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ACC Football This Week - 10/16/04

Posted Wednesday, October 13, 2004

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No. 6 Virginia will take on No. 7 Florida State this Saturday

ACColades: Three ACC teams - Miami (3), Virginia (6), Florida State (7) - ranked in Top 10 of both polls ... Virginia's game at Florida State Saturday will mark the sixth time in ACC history that two Top 10 ACC teams will play one another ... Miami and Virginia have won eight in a row, tied for the 4th-longest win streak in Division I-A; ... Hurricanes have been ranked in the Top 5 of the AP poll in 58 of the last 69 polls ... Virginia's No. 6 AP ranking is the highest for the Cavaliers since being ranked No. 1 on Oct. 30, 1990 ... five ACC teams ranked in the top 15, and 7 in the top 30, nationally in total defense ... Maryland's Steve Suter becomes the ACC's career leader in punt return yardage (1,212) ... Maryland's Nick Novak (368) is the ACC's all-time leading scorer while Florida State's Xavier Beitia (336) is fourth ... Miami is the only team in the nation to have opponents complete less than 40 percent of their passes (38.2).

TEAM NOTES

Clemson: With 166 yards passing in Thursday's loss at Virginia, junior QB Charlie Whitehurst became the school's all-time passing leader with 6,124 yards ... Whitehurst is 21st on the ACC career passing list and 22nd in total offense (6,187) ... junior Justin Miller leads the ACC and is 3rd nationally in kickoff returns (34.3) ... Miller is fourth in the ACC in punt returns (12.7) and in all-purpose yardage (125.0) ... WR Airese Currie leads the ACC in receptions (6.0) and receiving yardage (77.2); the last Clemson player to lead the ACC in receptions was Perry Tuttle (4.8) in 1980.

Duke: Duke leads the ACC and ranks 16th nationally in kickoff coverage, allowing a league-low 17.1 yards per return ... the Blue Devils have forced an ACC-best 13 turnovers and are tied with Wake Forest for the lead in the ACC with eight interceptions ... over the last eight games Duke has forced 22 turnovers ... sophomore CB John Talley is tied for the lead in the ACC with three interceptions, returning two of them for touchdowns ... freshman Justin Boyle leads the team in rushing with 165 yards on 33 carries (5.0 average) ... three of Duke's next four are on the road.

Florida State: In FSU's current four-game win streak, TBs Leon Washington and Lorenzo Booker have combined to rush for 207.3 yards per game and 6.9 yards per carry ... Washington has rushed for 100 yards or more in three of the four games and is second in the ACC in rushing (108.2) while Booker is eighth (74.2) ... Washington is averaging 7.84 yards per carry, the top per carry average by any Division I-A rusher with 500 yards or more ... in the current four-game win streak, FSU has out-rushed its opponents by 181.2 yards per game (236.0 to 54.8) ... senior PK Xavier Beitia has made 59 straight PATs.

Georgia Tech: Tech snapped a two-game losing streak with a 20-7 win at 23rd-ranked Maryland Saturday, limiting the ACC's second-ranked offensive unit (454.4 yards per game) to 81 yards of total offense ... TB P.J. Daniels is third in the ACC in rushing (103.80) ... Daniels has eight 100-yard games and is seventh on Tech's career rushing list (2,117) ... sophomore Reggie Ball is tied for the lead in the ACC with eight TD passes ... Ball already ranks eighth in Tech history in career passing yards (2,877) and 11th in total offense (3,446) ... WR Calvin Johnson leads all ACC freshmen in receptions (3.4) and receiving yardage (60.6).

Maryland: Senior PK Nick Novak is the ACC's all-time leading scorer with 368 points ... Novak has made 73 of 97 career field goal attempts (75%) and is the leading active scorer in Division I-A ... with his 12-yard return on Georgia Tech's first punt Saturday, Steve Suter became the ACC's all-time leader in punt return yards ... Suter, who finished the day with 24 yards on three returns, now has 1,212 yards for his career, surpassing the previous league mark of 1,191 yards set by NC State's Ledell George (1990-93) ... Adam Podlesh is sixth nationally in punting (45.9) and the Terps lead all I-A teams in net punting (43.7).

