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ACC Football This Week - 9/11/04

Posted Tuesday, September 7, 2004

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Friday, September 10
#5 Florida State (10-3, 7-1 ACC in 2003)
at #6 Miami (11-2 in 2003)
ABC; 8:00 p.m.
Orange Bowl (72,319)
THE GAME: Friday night’s nationally-televised
affair on ABC marks the 49th meeting between these
two long-time rivals but the first as conference
opponents. Miami has won the last five meetings
and leads the all-time series 28-20. The Hurricanes
won both meetings in 2003 downing the Seminoles in
Tallahassee (22-14) and then besting them again in
the Orange Bowl (16-14) to finish the season. Three of
the last five wins for Miami have been by three points
or less. This will be the fifth time that both these teams
have met to open the season. The previous four contests
have all been played at the Orange Bowl with each
school winning two games (2-2). The winners of
those four games have not allowed the opposition to
score.
1988: Miami 31, Florida State 0
1964: Florida State 14, Miami 0
1963: Florida State 24, Miami 0
1953: Miami 27, Florida State 0
THE COACHES: Bobby Bowden is 269-67-4 in 28
years at FSU and 342-99-4 in 38 seasons overall.
Bowden is the all-time winningest Division I-A
head coach with his 342 career victories. Larry
Coker is 35-3 in his first three years at Miami.
FLORIDA STATE:
• Florida State has won 14 consecutive season
openers including five wins at neutral sites and
three on the road. The Seminoles have yet to drop
a season opener against a conference opponent
since joining the league back in 1992 (6-0).
• Seminole QB Chris Rix enters his senior season
with a 24-10 record in 34 career starts. He is
eighth on the ACC career list for total offense
(8,333) and tenth in passing yards (7,525). Rix
threw for 3,107 yards and 23 TDs a year ago and
has thrown for 200 or more yards 28 times, including
seven games of 300 yards.
• FSU is one of only two ACC teams to return all
five offensive linemen. While on the defensive end,
the Seminoles return a league-low four starters.
MIAMI:
• Miami has won eight straight season openers
including seven in a row at home. The last season
opening loss for the Hurricanes came at the hands
of the University of Florida back in 1985. The
Hurricanes have outscored their opponents 356-
61 at home during this span.
• Brock Berlin returns for his second season as the
starting quarterback for the Hurricanes. Last year,
Berlin threw for 2,419 yards and 12 TDs. Berlin
was third among Big East quarterbacks with a
.599 completion percentage and threw for over
300 yards twice. Berlin is 2-0 in his career against
FSU with both victories coming last season.
• Miami has led the nation in pass defense in each
of the past two seasons and finished second in 2001.
Over the past three seasons, the Hurricanes have
allowed only 132.7 yards per game while intercepting
56 passes. Over the past two years, Miami
has scored 21 touchdowns via non-offensive means.

Saturday, September 11
Duke (0-1, 0-0 ACC)
at Connecticut (1-0, 0-0 Big East)
12:00 p.m.
Rentschler Field (40,000)
THE GAME: This will be the first meeting between
both squads as Duke travels to East Hartford to
take on the Connecticut Huskies, members of the
Big East Conference, in a noon kickoff. Duke is
16-14 all-time against schools from the Big East
with its last meeting coming in 1995 as the Blue
Devils played host to Rutgers, a 24-14 win over
the Scarlet Knights.
THE COACHES: Ted Roof enters his first full season
as head coach of the Duke Blue Devils with
an overall mark of 2-4. Roof led the Blue Devils to
their first conference win in 30 games, a span of
three plus years, as Duke recorded a 41-17 win
over Georgia Tech in Durham last season.
UConn’s Randy Edsall has compiled a 24-33 career
record in five seasons at Connecticut, including
wins in 14 of the Huskies last 17 games.
CONNECTICUT:
• Connecticut posted a win in its season opener
for the second consecutive season as they downed
Murray State, 52-14. QB Dan Orlovsky threw for
382 yards and five touchdowns as the Hukies accumulated
530 yards of total offense, while limiting
Murray State to only 167 total yards.
• Winners of each of their last six games, the
Huskies are tied for the fourth longest active winning
streak in the nation.
• Connecticut will play six of its first seven games
at home in 2004, the most of any team in the nation.
The Huskies own a 6-1 mark all-time at
Rentschler Field.
DUKE:
• Duke dropped its second straight season opener
with a 27-12 loss at Navy Saturday. Junior tailback
Cedric Dargan, in his first career start, led the Blue
Devil offense with 114 rushing yards on 20 carries.
Matt Brooks connected on a pair of field goals (29,
35) in the first half for Duke.
• Duke did not commit a turnover for the second
consecutive game dating back to last season’s finale
against UNC. Defensively, the Blue Devils
forced three Midshipmen turnovers good for an
ACC leading turnover margin of +3.00. Phillip
Alexander posted double digit tackles with ten including
a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
• Of the 11 schools on Duke's schedule this season,
seven went on to play in bowl games last
year while nine schools posted records of .500 or
better. The Blue Devils' three non-conference
opponents (Navy, Connecticut and The Citadel)
combined for 23 wins in 2003. The trio of foes
posted a winning percentage of .622, giving Duke
the 18th toughest non-conference schedule in all
of NCAA 1-A football.
• The Blue Devils will open the season with three
straight road games for just the sixth time in school
history. The last time Duke kicked off the season
with three away games was 1981 when the Blue
Devils played Ohio State, South Carolina and Virginia.


