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ACC Football This Week - 9/4/04

Posted Monday, August 30, 2004

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Florida State at Miami and Wake Forest at Clemson highlight this weekend's action.

Around the ACC: Two conference tilts -- Wake Forest at No. 16 Clemson (Saturday, ABC 3:30) and fifth-ranked Florida State at No. 6 Miami (Monday, ABC 8:00) -- highlight season's first full weekend ... Virginia Tech drops 24-13 decision to top-ranked USC before 91,665 in the BCA Classic ... an all-time high five ACC teams - Florida State, Miami, Clemson, Virginia and Maryland - ranked in pre-season polls ... Florida State's Chris Rix is 8th on ACC career total offensive yardage (8,333) and 10th in passing (7,525) ... three ACC quarterbacks - Rix (8th), UNC's Darian Durant (13th) and Clemson's Charlie Whitehurst (16th) - ranked among ACC career leaders in passing efficiency ... Maryland's Nick Novak (324) is three points shy of becoming the league's all-time leading scorer while FSU's Xavier Beitia (298) is 10th ... Maryland and Miami are two of only five teams nationally to have won 10 or more games in each of the past three years ... FSU's Bobby Bowden, with 342 wins in 38 years, is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I-A history ... Bowden and Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer (167) rank 1,4 among active NCAA coaches in career wins.

TEAM NOTES

Clemson: The Tigers begin their 109th season of intercollegiate football hosting ACC foe Wake Forest Saturday ... Clemson has more wins (53) against Wake Forest than any other ACC team ... the Tigers have won 15 of its last 20 season openers and are 79-21-8 all-time in opening tilts ... Charlie Whitehurst enters the 2004 season ranked 16th among ACC career passing efficiency leaders ... Whitehurst has thrown for 200 yards or more six games in a row and in 15 of his 18 career starts and is already third among school career leaders with 5,115 yards ... the Tigers are ranked 15th in this week's AP poll.

Duke: The Blue Devils open the 2004 season Saturday at Navy ... QB Mike Schneider started eight games as a freshman in 2003, throwing for a team-high 1,220 yards and four TDs ... Cedric Dargan, with 264 yards and five TDs as a sophomore in 2003, is the team's leading returning rusher ... senior DE Phillip Alexander was third in the ACC in tackles for loss (18.5) last season and eighth in QB sacks (6.5) ... LB Brenden Dewan is the team's leading returning tackler (91) while TE Ben Patrick is the team's leading returning receiver (17-for-218) from a year ago.

Florida State: Bobby Bowden, with 342 wins in 38 years, is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I-A history ... senior PK Xavier Beitia is 10th among ACC scoring leaders with 298 points ... Beitia needs only two more points to become only the ninth player in league history 300 or more career points ... WR Craphonso Thorpe's 20.0 yards per catch average is fifth all-time in the ACC ... QB Chris Rix leads all active ACC quarterbacks with 34 career starts ... Rix is fourth among ACC career TD pass leaders (60), eighth in total offense (8,333), 10th in passing yardage (7,525) an eighth in passing efficiency (142.56).

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets open their 2004 season Saturday, hosting Ohio Valley Conference foe Samford ... Tech leads the series 5-0, including a 43-0 victory in the series' last meeting in 1945 ... Yellow Jacket head coach Chan Gailey was the head coach at Samford in 1993 ... Tech has played in a post-season bowl in each of the past seven years ... junior TB P.J. Daniels earned first-team All-ACC honors in 2003 after leading the league in rushing with 1,447 yards - the fourth-highest single season total in ACC history ... junior DE Eric Henderson led the ACC in QB sacks (11) a year ago.

Maryland: Maryland opens its 2004 season Saturday hosting Northern Illinois ... the Terps are one of only five teams nationally to have won 10 or more games in each of the past three years ... senior PK Nick Novak, with 324 points, is three points shy of becoming the ACC's all-time leading scorer ... Novak has made 64 of 84 attempts in his career with five of the misses being from 50 yards or longer ... Steve Suter has an ACC record six punt returns for touchdowns and is third on the ACC punt return yardage list with 1,108 yards on 94 returns ... Josh Allen is 19th on the school career rushing chart (1,327).

