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ACC Football This Week - 10/30/04

Posted Tuesday, October 26, 2004

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Five league matchups comprise Week Nine schedule.

ACColades: Four ACC teams - Miami, Florida State, Virginia, Virginia Tech - ranked in weekly polls ... five league match-ups comprise Week 9 schedule ... the ACC is the second-ranked conference in the Sagarin Computer ranking ... Hurricanes have won 10 in a row and have been ranked in the Top 5 of the AP poll in 60 of the last 71 polls ... seven ACC teams ranked in the top 23 in total defense nationally ... ACC teams are 13-10 in home league games ... 9 of the 23 ACC games played to date have been decided by seven points or less, including three games decided in overtime ... Sagarin Computer ranks North Carolina's schedule as the nation's toughest ... Maryland's Nick Novak (372) is the ACC's all-time leading scorer while Florida State's Xavier Beitia (354) is fourth ... Maryland's Steve Suter is the ACC career leader in punt return yardage (1,269) ... Wake Forest's Ryan Plackemeier is the ACC career leader in punting average (44.9) ... ACC teams are 21-8 in non-conference play and are averaging 56,329 in per game attendance

TEAM NOTES

Clemson: Reggie Merriweather ran for 60 yards on 17 carries and scored the game-winning touchdown with 23 seconds left to play as the Tigers won their second-straight game with a 10-7 win over Maryland Saturday ... over the last two games, Clemson has allowed only two touchdowns and has lowered its yards allowed per game average from 421.8 to 348.9 ... Justin Miller is 2nd nationally in kickoff returns (33.9) and 13th in punt returns (15.2) ... Airese Currie leads the ACC in receptions (5.7) and receiving yardage (77.3) and is bidding to become the first Clemson player to lead the ACC in receiving since Perry Tuttle did so in 1980.

Duke: QB Mike Schneider completed 18-of-30 for a season-best 191 yards with two TDs against Virginia Saturday ... TE Ben Patrick had career highs with five catches for 97 yards against the Cavaliers ... 11 different Blue Devils caught at least one pass against Virginia ... Cedric Dargan ran for 108 yards on a career-best 21 carries against UVa, marking the second 100-yard game of his career and the 196th in the history of Duke football ... sophomore CB John Talley leads the ACC and is sixth nationally with four interceptions, returning two of them for touchdowns.

Florida State: Following its 20-17 win over Wake Forest Saturday, Florida State remains a perfect 34-0 in ACC games played in the month of October ... senior DB Jerome Carter led the Seminoles in tackles (9) for the second consecutive week ... the FSU defense held its second consecutive opponent without a touchdown ... Xavier Beitia has made 65 straight PATs and is the ACC's second all-time leading scorer with 354 points ... in his first four career starts, QB Wyatt Sexton has thrown for 831 yards and six touchdowns ... the Seminoles have converted 14 of 16 fourth down conversions and lead the league in time of possession (31:37).

Georgia Tech: P.J. Daniels has 2,231 career rushing yards and needs only 44 yards to move into sixth on Tech's career rushing list ... over the last two games, the Tech defense has allowed only 265 yards of total offense and improved its ranking from 64th (366.5) in the nation to 18th (288.0) ... after recording only three sacks in the first three games, Tech has totaled 17 in the last three games, including 12 in the last two ... QB Reggie Ball is third in the ACC in total offense (203.0) and is eighth on Tech's career passing list with 3,011 yards ... WR Calvin Johnson is second among all freshman nationally in receiving yards per game (65.8).

Maryland: LB D'Qwell Jackson had 18 tackles in Saturday's loss to Clemson and is the ACC's leading tackler (11.1) ... senior PK Nick Novak is the ACC's all-time leading scorer and the leading active scorer in Division I-A with 372 points ... Steve Suter is the ACC's all-time leader in punt return yardage (1,269) ... Adam Podlesh is eighth nationally in punting (44.7) ... DE Shawne Merriman leads the ACC in tackles for loss (1.86) ... Josh Allen is 12th on Maryland's all-time rushing list with 1,727 yards ... the Terps are sixth in the ACC and 21st nationally in total defense, allowing 293.9 yards per game.

Miami: Brock Berlin completed 15 of 30 passes for 265 yards and tied a school-record with five TD passes in Saturday's 45-31 win at NC State ... over his last three games, Berlin has thrown for 773 yards and 11 touchdown passes and improved his passing efficiency rating from 117.2 to 145.5 ... nine of Berlin's league-high 13 TD passes have come against ACC foes ... Hester is third nationally in punt returns (26.2) and fourth in kickoff returns (31.7) ... the Hurricanes have been ranked in the Top 5 in 60 of the last 71 AP polls ... since 1983, the Hurricanes are 174-15 (.921) when scoring first.

