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ACC Football This Week - Week 2

Posted Saturday, September 6, 2008

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Georgia Tech and Boston College headline Week Two of the ACC’s Road to Tampa Bay, as the Jackets and Eagles, fresh off season-opening wins against non-conference opponents, begin Conference play in a 12 noon game at Alumni Stadium that will be regionally-televised by Raycom Sports.

Saturday, September 6
Georgia Tech (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
at Boston College (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
Noon; Raycom
Alumni Stadium (44,500)
The Series: Georgia Tech leads 4-2-0
Georgia Tech leads 2-0-0 in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
The Coaches: Paul Johnson: 1-0-0 (1st season) at GT; 108-39-0 (12th season) overall
Jeff Jagodzinski: 12-3-0 (2nd season) at BC; 12-3-0 (2nd season) overall
Game Preview: BC welcomes Georgia Tech in the seventh meeting of a rivalry that began in 1972. The Eagles, who own a two-game winning streak against the Yellow Jackets and a 2-2 mark at home, will host Tech on Saturday in a noon contest in Alumni Stadium. The Eagles open the 2008 home slate in front of a regionally televised Raycom audience…QB Chris Crane, who ran for two BC TDs, led his squad to a 21-0 season opening win over Kent State last Saturday. Making just his second career start, Crane completed 12-of-18 passes for 106 yards. BC held the Golden Flashes’ Eugene Jarvis, last year’s top rusher in the country, to only 51 yards…Tech, led by fi rst-year head coach Paul Johnson, opened its season with a 41-14 win over Jacksonville State. QB Josh Nesbitt and RB Jonathan Dwyer each ran for two TDs in the win, while Nesbitt also was 5-of-12 passing for 82 yards. Tech has defeated BC in four of the last six contests.
Last Time Out: Last season, 21st-ranked BC posted a 24-10 victory over 15th-ranked GeorgiaTech, led by the third overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft and Eagles’ QB Matt Ryan’s career-best 435 yards of total offense. Ryan was 30-of-44 in the third 400-yard passing game of his career. RB L.V. Whitworth had a pair of TD runs for BC, which concluded the 2007 season as the ACC Atlantic Division champions. Tech RB Tashard Choice, who left the game with a hamstring injury, managed just 31 yards on 15 carries, ending his streak of nine straight 100-yard games.

Saturday, September 6
The Citadel (1-0, 0-0 Southern)
at --/#22 Clemson (0-1, 0-0 ACC)
3:30 pm; ESPN 360
Memorial Stadium (81,473)
The Series: Clemson leads 29-5-1
Clemson leads 11-1-0 in Clemson, S.C. (8-0-0 at Memorial Stadium)
The Coaches: Kevin Higgins: 17-17-0 (4th) at The Citadel; 73-42-1 (11th season) overall
Tommy Bowden: 69-43-0 (10th) at Clemson; 87-47-0 (12th season) overall
Game Preview: Clemson returns to Memorial Stadium for the fi rst of a four-game homestand with a 3:30 contest against The Citadel, which will be video streamed on ESPN 360…Clemson, who has defeated the Bulldogs eight consecutive times in Memorial Stadium, owns a 14-game win streak against The Citadel and has won 16 of the last 17 meetings…The Tigers are looking to bounce back from a tough 34-10 season opening loss to No. 24 Alabama at the Georgia Dome last Saturday… Clemson’s offense was held to zero rushing yards, while the Tigers managed only 188 yards, more than 200 yards fewer than the average of 403 yards a year ago…The last time Clemson lost a season opener to a ranked team (1982), the squad went on to win the ACC with a fl awless 6-0 mark…QB Cullen Harper fi nished 20-for-34 with 1 interception…The lone bright spot for the Tigers came from RB C.J. Spiller, who broke for a 96-yard kickoff return TD to start the second half...The Citadel posted a 54-7 victory over Webber International, led by freshman RB Asheton Jordan’s 70 yards rushing and two TDs…Bulldogs’ QB Bart Blanchard connected on 12-of-14 passes for 137 yards and two TDs, while QB Cam Turner also saw action, fi nishing 3-of-5 for 54 yards and another two Citadel TDs.
Last Time Out: In 2000, Clemson QB Woodrow Dantzler, who still holds the school record for total yardage in a single game (512 vs. NCSU, 2001), was nearly perfect, connecting on 16-of-17 passes for 192 yards and 3 TDs…Dantzler also rushed for 44 yards, before retiring to the sidelines in the 2nd half…Led by LB Chad Carson’s 12 tackles, Clemson held the Bulldogs to 101 yards total offense.

