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ACC Football This Week - 9/25/04

Posted Tuesday, September 21, 2004

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ACColades: Three conference games -- Maryland at Duke, NC State at Virginia Tech and Clemson at Florida State - highlight a seven-game Week 4 schedule ... four teams -- Miami, Florida State, Virginia and Maryland (21) -- ranked in both polls ... Virginia Tech tops Duke 41-17 in ACC debut ... Maryland's Nick Novak (354) is the ACC's all-time leading scorer while Florida State's Xavier Beita (312) is tied for sixth ... Florida State's Bobby Bowden is the winningest coach in NCAA Division I-A history with 343 victories ... Miami's Larry Coker is 37-3 in his four seasons as a head coach ... Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer is fourth among active NCAA coaches with 169 career wins ... NC State leads Division I-A in total defense (152.0) ... Virginia's Wali Lundy has scored three touchdowns in each of the first three games of the season and leads the nation in scoring (18.0) ... Miami's Devin Hester tied an ACC single-game record when he returned two punts for touchdowns in Saturday's 48-0 win over Louisiana Tech.


Clemson: Clemson's next two games are on the road versus 8th-ranked Florida State (S18) and No. 12 Virginia (S25) ... Justin Miller leads the ACC and is 14th nationally in kickoff returns (27.3) ... Miller is also second in the ACC in punt returns (12.7) ... QB Charlie Whitehurst leads the ACC in total offense (251.3) ... Whitehurst has thrown for 200 yards or more in 17 of his 21 career starts and is 23rd among ACC career passing leaders with 5,870 yards ... Reggie Merriweather leads the team in rushing (143 yards) and is averaging 8.9 yards per carry ... Clemson has 11 QB sacks in the first three games.

Duke: After opening the season with three straight road games, the Blue Devils return home to host Maryland (S25) and The Citadel (O2) ... sophomore CB John Talley has four interceptions in his career, with all four coming over the last five games dating back to the 2003 season ... senior PK Matt Brooks has made five of seven field goal attempts in 2004 and had a career-best 45-yard field goal against Virginia Tech ... the Blue Devils are fourth in the ACC and 25th nationally in turnover margin ... senior S Alex Green leads the team and is 7th in the ACC in tackles per game (8.7)

Florida State: Bobby Bowden, with 343 wins in 38 years, is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I-A history ... senior PK Xavier Beitia has made 52 straight PATs and is tied with NC State's Ted Brown (1975-78) for sixth on the all-time ACC scoring list with 312 points ... QB Chris Rix leads all active ACC quarterbacks in total offense (8,662), passing yards (7,824), 300-yard passing games (7), touchdown passes (60) and is second in rushing yardage (838) ... FSU is third nationally in rushing defense (42.5) and ninth in total defense (254.0) ... Chris Hall is third in the ACC and ninth nationally in punting (45.1).

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets are off the weekend before hosting Miami (O2) ... Tech has beaten at least one nationally-ranked team in each of the last 11 seasons ... sophomore QB Reggie Ball leads the ACC with seven TD passes ... Ball already ranks ninth in Tech history in career passing yards (2,612) and 11th in total offense (3,358) ... junior TB P.J. Daniels leads the ACC in rushing (108.0) and has eight 100-yard games in his career ... WR Calvin Johnson leads all ACC freshmen, and is second nationally among freshmen, in receiving yardage (72.3) ... LB Gerris Wilkinson is second in the ACC in tackles (10.3)

Maryland: Senior PK Nick Novak has made seven of his nine field goal attempts in 2004 and is the ACC's all-time leading scorer with 354 points ... Novak has made 71 of 94 career field goal attempts and is the leading active scorer in Division I-A ... junior TB Josh Allen is 16th on the Terps' all-time rushing list (1,534) ... Steve Suter is second among ACC career punt return leaders (1,155) ... senior FB Sam Maldonado is averaging 5.9 yards per carry in his career (564 yards on 96 attempts) ... Adam Podlesh is averaging 43.4 yards per punt and the Terps lead the ACC and are fourth nationally in net punting (43.9).

