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ACC Football This Week #5 - 9/30/06

Posted Saturday, September 30, 2006

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Six games are on tap for Week Five including two league encounters - Virginia at Duke & Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech ... five ACC teams - Virginia Tech, Florida State, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Boston College - are ranked in either the AP or Coaches poll this week ... five of the nine ACC games played to date have been decided by seven points or less ... Wake Forest is 4-0 for the first time since 1987 and is the only team in the country to have defeated four BCS conference opponents ... Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson has caught at least one pass in 28 consecutive games ... Florida State's Drew Weatherford is 77 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 100 yards shy of becoming only the 17th player in ACC history to have thrown for 7,000 yards or more in his career ... ACC teams have started 18 different quarterbacks through the first four weeks of the season, including nine who have made their first career start ... Duke's John Talley is second among all I-A active players with 12 career interceptions ... Florida State's Bobby Bowden is the winningest active coach with 362 career wins in 41 years, while Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer is third with 192 victories over 26 seasons ...Duke is one of only four teams in Division I-A to have not thrown a pass interception this season.

Saturday, September 30
Virginia (1-3, 0-1 ACC) at
Duke (0-3, 0-2 ACC)
12:00 pm; RAY/LFS-TV
Wallace Wade Stadium (33,941)
The Series: Virginia leads 30-27-0
Duke leads 14-11-0 in Durham, N.C.
The Coaches: Al Groh: 38-29-0 (6) at Virginia: 64-69-0 overall (12)
Ted Roof: 5-25-0 (4) at Duke; 5-25-0 overall (4)
Game Preview: Duke welcomes Virginia to Wallace Wade Stadium in a Coastal Division match-up in the Raycom/Lincoln Financial Sports ACC Game of the Week...the Cavaliers have won six straight in the series and five in a row in Durham...Duke’s last win in the series was 1999 when the Blue Devils downed the Cavaliers 24-17 in overtime...Virginia has held the advantage in total offense in 13 of the last 14 meetings dating back to 1992...Blue Devil QB Thaddeus Lewis ranks third in the ACC in pass efficiency (129.3) and eighth in passing yards per game (154.3)...UVa QB Jameel Sewell made his first collegiate start last week vs. Georgia Tech throwing for 115 yards and a TD...the Cavaliers’ DE Jeffrey Fitzgerald ranks first in TFL (7.0) and tied for second in sacks (2.5) amongst all freshmen.
Last Time Out: Last year, Virginia used a strong second half performance in posting a 38-7 win in Charlottesville on Homecoming...Marques Hagans threw for four TDs and 174 yards through the air and WR Deyon Williams caught a pair of TD passes for the Cavs...Zack Asack threw the lone Blue Devil TD, while Duke tallied 215 yards of total offense.

Saturday, September 30
Maine (2-1, 1-0 Atlantic 10) at
Boston College (3-1, 1-1 ACC)
1:00 pm; ESPN 360
Alumni Stadium (44,500)
The Series: Maine leads 3-2-0
Boston College leads 2-0-0 in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
The Coaches: Jack Cosgrove: 72-79-0 (14) at Maine; 72-79-0 overall (14)
Tom O’Brien: 69-43-0 (10) at Boston College; 69-43-0 overall (10)
Game Preview: For the first time since 1967 and the sixth time overall, Boston College will face Maine in a series that began in 1913...the Black Bears won the first three games of the series which began in 1913, but the Eagles countered with back-to-
back shutouts in 1929 and 1967, outscoring Maine 98-0...since 1999, Boston College is 32-5 in non-conference games and has not lost more than one non-conference game in a season since 1998 - the Eagles are 2-0 in 2006...BC has won seven straight out of conference games at home and 15 of its last 16...the Eagles last nonconference loss at home came against Wake Forest in 2003...QB Matt Ryan leads the ACC in total offense (256.5) and pass offense (260.0), while BC is the league’s top rated passing offense...Maine has won two in a row after dropping its season opener...the Black Bears lead the A-10 in rushing defense allowing 86.7 yards per game.
Last Time Out: In 1967, Boston College shutout the Black Bears of Maine, 56-0 at BC...the Eagles scored 21 first quarter points and led 35-0 at the half...Brendan McCarthy led all rushers with 99 yards and three TDs as BC tallied 380 yards of total offense.

