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ACC Football This Week #4 - 9/23/06

Posted Friday, September 22, 2006

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Three league encounters, along with
four non-conference matchups, comprise
the week four schedule ... Boston
College’s Tom O’Brien became the
school’s all-time winningest coach with
69 victories in 10 seasons following
the Eagles’ 30-23 double-overtime win
over BYU ... with the win, Boston
College became the first team in ACC
history to win back-to-back doubleovertime
games ... four ACC teams -
Virginia Tech, Florida State, Clemson
and Boston College - are ranked in both
polls ... four of the six ACC games
played to date have been decided by
seven points or less ... Georgia Tech’s
Calvin Johnson has caught at least one
pass in 27 consecutive games ...
Florida State’s Drew Weatherford is
179 yards shy of becoming only the
sixth sophomore in ACC history to
throw for 2,000 or more yards ...
Georgia Tech’s Reggie Ball is 14 yards
shy of becoming only the 14th player
in ACC history to have 8,000 yards or
more in total offense ... true freshman
Jeff Smith of Boston College is
third nationally in kickoff returns
(36.3) ... Duke’s John Talley leads all
I-A active players with 12 career
interceptions ... Virginia Tech leads
the nation in scoring defense (3.3) ...
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 191 victories over 26 seasons.

Thursday, September 21
Virginia (1-2, 0-0 ACC)
at Georgia Tech (2-1, 0-0 ACC)
7:45 pm; ESPN
Bobby Dodd Stadium (55,000)
The Series: Virginia leads 14-13-1
Georgia Tech leads 11-6-0 in Atlanta, Ga.
The Coaches: Al Groh: 38-28-0 (6) at Virginia: 64-68-0 overall (12)
Chan Gailey: 30-23-0 (5) at Georgia Tech; 54-34-0 overall (8)
Game Preview: In the third of nine Thursday night tilts for ACC teams this season,
Virginia travels to Georgia Tech in a game shown nationally on ESPN...the Cavaliers
have won three straight in the series, holding a +6 turnover margin, including a 30-10
decision two years ago in Atlanta...the Yellow Jackets have won four of the last five meetings
with the Cavaliers in Bobby Dodd Stadium...the game marks the fifth conference
Thursday night game featuring these two teams dating back to 1983 with the Yellow
Jackets winning three of the previous six of the last seven meetings, the team
holding the rushing advantage has won the game (UVa - 4, GT - 2) averaging 213.7
rushing yards per game in the six wins.
Last Time Out: Last year, TB Wali Lundy scored two first quarter TDs en route to
83 yards on the ground as Virginia defeated Georgia Tech 27-17...the Cavs scored
the game’s first 17 points, but the Jackets rallied to tie the game at 17 late in the
third quarter...GT’s Reggie Ball threw for 207 yards and a TD, while UVa’s Deyon
Williams caught 10 passes for 107 yards, both career-highs.
Saturday, September 23
North Carolina (1-2, 0-1 ACC)
at #19 Clemson (2-1, 1-1 ACC)
12:00 pm; RAY/LFS-TV
Memorial Stadium (81,473)
The Series: Clemson leads 33-18-1
Clemson leads 16-7-0 in Clemson, S.C.
The Coaches: John Bunting: 25-38-0 (6) at North Carolina; 63-52-2 overall (11)
Tommy Bowden: 54-34-0 (8) at Clemson; 72-38-0 overall (10)
Game Preview: After a two year hiatus, Clemson and North Carolina square-off
on the gridiron for the 53rd time in the Raycom/Lincoln Financial ACC Game of the
Week...the Tigers have won two in a row in the series and four of the last five
games...the two teams have split the last four games played in Death
Clemson’s last two victories, the Tiger offense has gained over 500 yards of total
offense, while North Carolina has posted 200+ yards passing and rushing in two of
the last three match-ups...both offenses enter Saturday’s game ranked in the top
three in the ACC in total offense with the Tigers averaging 398.7 yards/game and the
Tar Heels 372.3 yards/game...this marks the first road contest for the Tar Heels in
2006, UNC is 5-5 in road openers over the last 10 seasons.
Last Time Out: In 2003, Clemson’s Derek Hamilton had a 100-yard kickoff return for
a TD and caught a 69-yard scoring pass to lead the Tigers past North Carolina 36-
28...UNC QB Darian Durant rushed for 110 yards and threw for 208 in the loss...the
Tigers’ Aaron Hunt added three FGs including two in the fourth quarter to solidify the win.