Miami: Larry Coker is 37-3 (.925) in four seasons as the Hurricane head coach ... Miami has yet to allow an offensive touchdown this season and is second nationally in scoring defense (5.0), total defense (174.0) and fifth in rushing defense (54.5) ... Devin Hester tied an ACC single-game record when he returned two punts for touchdowns in Saturday's 48-0 win over Louisiana Tech ... PK Jon Peattie is tied for eighth on the Hurricane career field goal list (25) ... WR Ryan Moore has caught at least one pass in 15 consecutive games ... Miami has nine QB sacks in the first two games.

North Carolina: With Saturday's 34-13 win over Georgia Tech, the Tar Heels have won consecutive games at Kenan Stadium for the first time since beating Duke and SMU at home to close out the 2001 season ... senior TB Jacque Lewis ran for a career-best 161 yards and two TDs against the Jackets and is third in the ACC in rushing (103.3) ... senior QB Darian Durant is 13th on the ACC career total offense list (7,752) and 15th on the passing list (7,021) and has thrown a TD pass in 10 straight games and in 28 of his last 32 regular season games ... UNC is second in the ACC and 14th nationally in total offense (478.3).

NC State: After finishing seventh in the ACC and 89th nationally a year ago in total defense, the Wolfpack currently leads the nation in total defense (152.0) ... State has allowed opponents to complete only 41.7 of 48 passes - tied with Miami for the fourth-lowest completion percentage defensively in the nation ... NC State has scored in 106 consecutive games, the fifth-longest scoring streak in ACC history ... T.A. McLendon ran for 94 yards on 15 carries against Ohio State Saturday and is 11th on State's career rushing list with 1,803 yards ... P John Deraney is fourth in the ACC and 12th nationally in punting (44.9).

Virginia: The Cavaliers are ranked 12th in this week's AP poll ... Virginia has scored a touchdown in every quarter this season, 12 consecutive quarters, the longest streak since a 14-quarter streak in 1992 ... Wali Lundy has scored three touchdowns in each of the first three games ... Lundy, the ACC's second-leading rusher (106.3), leads the nation in scoring (18.0) ... Lundy has scored 14 touchdowns over the last five games and is already 7th on UVa's career scoring list with 198 points ... QB Marques Hagans leads the ACC and is eighth nationally in passing efficiency (167.1).

Virginia Tech: Senior QB Bryan Randall (5,978) is only 128 yards away from breaking Tech's career record for total offense, held by Maurice DeShazo (6,105 yards; 1991-94) ... Randall has thrown a TD pass five games in a row and is averaging 273.8 yards per game in total offense over that span ... Saturday's 41-17 win over Duke marked the first time Tech had beaten Duke in a conference game; the Hokies were previously 0-6 against the Blue Devils in Southern Conference action ... Tech freshmen are responsible for half of the team's receptions (23 of 46) and for six of the seven touchdown receptions.

Wake Forest: Saturday's 42-3 win over North Carolina A&T improves Jim Grobe's record versus in-state rivals to 12-3 since his arrival in 2001 ... in his collegiate debut, freshman TB Micah Andrews ran for 125 yards and three scores against the Aggies; the 125 yards were the seventh-best single game total by a Deacon freshman ... Chris Barclay is fourth in the ACC and 31st nationally in rushing (98.3) and is ninth among school career rushing leaders (2,190) and 10th in scoring (144) ... the Deacons lead the ACC with six interceptions ... Wake Forest is second in the ACC and 10th nationally in rushing offense (276.7)


0 - Quarterback sacks allowed by the Virginia offensive line in the Cavalier's first three games of the 2004 season.

0 - Offensive touchdowns allowed by Miami through the Hurricanes first two games of the 2004 season against Florida State and Louisiana Tech.

2 - Points needed by Virginia's Wali Lundy to reach the 200-point plateau. Lundy has scored 14 touchdowns over his last five games and is seventh on the Cavalier career scoring list with 198 points.

3 - Wins needed by Maryland's Ralph Friedgen to become the league's winningest fourth-year head coach. Fridegen is currently third with 33 career wins.

5 - Virginia Tech quarterback Bryan Randall has thrown at least one touchdown pass in five straight games.

7 - Fourth down conversions in eight attempts by Florida State in Saturday's 34-7 win over visiting Alabama-Birmingham.

18.7 - Career yards per reception average of Wake Forest wide receiver Jason Anderson ... Anderson has 1,929 yards and 15 touchdowns on 103 catches.

22 - Total offense yardage needed by Virginia Tech senior quarterback Bryan Randall to reach the 6,000-yard plateau in his career.

