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ACC Football This Week - 9/18/04

Posted Monday, September 13, 2004

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Nine games - involving all 11 ACC schools - comprise a full schedule for week three ... Virginia Tech hosts Duke in Hokies’ ACC debut Saturday ... four teams - Miami (4). Florida State (8), Virginia (12) and Maryland (21) - ranked in AP poll while eight ACC teams receive votes ... ACC teams are 8-3 (.727) versus non-conference opponents ... three of the first four ACC games of the season decided by four points or less or in overtime ... three ACC teams have win streaks of five or more games ... ACC teams draw 339,859 fans (102% capacity) over five home games in week two ... junior QB Cory Randolph became the first Wake Forest player, and the third ACC player ever, to total more than 300 yards passing (344) and 100 yards rushing (107) in Saturday’s 31-17 win at East Carolina ... Miami makes ACC debut with a 16-10 overtime win Friday over Florida State in only the second meeting between two top 5-ranked ACC teams in history ... Maryland’s Nick Novak (344) is the ACC’s all-time leading scorer while
Florida State’s Xavier Beita (302) is ninth.

#7 Ohio State (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
at NC State (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
ABC; 3:30 p.m.
Carter-Finley Stadium (53,800)

THE GAME: After a triple overtime thriller in
Columbus, Ohio a year ago, NC State and Ohio
State will meet for only the second time with the
Buckeyes winning the inaugural game 44-38 last
season. The Wolfpack rallied from 17 points down
in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.
Both teams combined for 653 yards of total offense
as the Wolfpack held the overall advantage, 336-
317. Offensively, Tramain Hall recorded a gamehigh
nine receptions including a 17-yard TD strike
in the first OT. NC State’s defense forced five Ohio
State turnovers despite the loss.
THE COACHES: NC State head coach Chuck Amato
is in his fifth year at the helm of the Wolfpack
having compiled an overall record of 35-17. Amato
is unbeaten at home against non-conference
opponents (11-0) and is 18-2 overall. Now in his
fourth year as head coach of Ohio State, Jim Tressel
has compiled a 34-7 record and a 15-2 ledger
outside Big Ten play.
• NC State will welcome its highest ranked opponent
in Ohio State (No. 7) to Carter-Finley Stadium
since 2000 when Florida State rolled into town ranked
No. 6 in the nation. Amato and the Wolfpack are 3-
7 against ranked competition since 2000.
• Jay Davis made his first career start at quarterback
for the Wolfpack in their season opener
against Richmond, a 42-0 victory. Davis completed
73 percent of his passes (16 for 22) against
the Spiders throwing for 168 yards, two touchdowns
and no interceptions.
• Tramain Hall and Lamart Barrett each pulled
down six receptions in their first game of the season
against Richmond. Hall is the Wolfpack’s top
returning receiver from a year ago posting 69 receptions
and 799 yards with seven TD’s. Barrett’s
six receptions for 59 yards against the Spiders
surpassed his career totals as a freshman in those
two categories (five catches for 30 yards).
• Wolfpack John Deraney leads the ACC in punting
with an average of 50.3 yards a kick. Deraney is
also 2 for 3 in field goal attempts this season. Ohio
State’s Mike Nugent is 3 for 4 in field goal attempts
in 2004 including last weekend’s game winning,
55-yarder against Marshall as time expired.

Georgia Tech (2-0, 1-0 ACC)
at North Carolina (1-1, 0-1 ACC)
6:05 p.m.
Kenan Stadium (60,000)