Saturday, September 6
Northwestern (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
at Duke (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
7:00 pm
Wallace Wade Stadium (33,941)
The Series: Duke leads 8-7-0
Northwestern leads 4-3-0 in Durham, N.C.
The Coaches: Pat Fitzgerald: 11-14-0 (3rd season) at Northwestern; 11-14-0 (3rd) overall
David Cutcliffe: 1-0-0 (1st season) at Duke; 45-29-0 (7th season) overall
Game Preview: Duke hosts Big Ten foe Northwestern Saturday for a 7 p.m. ET contest, its second game of a four-game homestand at Wallace Wade Stadium…The Blue Devils, who won the first six games of the 15-game series, defeated the Wildcats last season for the fi rst time in the last six meetings…Duke opened the David Cutcliffe era with a 31-7 victory over James Madison…The Blue Devils rushed for 218 yards on 48 carries, while QB Thaddeus Lewis recorded his eighth multi-TD pass game with two TD connections and had completions with 10 different receivers in the game…The Wildcats also jumped to a winning start of the season with a 30-10 victory over Syracuse…Northwestern boasts a tandem of senior QB C.J. Bacher, who threw for three TD passes last Saturday, and RB Tyrell Sutton, a 1,000-yd rusher as a freshman and sophomore, who ran for 144 yards and had 185 all-purpose yards…Bacher was 23-for-35 with 215 yards and one interception.
Last Time Out: Duke broke the nation’s longest losing streak with a 20-14 win over Northwestern last season…QB Thaddeus Lewis threw for 246 yards and three TDs for the Blue Devils, whose last win came on Dec. 17, 2005 against VMI…Lewis completed 19-of-23 passes in the victory over the Wildcats.

Saturday, September 6
Western Carolina (1-0, 0-0 Southern)
at Florida State (0-0, 0-0 ACC)
6:00 pm
Doak S. Campbell Stadium (82,300)
The Series: Florida State leads 2-0
Florida State leads 2-0 in Tallahassee, Fla.
The Coaches: Dennis Wagner: 1-0 (1st season) at WCU; 45-37-1 (8th season) overall
Bobby Bowden: 300-88-4 (32nd) at FSU; 373-119-4 (42nd season) overall
Game Preview: FSU opens its 2008 slate with a non-conference tilt against visiting Western Carolina, Saturday at 6 p.m. ET…FSU owns a 2-0 ledger against the Catamounts, while Saturday’s contest will be the fi rst meeting since 1985…The Seminoles return 14 starters, including six on offense, seven on defense and punter Graham Gano, from a squad that made its 26th consecutive bowl appearance…FSU is expected to name a starting QB this week from among a trio of canidates including senior Drew Weatherford, sophomore Christian Ponder or soph D’Vontrey Richardson… Noles C Ryan McMahon, who was the only freshman or sophomore in the FBS to take every single offensive snap for his team, was named one of 43 centers on the fall watch list for the Rimington Trophy…The Catamounts opened their season last Saturday with a 35-0 shutout over NAIA Shorter College as fi ve different players reached the end zone…Senior QB Andy Horn, who was making his second career start and second career appearance, completed 22-of-33 passes for a career-best
254 yards and two TDs.
Last Time Out: Florida State posted two straight 50-plus games over the Catamounts in the early 1980s…The Noles defeated Western Carolina 56-31 in 1981, the series fi rst contest, and 50-10 in 1985, where FSU held the Catamounts scoreless until the fourth quarter…Both meetings were located in Tallahassee, Fla…RBs Tony Smith and Keith Ross each posted 100-plus rushing yards against the Catamounts in 1985, while QB Chip Ferguson was 18-7-1 for 182 yards and one TD pass.

