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ACC Football This Week #3 - 9/16/06

Posted Friday, September 15, 2006

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Two conference match-ups - Duke at Virginia Tech and Clemson at Florida State - highlight a 10-game Week Three schedule ... Maryland visits fifth-ranked West Virginia on Thursday night - the second of nine Thursday night games played by ACC teams in 2006 ... No. 17 Miami visits No. 12 Louisville on Saturday ... Boston College's Tom O'Brien is tied with Joe Yukica (1968-1977) for the most wins in school history with 68 ... Wake Forest's Sam Swank blasted a school-record 86-yard punt last week against Duke - two yards shy of the ACC record of 88-yards set by John Fritsch of Maryland back in 1956 ... Florida State leads the nation in rushing defense allowing 13 yards per game ... Virginia Tech is ranked third nationally in scoring defense (5.00), Miami seventh in total defense (200.5) and Clemson eighth in scoring offense (43.50) ... the Hokies Branden Ore has scored a league-high five touchdowns in 2006 ... Jeff Smith of Boston College leads the nation in kickoff returns averaging 42.6 yards per return ... Duke's John Talley and Virginia's Marcus Hamilton are two of four I-A active players tied for first with 11 career interceptions ... Miami's Jon Peattie leads all I-A active players with 281 career points ... Florida State's Bobby Bowden is the winningest active coach with 361 career wins in 41 years, while Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer is third with 190 victories over 26 seasons ... through the first two weeks of the season, the ACC has posted an 11-5 mark in non-conference play ... in the first two seasons of divisional play the Atlantic Division holds an 11-10 edge over the Coastal Division.

Thursday, September 14
Maryland (2-0, 0-0 ACC) at #5 West Virginia (2-0, 0-0 Big East)
7:45 pm; ESPN
Mountaineer Field (60,000)

The Series: Series tied 21-21-2
West Virginia leads 11-9-1 in Morgantown, W.Va.

The Coaches:
Ralph Friedgen: 43-20-0 (6) at Maryland: 43-20-0 overall (6)
Rich Rodriguez: 41-22-0 (6) at West Virginia; 86-58-2 overall (14)

Game Preview: In the second of nine Thursday night tilts for ACC teams this season, Maryland travels to West Virginia in a game shown nationally on ESPN...this marks the 27th consecutive regular season meeting between the Mountaineers and Terrapins and the 45th meeting overall in a series that dates back to 1919...West Virginia has won the last two contests, with Maryland winning five of the last eight games in the series...the Mountaineers have been tough on their own turf taking four of the last five at home...through the first two weeks, Maryland leads the ACC in rushing offense at 174 yards/game, while TB's Keon Lattimore and Lance Ball rank third and fifth, respectively in individual rushing...West Virginia sits second nationally in rushing averaging 353 yards/game...the Terps are 3-2 in road openers under head coach Ralph Friedgen.

Last Time Out: Last year, both teams combined for 37 fourth-quarter points after managing just 13 total points in the first three-quarters as West Virginia ran away with a 31-19 win in College Park...QB Sam Hollenbach threw for 291 yards and two TDs to lead Maryland...the Mountaineers outrushed the Terps 301-50 in the win.

Saturday, September 16
Duke (0-2, 0-1 ACC) at #14 Virginia Tech (2-0, 1-0 ACC)
12:00 pm; RAY/LFS-TV
Lane Stadium (66,233)

The Series: Duke leads 7-6-0
Virginia Tech leads 3-0-0 in Blacksburg, Va.

The Coaches:
Ted Roof: 5-24-0 (4) at Duke; 5-24-0 overall (4)
Frank Beamer: 148-79-2 (20) at Virginia Tech; 190-102-4 overall (26)

Game Preview: Virginia Tech welcomes Duke to Lane Stadium in the Raycom/Lincoln Financial ACC Game of the Week...after the Blue Devils won the first six games of the series, the Hokies have rattled off five straight victories including all three contests played in Blacksburg...Virginia Tech has posted shutouts in two of the last three games against Duke, while outscoring the Blue Devils 95-31 in the three previous meetings at Lane Stadium...the Hokies lead the league in scoring defense having allowed just 10 points through the first two games, while ranking second in scoring offense...Duke has given up just 27 points in the first two games to sit sixth in scoring defense...last week, Duke held a league opponent scoreless in a half for the first time since Nov. 23, 2003...the Hokies have registered a league-high six INTs in 2006.