Saturday, September 11
Western Michigan (1-0, 0-0 MAC)
at Virginia Tech (0-1, 0-0 ACC)
1:00 p.m.
Lane Stadium (65,115)
THE GAME: Virginia Tech will look to rebound
from its season opening loss to USC as they
square-off against Mid-American Conference
opponent Western Michigan in a game slated to
kickoff at high noon. The Hokies are 2-0 lifetime
against the Broncos outscoring their opponent
61-0 in those two games. In 2001, Virginia Tech
posted a 31-0 shutout in Western Michigan’s only
other visit to Blacksburg.
THE COACHES: Frank Beamer enters his 18th
season at Virginia Tech and his 24th year overall
ranked fourth among active Division 1-A coaches
in victories with 167. With the Hokies, Beamer
has posted a record of 125-97-4 including six
straight seasons of eight wins or more. Gary Darnell
is 46-36 in his eighth year at Western Michigan
and 49-40 overall in nine seasons.
WESTERN MICHIGAN:
• Western Michigan opened its 2004 season in
fine fashion with a 42-0 win over Tennessee-
Martin at home. The Broncos broke out to an
early 14-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to a
pair of non-offensive touchdowns, one interception
return, the other a punt return.
• After winning the starting job at quarterback
in the offseason, Blayne Baggett made his first
career start last weekend against UT-Martin having
taken just 29 snaps from center in his previous
two seasons combined. Baggett found nine
different receivers en route to throwing for 198
yards and three touchdowns. He went on to complete
72 percent of passes against the Skyhawks.
VIRGINIA TECH:
• Only twice during the Frank Beamer era have
the Hokies started a season with consecutive
losses (1987 & 1995). In 1995, Virginia Tech
started 0-2 and then won ten straight to finish
the season at 10-2 including a Sugar Bowl victory
over the Texas Longhorns.
• Virginia Tech has scored in a school record
110 straight football games, beginning with a
13-7 win over Miami on Sept. 13, 1995. During
this streak, the Hokies have scored 13 or more
points in all but three games.
• Senior QB Bryan Randall led the Hokie offensive
attack in the season opener against Southern
Cal. Randall accumulated 235 yards of total
offense (153 passing, 82 rushing) including a
12-yard touchdown strike to Josh Hyman.
• Freshman Eddie Royal currently leads the ACC
in kick return average posting 29.0 yards a return.
Royal rattled off a long of 30 yards in his
first game against the USC Trojans.
• Virginia Tech has won its first home game of
the season in 15 of 17 seasons under Frank
Beamer. Overall, the Hokie football team is 87-
21-1 in their first home game of the season. Virginia
Tech enters its game against WMU riding a
16-game non-conference home winning streak.