Saturday, September 23
Cincinnati (1-2, 0-1 Big East)
at #11 Virginia Tech (3-0, 2-0 ACC)
12:00 pm; ESPNU
Lane Stadium (66,233)
The Series: Cincinnati leads 4-3-0
Series tied 2-2-0 in Blacksburg, Va.
The Coaches: Greg Dantonio: 12-14-0 (3) at Cincinnati; 12-14-0 overall (3)
Frank Beamer: 149-79-2 (20) at Virginia Tech; 191-102-4 overall (26)
Game Preview: Cincinnati makes the trek to Blacksburg to face Virginia Tech in a
noon kickoff in a game shown on ESPNU...the Bearcats won the last meeting back in
1995 in this the eighth all-time meeting between both teams...prior to Cincinnati’s win,
Virginia Tech had won three straight outscoring the Bearcats 118-43 during that streak...the
Hokies have won 22 straight non-conference games at home outscoring opponents
931-221, while posting an overall mark of 25-2 in regular season, non-league games
since 2000...VT’s last non-conference loss at home came at the hands of Virginia back
in 1998...the Hokie defense has two shutouts in their first three games in 2006 and ranks
first in the nation in scoring defense allowing 3.33 points per game...since joining the
ACC in 2004, the Hokies have registered a league-best six shutouts.
Last Time Out: In 1995, Cincinnati capitalized on three Virginia Tech turnovers and
turned them all into points in the second quarter as the Bearcats downed the Hokies 16-
0 in Blacksburg...Bearcat LB Brad Jackson scored the game-winning TD on a 71-yard
INT return...the Hokies were held to 77 yards rushing and 239 yards overall.
Saturday, September 23
Rice (0-3, 0-1 C-USA)
at #18 Florida State (2-1, 1-1 ACC)
3:30 pm; ESPNU
Doak Campbell Stadium (82,300)
The Series: First meeting between both teams
The Coaches: Todd Graham: 0-3-0 (1) at Rice; 0-3-0 overall (1)
Bobby Bowden: 288-76-4 (31) at Florida State; 361-108-4 overall (41)
Game Preview: Florida State welcomes the Rice Owls to Doak Campbell Stadium
for the first meeting between both teams in a game shown on ESPNU at 3:30
pm...the Seminoles enter the game at 2-1 for the third time in the last six years and for
the fourth time since 1992...since joining the ACC, Florida State owns a mark of 34-14-
1 against non-conference foes and are 21-4-1 outside the league at home including a
run of three consecutive victories...Florida State is 50-27-4 all-time against current
members of Conference USA...FB Joe Surratt has scored a TD in all three games in
2006 and is responsible for three of the five TDs scored by the Seminoles this
season...Florida State’s rushing defense continues to be tops in the league allowing
just 59.0 yards per game...FSU is second in the ACC in red zone offense converting on
88.9 percent of their opportunities in 2006.
Last Time Out: This marks the first meeting between Rice and Florida State...last
week, Rice faced-off against Texas at Reliant Stadium in Houston falling 52-7...the
Seminoles lost their first game of the season, a conference match-up to Clemson,
27-20 in Tallahassee in ‘Bowden Bowl VIII’.

Saturday, September 23
Fla. International (0-3, 0-1 Sun Belt)
at Maryland (2-1, 0-0 ACC)
6:00 pm; ESPN 360
Byrd Stadium (51,500)
The Series: First meeting between both teams
The Coaches: Don Strock: 15-32-0 (5) at Florida International; 15-32-0 overall (5)
Ralph Friedgen: 43-21-0 (6) at Maryland; 43-21-0 overall (6)
Game Preview: Maryland welcomes Florida International to College Park, Md.,
Saturday evening in the first meeting between the Golden Panthers and Terrapins...this
game marks the first of three Florida schools to travel to Byrd Stadium in 2006 - FIU,
Florida State (O28) and Miami (N11)...this will be the final non-conference match-up
for Maryland this season...the Terps are 2-1 to start a season for the second time in the
last three years...since 2001 under head coach Ralph Friedgen, Maryland has posted
a non-conference record of 18-6...the Terrapins have thrived at home against nonleague
teams going 12-1 with their only loss coming last season to West
Virginia...Maryland is the least penalized team in the ACC and ranks third nationally
averaging just 2.67 penalties per game...the Terps are 12-for-14 (85.7) in red zone
chances this season, good for third in the league.
