record with 16 receptions in
Saturday’s 19-14 loss to No. 7 Florida State ... Pearman had 134 yards on one
Since 1988, Florida State is 19-5 in games following a loss.
Following a 33-20 win over Duke (O11), Maryland’s Ralph Friedgen tied NC State’s
Lou Holtz and Clemson’s Danny Ford for most wins by an ACC coach in his third
season ... NC State’s Chuck Amato is sixth among fourth-year head coaches with
Career Wins in Third Year
Coach, School (Years) Record
Ralph Friedgen, Md. (01-03) 26-7-0
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) 25-12-0
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
Chuck Amato, NCS (00-03) 31-15-0
Jerry Claiborne, Md. (72-74) 30-15-2
Tommy Bowden, Clem. (99-02) 29-20-0
George O’Leary, GaT (95-98) 28-21-0
Dick Sheridan, NCS (86-89) 27-18-2
Tom Nugent, Md. (59-62) 24-16-0
UVa’s Miller set ACC record
Virginia sophomore tight end Heath Miller set an ACC record for most touchdown
catches by a tight end when he registered his 13th touchdown reception in 21
career games in Saturday’s 19-14 loss to seventh-ranked Florida State ... is
currently second among the nation’s tight ends in receptions (39) and third in
Career Touchown Receptions by ACC Tight Ends
Heath Miller, Virginia (02-**) 13
Ed Carrington, Virginia (64-66) 12
Bruce McGonnigal, Virginia (87-90) 12
John McMakin, Clemson (69-71) 12
ACC Game Previews:
Thursday, October 23
Maryland (5-2, 2-1 ACC)
at Georgia Tech (4-3, 2-2 ACC)
ESPN; 7:45 p.m.
Bobby Dodd Stadium (55,000)
THE GAME: Thursday night will mark the third-straight year and the sixth time
since 1995 that the two teams have met in a Thursday night ESPN game ...
Maryland holds a 3-2 advantage in Thursday night games, including wins the last
two years ... the Yellow Jackets lead the series 10-5 and have won four of the
last six meetings ... when playing in Atlanta, Georgia Tech posts a 6-1 record.
LAST YEAR: Terp tailback Chris Downs ran for a career-high 212 yards and three
touchdowns as Maryland scored 28 second-half points for a 34-10 victory ...
Georgia Tech QB A.J. Suggs threw for 272 yards on 28 of 45 passing.
THE COACHES: Chan Gailey is 11-9 in his second season at Georgia Tech and 35-20
in five seasons overall ... Ralph Friedgen is 26-7 in his third season at
Maryland has scored on its opening drive in 12 of its last 16 games ... Georgia
Tech has not allowed a touchdown on the opponents’ opening drive in 37
Georgia Tech sophomore P.J. Daniels has recorded three 100-yard rushing games
... Daniels currently ranks second in the ACC averaging 89.0 yards per game.
Terp placekicker Nick Novak leads all active ACC kickers with 54 career field
goals ... Novak currently ranks 14th in the league record book with 275 career
Yellow Jacket senior Jonathan Smith leads the ACC with 103.6 receiving yards per
game ... in Tech’s seven games this season, Smith has recorded four 100-yard
Saturday, October 25
North Carolina (1-6, 0-3 ACC)
at Clemson (4-3, 2-2 ACC)
JP; 12:00 noon
Memorial Stadium (81,474)
THE GAME: Clemson holds the upper hand in the series with a 32-18-1 record over
North Carolina ... when playing in Death Valley, the Tigers hold a 15-7
advantage ... over the past four seasons, the team that has recorded the most
rushing yards has won ... in recent years, the Tar Heels have a slight edge,
winning four of the last seven meetings.
LAST YEAR: Clemson QB Charlie Whitehurst recorded four touchdowns on only 12
completions to lead the Tigers to a 42-12 win over North Carolina ... the Tar
Heels jumped out to a 9-0 lead only 10 minutes into the contest before being
outscored 42-3 throughout the remainder of the game.
THE COACHES: Tommy Bowden is 51-27 in seven years as a head coach, including a
33-23 mark in five seasons at Clemson ... John Bunting is 12-20 in his third
season at North Carolina and 50-34-2 in eight years overall.
UNC junior wide receiver Jarwarski Pollock leads the ACC and ranks 16th
nationally in receptions per game (6.57) ... Pollock also ranks fourth in the
ACC in receiving yards per game (75.0).
Clemson ranks third in the NCAA, averaging 27.06 yards per kickoff return.
Tar Heel quarterback Darian Durant has recorded 5,981 total offensive yards
ranking him 24th in the ACC career charts ... Durant also ranks tenth in the ACC
career passing efficiency leaders (140.95).
