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ACC Football This Week - Week 3

Posted Saturday, September 13, 2008

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Week three of the Road to Tampa Bay features unbeaten Georgia Tech, traveling to Virginia Tech for an important Coastal Division contest in a game that will be regionally-televised by ABC (3:30 pm). The Jackets, led by the sophtandem of QB Josh Nesbitt and B-Back Jonathan Dwyer, are coming off a victory in the first ACC game of the year, a 19-16 decision at Boston College. The Hokies are led by QBs Sean Glennon and Tyrod Taylor. Taylor rushed for 112 yards in a 24-7 win over Furman.

Clemson, ranked
23rd in the USA Today Coaches’ poll,
and NC State open Atlantic Division play
at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium in a
12 noon contest regionally televised by
Raycom Sports...Clemson got into the
win column with a 45-17 win over The
Citadel as TB James Davis rushed for
107 yards and C.J. Spiller ran for three
scores...The Wolfpack is led by QB Harrison
Beck who threw for 246 yards and
2 TDs against the Tribe...Elsewhere, the
ACC faces five non-conference tests...North Carolina, off last week, opens
play on Thursday night, traveling to
Rutgers for a nationally-televised game
on ESPN (7:30 pm)...The Tar Heels are
led by WR Brandon Tate who had a
school-record 397 all-purpose yards
in UNC’s season-opening win over Mc-
Neese State...Maryland, upset at Middle
Tennessee State last week, despite a
second straight 100-yard rushing effort
by TB Da’Rel Scott, hosts 23rd-ranked
California (AP), which is coming off an
impressive 66-3 win over Washington
State...The Terrapins and Bears will be
nationally televised on ESPN beginning
at 12 noon from Chevy Chase Bank
Field at Byrd Stadium...Virginia, which
also got into the win column last week
with a 16-0 triumph over Richmond,
travels to unbeaten Connecticut for a
7:30 pm game which will be televised
by ESPNU...The Cavaliers got 103 yards
receiving from WR Kevin Ogletree and
its defense limited the Spiders to just
194 yards of total offense...Duke, which
dropped a 24-20 decision to Northwestern,
faces the nation’s leading rushing offense
in Navy, which is averaging 452 yards per
game on the ground...The Midshipmen feature
RB Shun White, who leads the nation
in rushing, averaging 238 yards a game...
The Blue Devils are led by QB Thaddeus
Lewis who threw for 256 yards and 2 TDs
against the Wildcats...The game will be
televised by ESPNU with a noon kickoff
at Wallace Wade Stadium...Florida State,
which opened with an impressive 69-0 win
over Western Carolina, hosts Chattanooga
in a 3:45 pm game which will be televised
by ESPNU...The Seminoles displayed an
explosive offense led by QBs Christian
Ponder and D’Vontrey Richardson, who
combined for 360 yards of total offense
and 6 TDs...Wake Forest, which is ranked
19th in the USA Today poll and 20th in AP,
earned a clutch 30-28 win over Ole Miss
and enjoys an open date as do Miami and
Boston College.

Thursday, September 11
North Carolina (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
at Rutgers(0-1, 0-0 Big East)
7:30 pm; ESPN
Rutgers Stadium (42,000)
The Series: Rutgers leads 3-0-0
Rutgers leads 2-0-0 in Piscataway, N.J.
The Coaches: Butch Davis: 5-8-0 (2nd season) at UNC; 56-28-0 (8th season) overall
Greg Schiano: 38-47-0 (8th season) at Rutgers; 38-47-0 (8th season) overall
Game Preview: North Carolina will play at Rutgers for the fi rst time in exactly 89 years as the two
teams met on Sept. 11, 1919 at Rutgers Stadium…The fourth meeting between the squads will be
part of ESPN’s Thursday night package and will kick off at 7:30 p.m…Rutgers’ holds a 3-0 lead in the
series...The Tar Heels have yet to score in the confi nes of Rutgers’ Stadium as the fi rst two contests
saw Rutgers post 5-0 (1894) and 19-0 (1919) shutouts…UNC head coach Butch Davis will face head
coach Greg Schiano of the Scarlet Knights, who served as defensive coordinator when Davis was the
head coach at the Univ. of Miami in 1999 and 2000…North Carolina and Rutgers are both coming off
open dates…UNC is led by QB T.J. Yates, who went 15-for-26 passing for 221 yards and 2 TDs and
WR Brandon Tate, who posted a school record with 397 all-purpose yards, the 2nd highest all-purpose
day in ACC history, in the Heels’ 35-27 season opener win against McNeese St...Rutgers’ Kenny Britt
and Tiquan Underwood return for the Knights’ this season as the 2nd leading WR tandem in the country
from a year ago as both went over the 1,000-yard mark in receiving last season.