28.8 - Career kickoff return average by Clemson junior Justin Miller. Miller has returned 37 kickoffs for 1,064 yards and one touchdown.

37 - Punt return yardage needed by Maryland's Steve Suter to pass NC State's Ledel George (1990-93) and become the ACC's all-time leader ... Suter is currently second with 1,155 yards.

37 - Wins by Miami head coach Larry Coker in his first 40 games as head coach of the Hurricanes.

44.88 - Wake Forest's Ryan Plackemeier is the ACC's all-time punting leader with a 44.87 yards per punt average.

125 - Rushing yardage on 17 carries by Wake Forest's Micah Andrews in his collegiate debut against North Carolina A&T Saturday.

130 - Passing yards needed by Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst to become only the eighth player in ACC history to throw for 6,000 yards or more by his junior season.

152.0 - NC State leads the NCAA in total defense allowing only 152.0 yards per game.

155.58 - Career passing efficiency rating of Virginia junior quarterback Marques Hagans ... has completed 67 percent of his passes for 929 yards and seven touchdowns.

200 - Consecutive games scored in by Florida State dating back to the Seminoles' season opener in 1988.

338 - Total offense yardage needed by Florida State senior quarterback Chris Rix to become only the eighth player in ACC history to total 9,000 yards or more in total offense.

343 - Florida State's Bobby Bowden, with 343 wins in 38 years, is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I-A history.

354 - Career points scored by Maryland placekicker Nick Novak. Novak is the leading active career scorer in Division I-A and is 14th all-time among among kick scoring leaders.

3,465 - Virginia's Alvin Pearman is currently 12th among active career all-purpose yardage leaders with 3,465 yards. Teammate Wali Lundy is 18th with 3,227 yards while Maryland's Steve Suter (3,161) is 20th.


Thursday, September 23

#4 Miami (2-0, 1-0 ACC) at Houston (1-2, 1-0 C-USA)
ESPN; 7:45 p.m.
John O'Quinn Field (32,000)

THE GAME: Miami and Houston will face off under the lights at Robertson Stadium in front of a national audience on ESPN's Thursday night college football. The Hurricanes lead the all-time series 9-7 having won five straight over the Cougars. Houston owns a 4-3 mark against Miami at home. Both teams played each other in eight straight seasons dating from 1969 to 1976 with the Cougars taking five of eight from the Hurricanes during that span.

LAST TIME OUT: Miami downed Houston 40-10 in the team's last meeting back in 1991. The Hurricanes registered 504 yards of total offense, the most allowed by the Cougars in the series, behind QB Gino Torretta who threw for 365 yards and four touchdowns. Lamar Thomas and Kevin Williams each caught six passes for 138 and 127 yards, respectively.

THE COACHES: Larry Coker is 37-3 in his fourth season with the Miami Hurricanes. Coker is a perfect 6-0 in non-conference games on the road. Houston's Art Briles is in his second year with the Cougars posting an overall record of 8-8.


Miami's Kevin Hester tied an ACC record when he returned two punts for touchdowns last weekend against Louisiana Tech including a 92-yard return, the longest registered in the ACC this season. The mark ties Andre Purvis of North Carolina who scored a pair of TD's when he fell on two blocked punts in the endzone against Tulane on Nov. 13, 1993.

The Hurricanes have scored 42 touchdowns via non-offensive means (special teams or defense) over the last five seasons. Last year, Miami posted 10 TD's via returns. Since 1999, Miami has scored more touchdowns on various returns than any other team in the nation.

Miami ranks in the top five nationally in four defensive categories including total defense (2nd), scoring defense (2nd), pass defense (3rd) and rushing defense (5th). The Hurricanes have not allowed a touchdown to the opposing offense this season.

Houston, coming off its first win of the season against Army, gained 647 yards of total offense including 369 yards on the ground. The Miami defense has allowed only 348 yards through two games in 2004, good for an average of 174.0 yards per game. The Hurricanes have also held the opposition to 54.5 rushing yards a game.
Saturday, September 25

#23 Maryland (2-1, 0-0 ACC) at Duke (0-3, 0-1 ACC)
JP; 12:00 p.m.
Wallace Wade Stadium (33,941)

THE GAME: Maryland and Duke will clash in an early conference match-up at Wallace Wade Stadium with the Terps riding a four-game winning streak over the Blue Devils. In a series dating back to 1932, the Terrapins lead the overall series 29-18, while maintaining a 14-9 advantage in Durham including four straight wins. Duke last claimed victory at home in 1994, when the Blue Devils recorded a 49-16 victory. Maryland has never lost a game to Duke when ranked in the top 25 going 6-0.