Miami: The Hurricanes are one of only five teams nationally to have won 10 or more games in each of the past three years ... Larry Coker is 35-3 (.921) in his first three seasons as the Hurricane head coach; the 35 wins rank third all-time among third-year Division I-A head coaches ... Miami has led the nation in pass defense in each of the past two seasons and finished second in 2001 ... over the past three seasons, the Hurricanes have allowed only 132.7 yards per game while intercepting 56 passes ... over the past two years, Miami has scored 21 touchdowns via non-offensive means.

North Carolina: Senior QB Darian Durant is 13th among ACC career passing efficiency leaders (137.3) and 16th in career passing yardage (6,517) ... Durant has thrown a TD pass in seven straight games and in 25 of his last 29 regular season games ... Durant has set 47 school records in three seasons, including career marks for passing yards, completions (523), attempts (860), touchdown passes (51) and total offense (7,204) ... WR Jawarski Pollock had a school-record 71 catches in 2003 for 745 yards and one TD ... Ronnie McGill finished seventh in the ACC and led all freshmen in rushing a year with 654 yards and seven TDs.

NC State: NC State opens its 2004 season hosting Atlantic 10 foe Richmond Saturday in Carter-Finley Stadium ... the Wolfpack has scored in 104 consecutive games, the fifth-longest scoring streak in ACC history and a school record ... junior TB T.A. McLendon already ranks 11th among Wolfpack career rushers with 1,709 yards and is fifth in touchdowns with 29 ... NC State is the only ACC team to return three players - Andre Maddox (145), Pat Thomas (130) and Freddie Aughtry-Lindsay (103) - who had 100 or more tackles in 2003 ... junior Jay Davis will start at quarterback for the Wolfpack.

Virginia: Virginia tailbacks Wali Lundy and Alvin Pearman have combined for 3,054 yards rushing, 196 receptions for 1,682 yards and 40 total touchdowns in their careers ... TE Heath Miller set ACC single season records in 2003 in receptions (70) and receiving yardage (835) ... Pearman leads all active ACC players with 109 career receptions, Miller is second (103) while Lundy is fifth (87) ... PK Connor Hughes has made 28 of 31 career attempts and his career field goal percentage (.903) is second all-time only to NC State's Marc Primanti, 1995-96 (.939) ... the Cavaliers are ranked 16th in this week's AP poll.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies opened the 2004 season Saturday dropping a 24-13 decision to top-ranked Southern California in the BCA Football Classic before 91,665 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. ... the 91,665 fans were the largest crowd ever to see Virginia Tech play ... senior QB Bryan Randall completed 14 of 29 passes for 153 yards and one TD and ran for a team-high 82 yards on 17 attempts ... Randall accounted for 235 of Tech's 294 yards and leads all active ACC quarterbacks with 993 career rushing yards ... the Hokies are off this weekend before returning home to take on Western Michigan on September 11.

Wake Forest: Saturday's game at Clemson marks the Deacons' first season opener against an ACC opponent since 1992 ... P Ryan Placekemeier enters the 2004 season as the ACC career punting leader with a 44.75 per kick average ... Chris Barclay was second in the ACC in rushing a year ago with 1,192 yards ... Barclay is already 10th on the Deacon career rushing yardage list with 1,895 yards ... WR Jason Anderson has a 18.5 yards per catch average in his career, the eight-best average in ACC annals ... junior QB Cory Randolph is 15th among school career total offense leaders with 2,106 yards.

GAME PREVIEWS - Saturday, September 4

#16 Virginia (8-5 in 2003) at Temple (1-11 in 2003)
ESPN2; 12:00 p.m.
Lincoln Financial Field (68,532)

THE GAME: This will be the first meeting between both squads as Virginia travels to Philadelphia to take on Temple in a 12 noon kickoff on ESPN2. Virginia seems to shine when they broadcast their talent on ESPN2. In nine games that the Cavaliers have been on the 'duce', the Cavaliers have posted an 8-1 record (.889) including five straight victories.