Last Time Out: Last year, the Virginia Tech defense limited the Blue Devils to just five first downs and 35 total yards of offense as the Hokies shutout Duke, 45-0 in Durham...the Hokies had a balanced offensive attack throwing for 182 yards, while rushing for 180...QB Marcus Vick threw for a career-high three TDs in the win.

Saturday, September 16
Wake Forest (2-0, 1-0 ACC) at Connecticut (1-0, 0-0 Big East)
12:00 pm; ESPN 360
Rentschler Field (40,000)

The Series: Connecticut leads 1-0-0
First meeting between both teams in East Hartford, Conn.

The Coaches:
Jim Grobe: 28-32-0 (6) at Wake Forest; 61-65-1 overall (12)
Randy Edsall: 38-43-0 (8) at Connecticut; 38-43-0 overall (8)

Game Preview: Wake Forest travels to Connecticut for the first time in just the second meeting between these two schools...the Huskies won the first meeting back in 2003 in a game played at Groves Stadium...the Demon Deacons are 2-0 to start a season for the first time since 2003 and for the third time overall under head coach Jim Grobe...Wake Forest has compiled a 2-3 record in playing its first road game of the season with Grobe at the helm...kicker Sam Swank set the Wake Forest school record for the longest punt in a game with an 86-yard blast against Duke last week...against the BIG EAST Conference, since 1985, the Deacs are 5-1 with a pair of wins over Rutgers (`97,'99), two over then conference member Boston College (`03,'04) and one victory this year over Syracuse - lone loss vs. UConn in 2003.

Last Time Out: 2003 marked the first meeting between the two teams, a game won by the Huskies, 51-17...Connecticut jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead thanks to a pair of Dan Orlovsky TD passes...the Huskies tallied 536 yards of total offense...Cory Randolph led the Deacs with 146 yards passing and 93 yards on the ground.

Saturday, September 16
Brigham Young (1-1, 0-0 MWC) at #23 Boston College (2-0, 1-0 ACC)
12:00 pm; ESPN2
Alumni Stadium (44,500)

The Series: Series tied 1-1-0
First meeting between both teams in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

The Coaches:
Bronco Mendenhall: 7-7-0 (2) at BYU; 7-7-0 overall (2)
Tom O'Brien: 68-42-0 (10) at Boston College; 68-42-0 overall (10)

Game Preview: Brigham Young makes the trek to Chestnut Hill, Mass., for the first time in the series to take on Boston College in a game shown nationally on ESPN2 at noon...the Eagles start the season 2-0 for the third straight year and for the sixth time in 10 seasons under head coach Tom O'Brien...with the win last week against Clemson, O'Brien tied Joe Yukica for the most wins by a head coach in Boston College history with his 68th career victory...since 1999, Boston College is 31-5 in non-conference games and has not lost more than one non-conference game in a season since 1998...BC has won six consecutive non-conference games at home and 15 of its last 16...the Eagles last non-conference loss at home came against Wake Forest in 2003...BYU defeated Tulsa 49-24 last week.

Last Time Out: Last year, Boston College stymied the BYU rushing attack allowing just eight yards on the ground as the Eagles opened 2005 with a 20-3 win at LaVell Edwards Stadium...QB Quinton Porter threw for 232 yards and L.V. Whitworth led all rushers with 87 yards to pace BC...the Cougars' committed zero turnovers, while attempting 60 passes.

Saturday, September 16
Troy (1-1, 0-0 Sun Belt) at Georgia Tech (1-1, 0-0 ACC)
1:30 pm
Bobby Dodd Stadium (55,000)

The Series: First meeting between both teams
The Coaches:
Larry Blakeney: 120-61-1 (16) at Troy; 120-61-1 overall (16)
Chan Gailey: 29-23-0 (5) at Georgia Tech; 53-34-0 overall (8)

Game Preview: Georgia Tech and Troy square-off on the gridiron for the first time in a game slated to start at 1:30 pm...Saturday's game marks the third straight home game to start the season for the Yellow Jackets for the first time since 1994 when Tech opened with a mark of 1-2 against the likes of Arizona, Western Carolina and Duke...the Jackets are 12-8 versus non-conference opponents under head coach Chan Gailey including a record of 7-3 at Bobby Dodd Stadium...Georgia Tech ranks second in the ACC in scoring defense having given up just 20 points in the first two games...the Yellow Jackets returned two INTs for TDs last week for the first time in 30 years - the 97-yard INT return by Jamal Lewis was the fourth longest in school history...Tech allowed just 11 yards rushing to Samford last week - the 26th time in 52 games the Jackets have held opponents under 100 yards on the ground during the Jon Tenuta era...Troy is playing their second ACC opponent in as many weeks and the second of four consecutive road games.