LAST TIME OUT: Maryland QB Scott McBrien completed 18-of-32 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown while K Nick Novak booted four field goals as the Terrapins defeated the Blue Devils, 33-20. Duke out-gained Maryland 413 to 369 in total offense but it was the Terrapin defense that held Duke scoreless for three quarters. Blue Devil QB Mike Schneider threw for 270 yards and a TD in the loss.

THE COACHES: Ralph Friedgen is 33-9 in his fourth season at Maryland. Roof enters his first full season as head coach of the Duke Blue Devils with an overall mark of 2-6.


In 2004, Maryland has outscored its opponents 41-9 in the first half, while Duke has been outscored 33-26 through three games this season.

Dating back to 1992, Duke (26) and Maryland (28) have combined for 54 turnovers. The team committing the fewest turnovers are 5-3 - the Terrapins are undefeated (4-0) and Duke is 1-3 - while four times both teams have drawn even in the turnover category.

Maryland has gone 2-8 in its last ten ACC openers last winning in 2001 against North Carolina in College Park. The Terrapins are 2-8 when playing their first conference game on the road. Maryland has opened ACC play against Duke only four times with the Blue Devils winning all four.

The Blue Devils' Curt Dukes made his collegiate debut at quarterback in three year passing for 73 yards and a touchdown against Virginia Tech.

Maryland's Nick Novak, the ACC's all-time leading scorer with 354 points, has connected on 7 of 9 field goals and all nine extra point attempts in 2004. Novak has played in three career games against Duke accumulating 34 points on 6 of 8 FGs and 16 of 16 PATs.
NC State (1-1, 0-0 ACC) at Virginia Tech (2-1, 1-0 ACC)
ESPN, 12:00 p.m.
Lane Stadium (65,115)

THE GAME: NC State and Virginia Tech, who first met at the start of the 20th century, will square-off at 12 noon on a ESPN national telecast. The Hokies are 23-17-4 lifetime against the Wolfpack, including an 8-2-2 ledger versus NC State in Blacksburg. It was 1951 when NC State last recorded a victory against the Hokies in Lane Stadium, a 19-14 win.

LAST TIME OUT: Last time these two teams met was back in 1992 when the Wolfpack and Hokies played to a 13-13 tie in Blacksburg. Both defenses dominated during the day, as neither offense could find any rhythm, with the Hokies and Wolfpack playing to a 3-3 tie headed into halftime. The Hokies took a 13-10 lead with 1:21 left in the game but a Steve Videtich 37-yard field goal with two seconds remaining tied the game for the Wolfpack.

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 35-18. Frank Beamer enters his 18th season at Virginia Tech with a record of 127-75-4. In 24 seasons as head coach, Beamer has amassed an overall record of 168-97-4.


NC State ranks first nationally in total defense (152.0), pass defense (68.0) and pass defense efficiency (57.1 rating). The Wolfpack are second in the ACC and 12th in the nation in scoring defense allowing only one touchdown so far this season.

Virginia Tech has registered 15 touchdowns and four field goals in 2004 and sits second in the conference in scoring offense averaging 39.0 points a game.

The Hokies Bryan Randall is second in the ACC in total offense posting 239.7 yards per game. Randall, who is Virginia Tech's leading rusher at 58.3 yards per game this season, has also thrown a touchdown in five straight games dating back to last season.

NC State is 6-4 in its last ten ACC openers. The Wolfpack have managed a .500 record at 5-5 when playing their first conference game on the road during that same span.

In his first game of the season against Ohio State, the Wolfpack's T.A. McLendon carried the ball 15 times for 94 yards and a touchdown. It was the best rushing output for McLendon since last year against Virginia (112 rushing yards), a span of four games.
Boston College (3-0, 1-0 Big East) at Wake Forest (2-1, 0-1 ACC)
ESPN2; 12:00 p.m.
Groves Stadium (31,500)

THE GAME: Wake Forest welcomes Boston College to Winston-Salem for just the second time in the 12 meetings between the two schools Saturday's game marks the first time that the Demon Deacons and Eagles will face off in Groves Stadium. Boston College holds a 5-4-2 advantage over the Deacs all-time. Wake Forest and Boston College played to a 7-7 tie in the teams only other meeting in Winston-Salem back in 1952.