Last Time Out: This marks the first meeting between Florida International and
Maryland...last week, the Terrapins lost their first game of the 2006 season falling to
West Virginia 45-24 on Thursday night in Morgantown...Florida International dropped
a five-point decision, 33-28, to Bowling Green at FIU Stadium.
Saturday, September 23
Wake Forest (3-0, 1-0 ACC)
at Ole Miss (1-2, 0-1 SEC)
6:00 pm
Vaught-Hemingway (60,580)
The Series: First meeting between both teams
The Coaches: Jim Grobe: 29-32-0 (6) at Wake Forest; 62-65-1 overall (12)
Ed Orgeron: 4-10-0 (2) at Ole Miss; 4-10-0 overall (2)
Game Preview: Mississippi welcomes Wake Forest to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium
for the first meeting between both teams in the first ACC/SEC showdown of
the season...the Demon Deacons enter the contest at 3-0 for the first time since
1987 and for the eighth time overall - in 1987, the Deacs started 5-0...its the first
three-game win streak for Wake Forest since 2004 when the Deacs defeated East
Carolina, North Carolina A&T and Boston College in the second, third and fourth
games of the season...the Wake Forest defense has not allowed more than 13
points through the first three games of the season and ranks second in the ACC and
18th nationally in scoring defense averaging 12.0 points per game...with Wake’s win
last week against Connecticut, head coach Jim Grobe tied former coach Bill Dooley
(1987-92) for the second most wins in school history with 29.
Last Time Out: This marks the first meeting between Wake Forest and
Mississippi...last week, the Demon Deacons defeated Connecticut 24-13 in East
Hartford to stay undefeated on the year, while Ole Miss dropped its first SEC contest
of the season to Kentucky 31-14.
Saturday, September 23
#20 Boston College (3-0, 1-0 ACC)
at NC State (1-2, 0-0 ACC)
8:00 pm; ESPN2
Carter-Finley Stadium (53,800)
The Series: Boston College leads 2-1-0
Series is tied 1-1-0 in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
The Coaches: Tom O’Brien: 69-42-0 (10) at Boston College; 69-42-0 overall (10)
Chuck Amato: 47-30-0 (7) at NC State; 47-30-0 overall (7)
Game Preview: NC State returns to Carter-Finley Stadium for the first of three straight
home games as the Wolfpack host Boston College under the lights in a game shown
nationally on ESPN2 at 8:00 this the fourth meeting between these two teams, it
marks the first match-up in Raleigh - the previous three games were held in Massachusetts
(1 at Fenway Park, 2 in Chestnut Hill)...BC is 3-0 to start a season for the second time in
the last three years and for the fourth time in the Tom O’Brien era...QB Daniel Evans saw
action for the first time in 2006 throwing for 97 yards and a TD for the Pack last week...the
Eagles currently lead the league in total and passing offense...Joe Deraney is one of two
ACC kickers perfect in FG attempts (2-for-2) this year.
Last Time Out: Last year, NC State jumped out to a 10-0 lead on a 96-yard TD
reception by Brian Clark and a 48-yard FG by John Deraney...the Eagles then scored
30 unanswered points to take a 30-10 win over the Wolfpack at Alumni Stadium...QB
Matt Ryan ran for two TDs and threw for another, while the Eagle defense registered
a season-high eight sacks holding the Wolfpack to just 59 yards rushing.

Boston College
Matt Ryan completed 29 of
48 passes for a career-high
356 yards and two scores
including a 25-yard TD pass
to Tony Gonzalez on the first
play of the second overtime as the Eagles beat
BYU 30-23 in a game that totaled 1,018 yards in
total offense … with the victory Tom O'Brien became
the school's all-time winningest coach (69)
in his 10th season at BC … Ryan has thrown for
200 or more yards in five straight games and
over that span is averaging 275.4 yards per contest
… the Eagles have won six in a row … freshman
Jeff Smith leads the ACC and is third nationally
in kickoff returns (42.6).