Last Time Out: This marks the first meeting between Troy and Georgia Tech...last week Georgia Tech earned its first win of the season with a 38-6 victory over Samford, while Troy battled Florida State to a 24-17 loss in Tallahassee.

Saturday, September 16
Western Michigan (1-1, 1-0 MAC) at Virginia (1-1, 0-0 ACC)
3:30 pm; ESPN 360
Scott Stadium (61,500)

The Series: Virginia leads 2-0-0
Virginia leads 1-0-0 in Charlottesville, Va.

The Coaches:
Bill Cubit: 8-5-0 (2) at Western Michigan; 42-23-1 overall (7)
Al Groh: 38-27-0 (6) at Virginia: 64-67-0 overall (12)

Game Preview: For the second straight year, Western Michigan travels to Charlottesville, Va., to face Virginia in a game shown on ESPN 360 at 3:30 pm...the Cavaliers won the first two meetings of the series outscoring the Broncos 90-35...last week marked Virginia's first overtime victory in five tries as the Cavs defeated Wyoming 13-12...UVa is 20-4 when recording at least three sacks under head coach Al Groh (1-0 in 2006)...Marcus Hamilton, last year's INT leader in the ACC, recorded his 11th career INT last week picking off the Cowboys' Jacob Doss in the first quarter for his first pick of 2006...Virginia is a perfect 3-for-3 in red zone opportunities - the only school in the league to remain perfect on the year...Western Michigan earned its first victory of the season with a 31-10 win over Toledo in a Mid-American Conference match-up.

Last Time Out: Last year, Virginia opened the 2005 season with a 31-19 win over Western Michigan behind an offensive attack that posted 440 yards of total offense...TB's Jason Snelling and Cedric Peerman combined for 141 yards rushing to pace the Cavs...the Broncos' Nate Meyer's connected on four FGs with a long of 42 yards.

Saturday, September 16
#17 Miami (1-1, 0-1 ACC) at #12 Louisville (2-0, 0-0 Big East)
3:30 pm; ABC
Papa John's Stadium (42,000)

The Series: Miami leads 9-0-1
Miami leads 4-0-0 in Louisville, Ky.

The Coaches:
Larry Coker: 54-10-0 (6) at Miami; 54-10-0 overall (6)
Bobby Petrino: 31-8-0 (4) at Louisville; 31-8-0 overall (4)

Game Preview: Miami returns to Louisville for the first time since 1984 and for the fifth time overall as the Hurricanes make their first road trip of the 2006 in a game shown regionally on ABC at 3:30 pm...Miami is unbeaten in 10 previous meetings against Louisville including a perfect 4-0-0 on the Cardinals home turf...the Hurricanes have outscored the Cardinals 116-39 in those four contests...both teams enter the game ranked in the AP Poll for the second straight meeting, but its the first time Louisville will start the game as the higher ranked team...the Canes are 9-0 on the road in regular season, non-conference match-ups under head coach Larry Coker with their last loss on the road coming in 2000 at Washington, 34-29.

Last Time Out: In 2004, the Hurricanes erased a 17-point deficit over the final 20 minutes, while coming from behind twice in the fourth quarter, to beat Louisville 41-38 in the Orange Bowl...QB Brock Berlin threw for three TDs and 308 yards...Frank Gore scored the go-ahead TD from 1-yard out with 49 seconds left to give the Canes the victory...the Cardinals registered 507 yards of total offense.

