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2006 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game notes

Posted Sunday, December 3, 2006

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Jacksonville, Fl - Wake Forest defeats Georgia Tech to win ACC title

  • Wake Forest captains are: #22 Josh Gattis and #75 Steve Vallos; Georgia Tech captains are: #1 Reggie Ball, #1 Calvin Johnson and #96 Joe Anoai.
  • Georgia Tech wins the toss and elects to receive. Wake Forest chose to defend the north goal.
  • Today's ticket distribution totaled 62,850
  • This is the first time Georgia Tech has worn the blue jerseys since the 1994 season.
  • Tashard Choice's 24-yard run on the second play from scrimmage was the longest rush in ACC Championship game history, surpassing the 16-yard run by Virginia Tech's Marcus Vick in the 2005 game.
  • Travis Bell's 21-yard field goal on the opening drive of the game marked the second straight ACC Championship that featured a field goal on the opening drive of the game. Florida State's Gary Cismesia kicked a 31-yard field to open last year's game.
  • Alphonso Smith's 31-yard kickoff return for Wake Forest tied the Championship record set by Virginia Tech's Eddie Royal last year.
  • Today's first quarter marked the lowest scoring first quarter in Championship history, surpassing last year's 3-3 contest between Virginia Tech and Florida State.
  • Aaron Curry of Wake Forest registered a 30-yard interception return in the second quarter, a new Championship record. Last year's lone interception - by FSU's Pat Watkins - was not returned.
  • Sam Swank missed the first field goal in Championship game history, a 45-yard attempt in the second quarter. Last year's game featured three successful field goals and Bell made his first attempt of the game.
  • Wake Forest converted the first fourth-down conversion in Championship history. It led to a Swank field goal to tie the game at 3-3 at the half, the same score at the break of last year's inaugural game.
  • Jon Abbate of Wake Forest was credited with a Championship record 15 tackles, topping the mark of 10 set by FSU's Buster Davis and VT's Aaron Rouse.
  • Calvin Johnson's eight catches set a new Championship record for receptions in the game, topping Virginia Tech's Josh Morgan's seven catches from last year.
  • Tashard Choice of Georgia Tech set new Championship records for rushing attempts (21) and rushing yards (100). Virginia Tech's Marcus Vick had 17 rushing attempts last year and FSU's Lorenzo Booker had 31 yards rushing last year. Choice has run for 100 yards or more in six straight games.
  • Calvin Johnson (117 yds. receiving) and Tashard Choice (100 yds. rushing) become the first teammates to go over the 100-yard mark in their main statistical category in Championship history.
  • Durant Brooks' 61-yard punt in the fourth quarter was the longest in Championship history, surpassing Virginia Tech's Nic Schmitt's 55-yarder last year.
  • Georgia Tech's 143 yards of rushing sets a new Championship record, surpassing Florida State's 47 yards last year.
  • Michael Johnson of Georgia Tech forced two fumbles, tying the Championship record set by Florida State's Roger Williams last year.
  • The last time Georgia Tech failed to score a touchdown was in 2004 against Miami (24-3). The last time Georgia Tech played in a game that featured no touchdowns was in 1990, a 6-3 non-conference win over Virginia Tech.
  • The last time Wake Forest failed to score a touchdown was on Nov. 18 of this year at home against Virginia Tech, a 27-6 loss.
  • The game featured five field goals and no touchdowns. The last time two ACC teams played a game that did not have a touchdown was on Sept. 17, 1994 between Virginia and Clemson, a 9-6 game, which was the 1,000th game in ACC history.
  • The last Jan. 1 bowl game Wake Forest played in came in 1949 against Baylor in the Dixie Bowl at Birmingham, Ala.
  • The loss by Georgia Tech marked the third time the Yellow Jackets lost giving up just one touchdown or less this year.
  • Wake Forest is now 6-0 in games this year decided by eight points or less. The Deacons are 3-0 in games this year decided by three points or less.
  • Wake Forest is now 7-0 this year away from home (6-0 on the road, 1-0 at neutral sites. Wake is also now 3-0 this year in games it was tied at the half.
  • Swank's three field goals set a new Championship record for field goals in the game. Cismesia had two last year and Bell had two Saturday.
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2006 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game notes
Wake Forest captains #22 Josh Gattis and #75 Steve Vallos.
photos by Gene Galin

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