James Davis rushed for 87
yards and two TDs as the
Tigers beat Florida State
for the third time in four
years 27-20 ... Davis leads the ACC in rushing
(91.3) and has rushed for a TD in seven straight
games ... WR Chansi Stuckey leads the ACC and
is 17th nationally in receptions (6.3) and has
caught a pass in 24 consecutive games including
17 in a row with two or more receptions ...
WR Aaron Kelley has had two or more catches
in 15 straight games ... QB Will Proctor is second
in the ACC in total offense (239.3) and passing
efficiency (145.4) ... the Tigers are ranked
19th in the AP poll.
Florida State
Following Saturday’s 27-
20 loss to Clemson, the
Seminoles are ranked 18th
in the latest AP poll ... QB
Drew Weatherford is eighth among ACC sophomore
passing yardage leaders (3,821) and is
second among active ACC quarterbacks with 20
career touchdown passes ... Florida State leads
the ACC and is eighth nationally in rushing defense
(59.0) ... senior LB Buster Davis is tied for
the lead in the ACC in tackles per game (9.7) ...
TB Lorenzo Booker is 11th on the FSU career
rushing list with 1,833 yards ... PK Gary Cismesia
has made 28 of 38 career field goal attempts in
his career (.737).
The Terrapins close out their
2006 non-conference schedule
Saturday hosting
Florida International in
Byrd Stadium ... Sam Hollenbach completed 24-
of-45 passes for 211 yards and two TDs in
Thursday’s loss at West Virginia and moved into
10th on the school’s career passing yardage list
with 3,271 ... Hollenbach has thrown for 200 yards
or more in nine of his last 14 games ... Josh Allen
is 11th among Maryland career rushing leaders
with 1,892 yards ... Adam Podlesh is tied for seventh
among ACC career punting leaders (43.27)
... Maryland leads the ACC and ranks third nationally
in fewest penalties per game (2.67).
NC State
The Wolfpack’s next three
games are at home against
Boston College, Florida
State and Wake Forest, who
are a combined 8-1 so far in 2006 ... NC State is
27-14 in Carter-Finley Stadium under head coach
Chuck Amato ... QB Marcus Stone has thrown a
touchdown pass in 10 of his last 12 games ... NC
State has scored in 128 straight games, the fourthlongest
scoring streak in ACC history ... sophomore
QB Daniel Evans completed eight-of-11
passes for 97 yards and one TD in Saturday’s loss
at Southern Mississippi ... senior LB Patrick Lowery
is tied for the league lead in tackles per game
Wake Forest
DE Jeremy Thompson returned
a first-quarter interception
86 yards for a
touchdown as the Demon
Deacons improved to 3-0 for the first time since
1987 with a 24-13 win over Connecticut …
Thompson's return was the second longest interception
return in school history … Wake is 6-
2 in non-conference road games under Jim Grobe
… OT Steve Vallos has started 37 straight games
… LB Jon Abbate reached the 10-tackle plateau
for the second straight week and the eighth time
in his career (24 career games) ... the Deacons
are second in the ACC and 18th nationally in
scoring defense (12.0).

Five of the Blue Devils' next
six games are in Wallace
Wade Stadium … CB John
Talley had an interception in
Saturday's loss at Virginia
Tech and leads all active Division I players with
12 career interceptions ... Talley is fourth on the
ACC’s all-time interception return yardage list with
245 yards ... sophomore WR Enron Riley is averaging
18.8 yards per catch in his career (20-for-
375) ... LB Michael Tauiliili had a game-high 11
tackles against the Hokies marking the fifth time
in the last seven games with 10 or more tackles
... the Blue Devils are 37th nationally in rushing
defense (88.0).