Miami: Larry Coker is 39-3 (.927) in his four seasons with the Hurricanes ... Miami's defense has allowed only one offensive touchdown this season ... the Hurricanes lead the nation in pass efficiency defense (66.28) and are the only team in Division I-A to have limited their opponents to under a 40 percent completion percentage (38.2) on the season ... the Hurricanes also lead the nation in scoring defense (6.5) and are second in total defense (215.8) and pass defense (115.0) and are the only team not to have allowed a touchdown pass this season.

North Carolina: UNC's first six opponents are a combined 23-6 (.793) on the season while the next two - Utah (5-0) and Miami (4-0) - are a combined 9-0 ... Jarwarski Pollock had five catches in Saturday's win over NC State and has at least one reception in 29 straight games ... Pollock is seventh among UNC career reception leaders (124) ... QB Darian Durant is ninth in ACC career total offense (8,308), 11th in passing yardage (7,547) and has thrown a TD pass in 30 of his last 35 regular season games ... senior tailback Jacque Lewis leads the team in rushing with 495 yards and is averaging 7.1 yards per carry.

NC State: NC State leads the nation in passing defense (112.2) and is third in total defense (226.2) ... State has allowed opponents to complete only 49.6 percent of their passes ... T.A. McLendon has rushed for 90 yards or more in four straight games and leads the ACC in rushing (110.8) ... McLendon is eighth on the NC State career rushing list with 2,152 yards ... over his last two games, Jay Davis has completed 77 percent of his passes (40-of-52) for 517 yards and one TD and has improved his passing efficiency from 110.2 to 162.9 ... NC State is one of only four teams nationally to allow less than four yards per play.

Virginia: The Cavaliers are ranked 6th in this week's AP poll, their highest listing since being ranked No. 1 on Oct. 30, 1990 ... UVa leads the ACC in scoring (42.4), rushing (275.0), passing (218.2) and total offense (493.2) ... Wali Lundy is fourth in the ACC in rushing (96.8) and is ninth among UVa career rushing leaders with 2,239 yards ... Marques Hagans is fourth nationally in passing efficiency (171.2) and directs an offense that is averaging 7.03 yards per play ... over the last three games, UVa has allowed only 183 yards per game and now ranks sixth nationally in total defense (248.6) - the lowest per game average since a 235.8 per game mark in 1969.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies defeated Wake Forest 17-10, in the their first ACC road game Saturday ... tailback Mike Imoh posted his second-straight 100-yard game in as many career starts, rushing for 100 yards on 29 carries against the Deacs ... Tech has blocked 104 kicks in 207 games under head coach Frank Beamer, including three this year ... QB Bryan Randall is fourth in the ACC in total offense (204.0) ... Brandon Pace has made 12 of 16 field goal attempts and is fourth nationally in field goals per game (2.0) ... the Hokies are fifth in the ACC and 15th nationally in total defense, yielding only 276.5 yards per game.

Wake Forest: LB Jonathan Abbate leads all ACC freshmen in tackles (8.7) ... tailback Chris Barclay is fifth in the ACC in rushing (86.7) and is sixth among school career rushing leaders with 2,415 yards ... QB Cory Randolph has thrown only two interceptions in his last 178 pass attempts over his last 11 games ... P Ryan Plackemeier leads the ACC and is third nationally in punting (46.7) ... the Deacs have converted 51.6 percent of their third down attempts - the second best mark in the ACC ... more than half of the games in Grobe's four years at Wake Forest (22 of 42) have been decided by a touchdown or less.

By the Numbers

1 - Offensive touchdowns allowed by Miami through the Hurricanes first three games of the 2004 season.

3 - For the second-straight week, the ACC has three teams ranked in the Top 10 of this week's AP poll ... Miami (3), Virginia (6) and Florida State (7) are ranked in the Top 10 in both the AP and coaches' poll.

3.33 - NCAA-best defensive per play average allowed by Miami ... the Hurricanes and NC State are two of only four I-A teams to yield less than four yards per play in 2004.

6 - Saturday's game between No. 6 Virginia and seventh-ranked Florida State marks the sixth time in ACC history that two Top 10 ACC teams will play one another.

ACC Games with Top 10 Teams:
#2 Clemson d. #8 N. Carolina 10-8, 1981
#3 Florida State d. #5 N. Carolina 20-3, 1997
#1 Florida State d. #10 Ga. Tech 41-35, 1999
#4 Florida State d. #10 Clemson 54-7, 2000
#5 Miami d. #4 Florida State 16-10, 2004

7.0 - Per play average of Virginia's Cavaliers - the third best mark among NCAA Division I-A teams.