THE COACHES: Virginia head coach Al Groh begins his fourth year in Charlottesville posting an overall record of 22-17 including back-to-back postseason victories in the Continental Tire Bowl ... Bobby Wallace returns for his seventh season at the helm of Temple after leading the Owls to a 1-11 record last season ... in six seasons overall at Temple, Wallace is 17-51.

TEMPLE:
Entering the 2003 season, the Owls were only one of eight Division I-A schools that had not played in an overtime game. But that all changed as Temple played in three overtime games including tying an NCAA record for consecutive overtime games played in a season with two.
Temple will once again play all their home games at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles. Last season marked the first time since 1991 the Owls played all their homes games at the same site. Temple's five games at Lincoln Financial drew an average of 24,147 fans, a 21 percent increase from 2002.
Temple is 5-32 all-time against teams from the ACC having played six of the 11 schools. Wins for the Owls have come against Miami, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest

VIRGINIA:
For just the seventh time, the Cavaliers begin the 2004 year ranked in the preseason AP poll. Virginia enters the season ranked No. 16, which ties its mark for the second highest ranking to start a season. Uva's highest preseason ranking came in 1990 when they began the season at No. 15.
The Cavaliers return a pair of tailbacks who each rushed for at least 500 yards last season for the first time since 1998. Junior Wali Lundy was fourth in the ACC in rushing last season with 929 yards and 10 TDs, while senior Alvin Pearman was eighth in the conference with 643 yards rushing.
For the second year in a row, Virginia returns all three starting defensive lineman in Chris Canty, Brennan Schmidt and Andrew Hoffman. While on the offensive front, the Cavaliers return its entire offensive line including three of five linemen that will be entering their third year as starters.
Heath Miller, a first team all-ACC selection a year ago, led the nation in receiving at the tight end position. In 2003, Miller had 70 receptions for 835 yards and six touchdowns - both his catches and yards are ACC records by a tight end. He has caught at least one pass in 21 straight games.
Samford (1-0) at Georgia Tech (7-6 in 2003)
1:00 p.m.
Bobby Dodd Stadium (55,000)

THE GAME: Samford, originally known as Howard University, will face Georgia Tech for the first time as Samford University. From 1903-45, Georgia Tech played Howard five times winning every game. The Yellow Jackets have never allowed a point to Samford in those five meetings, outscoring the Bulldogs 170-0. Georgia Tech head coach Chan Gailey will face Samford for the first time since serving as the Bulldogs head coach for one season back in 1993 during which he posted a 5-6 mark. The Yellow Jackets are 1-1 in season openers under Gailey.

THE COACHES: Chan Gailey is in his third year at the helm of Georgia Tech where he has posted identical records of 7-6 in back-to-back seasons. Gailey is 1-1 in bowl games having closed the 2003 season in fine fashion with a 52-10 win over Tulsa in the Humanitarian Bowl. Bill Gray is 16-12 in his fourth season with Samford. Gray led the Bulldogs to a 5-3 mark in their first season in the Ohio Valley Conference garnering conference Coach of the Year honors.

SAMFORD:
Samford joined the Ohio Valley Conference in 2003 finishing in a tie for third place with a 5-3 league mark after being picked to finish eighth out of nine teams. The move to the OVC marked the first time the Bulldogs had been in a conference since Samford reinstated football in 1984.
Samford led the OVC in several statistical categories in 2003 including scoring offense (31.8 ppg), passing offense (271.5 ypg.), kickoff returns (24.3 ypr.), pass efficiency (134.3), fewest penalties (42.9 ypg.), fourth-down conversion (58.3 percent), third-down conversion (41.4 percent) and fewest sacks allowed (96).
Samford successfully opened their 2004 campaign with a 34-20 victory over West Alabama. The Bulldogs tallied 438 yards of total offense led by QB Ray Nelson who went 21-34 for 321 yards including five touchdown passes and WR Efrem Hill who caught nine passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns.