North Carolina: Jarwarski Pollock has at least one reception in 30 straight games ... Pollock has had three or more receptions in 22 of his last 30 games and is sixth among UNC career reception leaders (130) ... Darian Durant is ninth in ACC career total offense (8,429) and 11th in passing yardage (7,666); needs only 181 yards to move into 10th place on the career passing list ... Jacque Lewis leads the team in rushing with 501 yards and is averaging 7.1 yards per carry ... UNC leads the ACC, and is fourth nationally in fewest yards penalized (34.1) ... the Tar Heels are tied for second in red zone offense, converting 23 of 26 possessions (.885).

NC State: T.A. McLendon ran for 145 yards on 22 carries, topping the 100-yard rushing mark before halftime in Saturday's 45-31 loss to third-ranked Miami ... McLendon is second in the ACC in rushing (99.5) and is eighth on the NC State career rushing list with 2,306 yards ... Manny Lawson has blocked six punts in his career ... NC State is second nationally in total defense (234.0) and passing defense (121.4) ... over his last four games, junior QB Jay Davis has thrown for 985 yards and five touchdowns ... Davis is third in the ACC in passing efficiency (130.6) and sixth in total offense (185.4).

Virginia: Alvin Pearman ran for a career-high 223 yards and one touchdown in Saturday's 37-16 win over Duke ... Pearman finished the game one yard shy of tying John Papit's single-game school record set against Washington & Lee in 1948 ... UVa had six sacks against Duke ... the Cavaliers totaled 348 yards rushing against the Blue Devils - the best single-game total in four seasons under Al Groh ... junior TE Heath Miller is tied for sixth in the ACC in receptions (3.6) and is seventh in receiving yardage (50.0) ... Wali Lundy leads the ACC in scoring (10.3) and is fourth in rushing (85.4).

Virginia Tech: QB Bryan Randall threw four touchdown passes in the first half as the Hokies ran their win streak to three in a row defeating visiting Florida A&M 62-0 (O16) ... since the start of the 1993 season, Virginia Tech is 48-8 in games it scores at least one TD on defense or special teams ... Brandon Pace has made 14 of 18 field goal attempts this season and is third nationally in field goals per game (2.0) ... the Hokies are second in the ACC and seventh nationally in total defense, yielding 265.4 yards per game ... Tech is averaging 20.6 first downs per game and is first in the ACC in red zone defense (41.7).

Wake Forest: TB Chris Barclay is sixth on the Deacon career rushing list with 2,473 yards ... freshman LB Jonathan Abbate is eighth in the ACC in tackles per game (8.4) ... QB Cory Randolph has thrown only three interceptions in his last 202 pass attempts ... P Ryan Plackemeier leads the ACC and is fifth nation ... WR Jason Anderson is sixth on the school's career receiving yardage list (2,054) ... more than half of the games in Grobe's four years at Wake Forest (23 of 43) have been decided by a touchdown or less ... sophomore WR Nate Morton is fifth in the ACC in receiving yards per game (52.3).

GAME PREVIEWS

Thursday, October 28

#22 Virginia Tech (5-2, 2-1 ACC) at Georgia Tech (4-2, 3-2 ACC)
ESPN; 7:45 p.m.
Bobby Dodd Stadium (55,000)


THE GAME: Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech will face off under the lights at Bobby Dodd Stadium in front of a national audience on ESPN's Thursday night college football. The Yellow Jackets won the only meeting between both teams back in 1990 when the Hokies traveled to Atlanta. In 2000, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech were scheduled to play in the BCA Classic in Blacksburg, Va., but the game was cancelled due to severe lightning and heavy rain.


LAST TIME OUT: In 1990, Georgia Tech defeated Virginia Tech 6-3 behind a pair of Scott Sisson field goals including a 38-yard kick with eight seconds left preserving the Yellow Jackets' undefeated season. After three quarters of scoreless football, Virginia Tech struck first in the fourth on a Mickey Thomas 22-yard field goal. Sisson and the Jackets tied the game with just over five minutes left splitting the uprights from 33-yards out. The two teams combined for 700 yards of total offense, eight turnovers and four missed field goals.


THE COACHES: Frank Beamer is 130-76-4 in 18 years at Virginia Tech and 172-99-4 in 24 years overall. Chan Gailey is 18-14 in his third year at the helm of Georgia Tech and 42-25 overall in five seasons.

FAST FACTS


The Georgia Tech defense has given up just seven points in each of its last two games and in three of its four wins this season. Over the last two games, the Yellow Jackets have held the opposition to a combined 265 yards of total offense.


Virginia Tech heads into the game ranked in the top three in the conference in four of five defensive categories. The Hokies lead the ACC in scoring defense (11.6), including a pair of shutout wins, and pass defense efficiency (96.5).