9.6 - NCAA-best yards per play average among Division I-A quarterbacks by Virginia's Marques Hagans.

33.7 - ACC-leading punt return average of Miami sophomore Devin Hester ... Hester has 202 yards, and two touchdowns, on six returns.

38.3 - Completion percentage defense by Miami in 2004 ... the Hurricanes are the only I-A team to allow their opponents to complete less than 40 percent of their passes.

104 - Blocked kicks by Virginia Tech in 207 games under head coach Frank Beamer.

30.9 - ACC-best career kickoff return average by Clemson junior Justin Miller ... Miller has 46 career kickoff returns for 1,422 yards and three touchdowns.

39 - Wins by Miami head coach Larry Coker in his first 42 games as head coach of the Hurricanes.

45.22 - Wake Forest's Ryan Plackemeier is the ACC's all-time punting leader with a 45.22 yards per punt average.

161.22 - Career passing efficiency rating of Virginia junior quarterback Marques Hagans ... Hagans has completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,356 yards and nine touchdowns.

944 - Rushing yardage by Florida State over its last four games ... over that four game span, the Seminoles have out-rushed their opponents by 181.2 yards per game.

1,212 - ACC-best career punt return yardage by Maryland's Steve Suter.

3,715 - Virginia's Alvin Pearman is currently 11th among NCAA active career all-purpose yardage leaders with 3,715 yards. Teammate Wali Lundy is 18th with 3,451 yards while Maryland's Steve Suter (3,413) is 19th.

GAME PREVIEWS

Thursday, October 14

#17 Louisville (4-0, 2-0 C-USA) at #3 Miami (4-0, 2-0 ACC)
ESPN; 7:30 p.m.
Orange Bowl (72,319)


THE GAME: The Miami Hurricanes will host the Louisville Cardinals under the lights at the Orange Bowl as both teams square-off in front of a national television audience on ESPN's Thursday night college football. The Hurricanes lead the all-time series 8-0-1 and are riding a five game unbeaten streak over the Cardinals at home (4-0-1). Miami has outscored Louisville 157-53 on its home turf while winning by a combined average of 20.8 points. This will be the first time in ten meetings that both teams will face each other when ranked in the Top 25.


LAST TIME OUT: In 1985, Miami defeated Louisville 45-7 in the Orange Bowl. Hurricane QB Vinny Testaverde threw for 295 yards on 13 of 21 passing as Miami racked up 490 yards of total offense against Louisville, a series high for the Hurricanes. Michael Irvin led all Miami receivers with five catches and 145 yards.


THE COACHES: Larry Coker is 39-3 in his fourth season as head coach of the Miami Hurricanes. Bobby Petrino is in his second season at the helm of the University of Louisville with a record of 13-4.


FAST FACTS


Miami is making its 11th appearance and second of the season on ESPN's Thursday night college football. The Hurricanes are 9-1 in previous Thursday night games with their only loss coming against Pittsburgh, a 21-17 setback in 1997. Since then Miami has won seven straight.


Miami's defense continues to rank among the nation's best as the Hurricanes lead the country in scoring defense (6.5) and pass defense efficiency (66.3). Miami leads the ACC and ranks second in total defense allowing 215.8 yards. The Hurricanes also sit second nationally in pass defense (115.0).


Louisville travels to Miami averaging 43.2 points per game good for second in the nation. Cardinals' QB Stefan LeFors leads a high-powered offensive attack that ranks fourth in the nation tallying 503.8 yards of total offense a game.


Miami's Devin Hester leads the conference and is second in the nation in punt return average with a mark of 33.7 yards per game. Hester has recorded two TD's on six returns this season.


Over the last 19 seasons, Miami has won 173 of 175 regular-season games as it entered the fourth quarter with a lead.
Saturday, October 16

Duke (1-4, 0-2 ACC) at Georgia Tech (3-2, 2-2 ACC)
JP, 12:00 p.m.
Bobby Dodd Stadium (55,000)


THE GAME: Duke travels to Bobby Dodd Stadium to face Georgia Tech on Saturday in the Jefferson Pilot/Raycom ACC Game of the Week. The Yellow Jackets and Blue Devils will square-off for the 72nd time with Georgia Tech leading the all-time series 40-30-1. Georgia Tech has won four in a row at home and own a mark of 23-12-1 in games played in Atlanta. The Yellow Jackets had won eight straight in the series prior to Duke's 41-17 win in Durham last season. Both teams have met every year since 1933.