GEORGIA TECH:
The Yellow Jackets hold a 9-2-1 record in home openers at Bobby Dodd Stadium dating back to 1984. In those nine wins, Georgia Tech has averaged 33.7 points per game while holding its opponent to 10.0 ppg.
The 2003 ACC Rookie of the Year, QB Reggie Ball returns for his sophomore year after establishing freshman records for passing yards (1,980), pass completions (177) and total offense (2,372). Ball's total offensive numbers from a year ago was the fourth best single-season total by a freshman in ACC history.
Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist James Butler was second in the ACC a year ago with five interceptions. A first-team All-ACC selection in 2003, Butler recorded six pass breakups, three forced fumbles and six tackles for loss while setting a Georgia Tech season record for tackles by a defensive back with 119.
William & Mary (5-5 in 2003) at North Carolina (2-10 in 2003)
1:35 p.m.
Kenan Stadium (60,000)

THE GAME: North Carolina will take a 13-game series unbeaten streak into Saturday's game against William & Mary in the opening game of the 2004 season for both teams. The Tar Heels and Tribe last met in Chapel Hill back in 1991 when both teams combined to score 95 points (the most points scored in the series) as North Carolina came out on top, 59-36. The Tar Heels are 11-0-2 lifetime against the Tribe including a 7-0-2 mark at home. North Carolina is averaging 42.2 points per game in its last six home games against William & Mary. North Carolina's defense has held the Tribe to seven points or less in eight games including three shutouts.

THE COACHES: John Bunting is 13-24 heading into his fourth year as the UNC head coach. He led the Tar Heels to a third place finish in the ACC and a win in the Peach Bowl during his first season at North Carolina in 2001. Jimmye Laycock enters his 25th season at the helm of William & Mary posting an overall record of 159-110-2. The Tribe's winningest all-time coach, Laycock has taken William & Mary to the upper echelon of DI-AA posting 17 winning seasons in the last 21 years, while taking the Tribe to the postseason in eight of the last 18 seasons.

WILLIAM & MARY:
William & Mary return 34 letterwinners in 2004 including 16 offensive, 16 defensive and two special team players. The Tribe lost only eight lettermen from last year's team that went 5-5 and finished sixth in the Atlantic-10 conference. Of the 101 players on the roster, William & Mary welcomes back 32 upperclassmen (12 seniors and 20 juniors).
The Tribe has garnered 111 All-Conference honors since joining the Atlantic-10 in 1993. That is an average of 10.1 players per year.
The offense will look to senior QB Lang Campbell in 2004, who led the A-10 a year ago in passing yards per game (229.6) and passing efficiency (152.1) and second in the league in total offense (259.6). Travis McLaurin, a preseason, first team all-conference selection, was second on the team with 120 tackles last season.
NORTH CAROLINA:

Twenty-five lettermen, including eight starters return from an offensive unit that averaged 394.3 yards per game in 2003 - the most by a Tar Heel offense since the 1995 season. Headlining the offensive front is senior QB Durian Durant, who has already set numerous offensive records at UNC including completion percentage, TD passes, passing yards, completions and total offensive yardage.
North Carolina has lost three straight season openers including two straight at home. The last season opening win for the Tar Heels came back in 2000 when UNC downed Tulsa, 30-9 in Chapel Hill.
Eight of the team's top nine tacklers are back this season including CB Mahlon Carey (96 tackles) and LB Larry Edwards (85 tackles) who finished as the team's second and third leading tacklers, respectively.
Wake Forest (5-7, 3-5 ACC in 2003) at #15 Clemson (9-4, 5-3 ACC in 2003)
ABC; 3:30 p.m.
Memorial Stadium (81,474)

THE GAME: Clemson leads the all-time series with Wake Forest 53-15-1, including a 30-7 mark in games played at Memorial Stadium. Last season, the Demon Deacons downed the Tigers 45-17 at Groves Stadium marking the first time since 1992 that Wake Forest had defeated Clemson in Winston-Salem. The Deacs' Chris Barclay tied a career high with 163 yards rushing while scoring twice as Wake Forest out rushed Clemson 321-62. The Demon Deacons also scored a pair of defensive touchdowns as Wake Forest ran out to a 35-0 halftime advantage.