THE GAME: Georgia Tech and North Carolina tangle
for the 40th time in a series that started in 1915 ...
Tech has won the last six meetings and leads the
series 20-16-3. North Carolina is 9-7-3 in games
played on their home turf. A year ago, Georgia
Tech used a 24-point fourth quarter to overcome
the Tar Heels, 41-24. Both teams tallied 446 yards
of total offense. P.J. Daniels gained 240 yards on
the ground to lead Georgia Tech, while the Tar Heels’
Darian Durant threw for 289 yards and two TDs in
the loss.
THE COACHES: Chan Gailey is in his third year at
the helm of Georgia Tech where he has posted a
mark of 16-12 and an overall record of 40-23 in
five plus seasons. Gailey is 9-8 in ACC play while
posting a 2-0 ledger against the Tar Heels. John
Bunting is 14-25 in his fourth year at North Carolina.
He owns an overall record of 52-39-2 in nine
season as head coach.
• Georgia Tech’s P.J. Daniels is the early ACC leader
in rushing yards gaining 272 yards on 49 carries
good for an average of 136.0 yards a game. UNC’s
Ronnie McGill and Jacque Lewis sit third and seventh
in the league in rushing, respectively. McGill
leads the Tar Heels with 190 yards on the ground,
while Lewis is the early ACC leader in average yards
per carry at 7.4.
• The Yellow Jackets’ Chris Reis is the conference
leader in tackles with 24 (11 solo, 13 assists). The
Tar Heels’ Fred Sparkman has registered 19 total
tackles to lead North Carolina this season.
• North Carolina has executed on nine of ten opportunities
in the red zone this season, scoring
eight TD’s and one FG. Georgia Tech is 5 for 8
with all five scores resulting in a touchdown.
• Georgia Tech has opened conference play with a
2-0 mark four times in 22 seasons with the ACC.
The last time the Yellow Jackets went 2-0 was 1998,
when Georgia Tech opened at 4-0 finishing in a tie
for first. The last time North Carolina followed an
ACC loss with a win to open a season was 2001
when UNC fell to Maryland and then beat Florida
State, 41-9.

North Carolina A&T (1-1, 0-0 MEAC)
at Wake Forest (1-1, 0-1 ACC)
6:30 p.m.
Groves Stadium (31,500)

THE GAME: With Wake Forest and North Carolina
A&T only 34 miles apart and a combined 185
seasons of college football between the two schools,
this will be the first meeting on the football field as
the Demon Deacons host the Aggies at Groves
Stadium. This will also be the first time the Demon
Deacons have taken on an opponent from the Mid-
Eastern Athletic Conference.
THE COACHES: Jim Grobe is 19-19 in three seasons
at Wake Forest and 52-52-1 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. George Small is 11-4
in his second season with North Carolina A&T after
leading the Aggies to double-digit victories for only
the second time in school history and a MEAC Championship
a year ago.
• QB Cory Randolph had a career game against
East Carolina establishing career highs in passing
(344) and rushing yards (104) for Wake Forest in
the win. Randolph became the first quarterback in
the ACC since Woodrow Dantzler back in 2001 to
throw for 300 yards and rush for 100.
• Demon Deacon wideout Nate Morton also had a
career-best day at East Carolina, eclipsing the 100-
yard receiving mark for the first time and scoring
his first collegiate touchdown. Morton came into
the game with 160 career receiving yards in 12
games last season.
• Junior placekicker Matt Wisnosky has connected
on four of five field goal attempts (39, 43, 38, 31)
this season. Wisnosky’s four field goals this season
already surpasses his total from a season ago of
three. Wisnosky currently sits second in the ACC in
kick scoring with 19 points (4 FGs, 7 PATs).
• With 66 yards rushing against the Pirates last
weekend, Chris Barclay has now accumulated 2140
yards on the ground for his career. Barclay has
rushed for 245 yards this season and needs only 64
yards to pass Anthony Williams for eighth place on
the all-time rushing charts.
• North Carolina A&T could not hold a 13-3 fourth
quarter lead against Alcorn State last weekend giving
up a pair of touchdowns including a 2-yard run
with 36 seconds left to give the Braves the 15-13 win.

Duke (0-2, 0-0 ACC)
at Virginia Tech (1-1, 0-0 ACC)
JP; 12:00 p.m.
Lane Stadium (65,115)