LAST TIME OUT: Last year, Chris Douglas ran for a career-high 218 yards and two scores as the Blue Devils posted a 41-17 victory over Georgia Tech in Durham. The win marked the first for the Blue Devils against a league opponent since a win over Wake Forest in 1999. Duke's Mike Schneider and Chris Dapolito combined for 141 yards passing to lead the Blue Devils. Georgia Tech's P.J. Daniels pounded out 108 yards on the ground and a TD. QB Reggie Ball threw for 247 yards and three interceptions.


THE COACHES: Ted Roof enters his first full season as head coach of the Duke Blue Devils with an overall mark of 3-7. Chan Gailey is in his third year at the helm of Georgia Tech posting a mark of 17-14 and an overall record of 41-25 in five plus seasons.


FAST FACTS


Duke's Justin Boyle had a career day on the ground in the Blue Devils 28-10 win over The Citadel two weeks ago. Boyle tallied 98 yards including an 83-yard TD run in the closing moments of the fourth quarter. Boyle currently leads the Blue Devils in rushing tallying 165 yards this season.


Georgia Tech gave up just 81 yards of total offense against Maryland last week, the fewest total yards allowed in the ACC this season. It was the fewest yards allowed by the Yellow Jackets since allowing 32 to Florida in 1963.


The Blue Devils are plus-two in the turnover category this season good for 5th in the ACC. In ten games under Ted Roof, Duke is plus-six in the turnover margin category with 17 offensive turnovers versus 23 defensive takeaways.


The Yellow Jackets' Chris Reis recorded a team-high two sacks against Maryland last weekend. Reis leads Georgia Tech with 4.5 sacks on the season and sits in a tie for fourth in the conference.


Utah State (2-4, 2-2 Sun Belt) at Clemson (1-4, 1-3 ACC)
1:00 p.m.
Memorial Stadium (81,474)

THE GAME: Clemson welcomes Utah State to Death Valley this weekend as the Tigers and Aggies face-off for the first time on the gridiron. It will be the second straight season in which Clemson will face an opponent out of the Sun Belt Conference; the Tigers defeated Middle Tennessee, 37-14 last year at home. It will be the first time Clemson has faced two schools with the nickname Aggies. Utah State will attempt to become just the second school since 1977 to win its first ever game in Death Valley; Marshall became the first in 1999.


LAST TIME OUT: This will be the first meeting between Utah State and Clemson. Clemson is coming a off 30-10 loss against Virginia in Charlottesville last Thursday night on ESPN. Utah State suffered a 31-23 defeat at home in a conference match-up against North Texas.


THE COACHES: Utah State's Mike Dennehy is 18-33-2 in five seasons with the Aggies and owns a 67-58 mark in 12 years combined. Tommy Bowden is 39-28 in his sixth season at Clemson and 57-32 in eight years overall.


FAST FACTS


Clemson's Justin Miller is first in the ACC and third in the nation in kick return average at 34.3 yards per game. Miller set an ACC record and tied an NCAA mark returning a pair of kickoffs for TD's against Florida State earlier this season. As a team, the Tigers rank sixth in the nation in kickoff returns.


QB Charlie Whitehurst became the Clemson career leader in passing yards as he threw for 166 yards vs. Virginia. Whitehurst has thrown for 6124 yards in his career surpassing Woody Dantzler's mark of 6037. Whitehurst currently leads the ACC in passing and is the only QB averaging over 200-yards passing this season (201.8).


LB Leroy Hill ranks among the conference leaders in three defensive categories including tied for first in sacks (5.0), tied for first in tackles for loss (9.5) and third in tackles (10.0).


Clemson special teams have accounted for 22 points this season, three TD's by Miller and two blocked punts resulting in a pair of safeties.


Utah State's Travis Cox has thrown for 1228 yards including 8 TD's and 13 interceptions, while the Aggies' Kevin Robinson has tallied a pair of TD's off punt return this season.