Georgia Tech WR Calvin Johnson leads all freshmen in the ACC in receptions (23), receiving yards (395) and TDs (5). Johnson ranks second in receiving yards per game (65.8) and third in receptions per game (3.83). Johnson tallied six catches for 92 yards and two TDs in his last outing, two weeks ago against Duke.


Hokie RB Cedric Humes rushed for a career-high 120 yards two weeks ago in Virginia Tech's 62-0 win over Florida A&M. Humes scored a pair of TDs for his second multi-touchdown game of his career.
Saturday, October 30

NC State (4-3, 3-2 ACC) at Clemson (3-4, 2-3 ACC)
ESPN2; 12:00 p.m.
Memorial Stadium (81,474)


THE GAME: NC State and Clemson will battle it out in Death Valley in the 24th annual Textile Bowl. The Wolfpack have won the last two meetings and four of the last six, but still trail series by a 44-27-1 margin. The Tigers have won 18 of the previous 29 meetings in Clemson. The two teams have played one another every year since 1971.


LAST TIME OUT: Last year, NC State defeated Clemson 17-15 in Raleigh on ESPN's Thursday night college football. Trailing 17-6 in the fourth quarter, the Tigers made a late run with an Aaron Hunt 21-yard field goal and a Chad Jasmin 5-yard run to cut the Wolfpack lead to two. But NC State's defense stopped Clemson's attempt to tie the game on the ensuing two-point conversion. QB Philip Rivers was 20 of 34 for 213 yards and two TD's to lead NC State. Clemson's Charlie Whitehurst threw for 196 yards on 23 of 37 passing to pace the Tigers.


THE COACHES: NC State head coach Chuck Amato is 38-20 in his fifth year at the helm of the Wolfpack. Tommy Bowden is 41-28 in six seasons at Clemson and 59-32 in eight years overall.

FAST FACTS


Clemson won the turnover margin (+2) for the first time this season in last weekend's 10-7 win over Maryland. For the first in 2004, the Tiger offense did not commit a turnover, while the defense forced a pair of interceptions.


NC State's T.A. McLendon rushed for a season-high 145 yards last weekend against Miami. It was his third 100-yard rushing performance in the last four games. In two career games against Clemson, McLendon has posted 238 rushing yards on 47 carries and two TDs.


The Tigers' Justin Miller tallied 92 all-purpose yards last weekend against Maryland, including 14 yards on his first interception return of the season, the 11th of his career. Miller currently leads the ACC and is second in the nation in kick return average and second in the league in punt return average.


Wolfpack QB Jay Davis threw for 260 yards last weekend, his fourth straight 200-yard passing game of the season. Davis registered a career-high four TDs passes against Miami.
Duke (1-6, 0-4 ACC) at Wake Forest (3-4, 0-4 ACC)
JP; 12:00 p.m.
Groves Stadium (31,500)

THE GAME: In the 85th renewal of a series dating back to 1889, Duke travels to Winston-Salem to face Wake Forest in the Jefferson Pilot/Raycom ACC Game of the Week. The Blue Devils lead the overall series 53-29-2 and are 21-10-2 in games played at Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons have won four in a row and six of the last eight in the series. In the last eight games played at Groves Stadium, both teams have compiled four victories a piece.


LAST TIME OUT: Last year, Wake Forest collected a 42-13 victory over Duke in Durham. The Deacons' Chris Barclay ran for a career-high 163 yards and three first half TDs as Wake Forest outrushed Duke, 256-119. Duke QB Mike Schneider went 17 for 38 and 194 yards including a two-yard TD run in the third quarter. The Blue Devils held the passing advantage in the game at 267-78. Wake Forest's Cory Randolph was a perfect 4-of-4 for 78 yards. Duke's Reggie Love and Khary Sharpe each caught four passes.


THE COACHES: Ted Roof is 3-9 in his first full season as head coach of the Duke Blue Devils. Jim Grobe is 21-22 in three seasons at Wake Forest and 54-55-1 in nine years combined.

FAST FACTS


Duke's Mike Schneider has completed 57.1 percent of his passes and his five TD passes has surpassed last seasons total of four. Schneider's three interceptions are the third fewest by any ACC starting quarterback.


Wake Forest recorded two defensive TDs last weekend against Florida State increasing its season total to four. The Deacs scored on a Matt Robinson 19-yard interception return, both career firsts, and a Brad White 36-yard fumble return, his second career TD. The last time Wake Forest tallied two defensive TDs in a game came on Nov. 1 of last year versus Clemson.


Blue Devil TB Cedric Dargan rushed for 108 yards last weekend against Virginia. It was just the third game Dargan has played in this season and his second 100-yard rushing performance.