Saturday, September 30
Liberty (3-1, 0-0 Big South)
at Wake Forest (4-0, 1-0 ACC)
3:30 pm; ESPN 360
Groves Stadium (31,500)
The Series: First meeting between both teams
The Coaches: Danny Rocco: 3-1-0 (1) at Liberty; 3-1-0 overall (1)
Jim Grobe: 30-32-0 (6) at Wake Forest; 63-65-1 overall (12)
Game Preview: Liberty travels to Wake Forest in a game scheduled to kickoff at 3:30 pm inside Groves Stadium marking the first meeting between both schools...the Demon Deacons enter the contest at 4-0 for the first time since 1987 and for the fourth time overall - in 1987, the Deacs started 5-0...its the first four-game win streak for Wake Forest since the 1992 season...the Wake Forest defense has not allowed more than 13 points in the first four games of the season and ranks second in the ACC and 11th nationally in scoring defense averaging 9.8 points per game...the win over Ole Miss last week was Jim Grobe’s 30th at Wake making him the secondwinningest coach in program history...DE Bryan Andrews leads the ACC in sacks with 3.5 and is tied for the lead in TFL with his first career start, De’Angelo Bryant rushed for 105 yards and a TD for the Deacs last week...Liberty has tallied a pair of shutouts in 2006 and leads I-AA in scoring defense at 4.3 points/game.
Last Time Out: This marks the first meeting between Wake Forest and Liberty...last week, the Deacs defeated Ole Miss in Oxford, 27-3 to stay undefeated on the year...Liberty ran its record to 3-1 on the season with a 28-0 blanking of Savannah St. on the road.

Saturday, September 30
#24 Georgia Tech (3-1, 1-0 ACC) at
#11 Virginia Tech (4-0, 2-0 ACC)
3:30 pm; ABC
Lane Stadium (66,233)
The Series: Virginia Tech leads 2-1-0
Virginia Tech leads 1-0-0 in Blacksburg, Va.
The Coaches: Chan Gailey: 31-23-0 (5) at Georgia Tech; 55-34-0 overall (8)
Frank Beamer: 150-79-2 (20) at Virginia Tech; 192-102-4 overall (26)
Game Preview: Georgia Tech makes the trek to Blacksburg to square-off against Virginia Tech in a game shown regionally on ABC at 3:30 pm...the Hokies have won two in a row in the series, outscoring the Jackets 85-27 during that span...both victories have come since joining the ACC...both teams enter the contest tied for the league lead in turnover margin (+4)...Virginia Tech sits a top the league in total defense (223.5), while Georgia Tech ranks third (249.0)...the Hokies are second in the nation in scoring defense allowing 5.4 points per game...the Yellow Jackets start 3-1 for the second straight year, while Calvin Johnson enters the contest with a league-high five TD receptions...Virginia Tech is 8-1 at home in ACC contests alltime and 4-0 overall to start a season for the eighth time in the last nine years.
Last Time Out: Last year, Virginia Tech stormed out to a 24-0 halftime lead and did not look back as the Hokies downed the Yellow Jackets 51-7 in Blacksburg...the Hokies’ tallied three non-offensive TDs including a pair of INT returns...Brandon Pace connected on three FG attempts...GT’s Calvin Johnson led all receivers with 123 yards and a TD.

Saturday, September 30
Houston (4-0, 2-0 C-USA) at
Miami (1-2, 0-1 ACC)
6:00 pm; ESPN2
Orange Bowl (72,319)
The Series: Miami leads 10-7-0
Miami leads 6-3-0 in Miami, Fla.
The Coaches: Art Briles: 20-20-0 (4) at Houston; 20-20-0 overall (4)
Larry Coker: 54-11-0 (6) at Miami; 54-11-0 overall (6)
Game Preview: Primetime in the Orange Bowl is the setting for this non-conference match-up featuring the undefeated Houston Cougars and the Miami Hurricanes...the Hurricanes enter the contest winners of six in a row in the series, a streak in which Miami
has held the Cougars to just 9.3 points per game...Miami has won four straight on its home turf against Houston...these two teams last met in the Orange Bowl back in 1991, a 40-10 Hurricane victory...both teams met in succession from 1969-1976 and then again from 1980-1983...under head coach Larry Coker, Miami is 23-4 (85.1) against non-conference foes...the Canes lead the ACC and rank eighth nationally in rushing defense...Houston starts the season 4-0 for the first time since 1990...the Cougars rank third nationally in total offense averaging 485.8 yards per game.
Last Time Out: In 2004, Tyrone Moss rushed for 148 yards and two TDs to lead Miami to a 38-13 victory over Houston at Reliant Stadium...the Canes registered a pair of non-offensive TDs on a blocked punt return and a 52-yard fumble recovery by Baraka Atkins...the Cougars’ Kyle Kolb threw for 153 yards scoring Houston’s only TD of the game in the second quarter.