Clemson's Derrick Hamilton ranks second in the ACC in all-purpose yardage
(121.9) ... Hamilton also ranks 19th in the ACC career charts for kickoff return
Saturday, October 25
NC State (5-3, 2-2 ACC)
at Duke (2-5, 0-4 ACC)
Wallace Wade Stadium (33,941)
THE GAME: Duke leads the series 39-34-5, including a 23-15-1 record when playing
in Durham ... NC State has won nine games in a row, including 12 of the last 13
LAST YEAR: Duke missed on the 65-yard field goal attempt as time expired giving
the Pack a 24-22 victory ... NC State QB Philip Rivers passed for 364 yards and
completed 26 of 37 passing attempts with two touchdowns for the Wolfpack.
THE COACHES: NC State’s Chuck Amato is 31-15 in his fourth season as a head
coach ... Duke interim head coach Ted Roof is 0-0 entering his first ball game.
Wolfpack senior WR Jerricho Cotchery extended his string of games with at least
one catch to 34 straight ... Cotchery moved into 13th place on the ACC’s
all-time receiving yardage list (2,483).
Duke’s Chris Douglas became just the sixth player in ACC history to record over
5,000 career all-purpose yards ... Douglas currently ranks fifth in the the ACC
for career all-purpose yardage with 5,022.
Pack quarterback Philip Rivers has 79 career touchdown passes which ties him
with former Florida State QB Chris Weinke for the career record ... Rivers also
currently ranks sixth in the NCAA’s all-time passing list with 11,532 yards.
Blue Devil junior Senterrio Landrum leads the ACC and ranks third nationally
averaging 30.6 yards per kickoff return.
Saturday, October 25
Troy State (4-3)
at Virginia (4-3, 3-2 ACC)
Scott Stadium (61,500)
THE GAME: Virginia will host Troy State in its annual homecoming game ... this
will mark the first meeting between the two opponents and the first independent
that the Cavaliers have played since defeating Navy in 1994 ... Virginia holds a
38-38-2 record against homecoming opponents through the years ... this weekend
will also mark the second time an ACC team has faced Troy State since they
entered division I-A in 2001 ... the Trojans also faced Maryland in a 47-14
victory for the Terps in 2001.
THE COACHES: Al Groh is 44-55 in his ninth season as a head coach, including a
18-15 mark in his third year at Virginia ... Larry Blakeney is 106-45-1 in 13
years at Troy State.
Virginia’s Connor Hughes has connected on 13 consecutive field goals and
currently ranks third in the ACC in scoring (7.4).
Cavalier senior Almondo Curry has picked-off three passes this season, including
one for a touchdown and leads the ACC in interceptions with a 0.43 per game
Virginia sophomore Wali Lundy leads the ACC with 89.7 rushing yards per game ...
Lundy has rushed for over 120 yards in five of his last eight games.
Cavalier freshman Tony Franklin is averaging 29.1 yards per kickoff return ...
Franklin currently ranks second in the ACC and eighth nationally.
Saturday, October 25
Wake Forest (4-3, 2-2 ACC)
at # 6 Florida State (6-1, 5-0 ACC)
ABC; 3:30 p.m.
Doak S. Campbell Stadium (82,000)
THE GAME: Sixth-ranked Florida State and Wake Forest renew their rivalry for the
22nd time when they meet in a regionally-televised game in Tallahassee ... the
Seminoles have won 11 in a row and lead the series 18-2-1 ... Wake Forest’s last
win was a 9-7 decision in 1973 ... when playing in Tallahassee, the ‘Noles hold
a 13-1-1 advantage.
LAST YEAR: Florida State QB Adrian McPherson threw for 278 yards and two
touchdowns as the Seminoles defeated the Demon Deacons 34-21 ... Wake Forest RB
Tarence Williams ran for 149 yards on 19 carries for the Deacs to lead all
THE COACHES: Jim Grobe is 17-14 in his third season at Wake Forest and 50-47-1
in his nine years overall ... Bobby Bowden is 265-65-4 in 28 years at FSU and
338-97-4 in 38 seasons overall.
Demon Deacon sophomore kicker Ryan Plackemeier leads the ACC and ranks fourth
nationally in punting (46.1).
Junior quarterback Chris Rix moved into eighth place in the ACC’s career passing
efficiency charts with a 142.00 rating ... Rix also ranks 14th on the ACC career
total offense list with 6,918 yards.
Wake Forest’s Chris Barclay ranks third in the ACC with 76.4 rushing yards per
game ... Barclay has recorded two 100-yard rushing games this season.
Bowden is currently tied with Penn State head coach Joe Paterno on the Division
I-A victory list with 338 wins.