THE COACHES: Jim Grobe is 18-18 in three seasons at Wake Forest and 51-51-1 in nine years overall. Last year, Grobe got the Deacs off to a 2-0 start with wins against Boston College and No. 11 NC State to earn a spot in the AP rankings for the first time since the conclusion of the 1992 season. Tommy Bowden is 38-24 in fiuve seasons at Clemson and 56-28 in seven years overall. Bowden, the 2003 ACC Coach of the Year, begins the 2004 season having won four straight including wins over nationally ranked Florida State and Tennessee in the Peach Bowl.

WAKE FOREST:
Wake Forest is 5-5 in its last ten season openers including a 3-3 mark on the road. Saturday's game marks the first time since 1992 that the Deacons will open the season against a conference opponent (UNC, L, 17-35). In the last ten years, Wake Forest is 2-8 in ACC openers with wins coming against NC State (2003, 38-24) and at Clemson (1998, 29-19).
The Demon Deacons scored five defensive touchdowns in 2003 - one more than in the previous eight seasons combined. The Deacons scored three touchdowns via fumble returns and two on interceptions.
Wake Forest has rushed for at least 300 yards against Clemson each of the last two years, including 365 yards the last time the two teams played at Clemson (2002).

CLEMSON:
Clemson has won 15 of its last 20 season openers and is 79-21-8 all-time. In the last ten years, Clemson is 5-5 in ACC openers including a 3-2 mark at home and a victory over Wake Forest in 2000. This marks the first time since 1996 that the Tigers will open the season against a conference opponent (at UNC, L, 0-45).
Clemson's 53 wins over Wake Forest is more than any other ACC team. Tommy Bowden has a 4-1 record against Wake Forest in his career, but three of the wins have been by nine points or less, including 2002's 31-23 come-from-behind victory in Death Valley in which the Tigers erased a nine-point, second-half deficit scoring the game's final 17 points.
Clemson enters the 2004 season ranked No. 15 in the AP preseason poll. It is the highest preseason ranking for the Tigers since 1992, when Clemson opened the season at No. 13. Since 1992, Clemson has found a spot in the preseason AP poll eight times.
Duke (4-8 in 2003) at Navy (8-5 in 2003)
HDNet; 6:00 p.m.
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)

THE GAME: Saturday's game marks the 34th meeting between Duke and Navy with the Midshipmen holding a 16-12-5 all-time series lead. The two teams have split the last ten games but Duke has won two straight including the last meeting back in 2002 when the Blue Devils cruised to a 43-17 victory in Annapolis. Navy is 8-4 against Duke on their home turf.

THE COACHES: Ted Roof enters his first full season as head coach of the Duke Blue Devils after posting a 2-3 mark in five games as interim head coach last season. Roof led the Blue Devils to their first conference win in 30 games, a span of three plus years, as Duke recorded a 41-17 win over Georgia Tech in Durham. Paul Johnson is 10-15 after two seasons at Navy. After going 2-10 in his first season, Johnson quadrupled his win total last year leading the Midshipmen to an 8-5 record and propelling Navy to its first bowl game since 1996.

NAVY:
The eight wins last season equaled Navy's win total for the previous four years combined and the six-game improvement was the second-best turnaround in the country. The Mids also became just the sixth team in NCAA history to go from a winless season to a bowl game in two years or less.
Navy's potent triple option offense led the nation in rushing, averaging a school-record 323.2 yards per contest. The Mids also set school records for rushing yards (4,202), yards per rush (5.5), rushing touchdowns (44), total offense (5,506), total offense per game (431.4) and yards per play (6.0) in 2003.
QB Craig Candeto, FB Kyle Eckel and slot backs Eric Roberts and Tony Lane all rushed for over 1,000 yards in their career, marking just the second time in NCAA history that a team has had four 1,000-yard career rushers on the same team.