Saturday, September 6
Maryland (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
at Middle Tennessee (0-1, 0-0 Sun Belt)
7:00 pm; CSS
Floyd Stadium (31,000)
The Series: Maryland leads 2-0
First Meeting in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
The Coaches: Ralph Friedgen: 57-31-0 (8th season) at MD; 57-31-0 (8th season) overall
Rick Stockstill: 12-14-0 (4th season) at MT; 12-14-0 (4th season) overall
Game Preview: The Terrapins hit the road for the fi rst time in 2008, facing Middle Tennessee in a CSS televised 7 p.m. ET contest Saturday…Maryland owns a 2-0 mark against the Blue Raiders and will face the Sun Belt foes for the fi rst time in Murfreesboro and fi rst time since 2006… The Terrapins held off Delaware last Saturday in the season opener for both teams…Making his fi rst career start, RB Da’Rel Scott rushed 26 times for 197 yards, including a career-long 40-yard run…QB Jordan Steffy fi nished 10-of-18 passes for 115 yards…The Blue Raiders dropped their season opener against Troy, 31-17, in front of the sixth-largest crowed in Floyd Stadium history… Middle Tennessee managed 284 yards total offense, but just had 84 on the ground, led by Phillip Tanner, who tallied 61 yards on 16 carries…QB Joe Craddock was 20-for-32 for 200 yards and had a 46-yard TD pass to freshman Malcolm Beyah.
Last Time Out: Maryland scored 17 fi rst-half points despite being outgained by Middle Tennessee in a 24-10 Terrapins win over the Blue Raiders in 2006 at Bryd Stadium...The Terps scored on the opening possession of the game, added a FG on their 2nd possession, and punched in a TD in the 2nd quarter to take a 17-3 lead at halftime...Maryland was led by QB Sam Hollenbach, who fi nished the game 11-for-16 in passing for 139 yards.

Saturday, September 6
William & Mary (0-0, 0-0 Colonial)
at NC State (0-1, 0-0 ACC)
6:00 pm
Carter-Finley Stadium (57,583)
The Series: NC State leads 11-8
NC State leads 9-3 in Raleigh, N.C. (2-0 in Carter-Finley Stadium)
The Coaches: Jimmye Laycock: 182-134-2 (29th season) at WM; 182-134-2 (29th) overall
Tom O’Brien: 5-8-0 (2nd season) at NC State; 81-53-0 (12th season) overall
Game Preview: NC State returns to Raleigh for a 6 p.m. matchup on Saturday against William & Mary, looking to bounce back from a tough 34-0 loss to South Carolina last Thursday night...The contest in Carter-Finley Stadium will mark the 20th meeting between the two teams, with the Wolfpack winning four of the last six outings...NC State, which was held scoreless against USC, had just 138 yards in total offense, much of which came from TB Andre Brown, who notched his sixth career game of 100 or more rushing yards...Brown, starting in place of injured Jamelle Eugene, had 101 yards on 21 carries to move into 11th place on the NC State career rushing list with 1,873 yards...The Tribe, which returns nine starters from each side of the ball and is led by head coach Jimmye Laycock, who enters his 29th season at the helm, will open their 2008 schedule against the Wolfpack...William & Mary will be led by returning all-conference QB Jake Phillips, who tallied 2,801 yards and 19 TDs a year ago...Phillips heads into the year with 22 career starts in 28 appearances and is in the school’s top 10 in nearly every major career passing category, including passing yards (7th, 5128) and TD passes (7th, 36).
Last Time Out: In 1999, NC State won its second consecutive game over the Tribe, a 38-9 victory... The Wolfpack won the initial seven meetings between the two teams; however, the Tribe then picked up six straight wins during a span of 1948 to 1953...Saturday’s contest will also mark the third straight game played in NC State territory.