THE GAME: Virginia Tech will play host to its firstever
conference game as a member of the ACC
when the Hokies welcome the Duke Blue Devils
to Blacksburg in the Jefferson Pilot, ACC Game of
the Week. Duke is 7-4 all-time against Virginia
Tech in a series dating back to 1937. The Blue
Devils carried the early momentum in the series
winning the first six meetings, outscoring the
Hokies 207-19 including three shutouts. Virginia
Tech though has won three straight and four of
the last five against the Blue Devils. In 1984, the
last meeting between both teams, the Hokies
downed the Blue Devils, 27-0.
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 168. With the Hokies, Beamer
has posted a record of 126-75-4. Ted Roof enters
his first full season as head coach of the Duke
Blue Devils with an overall mark of 2-5. Roof
owns a 2-2 mark in ACC play.
• Duke has lost nine consecutive conference
openers with its last victory coming against
Maryland, a 49-16 win in Durham back in 1994.
The Blue Devils are 2-8 in their last ten league,
road openers having lost four straight. Duke’s
last ACC road win to open a season came in 1999,
a 24-17 double overtime victory over Virginia.
This game is the first league game for Virginia
Tech as a member of the ACC.
• Duke’s John Talley registered his frst career
defensive touchdown last week against Connecticut,
scoring on a 62-yard interception return.
The INT was Talley’s third of his career. The
Hokies Brandon Flowers recorded his first collegiate
interception and returned it 38-yards for
a touchdown against Western Michigan. Talley
and Flowers are the only players in the ACC thus
far to have scored a TD off an interception.
• Virginia Tech’s Bryan Randall is fourth in the
ACC in total offense averaging 244 yards through
two games this season. Randall has thrown a TD
in four straight games dating back to last season.
• In his first career start, junior TB Cedric Dargan
established career highs in both rushing attempts
(20) and yards (114) in Duke’s season-opening loss
to Navy. He missed the UConn game due to injury.

#19 Maryland (2-0, 0-0 ACC)
at #7 West Virginia (2-0, 0-0 Big East)
ESPN2; 12:00 p.m.
Mountaineer Field (63,000)

THE GAME: Maryland travels to Morgantown, WVa.
on Saturday in search of their fifth straight victory
over the Mountaineers of West Virginia. The Terps
lead the overall series 21-19-2. Last season, the Terps
and Mountaineers squared off twice. In the first
meeting, Maryland posted a 34-7 victory at home
out-gaining West Virginia 498-156 in total yards.
Sammy Maldonado and Josh Allen combined for
142 rushing yards while the defense recorded four
sacks. Both teams met again in the Gator Bowl as
Maryland once again dominated, 41-7. Steve Suter
returned a punt 76 yards for a TD and Nick Novak
collected a pair of field goals in the win.
THE COACHES: Ralph Friedgen is 33-8 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 is undefeated against the
Mountaineers in four tries (4-0). Rich Rodriguez
enters his fourth season with West Virginia posting
an overall record of 22-17 and is looking for his
first win against Maryland.
• In 2004, Maryland has outscored its opponents
38-2 in the first half, while West Virginia has
maintained a 70-19 advantage in the first half of
play in its two games this season.
• Maryland is 2-0 to start a season for the
first time since 2001 when the Terrapins finished
the year as the ACC Champions with a
10-2 record. West Virginia is 2-0 for the first
time since 2000. That year the Mountaineers
finished 7-5. The last time the Terps started
3-0 was back in 1999.
• West Virginia will host a ranked opponent for
the first time since 1998. The last time Maryland
traveled to Morgantown ranked in the top 25
dates back to 1976 when the Terps, ranked 10thnationally,
downed W.Va. 24-3.
• Maryland’s Sammy Maldonado and Josh Allen
have combined for 331 yards on the ground and
five rushing touchdowns this season. The Terrapins
are ranked fourth in the ACC averaging
200.5 rushing yards a game.
• In Maryland’s win over Northern Illinois to
open the season, junior D’Qwell Jackson doubled
his career interception total (2) when he picked
off Huskie QB Phil Horvath on consecutive drives.

