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ACC by the numbers - Week 3

Posted Saturday, September 13, 2008

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2 - Clemson free safety Michael Hamlin is tied for 2nd nationally in pass interceptions after picking off three aerials last week against The Citadel. Hamlin is also tied for the ACC lead in tackles, averaging 11.5 a game.

3 - The number of pass interceptions
which Wake Forest CB Alphonso Smith
and LB Aaron Curry each returned for
touchdowns 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.
4th - With fi ve consecutive victories,
Wake Forest is now tied with TCU for the
4th-longest winning streak in the NCAA’s
Football Bowl Subdivision. BYU leads
with 12, followed by Georgia (9), USC (6)
and Wake and TCU.
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.
6 - The number of TDR which Florida
State quarterbacks Christian Ponder
and D’Vontrey Richardson combined to
produce in the Seminoles’ 69-0 win over
Western Carolina. Ponder threw for three
scores while Richardson threw for one and
ran for two more.
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.
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).
22 - The number of true freshmen who
played for Florida State in the seasonopening
69-0 win over Western Carolina.
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.
41 - Georgia Tech All-ACC offensive tackle
Andrew Gardner is one of four players
nationally in college football who enter this
year having started 41 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
39 straight games in his career.
65 - 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 tied with former FSU
PK Gary Cismesia for 6th place on the ACC
career fi eld 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.
70.08 - The career completion percentage
for Wake Forest junior QB Riley Skinner.
Skinner, who has completed 466 of 665
passes in his career, is currently the ACC’s
all-time leader in pass completion percentage.
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 fi ve 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)
109 - 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
fi rst 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.
164-Virginia Tech currently has the longest,
active scoring streak in the Atlantic
Coast Conference. The Hokies have scored
in 164 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. He currently leads the ACC
in rushing, averaging 160 yards a game and
is tied for 4th nationally.
210 - The number of career victories for
Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer.
Now in his 27th season, Beamer, who has an
overall 210-109-4 record, is tied with Ohio
State’s Jim Tressel for 3rd place among active
head coaches, behind only Florida State’s
Bobby Bowden (374) and Penn State’s Joe
Paterno (374).
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.
301 - 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
374 - 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.

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