Saturday, September 16
Furman (2-0, 0-0 SoCon) at North Carolina (0-2, 0-1 ACC)
7:00 pm; ESPNU
Kenan Stadium (60,000)

The Series: North Carolina leads 4-1-0
North Carolina leads 4-1-0 in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Coaches:
Bobby Lamb: 37-15-0 (5) at Furman; 37-15-0 overall (5)
John Bunting: 24-38-0 (6) at North Carolina; 62-52-2 overall (11)

Game Preview: North Carolina welcomes Furman to Kenan Stadium for the sixth all-time meeting between the two schools in a game played under the lights on ESPNU...the Paladins won the last meeting back in 1999, but not before the Tar Heels rattled off four straight victories to start the series which dates back to 1902...three of the four Tar Heel victories over Furman have come virtue of a shutout, while UNC has outscored the Paladins 122-41 overall...North Carolina has played five true freshman this season...despite starting 0-2, the Tar Heels have held the edge in total offense in each game...QB Cam Sexton made his first collegiate appearance last week vs. Virginia Tech throwing for 124 yards and a TD...PK Connor Barth has connected on both FG attempts (46 & 47 yards) in 2006.

Last Time Out: In 1999, Furman rolled up 461 yards of total offense, including 177 yards on the ground by TB Louis Ivory as the Paladins posted a 28-3 win over the Tar Heels at Kenan Stadium...Rufus Brown led the Tar Heels with a season-high 94 yards rushing...the lone UNC score came on a Josh McGee 36-yard FG.

Saturday, September 16
NC State (1-1, 0-0 ACC) at Southern Miss (1-1, 0-0 CUSA)
7:00 pm
M.M. Roberts Stadium (33,000)

The Series: NC State leads 5-4-0
NC State leads 2-0-0 in Hattiesburg, Miss.

The Coaches:
Chuck Amato: 47-29-0 (7) at NC State; 47-29-0 overall (7)
Jeff Bower: 104-73-1 (16) at Southern Miss; 104-73-1 overall (15)

Game Preview: NC State and Southern Mississippi face-off for the second consecutive season and for the tenth time overall...the series between the Wolfpack and Golden Eagles included six consecutive meetings from 1958-1963...the Wolfpack have won the last two meetings and three of the last four...the last three meetings have been decided by four points or less...NC State is perfect in Hattiesburg, Miss., winning both meetings, while outscoring the Golden Eagles 34-13 including a shutout back in 1963...under head coach Chuck Amato, NC State is 24-4 against non-conference foes including a 6-1 mark away from home during the regular season - the lone loss coming at Ohio State in 2003...NC State leads the ACC in sacks registering eight through the first two games of the season.

Last Time Out: Last year, paced by a record setting performance by TB Andre Brown, the Wolfpack scored 14 fourth-quarter points to down Southern Miss at home, 21-17...Brown rushed for a freshman school record 248 yards, including two TDs...the Golden Eagles were a perfect 3-for-3 in red zone opportunities (two TDs, one FG).

Saturday, September 16
Clemson (1-1, 0-1 ACC) at #9 Florida State (2-0, 1-0 ACC)
7:30 pm; ESPN
Doak Campbell Stadium (72,319)

The Series: Florida State leads 15-4-0
Florida State leads 8-2-0 in Tallahassee, Fla.

The Coaches:
Tommy Bowden: 53-34-0 (8) at Clemson; 71-38-0 overall (10)
Bobby Bowden: 288-75-4 (31) at Florida State; 361-107-4 overall (41)

Game Preview: Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla., is the site of this ACC Atlantic Division match-up as Florida State hosts Clemson in what is tabbed as `Bowden Bowl VIII'...the Tigers have won two of the last three meetings outscoring the Seminoles 61-24 in those two victories...FSU has won seven straight at home over Clemson averaging 42.7 points during that span...the Seminoles enter Saturday nights game ranked No. 9 in the AP Poll - marking the 17th straight meeting in which the Noles have been ranked when facing the Tigers, including 11 times in the top back to 1992, the team that has held the turnover margin has gone on to win nine times - seven by Florida State and two by Clemson...the Tigers lead the league in scoring offense and second in rushing offense, while FSU is tops in rushing defense.

Last Time Out: Last year, Clemson scored 21 third-quarter points to break open a tie game at halftime for a 35-14 win over Florida State...QB Charlie Whitehurst led the way with 269 yards passing and three TDs, as Clemson held the total offense edge 354-226...FSU's Lorenzo Booker had a game-high 112 yards on the ground.

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