DUKE:
Duke is opening the season with a non-conference opponent for just the fifth time in the past 13 years. When Duke takes the field against Navy for the season opener, it will be the first non-conference, non-North Carolina opponent for the Blue Devils since facing South Carolina back in 1991.
Of the 11 schools on Duke's schedule this season, seven went on to play in bowl games last year while nine schools posted records of .500 or better. The Blue Devils' three non-conference opponents (Navy, Connecticut and The Citadel) posted a combined ledger of 23-14 in 2003.
The Blue Devils will open the season with three straight road games for just the sixth time in school history. The last time Duke kicked off the season with three away games was 1981 when the Blue Devils played Ohio State, South Carolina and Virginia. 1965 marks the only year that Duke opened a season with three straight wins on the road (Virginia, South Carolina and Rice).
Northern Illinois (10-2 in 2003) at #21 Maryland (10-3 in 2003)
6:00 p.m.
Byrd Stadium (51,500)

THE GAME: The series is tied at 1-1 between both teams. This is the second straight season that the two teams will face each other in the season opener. Last season the Huskies posted a 20-13 overtime victory over the Terrapins as Dan Sheldon caught a 20 yard pass from Josh Haidi in overtime. Northern Illinois' Randee Drew intercepted a Scott McBrien pass in the extra period to seal the victory for the Huskies.

THE COACHES: Ralph Friedgen is 31-8 in his fourth season at Maryland and is the first coach in ACC history to lead a team to three straight seasons of 10 wins or more. Friedgen led the Terps to the ACC title in 2001 and three-straight bowl appearances. Joe Novak enters his ninth season at Northern Illinois with an overall record of 38-52. He has led the Huskies to four consecutive winning seasons including and a top two finish in the MAC in three straight years.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS:
Northern Illinois finished the 2003 campaign at 10-2 with wins over Maryland, Alabama and Iowa State. The Huskies made their way into the national polls last season reaching as high as No. 12 in the nation for two consecutive weeks.
The Huskies return 41 letterwinners and 14 of 24 starters overall - seven on offense, six on defense and one on special teams. Josh Haidi is back after starting all 12 games at QB last year. He compiled a .592 completion percentage while throwing for 25 TDs and nine interceptions. He owns an 18-6 mark as the Huskies starting quarterback.
Northern Illinois will look to fill some large shoes at the tailback position this season. Last year, Michael Turner gained 1,648 yards on 310 carries with 14 TDs. This season A.J. Harris returns with the most experience having rushed for 272 yards on 65 carries while scoring only twice.

MARYLAND:
Maryland has not lost a season opener at home since 1997 when the Terrapins fell to Ohio 21-14. The last time Maryland opened the season with three straight non-conference opponents was in 2000 as the Terps posted a 2-1 record. Maryland faced Temple (W), West Virginia (L) and Middle Tennessee (W) in those three games. The last time Maryland opened the season with two straight homes games was in 2001 when the Terrapins started with seven consecutive victories.
A two-time first-team All-ACC selection, placekicker Nick Novak, needs just three points to surpass Scott Bentley of Florida State as the league's all-time scoring leader. Currently second in the ACC with 324 points, Novak has made 64 of 84 field goal attempts in his career.
Josh Allen returns for his junior year after leading the Terrapins in rushing with 922 yards. He has averaged 5.5 yards per carry in his career with eight TDs in each of his first two seasons.
Richmond (2-9 in 2003) at NC State (8-5 in 2003)
6:00 p.m.
Carter-Finley Stadium (53,800)

THE GAME: NC State and Richmond will meet for the first time in 23 years and for the 19th time overall when the two teams tangle under the lights of Carter-Finley Stadium. Last time out in 1981, the Wolfpack downed the Spiders 27-21 in Raleigh in the season opener for both teams. This will be the fifth time that NC State has opened its season against Richmond posting a 3-1 record. The Wolfpack is 16-1-1 all-time against the Spiders including a 3-0 mark at home.

THE COACHES: NC State head coach Chuck Amato begins his fifth year at the helm of the Wolfpack having compiled an overall record of 34-17 (.667). He has led NC State to four consecutive bowl appearances (3-1). Dave Clawson became Richmond's 32nd head coach when he was hired on Feb. 23, 2004. He was the DI-AA National Coach of the Year in 2002 while accumulating a 29-29 record in five season at Fordham.