With six catches for 99 yards last weekend against FSU, WR Jason Anderson surpassed the 2,000 yard receiving mark moving him to sixth on Wake Forest's all-time receiving yardage list (2,054).
#5 Florida State (6-1, 4-1 ACC) at Maryland (3-4, 1-3 ACC)
ABC; 3:30 p.m.
Byrd Stadium (51,500)

THE GAME: Florida State will make the trek to College Park for a mid-afternoon kickoff against Maryland at Byrd Stadium. The Seminoles are unbeaten in 14 games against the Terps (14-0-0) which is the the longest current series win streak in the ACC. Florida State is 6-0 all-time in games played in Byrd Stadium. The Seminoles have not allowed more than 10 points in seven of the last eight games against Maryland. Saturday's game is the latest season matchup between the two teams since they met on November 13, 1999.


LAST TIME OUT: Last year, the Terrapins took a 10-0 lead in the opening five minutes of the game but FSU reeled off 35 unanswered points to earn a 35-10 win in Tallahassee. Seminole QB Chris Rix was 16-of-29 for 228 yards and two TDs and RB Greg Jones amassed 88 yards on the ground with a pair of TDs to lead Florida State. Maryland's Sammy Maldonado led the Terrapin rushing attack with 41 yards on nine carries. D'Qwell Jackson registered his first-career interception, returning it 58-yards for a TD in the first quarter.


THE COACHES: Bobby Bowden is 275-68-4 in 28 years at FSU and 348-100-4 in 38 seasons overall. Ralph Friedgen is 34-12 in his fourth season at Maryland.

FAST FACTS


Florida State TB's Leon Washington and Lorenzo Booker rushed for 80 and 68 yards, respectively in the Seminoles win last weekend. Both rank among the ACC's top 10 in rushing yards per game with Washington third (98.4) and Booker sixth (80.3). FSU is one of five DI-A schools to have two players average 80 or more rushing yards per game.


For the second straight week and the third time in four games, the Maryland defense has held the opposition under 100-yards rushing. The Terrapins held Clemson to just 36 yards on the ground last week, a season-low for Maryland's defense.


LB's Ernie Sims and A.J. Nicholson lead a Florida State defense that ranks second in the nation in rushing and eighth in total defense. Sims and Nicholson each have a team leading 44 tackles, while Sims has registered a team-high three sacks.


Maryland's D'Qwell Jackson, who returned an interception 58-yards for a TD vs. FSU last year, leads the Terrapins and the ACC with 78 tackles in 2004. His 2.0 sacks are tied for second on the team.
#3 Miami (6-0, 3-0 ACC) at North Carolina (3-4, 2-2 ACC)
ESPN2; 7:00 p.m.
Kenan Stadium (60,000)

THE GAME: North Carolina and Miami are meeting for just the eighth time and for the first time since 1963. The Hurricanes will make just their second trip to Chapel Hill and Kenan Stadium on Saturday evening. The Tar Heels lead the series by a 4-3 margin and won the only previous game played in Chapel Hill. North Carolina won the first three games in the series that began in 1946, while the Hurricanes registered wins in the next three. The Tar Heels won the last meeting between the two teams in `63. Each team has recorded a shutout.


LAST TIME OUT: In the previous meeting between both teams back in 1963, North Carolina defeated Miami 27-16 at Kenan Stadium. The Tar Heels used 440 yards of total offense and a 13-point fourth quarter to trip up the Hurricanes. UNC QB's Gary Black and Junior Edge were a combined 20 of 31 for 244 yards to lead the Tar Heels. Miami's George Mira hit 11 of 26 passes for 124 yards and two TDs, while Pete Banaszak posted 84 yards on the ground to pace the Hurricanes.


THE COACHES: Larry Coker is 41-3 in his fourth season as head coach of the Miami Hurricanes. John Bunting is 16-28 in his fourth year at North Carolina and 54-42-2 in nine seasons overall.

FAST FACTS


Sophomore Devin Hester recorded his first kickoff return for a TD in 2004 last Saturday night in Miami's win over NC State. Hester returned the game's opening kickoff 100-yards tying an ACC record set by 11 different players. Hester, joins Virginia's Marquis Weeks, as the only two players to perform that feat this season.


Senior TB Jacque Lewis has accumulated 501 yards on 71 carries to lead the Tar Heels in 2004. Lewis' 7.1 yards a carry is tops in the league. Lewis needs just 74 yards to surpass his previous season best of 574 yards set in 2002.


The Hurricanes' Brock Berlin completed 15 of 30 passes for 265 yards and five TDs against the Wolfpack. Berlin tied a school record joining Bernie Kosar, Steve Walsh and Ken Dorsey as the only other players with five TD passes in a game.


UNC is tied for second in the ACC in red zone offense converting on 23 of 26 opportunities good for an 88.5 percent success rate. The Tar Heels have scored 11 TDs and are 7 for 7 in field goal chances.

 
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