LAST TIME OUT: Wake Forest used a 20-point fourth quarter to stake a 32-28, come-from-behind victory in Alumni Stadium, spoiling Boston College's home opener last season. Cory Randolph found Chris Davis for a game-winning 43-yard touchdown reception with 1:47 left in the game. Randolph, who made his first career start for Wake Forest, completed 13 of 23 passes for 149 yards and two TD's. The Eagles out gained the Deacs 443 to 309 in the defeat.

THE COACHES: Jim Grobe is 20-19 in three seasons at Wake Forest and 53-52-1 in nine years overall. Boston College's Tom O'Brien is in his eighth season with the Eagles posting an overall record of 51-36.


Wake Forest has scored 30 plus points in three consecutive games to start the season for the first time in school history. The Demon Deacons have surpassed the 30-point total in a school best five straight games, dating back to the last four games of 2001 and into the 2002 season opener.

The Demon Deacons Micah Andrews had a career day against North Carolina A&T recording 17 carries for 125 yards and three touchdowns, all career-highs for the redshirt freshman.

Boston College's Paul Peterson is 6-0 as a starter for the Eagles. Peterson has thrown for six touchdowns and only two interceptions through the first three games of the 2004 season.

After finishing as the top rushing team in the conference a season ago (203.2), Wake Forest sits second in the ACC in rushing offense in 2004 tallying 276.7 yards per game. The Deacs are third in the conference in total offense registering 466.3 yards per game.

Wake Forest's rushing offense (276.7), ranked 10th in the nation, will square-off against Boston College's rushing defense that has allowed 78.3 yards a game and is ranked 15th nationally.
#22 Louisville (2-0, 1-0 CUSA) at North Carolina (2-1, 1-1 ACC)
1:35 p.m.
Kenan Stadium (60,000)

THE GAME: When 22nd-ranked Louisville travels to North Carolina to face the Tar Heels for a Saturday afternoon kickoff, it will be the first time the Cardinals have come to Kenan Stadium ranked in the national polls. This is the fourth meeting overall between both teams and the third in Chapel Hill. UNC has won two in a row and leads the all-time series, 2-1. The Tar Heels and Cardinals have split the previous two meetings in Kenan Stadium.

LAST TIME OUT: In 1996, No. 8 North Carolina registered a 28-10 victory over Louisville for their first victory over the Cardinals at Kenan Stadium. Louisville got out to an early 7-0 lead, but the Tar Heels, thanks to a pair of Chris Keldorf touchdown passes in the second, scored 21 unanswered points to break up the game. The Tar Heels held the Cardinals to just 1-yard of rushing offense, while LB Brian Simmons returned an interception 84-yards in the fourth quarter to cement the win.

THE COACHES: John Bunting is 15-25 in his fourth year at North Carolina. He owns an overall record of 53-39-2 in nine seasons as head coach. In his second season at the helm of the University of Louisville is Bobby Petrino with a record of 11-4.


North Carolina's Ronnie McGill, Jacque Lewis and Chad Scott have accounted for ten of the Tar Heels' 15 total touchdowns this season.

Tar Heel RB Jacque Lewis rushed for a career-high 161 yards against Georgia Tech. Lewis tallied a pair of touchdown runs (1, 5) en route to UNC's 21-point third quarter against the Yellow Jackets. Lewis sits third in the ACC averaging 103.3 rushing yards per game.

North Carolina is looking to win back-to-back non-conference games at home for the first time since 2001 when the Tar Heels downed East Carolina and Southern Methodist in Chapel Hill. North Carolina is off to its best start since 2000 when the Tar Heels started 3-1.