Temple (0-1, 0-0 Big East)
at #21 Maryland (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
6:00 p.m.
Byrd Stadium (51,500)
THE GAME: The Maryland Terrapins welcome the
Temple Owls to Byrd Stadium for the first time
since 2000 when the Terps clipped the Owls 17-
10. Maryland holds a 4-0 all-time mark against
Temple and is 2-0 in games played in College
Park. Three of the four games have been decided
by seven points or less with the Terps owning an
average margin of victory of 6.5 points in those
four games.
THE COACHES: Ralph Friedgen is 32-8 in his
fourth season at Maryland and is the first coach
in ACC history to lead a team to three straight
seasons of 10 wins or more. Friedgen’s win total
through three seasons (31) is four more than any
third year coach in ACC history. Bobby Wallace
returns for his seventh season at the helm of
Temple leading the Owls to a mark of 17-52 during
that span. Wallace is 99-88-1 all-time.
TEMPLE:
• Temple is facing its second straight ACC opponent
to open the 2004 season. The Owls lost their
season opener to Virginia, 44-14 in Philadelphia,
Pa. QB Walter Washington led Temple offensively
with 160 yards of total offense and two rushing
touchdowns.
• Temple is 5-33 all-time against teams from the
ACC having played seven of the 11 schools. Wins
for the Owls have come against Miami, Virginia
Tech and Wake Forest
• Under Wallace, the Owls are 8-27 on the road
and only 1-19 against ranked opponents.
MARYLAND:
• The last time Maryland opened the season with
three straight non-conference opponents was in
2000 as the Terps posted a 2-1 record. Maryland
faced Temple (W), West Virginia (L) and Middle
Tennessee (W) in those three games. The last
time Maryland opened the season with two
straight homes games was in 2001 when the Terrapins
started with seven consecutive victories.
• Maryland opened the 2004 season edging
Northern Illinois 23-20 at Byrd Stadium. Josh
Allen and Sammy Maldonado combined for 186
yards on the ground with one touchdown a piece.
Joel Statham made his first career start at QB for
the Terps completing 12 of 23 passes for 169 yards.
• A two-time first-team All-ACC selection,
placekicker Nick Novak became the league’s alltime
scoring leader with three field goals (43, 34,
44) against Northern Illinois. Currently Novak has
accumulated 335 points in three plus seasons connecting
on 67 of 87 career field goal attempts.
• In Maryland’s win over Northern Illinois last
weekend, junior D’Qwell Jackson doubled his career
interception total (2) when he picked off
Huskie QB Phil Horvath on consecutive drives
in the first half.
• Ralph Friedgen has led the Terps to a 20-1 ledger
in three plus seasons when playing at home
in Byrd Stadium, a winning percentage of .952.


Saturday, September 11
Wake Forest (0-1, 0-1 ACC)
at East Carolina (0-1, 0-0 C-USA)
7:00 p.m.
Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium (43,000)
THE GAME: Riding a three-game series winning
streak against East Carolina, Wake Forest makes the
trek across the state to Greenville for the first time
since 2001 when the Deacs downed East Carolina
21-19. Wake Forest is 4-2 all-time against ECU,
while the Pirates hold a 2-1 advantage on their
home field. Last year the Demon Deacons forced
five Pirate turnovers, two in the third quarter in a
span of 1:33 leading to 14 Wake Forest points, to
give the Deacs a 34-16 win at Groves Stadium. QB
Cory Randolph threw for 131 yards including a 79
yard touchdown strike to Jason Anderson.
THE COACHES: Jim Grobe is 18-19 in three seasons
at Wake Forest and 51-52-1 in nine years
overall. Grobe’s 18 wins through his first three
seasons are the most by a Wake Forest coach since
1923-25 when Hank Garrity won 19. John Thompson
enters his second season as head coach
of East Carolina with an overall record of 1-12.
EAST CAROLINA:
• East Carolina extended its losing streak to six
games with a 56-23 loss at West Virginia to open
the 2004 campaign. The Pirates were outrushed
478-59 and gave up 621 yards of total offense to
the Mountaineers. ECU QB James Pinkney was
26 of 51 for 322 yards with three touchdowns and
two interceptions.
• The Pirates have lost 12 straight non-conference
games dating back to Sept of 2001 when
ECU downed William & Mary 38-23. The last win
against a I-A team came in the 2000
Galleryfurniture.com Bowl against Texas Tech.
WAKE FOREST
• Despite out-gaining the Clemson Tigers in total
yards (410-371), Wake Forest fell short in its season
opener, 37-30 in double overtime. Chris
Barclay rushed for 179 yards and one touchdown
and senior Jason Anderson caught seven passes
for 139 yards including an 85-yard touchdown
pass from freshman QB Ben Mauk.
• Junior placekicker Matt Wisnosky connected on
three field goal attempts (39, 43, 38) against the
Tigers equalling his field goal total from a season
ago. Wisnosky is the early ACC kick scoring
leader with 12 points (3 FGs, 3 PATs).
• Wake Forest will start the year with back-toback
road games for the first time since 1999 and
for just the second time since the 1970 season.
Back in ‘99, the Demon Deacons went 1-1 beating
Army and losing to Virginia. 2000 is the last
time Wake Forest started the season with a pair of
losses.
• All-ACC punter Ryan Plackemeier, a top candidate
for the Ray Guy Award, is among the best
punters in college football. Plackemeier, who led
the ACC with an average of 45.6 yards per punt
last season, picked up where he left off in his
first game of the ‘04 season. The junior was called
upon for four punts, averaging 46.0 yards a kick
with a long of 59.