Last Time Out: In 2006, Rutgers withstood a late scare from North Carolina, beating the Heels
21-16 behind Ray Rice, the all-time leading rusher for the Scarlet Knights, who rushed for 201 yards
and had a career-high 3 TDs...Rice had 128 yards by halftime...The Heels closed to within 5 on QB
Joe Dailey’s 2-yard TD pass to Hakeem Nicks with 5:09 remaining in the fourth quarter...UNC went
for 2, but Dailey’s pass was intercepted by Joe Porter...Dailey, a Nebraska transfer, was 24-of-36
passing for 234 yards in his fi rst start for the Tar Heels.
Saturday, September 13
Navy (1-1)
at Duke (1-1, 0-0 ACC)
Noon, ESPNU
Wallace Wade Stadium (33,941)
The Series: Navy leads 20-12-5
Navy leads 7-4-1 in Durham, N.C.
The Coaches: Ken Niumatalolo; 1-2-0 (1st season) at Navy; 1-2-0 (1st season) overall
David Cutcliffe: 1-1-0 (1st season) at Duke; 45-30-0 (7th season) overall
Game Preview: Duke welcomes the Navy Midshipmen on Saturday at noon in the Blue Devils’
third contest of a four-game homestand...Navy owns a 20-12-5 record against Duke and has won
6 of the last 8 games, including 4 of the last 6 times in Durham, N.C…Both squads look to rebound
from non-conference losses last week as Duke fell to Northwestern, 24-20, despite tallying a 472-328
advantage in total offense and nearly doubling the Wildcats’ time of possession, and Navy lost to Ball
State, 35-23…Duke QB Thaddeus Lewis, who ranks 3rd in the ACC in passing yards, averaging 198.5
on the young season, posted his 5th consecutive game without throwing an interception against the
Wildcats and broke the school record for most consecutive pass attempts without an interception...
The junior has not thrown an interception in his last 171 attempts....Leading the Midshipmen is QB
Jarod Bryant, who went 6-for-11 for 67 passing yards against the Cardinals and had two rushing
TDs on 31 carries...SB Shun White leads the nation in rushing and has tallied 3 TDs in 2 games for
a total of 476 yards for Navy, which also leads the country in rushing yards.
Last Time Out: Last year, backup K Joey Bullen made a 44-yard FG on the last play of the game
to lift Navy past Duke 46-43...Bullen’s kick completed a fourth-quarter comeback by the Midshipmen,
who trailed 43-32...Duke led 36-25 at the half, the highest fi rst-half total for the Blue Devils since
they scored 41 points in a 48-35 win over Wake Forest in 1999...Duke QB Thaddeus Lewis passed
for 428 yards, including four TD passes to Eron Riley, who had six catches for 235 yards...Ranked
No. 1 in the nation running the ball entering the game, Navy gained 304 yards on the ground.
Saturday, September 13
Chattanooga (1-1, 0-0 Southern)
at Florida State (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
3:45 pm; ESPNU
Doak S. Campbell Stadium
(82,300)
The Series: Florida State leads 1-0-0
Florida State leads 1-0-0 in Tallahassee, Fla.
The Coaches: Rodney Allison; 17-41-0 (6th season) at UTC; 17-41-0 (6th season) overall
Bobby Bowden: 301-88-4 (32nd season) at FSU; 374-119-4 (42nd season) overall
Game Preview: Florida State will host Chattanooga on Saturday in the Seminoles’ second of a threegame
home swing with a 3:45 p.m. kickoff at Doak S. Campbell Stadium...The 2nd game between the two
squads, which met in Tallahassee in 1984, will be broadcast on ESPNU...QB Christian Ponder, who threw
3 TD passes, and backup D’Vontrey Richardson, who ran for 2 more scores, helped FSU post a 69-0 win
over Western Carolina last week...Making his fi rst college start, Ponder completed 11-of-17 passes for
196 yards before handing it to Richardson after the fi rst series of the second half...FSU’s Bobby Bowden
claimed his 374th career to win to stay tied with of Penn State’s Joe Paterno as the winningest college
coach...Chattanooga overcame a slow 1st half to pull away to a 47-6 win over Cumberland in the Mocs’
home opener last week...QB Tony Pastore came off the bench to post a career high 320 of UTC’s 368
total passing yards...Pastore was 15-of-27 passing with 3 TD tosses...WRs Blue Cooper and Clint Woods
combined for 18 of the 20 receptions for 334 yards...FSU currently tops the ACC in 15 statistical categories,
including scoring offense (69.0), rushing offense (290.0), rushing defense (57.0), pass offense (271.0),
total offense (561.0), total defense (176.0), and passing effi ciency (211.9).