Louisiana Tech (2-0, 1-0 WAC)
at #4 Miami (1-0, 1-0 ACC)
1:00 p.m.
Orange Bowl (72,319)

THE GAME: Louisiana Tech, members of the
Western Athletic Conference, makes their way to
the Sunshine State to take on Miami in the Orange
Bowl. The Hurricanes are 3-0 lifetime against
Louisiana Tech. In 2003, QB Brock Berlin returned
to his hometown for the first time since his high
school playing days to lead the Hurricanes passed
the Bulldogs, 48-9. Berlin completed 50 percent
of his passes for 203 yards and two TDs. Frank Gore
rushed for 118 yards on 21 carries and Ryan Moore
led all wideouts with four catches for 67 yards and
one TD. The Hurricane defense compiled three sacks
and forced three turnovers in the win.
THE COACHES: Larry Coker is 36-3 in his fourth
season with the Miami Hurricanes. Coker has won
18 of 19 games at the Orange Bowl while maintaining
a 7-1 mark against non-conference opponents.
Louisiana Tech’s Jack Bicknell is in his
sixth season as the head coach of the Bulldog
program posting a record of 29-32. Bicknell is 0-
2 versus the University of Miami.
• 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. To open the 2004
campaign, the Hurricanes held the Seminoles to
165 yards of total offense while forcing four turnovers
(two fumbles and two INTs).
• Junior Sinorice Moss led the Hurricanes with
112 yards receiving against FSU including a 30-
yard, game-tying touchdown with 30 seconds left
in the fourth quarter to send the game into OT.
Brock Berlin has started at quarterback in three
BCS Conferences, SEC-‘01, Big East-‘03, ACC-‘04.
• Miami’s Greg Threat and Roger McIntosh each
compiled ten tackles in their first game as members
of the ACC. Threat recorded a pair of pass
breakups and one interception, while McIntosh
was credited with half a quarterback sack.
• The Hurricanes have scored 40 touchdowns via
non-offensive means (special teams or defense)
over the last four seasons. Last year, Miami posted
10 TD’s and one safety. The Hurricanes led the
nation in this category back in 2000 (11 TD’s and
one safety) and 2001 (13 TD’s).

Akron (0-2, 0-0 MAC)
at #12 Virginia (2-0, 1-0 ACC)
3:00 p.m.
Scott Stadium (61,500)

THE GAME: The Virginia Cavaliers will host the
Akron Zips of the Mid-American Conference at
Scott Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Zips return
to Charlottesville for the first time since 2002 as
both squads meet up for only the second time
overall. Last time out, the Cavaliers posted a 48-29
victory. Wali Lundy accumulated 203 total yards
and one rushing TD. Lundy and Alvin Pearman led
the UVa rushing attack against the Zips running for
103 and 82 yards, respectively.
THE COACHES: Virginia head coach Al Groh is 24-
17 in his fourth year at Virginia, including backto-
back postseason victories in the Continental Tire
Bowl. Groh is 50-57 in 10 years overall. J.D.
Brookhart enters his first season as head coach at
Arkon having spent the seven seasons prior as an
assistant on the University of Pittsburgh football
staff. Brookhart currently holds an 0-2 record.
• In Virginia’s first two games this season, the Cavaliers
have accumulated 14 touchdowns, 11 of which
have come on the ground. That number is six shy
of last year’s 17 rushing touchdowns scored by the
• Marquis Weeks tied an ACC record for the longest
kickoff return for a TD when he returned a
kickoff 100 yards in the second quarter against
North Carolina. It was the second time that Weeks
has matched this feat; the first coming against North
Carolina in Charlottesville in 2002.
• After failing to score a touchdown via a punt or
kickoff return last season, Virginia has registered
two in consecutive games. Alvin Pearman returned
a punt 70-yards against Temple, while
Weeks scored on a 100-yard kickoff return against
the Tar Heels.
• Virginia’s Marques Hagans is 27 for 34 this year
good for a 79 percent completion rate. Akron’s
Charlie Frye has been equally as good posting a
75 percent completion rate going 60 for 80 in two
games. Frye has passed for 622 yards and two
TD’s, while Hagans has thrown for 420 yards and
one TD. The Cavs have not allowed a sack this
season. The Zips have given up six.

