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ACC by the numbers - Week 2

Posted Saturday, September 6, 2008

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2 - The number of consecutive Super Bowl winning quarterbacks coached by new Duke head coach David Cutcliffe. While an assistant at Tennessee, Cutcliffe mentored Peyton Manning of the 2006 NFL Champion Indianapolis Colts, and while head coach at Mississippi, he oversaw the development of Eli Manning, who guided the New York Giants to the 2007 NFL title.

3-The number of pass interceptions which Wake Forest CB Alphonso Smith and LB Aaron Curry each returned for touchdowns this last year which tied the ACC single-season standard set by Marcus McGruder of Wake Forest in 2004. In all, Smith has returned four interceptions for touchdowns in his career, tying the ACC career mark for TD returns set by Virginia’s Randy Neal during the 1991-94 seasons. Smith is the NCAA active career leader in interception returns for scores.

5 - The number of winners of the Frank Broyles Award--given annually to the nations’s top football assistant coach--who are coaching in the ACC. That’s an impressive amount considering only 12 Broyles award-winners have been named. Currently David Cutcliffe (Duke), Ralph Friedgen (Maryland) and Randy Shannon (Miami) are head coaches in the ACC, while Mickey Andrews (FSU) and Bud Foster (Virginia Tech) are defensive coordinators.

6 - The number of touchdown returns for North Carolina WR-KR Brandon Tate in his career. Tate has return three kickoffs and three punts each for scores.

8 - The number of points scored by Virginia Tech junior cornerback Stephan Virgil against East Carolina. Making his fi rst start for the Hokies, Virgil returned an errant Pirate lateral 30 yards for a TD for six points, and later grabbed a blocked PAT and returned it 90 yards for a defensive conversion and two additional points.

11 - The number of victories Boston College head coach Jeff Jagodzinski led the Eagles to in 2007, the most ever by a fi rst-year coach in the ACC.

21- The ACC plays 21 games this fall against teams from the other “Big Six” Conferences of the Big East, Big Ten, Big

12, PAC-10 and SEC, the most of any of those conferences. The Big East is next with 16 games, followed by the Big 12 and PAC-10 (14 each) and the SEC with 13 games (10 against the ACC).

25 - Over the past three years, the ACC has seen 25 of its players drafted in the fi rst round of the NFL Draft, the most of any conference in the nation. The SEC was next with 24.

40 - Georgia Tech All-ACC offensive tackle Andrew Gardner is one of four players nationally in college football who enter this year having started 40 consecutive games. Gardner joins Houston linebacker Cody Lubojasky, Purdue offensive lineman Kraig Urbik and Central Michigan offensive lineman Andrew Hartline to lead the nation in current consecutive game starting streaks. Virginia linebacker Clint Sintim has started 38 straight games in his career.

62 - The number of career fi eld goals for Wake Forest senior placekicker Sam Swank, who entered the 2008 season as the leading returnee in the nation in career fi eld goals made and is currently 7th on the ACC career field goal list.

65.6% - The percentage of times the media has correctly selected the ACC Champion during balloting at the ACC’s pre-season Football Kickoff. On 21 of 32 occasions the ACC media selected a team which won or tied for the ACC Football Championship.

76 - The number of non-offensive touchdowns for Virginia Tech since 1998, after sophomore CB Stephan Virgil’s 30-yard fumble return for a TD against East Carolina -- an average of seven a year.

80.0% - The winning percentage when Clemson, the pre-season selection of the media to claim this year’s ACC Football Championship, has been tabbed as the favorite to win the Conference football crown. The Tigers have been chosen fi ve times--the last coming in 1991--and have won four of the five years.

82.4 - The winning percentage of Virginia Tech Head Coach Frank Beamer in ACC games since the Hokies have joined the ACC. In all, Beamer is 28-6 in ACC games (including both ACC Championship Games)

108 - The number of career victories for Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson in his 11-year career as a head coach at Georgia Southern and the U.S. Naval Academy. Johnson is the first football coach in ACC history to be hired with 100 wins in Division 1.

115 - Over the past three years, 115 ACC players have been drafted into the National Football league, the most by any conference in the nation. During the same time period the ACC has had more fi rst round selections in the NFL Draft as well, with 25 former players tabbed in the prestigious fi rst round.

163-Virginia Tech currently has the longest, active scoring streak in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Hokies have scored in 163 straight games.

197--The rushing yardage total for Maryland sophomore running back Da’Rel Scott against Delaware in his fi rst career start for the Terrapins. Scott, who had just 26 carries, had the most yards for a Maryland back since the 2003 season.

209 - The number of career victories for Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer. Now in his 27th season, Beamer, who has an overall 209-109-4 record, is tied with Ohio State’s Jim Tressel for 3rd place among active head coaches, behind only Florida State’s Bobby Bowden (373) and Penn State’s Joe Paterno (373).

258.7 - The average number of yards allowed by the Virginia Tech defense over the last four seasons. During this impressive 52-game span, the Hokies have led the nation in total defense, twice leading the nation in a single season in 2005 and 2006, and fi nishing 4th in 2004 and 2007. Only defending national champion LSU (264.4) is close to Tech’s standard of defensive excellence during this time.

300 - The number of victories for Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden since he has been the head coach in Tallahassee. Bowden reached the rare 300-win mark at one school last year as the Seminoles defeated Maryland.

373 - The number of overall victories for Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden, who is tied this week with Penn State head coach Joe Paterno as the winningest coach in college football history.

397 - The number of all-purpose yards for North Carolina’s Brandon Tate against McNeese State. It was the second highest single-game total in ACC history only to the 411 yards by Wake Forest’s John Leach in 1986 against Virginia. However, Leach took 51 plays to set his record, while Tate accumulated his total in just 11 touches.

2,439 - The number of yards North Carolina’s Brandon Tate has returned kickoffs in his three-year career. Heading into his senior season, the WR-KR has already set the ACC career record for most kickoff return yardage and has returned fi ve kicks--three kickoffs and two punts--for touchowns

3,143 - The number of rushing yards for Clemson senior running back James Davis. Davis is currently ranked 25th on the ACC career list and needs 857 yards this fall to become just the sixth ACC running back to top the career 4,000-yard mark.

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