Florida A&M (2-4) at Virginia Tech (4-2, 2-1 ACC)
1:00 p.m.
Lane Stadium (65,115)

THE GAME: Florida A&M, out of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, will travel to Lane Stadium and face Virginia Tech, as both teams meet for the first time in school history. This will be the first time the Hokies have taken on an opponent from the MEAC. The Rattlers are seeking their first win over a Division I-A opponent in 2004 having compiled an 0-3 mark so far this season.


LAST TIME OUT: This will be the first meeting between Florida A&M and Virginia Tech. The Hokies are coming off a 17-10 road victory over Wake Forest for their second conference victory of the season. FAMU dropped a 42-25 contest at home against Nicholls State last weekend.


THE COACHES: Billy Joe is 85-42 in his 11th year with Florida A&M, while attaining an overall mark of 236-104-2 in 31 seasons overall. Frank Beamer enters his 18th season at Virginia Tech with a record of 129-76-4. In 24 seasons as head coach, Beamer has amassed an overall record of 171-99-4.


FAST FACTS


Virginia Tech's Mike Imoh gained 100-yards on the ground in the Hokies 17-10 victory over Wake Forest last weekend. Imoh has eclipsed 100-yards rushing for the second straight week and is the only Hokie back to rush over the century mark this season. Imoh leads Virginia Tech with 289 yards rushing in 2004, surpassing his career total of 124 rushing yards over the past two seasons.


The Hokies' Brandon Pace kicked a 26-yard field goal in last weekend's win over Wake Forest. Pace, who leads the ACC and is fourth in the nation in field goals per game (2.00), has connected on 12 of 16 attempts this season.


The Virginia Tech defense is allowing 13.5 points per game, third in the ACC. Vincent Fuller leads the way for the Hokies on defense with a team leading three interceptions and is fourth in tackles with 27.


Virginia Tech has posted the best red zone defense in the conference this year allowing only five scores (3 TD's, 2 FGs) in ten opportunities for a 50.0 percent success rate for the opposition.


Florida A&M features QB Ben Dougherty who has thrown for 1282 yards and eight TD's in 2004. RB Rashard Pompey leads the Rattler rushing attack with 361 yards and team-high five TD's.

NC State (3-2, 2-1 ACC) at Maryland (3-2, 1-1 ACC)
ABC, 3:30 p.m.
Byrd Stadium (51,500)

THE GAME: NC State and Maryland have exchanged a pair of four-game winning streaks over the last eight meetings with the Terrapins holding the current streak. The last four games have been decided by seven points or less including a double overtime win by the Terps. After the first 60 meetings between the Wolfpack and Terrapins, the series is deadlock at 28-28-4. Maryland is 14-11-2 in games played in College Park and have won two in a row at home. NC State has claimed victory in four of the last six games played at Byrd Stadium.


LAST TIME OUT: Last year, Maryland's Nick Novak kicked a 43-yard field goal with 23 seconds left giving the Terrapins a 26-24 win, capping a 16-point, fourth quarter comeback. NC State's T.A. McLendon tallied 65 yards on the ground including a pair of 1-yard TD runs in the first half. Maryland's Josh Allen gained 144 rushing yards, while Scott McBrien threw for a TD and ran for another to lead the Terps.


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 37-19. Ralph Friedgen is 34-10 in his fourth season at Maryland.


FAST FACTS


NC State QB Jay Davis set career-highs in pass completions, pass attempts and passing yards in last weekend's game against North Carolina. Davis finished the game 22-of-28 for 273 yards.


Maryland's Steve Suter compiled 137 all-purpose yards against Georgia Tech last weekend. Suter has gained 494 all-purpose yards in 2004 good for a season average of 98.8 a game. Suter sits seventh nationally in kickoff return average at 31.1.


T.A. McLendon has led the Wolfpack rushing attack in 2004 with 443 yards including 117 against UNC. NC State finished that game with 304 yards rushing, the most for a Wolfpack team since a 1994 game against Maryland (327 yards).


The Terps D'Qwell Jackson leads the team and the conference in tackles averaging 10.4 a game. Jackson has amassed 52 total tackles, two interceptions and three pass breakups this season.


Maryland leads the nation in net punting at 43.7 yards a punt. NC State is tied for the conference lead in sacks with 17 in 2004.