Last Time Out: FSU last faced the Mocs in 1984 for the Seminoles’ Homecoming...The Noles recorded
a 37-0 shutout, including a 20-0 1st-half score...FB Cletis Jones joined the Noles’ 100-yard rushing club
with 111 yards on 14 carries, while WR Jessie Hester recorded 117 yards against the Mocs...Freshman
K Derek Schmidt accounted for 13 FSU points, notching 3 FGs from marks of 37, 43 and 22 yards.
Saturday, September 13
Georgia Tech (2-0, 1-0 ACC)
at Virginia Tech (1-1, 0-0 ACC)
3:30 pm; ABC (ESPN2)
Lane Stadium (66,223)
The Series: Virginia Tech leads 3-2-0
Teams tied 1-1-0 in Blacksburg, Va.
The Coaches: Paul Johnson: 2-0-0 (1st season) at GT; 109-39-0 (12th season) overall
Frank Beamer: 168-86-2 (22nd season) at VT; 210-109-4 (28th season) overall
Game Preview: Virginia Tech welcomes Georgia Tech for the seventh game of a series that began
in 1990 and was rekindled when the Hokies joined the ACC in 2004...Saturday’s contest, a 3:30 p.m.
tilt at Lane Stadium will be shown regionally on ABC...The Hokies have won three of the last four meetings,
while both teams look for an edge in Blacksburg...Georgia Tech enters the contest with a lot of
momentum after tallying a big conference win over Boston College last week...QB Josh Nesbitt completed
6-of-13 passes for 73 yards for the Yellow Jackets, while adding one TD run in the 1st quarter...B-back
Jonathan Dwyer ranks second in the league in rushing yards, after the sophomore rushed for more
than 100 yards for his second consecutive game...Despite falling to ECU to open the 2008 season, VT
bounced back with a 24-7 victory over Furman last week...The Hokies, who held the Paladins to only
34 rushing yards, fi nished with 329 yards of total offense, though only 68 of it came through the air...
QB Sean Glennon, who was 3-of-8 passing for 42 yards and a TD, split time under center with Tyrod
Taylor, who ran for a game-high 112 yards.
Last Time Out: Virginia Tech moved into a fi rst-place tie with rival Virginia in the Coastal Division last
season following a 27-3 victory over Georgia Tech in the last meeting between the Hokies and Yellow
Jackets...QB Sean Glennon, made his second straight start in place of freshman Tyrod Taylor, who
was sidelined by a sprained ankle...Glennon, who wore a replacement jersey provided by GT when his
own disappeared, threw 2 long TD passes and ran for another score to lead the No. 11 Hokies to the
victory...The Jackets struggled offensively without their top two RBs, including star Tashard Choice.

Saturday, September 13
NC State (1-1, 0-0 ACC) at
#-/23 Clemson (1-1, 0-0 ACC)
Noon; Raycom
Clemson Memorial Stadium
(81,473)
The Series: Clemson leads 48-27-1
Clemson leads 20-11-0 in Clemson, S.C. (17-11-0 at Clemson Memorial Stadium)
The Coaches: Tom O’Brien: 6-8-0 (2nd season) at NCSU; 82-53-0 (12th season) overall
Tommy Bowden: 70-43-0 (10th season) at CU; 88-47-0 (12th season) overall
Game Preview: No. 23 Clemson welcomes ACC foe NC State for a Saturday noon contest, which will
be broadcast regionally on Raycom...The Tigers own a 48-27-1 edge in the 109-year rivalry and have won
the last four games and seven of the last 10 at Clemson Memorial Stadium...Of the last 4 times the two
teams have met, Clemson has outscored the Wolfpack 119 to 64...After opening the season with a 34-10
loss to Alabama, the Tigers bounced back to winning ways with a 45-17 victory over The Citadel last week...
QB Cullen Harper completed 14-of-18 passes for 192 yards, while the backfi eld tandem of C.J. Spiller and
James Davis accounted for 182 yards and 4 TDs...Spiller, who ran for 75 yards against the Bulldogs, now
ranks 5th on the school’s all-time list for all-purpose yards with 3,457 career yards, behind teammate James
Davis (4th/3,592 yards), who added 107 rushing yards against the Citadel...Harrison Beck, a transfer from
Nebraska who started 4 games at QB last year for the Wolfpack, came off the bench last week to throw 2 TD
passes and lead State to a 34-24 victory over William & Mary at sold-out Carter-Finley Stadium... Wolfpack
LB Nate Irving, who had 13 tackles to lead the Pack for the 2nd straight game, is tied for 1st in the ACC in
tackles with 23.