RICHMOND:
Richmond is 53-60-7 all-time in season openers. The Spiders have lost their last four season openers to Division I-A teams with their last victory coming in 1985 against Virginia Tech. For the 11th time in program history, the Spiders begin their season with three consecutive road games. The last time Richmond opened with three on the road was 1997 when the Spiders went 2-1.
The Spiders are a combined 26-120-10 all-time against current members of the ACC. The last time Richmond defeated a member of the ACC was on Sept. 6, 1985 when the Spiders captured a 24-14 win at Virginia Tech
Junior Stacy Tutt begins his first collegiate season as the Spiders' starting quarterback. He has started four games in his career including the final three of 2003. His lone win as a starter came in his first start, a 35-13 win at William & Mary in 2002.

NC STATE:
NC State has won seven straight season openers including five in a row at home. The Wolfpack have not lost a season opener to a non-conference opponent since 1987, a 32-14 loss at home versus East Carolina, a string of 15 straight.
The Wolfpack have scored in 104 consecutive games, a school record and the fifth-longest scoring streak in ACC history. NC State has scored a league high 18 non-offensive touchdowns the past two seasons, while 20 different players have scored at least one touchdown in 2003.
For the first time in five seasons, a new quarterback will start for NC State. Junior Jay Davis has been given the starting nod to replace Philip Rivers. Davis has seen action in ten games over the last two seasons as Rivers' understudy. Last season Davis was 9-10 with one touchdown and no interceptions. Defensively, NC State is the only team in the ACC to return three players who had 100 or more tackles a season ago - Andre Maddox (145), Pat Thomas (130) and Freddie Aughtry-Lindsay (103).
Monday, September 6

#5 Florida State (10-3, 7-1 ACC in 2003) at #6 Miami (11-2 in 2003)
ABC; 8:00 p.m.
Orange Bowl (72,319)

THE GAME: Monday night's nationally-televised affair on ABC marks the 49th meeting between these two long-time rivals but the first as conference opponents. Miami has won the last five meetings and leads the all-time series 28-20. The Hurricanes won both meetings in 2003 downing the Seminoles in Tallahassee (22-14) and then besting them again in the Orange Bowl (16-14) to finish the season. Three of the last five wins for Miami have been by three points or less. This will be the fifth time that both these teams have met to open the season. The previous four contests have all been played at the Orange Bowl with each school winning two games (2-2). The winners of those four games have not allowed the opposition to score.

1988: Miami 31, Florida State 0
1964: Florida State 14, Miami 0
1963: Florida State 24, Miami 0
1953: Miami 27, Florida State 0

THE COACHES: Bobby Bowden is 269-67-4 in 28 years at FSU and 342-99-4 in 38 seasons overall .... Bowden is the all-time winningest Division I-A head coach with his 342 career victories. Larry Coker is 35-3 in his first three years at Miami.

FLORIDA STATE:
Florida State has won 14 consecutive season openers including five wins at neutral sites and three on the road. The Seminoles have yet to drop a season opener against a conference opponent since joining the league back in 1992 (6-0).
Seminole QB Chris Rix enters his senior season with a 24-10 record in 34 career starts. He is eighth on the ACC career list for total offense (8,333) and tenth in passing yards (7,525). Rix threw for 3,107 yards and 23 TDs a year ago and has thrown for 200 or more yards 28 times, including seven games of 300 yards.
FSU is one of only two ACC teams to return all five offensive linemen. While on the defensive end, the Seminoles return a league-low four starters.

MIAMI:
Miami has won eight straight season openers including seven in a row at home. The last season opening loss for the Hurricanes came at the hands of the University of Florida back in 1985. The Hurricanes have outscored their opponents 356-61 at home during this span.
Brock Berlin returns for his second season as the starting quarterback for the Hurricanes. Last year, Berlin threw for 2,419 yards and 12 TDs. Berlin was third among Big East quarterbacks with a .599 completion percentage and threw for over 300 yards twice. Berlin is 2-0 in his career aganst FSU with both victories coming last season.
Miami has led the nation in pass defense in each of the past two seasons and finished second in 2001. Over the past three seasons, the Hurricanes have allowed only 132.7 yards per game while intercepting 56 passes. Over the past two years, Miami has scored 21 touchdowns via non-offensive means.

 
 
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