Saturday, September 30
Louisiana Tech (1-2, 0-0 WAC) at
#18 Clemson (3-1, 2-1 ACC)
7:00 pm; ESPNU
Memorial Stadium (81,473)
The Series: Clemson leads 2-0-0
Clemson leads 1-0-0 in Clemson, S.C.
The Coaches: Jack Bicknell: 41-44-0 (8) at Louisiana Tech; 41-44-0 overall (8)
Tommy Bowden: 55-34-0 (8) at Clemson; 73-38-0 overall (10)
Game Preview: In just the third all-time meeting, Clemson hosts Louisiana Tech Saturday evening at 7:00 pm in Death Valley...the Tigers and Bulldogs met in back-to-back seasons starting in 2001 in Boise at the Humanitarian Bowl...Clemson has won both meetings against La. Tech, outscoring the Bulldogs 82-37...the Tigers are out to a 3-1 start for the first time since 2003...Clemson sits a top the ACC in total offense, rushing and scoring offense, while ranking second in pass offense and pass efficiency...the Tigers’ scoring average of 41.5 points per game is good for third in the nation...James Davis has scored at least one TD in each of Clemson’s last eight games - the Tigers are 7-1 during that streak...this marks the second of three straight road contests for La. Tech; the Bulldogs are 0-2 on the road this year.
Last Time Out: In 2002, Clemson earned its first victory of the season with a 33-13 win over Louisiana Tech in Death Valley... Yusef Kelly rushed for 97 yards and tallied all three Tiger TDs, while PK Aaron Hunt connected on four FG opportunities... La. Tech registered 293 yards of total offense, but Clemson won the turnover battle forcing four Bulldog turnovers.



Boston College
Freshman Jeff Smith leads the ACC and is third nationally in kickoff returns (34.1) ... junior QB Matt Ryan is averaging 39.8 pass attempts per game and has thrown at least one TD pass in five straight games ... Ryan leads the ACC in total offense (251.8) and is 96 passing yards shy of 3,000 for his career ... Tom O'Brien is the school's all-time winningest coach with 69 wins in 10 seasons at BC ... Brian Toal has scored nine TDs on 30 career rushing attempts ... WR Tony Gonzalez has six touchdown receptions over his last five games ... L.V. Whitworth leads the team in rushing (300 yards) and has caught a pass in 21 of his last 24 games.

Clemson's 52-7 win over North Carolina Saturday was the Tigers' largest against an ACC opponent since a 55-0 decision against Virginia in the second game of the 1984 season ... James Davis leads the ACC and is tied for third nationally in scoring (13.5) and has scored in eight consecutive games, five shy of Travis Zachery's school record ... Davis has rushed for 85 or more yards in eight straight games and is second in the ACC in rushing (92.2) ... the Tigers are 11-0 under Bowden when holding an opponent scoreless in the first half ... WR Chansi Stuckey has caught a pass in 25 consecutive games including 17 in a row with two or more receptions.

Florida State
The Seminoles rushed for 287 yards and five touchdowns against Rice Saturday, their highest single-game rushing total since they totaled 296 yards in a 28-27 loss to Miami on Oct. 12, 2002 - span of 47 games ... FSU improved its per game rushing average from 49.3 yards per game to 108.8 yards per contest ... junior FB Joe Surratt has rushed for a team-high five TDs and is tied for fourth in the ACC in scoring (7.5) ... QB Drew Weatherford is eighth among ACC sophomore passing yardage leaders (3,923) and is second among active ACC quarterbacks with 21 career touchdown passes.

The Terps closed out their 2006 non-conference sche-dule Saturday with a 14-10 win over Florida International ... Sam Hollenbach is 9th on the school's career passing yardage list with 3,429 yards ... Hollenbach has thrown for 200 yards or more in nine of his last 15 games and has a career completion percentage of 60.3 ... Josh Allen is 10th among Maryland career rushing leaders with 1,909 yards ... Adam Podlesh is ninth among ACC career punting leaders (43.25) ... the Terps lead the ACC and rank seventh nationally in fewest penalties per game (3.5) ... following an open week, Maryland's next two games are at Georgia Tech (O7) and at Virginia (14).

NC State
The Wolfpack opened a three-game homestand with a come from behind 17-15 victory over No. 20 Boston College Saturday ... NC State is 28-14 n Carter-Finley Stadium under head coach Chuck Amato ... NC State has scored in 129 straight games, the fourth-longest scoring streak in ACC history ... in his first college start, sophomore QB Daniel Evans completed 15-of-31 passes against the Eagles for 179 yards, including a game-winning 34-yard TD pass to John Dunlap with five seconds left to play ... sophomore TB Andre Brown is averaging 5.5 yards per carry in his career.

Wake Forest
De'Angelo Bryant rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown in his first collegiate start to help Wake Forest get off to its best start since 1987 with a 27-3 victory at Mississippi on Saturday night ... the Deacons ran the ball on 53 of its 58 plays during the game ... Wake is 16-5 versus non-conference opponents under Jim Grobe ... the Deacons have had five QB sacks in each of the past two weeks and lead the ACC in QB sacks (3.5) ... freshman QB Riley Skinner has completed 66.7 percent of his passes and has a 139.5 passing efficiency rating ... the Deacs lead the ACC in red zone defense, allowing only a 38.5 percent success rate.