Alabama-Birmingham (1-0, 0-0 C-USA)
at #8 Florida State (0-1, 0-1 ACC)
ESPN2; 6:30 p.m.
Doak Campbell Stadium (82,300)

THE GAME: The ACC and Conference USA will clash
for the second consecutive week as Florida State
welcomes Alabama-Birmingham to Doak Campbell
Stadium in a nationally televised game on ESPN2.
The Seminoles and Blazers meet for just the second
time with both encounters occuring in Tallahassee,
Fla. Florida State registered a 29-7 win over UAB
back in 2001. QB Chris Rix posted his first career
200-yard passing game and rushing touchdown
against the Blazers, while leading the Seminoles
in the backfield with 52 yards on the ground.
THE COACHES: Bobby Bowden is 269-68-4 in 28
years at FSU and 342-100-4 in 38 seasons overall.
Bowden is the all-time winningest Division I-A
head coach with his 342 career victories. Watson
Brown is in his 10th season at UAB and his 20th
overall as a head coach. Brown has posted a
mark of 48-54 at UAB and is 80-131-1 overall.
• Florida State has not lost a home opener at Doak
Campbell Stadium since 1989 (34-23 loss to
Clemson), a streak of 14 straight games. This is
the second time the Seminoles have faced UAB to
open their home schedule, the last coming in 2001.
• The Seminoles forced three turnovers in their
season opener against Miami, including a 61-yard
fumble return for a touchdown by sophomore
Antonio Cromartie. Cromartie also had one interception
in the game against the Hurricanes.
• UAB downed Baylor 56-14 in its season opener
reaching its highest point total since becoming a
Division I-A team in 1996. The Blazers tallied
516 yards of total offense including 343 yards
rushing. UAB did not have a single rusher over
100 yards but three backs posted more than 68
yards on the groud. QB Darrell Hackney was 8 of
16 for 168 yards and three TD’s. Hackney also
scored a rushing touchdown as well.
• Florida State holds an all-time record of 62-31-
4 against current members of Conference USA.
The Seminoles have gone undefeated against UAB
(1-0), Cincinnati (6-0), East Carolina (7-0) and
Tulane (10-0). FSU has a winning record against
seven of the 11 members of C-USA. The Noles
have never faced Army and South Florida.

#25 Clemson (1-1, 1-1 ACC)
at Texas A&M (1-1, 0-0 Big 12)
TBS; 7:00 p.m.
Kyle Stadium (82,600)

THE GAME: Clemson and Texas A&M will meet for
the first time since 1974 and for only the third time
overall. The Aggies have won both encounters
holding the Tigers scoreless the last time out in a 24-
0 win in Clemson’s only visit to College Station. This
will be the first time that Texas A&M has faced a
ranked Clemson team. This will be Clemson’s second
appearance on TBS and first since a 48-0 win at
Virginia in 1982. The Tigers have never faced a
Dennis Franchione led team.
THE COACHES: Tommy Bowden is 39-25 in his
sixth season at Clemson and 57-29 in eight years
overall. While at Clemson, Bowden is 1-1 against
the Big 12 beating Missouri in 2000 and falling to
Texas Tech in 2002. Texas A&M head coach Dennis
Franchione has posted a 5-9 ledger in his second
season with the Aggies. Franchione is 160-82-2 in
22 seasons as a head coach.
• Leroy Hill garnered two sacks in last week’s game
against Georgia Tech increasing his conference leading
total to three on the season. Hill also leads the
league in tackles for loss (5 for 39 yards) and is
second in total tackles with 22. Clemson as a team
has compiled ten sacks in two games to lead all
schools in the ACC.
• After playing two straight contests at Memorial
Stadium to open the season, the Tigers will travel to
College Station for their first road trip of the season.
This trip to Texas will be the beginning of what is the
third longest average road trip in Clemson history.
The Tigers will travel 2,857 miles for its five road
games this year, an average of 571 miles.
• Over the past ten seasons, Clemson has posted a
5-5 record in its first road game of the season.
Since 1989, the Tigers are 1-3 when their first road
opponent is a non-conference foe with their last
win coming in 1989 against Florida State.
• For the second consecutive week, Clemson’s
Charlie Whitehurst completed 20 passes and stands
just ten completions short of Woodrow Dantzler’s
career record of 460.
• Texas A&M shutout Wyoming last week, 31-0 for the
Aggies first win in 2004. Texas A&M gave up 582
yards of total offense in its season opening lost to Utah
as opposed to 181 yards in a win over the Cowboys.

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