Saturday, September 6
Miami (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
at #5/5 Florida (1-0, 0-0 SEC)
8:00 pm; ESPN
Ben Hill Griffi n Stadium (88,548)
The Series: Miami leads 28-25
Miami leads 12-8 in Gainsville, Fla.
The Coaches: Randy Shannon: 6-7-0 (2nd season) at Miami; 6-7-0 (2nd season) overall
Urban Meyer: 32-8-0 (5th season) at UF; 71-16-0 (8th season) overall
Game Preview: Miami travels to the Swamp to face SEC foe Florida on Saturday in a nationally televised ESPN contest…The Canes, who have won the last six games over the Gators, handed Charleston Southern a 52-7 season opening loss as RB Graig Cooper had a 66-yard punt return for a TD and rushed for another score and QB Jacory Harris accounted for two TDs…RB Javarris James, who combined with Cooper last season for 1,264 yards and 8 TDs, rushed 12 times for 73 yards and a TD…Harris, who started in place of Robert Marve, fi nished 16-for-26 for 190 yards in Miami’s highest scoring game since 2005…The No. 5 Gators, led by Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, opened their 2008 slate with a 56-10 victory over visiting Hawaii in the school’s tenth highest crowd ever recorded at Ben Hill Griffi n Stadium…Ahmad Black led the Gator defense that forced 6 turnovers as the sophomore had 2 interceptions, including an 80-yard return for a TD…Rookie Chris Rainey gained 58 yards rushing on six carries, and had a 33-yard TD for the Gators.
Last Time Out: Miami joined the ACC in 2004 and concluded the season with a 27-10 Peach Bowl victory over Florida…Devin Hester, who returned a missed FG 78 yards for a UM TD...Roscoe Parrish, who had a 72-yard punt return for a TD gave Miami its only tallies in the fi rst half…QB Brock Berlin threw a TD pass, a 20-yarder to Ryan Moore, for the only offensive score of the game for the Canes.

Saturday, September 6
Richmond (1-0, 0-0 Atlantic 10)
at Virginia (0-1, 0-0 ACC)
3:45 pm; ESPNU
Scott Stadium (61,500)
The Series: Virginia leads 24-2-2
Virginia leads 22-1-1 in Richmond, Va.
The Coaches: Mike London: 1-0-0 (1st season) at Richmond; 1-0-0 (1st season) overall
Al Groh: 51-38-0 (8th season) at Virginia; 77-78-0 (14h season) overall
Game Preview: Virginia wraps up a two-game homestand with a 3:45 p.m. ET contest against Richmond Saturday…The 29th meeting between the two teams at Scott Stadium will be televised on ESPNU…Virginia fell to Southern Cal 52-7 last week to open the 2008 season…The Cavs, which won 9 games in 2007 for the fi rst time since the 2002 season and set an NCAA record with 5 victories by 2 or fewer points, were led by QB Peter Lalich, who completed 18-of-35 passes for 155 yards... The Richmond Spiders opened the 2008 season by giving new head coach Mike London his fi rst career win with a 28-10 victory over Elon last Saturday…London returns to Virginia, where he spent six season as the defensive coordinator, defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator...QB Eric Ward threw for a career-high 236 yards on an effi cient 17-of-22 passing, with two TDs and not one interception…The junior also ran 14 times for 59 yards, while Josh Vaughan rushed for 119 yards and two scores, and Kevin Grayson had 121 yards receiving…Virginia has defeated Richmond eight of the last nine times and owns a six-game win streak over the Spiders.
Last Time Out: Richmond and Virginia have met 28 times with the most recent meeting on Sept. 1, 2001 in Charlottesville, Va., a narrow victory for the Cavs (17-16)…The rivalry, which dates back to 1893 will be renewed over the next seven years as the two teams have agreed to face each other in football four times during that span...Virginia leads the series 24-2-2 over Richmond, which won the Colonial Athletic Association championship last season.