Louisville returns to the gridiron after a week off due to Hurricane Ivan. The Cardinals bring the ninth best offense in the nation into Kenan Stadium averaging 505 yards a contest. The Tar Heels are 14th in total offense averaging 478.3 yards through three games.
Clemson (1-2, 1-1 ACC) at #11 Florida State (1-1, 0-1 ACC)
ABC; 3:30 p.m.
Doak Campbell Stadium (82,300)

THE GAME: This will be the sixth battle between father and son as Clemson heads to Florida State in a regionally televised broadcast on ABC. This is the 18th meeting between the two teams with the Seminoles holding a 14-3 advantage. FSU had won 11 straight prior to Clemson's 26-10 victory last season in Death Valley. The Seminoles are riding a six game winning streak in Tallahassee and are 7-2 at home against the Tigers. Clemson's last win at Doak Campbell Stadium came in 1989.

LAST TIME OUT: Last year, Clemson downed Florida State 26-10 in front of a home crowd of 79,826, putting an end to the Seminoles' 11-game winning streak over the Tigers. The Clemson defense held Florida State to 11 yards rushing, the fewest by a Bobby Bowden-coached FSU team, while the Tiger backs combined for 152 yards on the ground. Clemson QB Charlie Whitehurst threw for 272 yards and recorded two TDs. WR Chauncey Stovall had career-highs in catches (4) and yards (131) including a TD to lead the Seminoles.

THE COACHES: Tommy Bowden is 39-26 in his sixth season at Clemson and 57-30 in eight years overall. Bobby Bowden is 270-68-4 in 28 years at FSU and 343-100-4 in 38 seasons overall.


This year's game will feature the only two returning ACC quarterbacks who exceeded 3,000 yards in total offense in 2003. Clemson's Charlie Whitehurst had 3,561 yards last season, while Florida State's Chris Rix registered 3,237 yards.

For the third consecutive week, Clemson's Charlie Whitehurst completed 20 passes and surpassed Woodrow Dantzler as the all-time pass completions leader (471) in Clemson history.

Florida State leads the ACC and is third in the nation in rushing defense holding the opposition to 42.5 yards a game. The Seminoles are also among the nation leaders in total defense (9th) and scoring defense (15th).

Last weekend at Texas A&M, the Tigers allowed two backs over 100 yards rushing in the same game for the first time since 1996.

Four Seminole quarterbacks including Chris Rix have thrown for 300 yards or more six times against Clemson. In three games vs. Clemson, Rix has thrown for 677 yards with five TD's and four INT's.
Syracuse (2-1, 0-0 Big East) at #12 Virginia (3-0, 1-0 ACC)
3:30 p.m.
Scott Stadium (61,500)

THE GAME: Virginia and Syracuse will meet for only the third time in history when the Orange travels to Charlottesville for a 3:30 pm kickoff against the Cavaliers. Syracuse is 2-0 all-time against Virginia and has outscored the Cavaliers 43-3 in two games. It has been 27 years since these two teams last met on the field in Syracuse back in 1977. 1975 marks the only time both teams have met in Charlottesville as the Orange cruised to a 37-0 victory.

LAST TIME OUT: Back in 1977, Syracuse used a pair of field goals to down Virginia, 6-3. After a scoreless first half, the Orange finally broke through with a 24-yard field goal in the third quarter. Despite out rushing the Cavaliers 322-96, the Orange could only muster six points in the victory at home.

THE COACHES: Virginia head coach Al Groh is 25-17 in his fourth year at Virginia, and 51-57 in 10 seasons overall. Paul Pasqualoni has posted a record of 102-53-1 in 13 seasons at Syracuse and is 136-70-1 in 18 seasons overall.


Through the first three games this season, the Cavaliers have accumulated 21 touchdowns, 16 of which have come on the ground. That number is one shy of last year's 17 rushing touchdowns scored by Virginia.

For the sixth time in 14 seasons, Virginia has opened the season 3-0. The last time the Cavaliers matched this performance was 1998, when Virginia started 5-0 posting a pair of shutouts wins against nationally ranked Auburn and conference foe Duke. The Cavaliers finished the year at 9-3.

Virginia registered a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game for the 25th time in Cavalier history. Wali Lundy and Michael Johnson rushed for 142 and 102 yards, respectively last weekend against Akron. The last time Virginia recorded such a feat, 1998 against NC State with Thomas Jones (117) and Antwoine Womack (109).

Virginia leads the ACC in four of five offensive categories and is ranked in the top ten nationally in three including scoring offense (3rd), rushing offense (7th) and total offense (8th).

Syracuse is riding a two-game winning streak but is allowing 365 yards a game and 161 yards on the ground, ranked 67th and 74th nationally.

ACC Football This Week - 9/25/04
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