Five of the Blue Devils' next six games are in Wallace Wade Stadium ... John Talley is second among 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 ... WR Enron Riley is averaging 18.8 yards per catch in his career (20-for-375) ... LB Michael Tauiliili has had 10 or more tackles in five of the last games ... the Blue Devils are allowing only 2.7 yards per rushing attempt and are sixth in the ACC and 28th nationally in rushing defense (88.0) ... Duke is one of only four teams in Division I-A to not have thrown a pass interception this season.

Georgia Tech
Calvin Johnson had six catches for 165 yards and two TDs in Thursday's 24-7 win over Virginia ...Georgia Tech has won three in a row and is ranked 24th in this week's AP poll ... Johnson is sixth among school career reception leaders (121), fifth in receiving yardage (2,036) and has caught a pass in each of his 28 career games ... senior QB Reggie Ball is 12th among ACC career total offense leaders (8,194), 17th in passing yardage (6,900), sixth among quarterback career rushing leaders (1,294) and has either run or thrown for a TD in 24 of his last 28 games .... four of Tech's next six games are on the road.

PK Jon Peattie is fifth among Miami career scoring leaders with 285 points ... the Hurricanes lead the ACC and are eighth 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 opponents ... since 1983, the Hurricanes are 231-50-0 (.822) - the best overall record by a I-A school ... Kyle Wright is fourth in the ACC in passing efficiency (127.4).

North Carolina
Freshman QB Cam Sexton is seventh in the ACC in total offense (163.7) and leads the ACC in yards per completion (16.2) ... junior QB Joe Dailey is second in the ACC in pass completion percentage (63.0) ... Ronnie McGill leads the team and is seventh in the ACC in rushing yards per game (68.8) ... the Tar Heels lead the ACC and rank 14th nationally in punt returns (15.0) ... WR Jesse Holley has had a reception in 22 straight games, including 12 games with two-or-more catches ... Holley is 10th among UNC career receiving yardage leaders (1,507) ... UNC leads the ACC and second nationally in kickoff return coverage (13.0).

Sophomore WR Kevin Ogletree is tied for the league lead in receptions per game (5.3) ... Ogletree has 19 catches over the last three games ... WR Fontel Mines has caught a pass in 15 consecutive games ... UVa has started a different quarterback in each of the past three games ... freshman Jameel Sewell completed 15 of 31 passes for 115 yards and one TD and ran for a team-high 30 yards in his first collegiate start against Georgia Tech (S21) ... junior QB Kevin McCabe has completed 30-of-46 passes (65.2) in his career ... the Cavaliers lead the ACC and rank 15th nationally in net punting (39.1).

Virginia Tech
The Hokies are ranked 11th in this week's AP poll and tied for 10th in the Coaches poll ... Tech has been ranked in the AP poll for 30 straight weeks ... the Hokies lead the ACC in total defense (223.5), scoring defense (5.8) and passing yardage defense (131.2) ... the Hokies have won 35 of 36 games in September since the start of the 1997 season and over the past two years Tech is 8-0 in the month of September with a 299-to-46 advantage in points scored ... the Hokies have won 25 straight games when scoring first ... Branden Ore leads the ACC in rushing (99.8) and is averaging 5.7 yards per carry in his career.


Duke is one of only four teams in Division I-A to not have thrown a pass interception this season.

Wake Forest is the only team in the country to have defeated four BCS Conference opponents and two of those wins are on the road ... Virginia Tech is one of six schools nationally to have three wins versus a BCS Conference opponent.

Five of the nine ACC games played to date have been decided by seven points or less, including four by three points or less.

Through the first four weeks of the 2006 season, nine ACC quarterbacks have made their first career starts on the college level ... those quarterbacks are 4-5 in their starting debuts.

Boston College junior Brian Toal has rushed for nine touchdowns on 30 career rushing attempts.

Since joining the ACC in 2004, Virginia Tech is 9-0 in ACC road games.

ACC teams have started 18 different quarterbacks through the first four weeks of the 2006 season ... Virginia has started three different quarterbacks while Duke, North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest have each started two different signal callers.

Florida State QB Drew Weatherford is only 77 yards shy of becoming only the sixth player in ACC history to throw for 4,000 yards or more by his sophomore season.

Yards needed by Georgia Tech senior quarterback Reggie Ball to become only the 17th player in ACC history to have thrown for 7,000 or more yards in his career.

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ACC Football This Week #5 - 9/30/06
Ted Roof and the Duke Blue Devils face the Virginia Wahoos this Saturday.
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