Saturday, September 6
Furman (1-0, 0-0 Southern)
at Virginia Tech (0-1, 0-0 ACC)
1:30 pm
Lane Stadium (66,223)
The Series: Virginia Tech leads 4-0-0
Virginia Tech leads 3-0-0 in Blacksburg, Va.
The Coaches: Bobby Lamb: 50-24-0 (7th season) at Furman; 50-24-0 (7th season) overall
Frank Beamer: 167-86-2 (22nd) at VT; 209-109-4 (28th season) overall
Game Preview: Virginia Tech welcomes the Furman of the Southern Conference at Lane Stadium on Saturday for a 1:30 p.m. contest...The Hokies, who captured their second ACC Football Championship in four years in the league last season, dropped just their second season opener in the past 13 seasons to visiting East Carolina last Saturday...Entering 2008 as the 4th best active returning ACC QB (4,102 yards), senior QB Sean Glennon completed 14-of-23 for 139 yards, but threw 2 interceptions...Tech rushed for just 104 yards against ECU’s defensive front...Furman, led by QB Jordan Sorrells’ 218 passing yards and 4 TDs, posted a 62-14 season opening win over Mars Hill last Saturday...Furman, which faces Virginia Tech for the fi fth time, put up 486 yards in total offense while limiting Mars Hill to just 172 total yards...In Saturday’s contest, the Hokies will wear a special white uniform, featuring components of past uniforms in honor of a group of former Virginia Tech head coaches and teams (1961-86)...It will mark the fi rst time that Tech has worn all-white uniforms at Lane Stadium.
Last Time Out: Furman and Virginia Tech, which owns a 4-0 mark over the Paladins, have not faced one another since 1947 when Furman fell 20-6 in Blacksburg, Va. ...The Hokies have defeated Furman 85-40 over the past four meetings, dating back to 1939.

Saturday, September 6
Mississippi (1-0, 0-0 SEC)
at #20/20 Wake Forest (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
3:30 pm
Groves Stadium (31,500)
The Series: Wake Forest leads 1-0
First Meeting in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The Coaches: Houston Nutt: 1-0-0 (1st season) at Ole Miss; 112-70-0 (16th season) overall
Jim Grobe: 47-39-0 (8th season) at WF; 80-72-1 (14th season) overall
Game Preview: Wake Forest opens its 2008 home slate against the Mississippi Rebels in a 3:30 p.m. contest at BB&T Field at Groves Stadium on Saturday...The Demon Deacons, who play Ole Miss for only the second time in school history (2006), opened the 2008 schedule with a convincing 41-13 road win at Big 12 opponent Baylor last Thursday night...QB Riley Skinner threw 3 TD passes, setting a new career-high and became the school’s all-time wins leader as a starting QB with 19... Skinner fi nished the game 27-of-36 for 220 yards, moving into 8th all-time for Wake with 24 career TD passes...T Aaron Curry led the Deacs’ defense with 7 stops, including 1.5 tackles for a loss, while Ben Wooster led all receivers with 6 grabs for 90 yards and a TD...Ole Miss, led by fi rst-year head coach Houston Nutt, picked up a 41-24 season opener against Memphis last Saturday...WR Dexter McCluster, who fi nished with 64 yards rushing and 4 catches for 61 yards receiving, got Ole Miss started with a 32-yard run for a TD and a 14-7 lead late in the fi rst quarter...QB Jevan Snead made his collegiate debut for the Rebels, completing 10-of-22 passes for 185 yards.
Last Time Out: De’Angelo Bryant rushed for 105 yards and a TD to help WF get off to a 4-0 start to the 2006 season following a 27-3 victory over Mississippi...Wake ran the ball on 53 of its 58 plays, fi nishing with 240 yards rushing and held Ole Miss to 26 yards rushing and 237 total yards...QB Brent Schaeffer completed 13-of-28 passes for 127 yards and an interception for the Rebels, while Wake’s Riley Skinner was 4-of-5 in passing for 43 yards.

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