Georgia Tech
Reggie Ball had 294 yards
of total offense and Georgia
Tech scored three
fourth-quarter touchdowns
in Saturday's 35-20 win over Troy … Ball leads
the team in rushing (194 yards) and passing
(387) and has either run or thrown for a TD in
23 of his last 27 games … Calvin Johnson is tied
for sixth among school career reception leaders
(115) and has caught a pass in each of his
27 career games … Thursday's game with Virginia
marks the first of eight straight ACC games
for the Jackets … MLB Philip Wheeler had six
tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery against
QB Kyle Wright threw for
a season-high 278 yards
in Saturday’s 31-7 loss at
No. 12 Louisville ... PK
Jon Peattie is fifth among
Miami career scoring leaders with 285 points
... the Hurricanes are second in the ACC and
ninth nationally in rushing defense (59.3) and
have limited 10 of their last 12 opponents to
under 125 yards rushing ... Miami’s next three
games are at home ... since 1999, the Hurricanes
have scored 57 touchdowns on various
returns - the top figure in the country ... since
1990 Miami is 112-10 (91.8) against unranked
Coastal Division Team Notes
North Carolina
In his first career start, QB
Cam Sexton completed 14
of 20 passes for 265 yards
and two touchdowns and
Ronnie McGill rushed for 114 yards and scored
four times in Saturday's 45-42 win over Furman
... the Tar Heels rushed for 181 yards against the
Paladins - their best single-game output in 14
games ... Sexton and Joe Dailey, who started the
first two games at QB, have combined to average
247.3 yards per game in total offense ... UNC
is third in the ACC in total offense (372.3) ... WR
Hakeem Hicks leads all ACC freshmen in receptions
(14) and receiving yardage (158) ... three of
the Tar Heels’ next four games are on the road.
The Cavaliers play at Georgia
Tech Thursday night
(ESPN, 7:45) in the first of
three straight road games
... junior QB Kevin McCabe completed 13 of 16
passes for 111 yards in his first career start Saturday
against Western Michigan … red-shirt
freshman QB Jameel Sewell completed sevenof-
10 passes for 51 yards and rushed four times
for 17 yards against the Broncos ... WR Fontel
Mines has caught a pass in 14 consecutive
games … the Cavaliers allowed Western Michigan
the fewest yards (179) in a UVa loss since
Navy gained 167 yards in 1969 in a 10-0 Midshipmen
win in Annapolis.
Virginia Tech
Sean Glennon threw for 301
yards and two scores as Virginia
Tech improved to 3-0
with a 36-0 win over visiting
Duke Saturday … the
Hokies limited the Blue Devils to just 28 yards
on 27 plays in the first half … Eddie Royal return
six punts for 138 yards and a touchdown
and totaled 193 all-purpose yards in the win ...
the Hokies have won 34 of 35 games in September
since the start of the 1997 season and over
the past two years Tech is 7-0 in the month of
September with a 270-to-33 advantage in points
scored … the Hokies have won 24 straight
games when scoring first.

By the numbers
Interceptions thrown by Duke’s Thaddeus
Lewis and Wake Forest’s Riley Skinner in a
combined 108 passing attempts ... the two
freshmen quarterbacks have combined to complete
62.9 percent of their passes for 821 yards
and two TDs.
4 Four of the six ACC games played to date
have been decided by seven points or less, including
three by three points or less.
Through the first three weeks of the 2006 season,
seven ACC quarterbacks have made their
first career starts on the college level ... those
quarterbacks are 3-4 in their starting debuts.
First Career Starts at QB
Name Opp Cm Att Int Yds TD
Thaddeus Lewis, Duke .. WF 21 31 0 305 1
Cam Sexton, UNC ... Furman 14 20 1 265 2
Riley Skinner, WF ...... Duke 22 29 0 235 1
Sean Glennon, VT ..........NE 15 18 1 222 3
Christian Olsen, UVa .... Pitt. 17 34 1 133 0
Kevin McCabe, UVa ... WMU 13 16 2 111 0
Marcus Jones, Duke .... Rich. 2 6 0 11 0
Boston College junior Brian Toal has rushed
for eight touchdowns on 28 career rushing attempts.
Boston College’s Matt Ryan is 8-0 as the starting
quarterback over the past two seasons ...
Ryan has thrown for 200 or more yards in five
straight games and over that span is averaging
275.4 yards per contest.
Since joining the ACC in 2004, Virginia Tech is
9-0 in ACC road games.
ACC teams had lost 12 straight games when allowing
500 or more yards in a game ... that streak
ended this past Saturday when both Boston College
and North Carolina won games in which they
allowed their opponents - BYU (547) and Furman
(521), respectively - to gain over 500 yards.
Yards needed by Georgia Tech senior quarterback
Reggie Ball to become only the 14th
player in ACC history to have 8,000 or more
yards in total offense.
Florida State QB Drew Weatherford is 179
yards shy of becoming only the sixth player in
ACC history to throw for 4,000 yards or more by
his sophomore season.

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Daniel Evans (#7) starts as quarterback for NC State against Boston College.
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