Last Time Out: No. 15 Clemson defeated NC State 42-20 last year at Carter-Finley Stadium...The Tigers
piled up 608 yards in offense, including 340 yards rushing, 268 yards passing and 37 mins. of possession
time...The 608 yards were the most in program history for an ACC road game...TBs James Davis and C.J.
Spiller combined for 280 of the Tigers’ rushing yards, while QB Cullen Harper completed 25-of-39 passes for
268 yards and 2 TDs with no interceptions.
Saturday, September 13
Virginia (1-1, 0-0 ACC)
at UConn (2-0, 0-0 Big East)
7:30 pm; ESPNU
Rentschler Field (38,066)
The Series: Virginia leads 1-0-0
First Meeting in Storrs, Conn.
The Coaches: Al Groh: 52-38-0 (8th season) at UVa; 78-78-0 (14th season) overall
Randy Edsall: 52-55-0 (10th season) at UConn; 52-55-0 (10th season) overall
Game Preview: Virginia travels to Storrs, Conn., to face the Huskies for the second time in program
history and the fi rst time at Rentschler Field...The Cavaliers kick off against the Big East opponent
on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., a contest that will be shown on ESPNU...Virginia holds a one-game and
one-point lead over Huskies as the Cavs tallied a 17-16 win in last year’s matchup...Both squads are
coming off non-conference victories as Virginia defeated Richmond 16-0 and UConn posted a 12-9
overtime win over Temple last week...QB Peter Lalich was 21-of-39 for 204 yards and two interceptions
for Virginia...Kevin Ogletree, who ties for third in the ACC with six receptions per game, had eight for 103
yards, while Vic Hall returned an interception 60 yards for a TD to seal the Cavs’ win...Junior TB Donald
Brown rushed for a career-best 214 yards and scored the game-winning TD on the Huskies’ fi rst OT
possession to give UConn the road win over Temple...QB Tyler Lorenzen was 10-of-22 passing for 86
yards with one interception, while also rushing for a career-best 75 yards on 16 carries as the Huskies
outgained the Owls 379-268 on the ground.
Last Time Out: Last year, Chris Gould kicked a 19-yard FG with 3:20 to play en route to Virginia’s
narrow 17-16 victory over Connecticut, knocking the Huskies from the ranks of the unbeaten...The
Cavaliers trailed 16-14 and had struggled on offense all day before driving 79 yards to Gould’s second
game-winner in as many weeks...UVa fi nished the 2007 season with an NCAA record fi ve victories by
two points or less as Columbia had won four by two or less in 1971...QB Jameel Sewell, who completed
a 30-yard pass to Chris Gorham and an 8-yarder to Tom Santi on third-and-5 during the winning drive,
went 20-for-43 for passing for 225 yards and one TD.
Saturday, September 13
#23/25 California
(2-0, 1-0 Pac 10)
at Maryland (1-1, 0-0 ACC)
Noon; ESPN
Byrd Stadium (72,516)
The Series: First Meeting
The Coaches: Jeff Tedford: 52-26-0 (8th season) at California; 52-26-0 (8th season) overall
Ralph Friedgen: 57-32-0 (8th season) at MD; 57-32-0 (8th season) overall
Game Preview: The Terrapins return to Byrd Stadium for the next two weeks, hosting No. 23
California in College Park at noon on Saturday...The contest, which will be broadcast on ESPN,
marks the fi rst meeting between the Terps and the Golden Bears...Maryland looks to bounce back
after last week’s 24-14 loss to the Sun Belt’s Middle Tennessee State...WR Darrius Heyward-Bey,
who had 90 yards on just three catches against Middle Tennessee State, including an 80-yard TD
reception in the third quarter, has moved into ninth place all-time in Terrpain history with 1,640
career receiving yards...RB Da’Rel Scott reeled off a 63-yard TD run for Maryland en route to
topping the ACC in rushing yards with an average of 160 entering week No. 3 of the 2008 season...
California defeated Washington State last week in both teams’ conference openers, 66-3...Jahvid
Best, who made his fi rst career start, ran for exactly 200 yards on 14 carries, scoring 3 TDs for the
Bears, including two 80-plus yard scoring runs...It marked the fi rst time in school history that Cal
had two 80+ yard rushes in a single game and a single season...QB Kevin Riley, who fi nished the
game 6-of-14 for 51 passing yards and no interceptions, scored a TD on a career long 27-yard
run in the second quarter, the longest rush for a Cal QB since Aaron Rodgers had 36-yard rush
back in 2004.

 
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