#6 Virginia (5-0, 2-0 ACC) at #7 Florida State (4-1, 2-1 ACC)
ESPN, 7:45 p.m.
Doak Campbell Stadium (82,300)

THE GAME: Florida State and Virginia will battle it out under the lights at Doak Campbell Stadium in front of a national television audience on ESPN. The Seminoles lead the all-time series 11-1-0 and have won eight straight games. Florida State is unbeaten at home in six meetings (6-0-0). Virginia's only win in the series came in Charlotteville back in 1995, a 33-28 victory. The Cavaliers and Seminoles are ranked in the Top 10 nationally for the first time in 13 meetings.


LAST TIME OUT: Last year, Florida State downed Virginia 19-14 in Charlottesville as Bobby Bowden tied Joe Paterno for first place on the all-time Division I-A victory list. Chris Rix found Craphonso Thorpe for a 79-yard TD strike in the first quarter and Xavier Beitia kicked four field goals to lead the Seminoles past the Cavaliers. FSU outrushed Virginia 208-25 in the game. Alvin Pearman and Heath Miller led UVa with 134 and 77 yards receiving, respectively.


THE COACHES: Virginia head coach Al Groh is 27-17 in his fourth year at Virginia, and 53-57 in 10 seasons overall. Bobby Bowden is 273-68-4 in 28 years at FSU and 346-100-4 in 38 seasons overall.


FAST FACTS


Virginia RB Alvin Pearman tallied a season-high 104 yards on the ground including a pair of TD runs as the Cavaliers registered 239 rushing yards while holding Clemson to just 45. UVa leads the ACC in rushing offense averaging 275 a game.


Florida State's Leon Washington rushed for a career-high 164 yards on 21 carries including two TD's in the Seminoles win over Syracuse last week. Washington is averaging a league-best 7.8 yards a carry and is second in the ACC with 108.2 yards a game.


Virginia leads the ACC in all five offensive categories and is ranked in the top ten nationally in four including scoring offense (3rd), total (5th) and rushing offense (5th) and pass efficiency (7th).


Florida State sits atop the conference and is third in the nation in rushing defense allowing only 65.6 yards a game. Virginia ranked second in the ACC and 11th nationally are giving up 85.4 yards a game on the ground.


The Seminoles Craphonso Thorpe (4.4) and Chauncey Stovall (3.8) are two and three, respectively in the ACC in receptions per game.


North Carolina (3-3, 2-2 ACC) at #10 Utah (5-0, 2-0 Mt. West)
10:00 p.m.
Rice-Eccles Stadium (45,017)

THE GAME: North Carolina makes the trek across the United States to Salt Lake City as the Tar Heels face Utah at Rice-Eccles Stadium in the teams' first meeting. North Carolina owns an all-time record of 2-4 against current members of the Mountain West Conference. This will be the highest ranked non-conference opponent the Tar Heels have faced since playing No. 3 Texas in Chapel Hill back in 2002.


LAST TIME OUT: This will be the first meeting between North Carolina and Utah. North Carolina is coming off a 30-24 win against then No. 25 NC State at Kenan Stadium. Utah took a break from competition last week with its only bye of the season. The Utes downed New Mexico 28-7 in its last outing on Oct. 1.


THE COACHES: John Bunting is 16-27 in his fourth year at North Carolina and 54-41-2 in nine seasons overall. Urban Meyeer has posted a record of 15-2 in two season at Utah and is 32-8 in four seasons overall.


FAST FACTS


North Carolina QB Darian Durant has thrown a TD pass in five of six games this season and 30 of 35 career games. Durant moved into a tie for fifth in ACC history with 59 career TDs. Durant currently ranks ninth in conference history in total offense with 8310 yards and 11th in career passing yardage with 7547 yards.


The Tar Heels' Madison Hedgecock set career-highs in carries and yards last weekend against NC State. Hedgecock rushed the ball 10 times for 69 yards including a long of 25 yards in the fourth quarter. In two previous seasons, Hedgecock had registered four rushes for 12 total yards.


UNC's Conor Barth went 3-for-3 on field goal attempts last weekend including a 50-yarder, the longest by a freshman in North Carolina history. Barth has now connected on 7 of 8 attempts in 2004.


With the seventh best passer rating in the nation (164.4), QB Alex Smith leads a high-powered Utah offense that is averaging over 37 points a game and 464 yards of total offense.


LB Larry Edwards recorded his first collegiate interception last week. The Tar Heels have five in 2004.

 
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