Saturday, September 11
Georgia Tech (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
at #16 Clemson (1-0, 1-0 ACC)
ABC; 8:00 p.m.
Memorial Stadium (81,474)
THE GAME: ABC will televise its first prime time
game from Memorial Stadium when the Clemson
Tigers host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The
Tigers have won three straight over the Jackets
including last seasons 39-3 win in Atlanta, marking
the largest margin of victory over Georgia Tech since
1903. Each of the last four meetings between the
two schools at Clemson have been decided by five
points or less. Georgia Tech holds a 43-23-12 lead
in the series, but Clemson is 8-4 in games played
in Death Valley. The Tigers own a 12-9 mark since
Georgia Tech joined the ACC in 1979-80.
THE COACHES: Chan Gailey is in his third year at
the helm of Georgia Tech where he has posted a
mark of 15-12 and an overall record of 39-23 in
five plus seasons. Gailey is 0-2 against Clemson.
Tommy Bowden is 39-24 in his sixth season at
Clemson and 57-28 in eight years overall.
Bowden, the 2003 ACC Coach of the Year, has led
the Tigers to five straight wins dating back to last
year. Bowden is 3-2 against the Yellow Jackets.
GEORGIA TECH:
• In Georgia Tech’s last two games, the Yellow
Jackets have rushed for 677 yards while holding
their opponents to -14 yards on the ground (Tulsa:
-56 yards, Samford: 42 yards). Georgia Tech led
the ACC in rushing defense last season allowing
100.5 yards a game.
• Sophomore QB Reggie Ball threw for over 200
yards for just the fifth time in his career in last
weekend’s 28-7 win over Samford. Ball’s first 200-
yard passing game came against Clemson. Last
season vs. the Tigers, Ball completed 45 percent
of his passes for 248 yards and one touchdown.
• P.J. Daniels is the early ACC leader in all purpose
yardage and tied for first in scoring. The junior
tailback, a preseason nominee for the Walter Camp
Award, tallied 193 total yards and three touchdowns
against Samford. The 169 yards on the
ground was just the fourth-best rushing total of his
career. In his last five games, Daniels has gained
837 yards rushing.
CLEMSON:
• Clemson opens the season with consecutive ACC
games for the first time since 1965 and it is just
the first time since 1958 that the Tigers will open
its schedule with a pair of ACC home games.
• Last season QB Charlie Whitehurst threw for
298 yards including three touchdown passes and
a scoring run. Airese Currie was the go to target
with six catches for 78 yards and one TD. The
Clemson defense also got involved recording a
safety in the third quarter. LeRoy Hill led the
defensive effort with 14 tackles and a sack.
• Clemson posted a pair of 100-yard receivers in
the same game for just the third time in history
last weekend against Wake Forest. Currie and
Chansi Stuckey accumulated 152 and 112 yards,
respectively marking the most receiving yards for
a wide receiver duo in Clemson history.

 
 
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