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ACC Football This Week - 9/01/05

Posted Wednesday, August 31, 2005

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Wake Forest kicks off ACC’s 53rd season Thursday (Sept. 1) hosting Vanderbilt at 7:00 pm ... seven nonconference tilts and two league matchups - Virginia Tech at NC State (Sunday) & Miami at Florida State (Monday) - comprise the season’s opening week ... for the second-straight year five ACC teams ranked in pre-season polls ...the coaches poll lists Virginia Tech 7th, Miami 8th, Florida State 12th, Boston College 22nd and Virginia 23rd ... AP ranks Virginia Tech 8th, Miami 9th, Florida State 14th, Boston College 22nd and Virginia 25th ... Florida State and Virginia Tech tabbed as pre-season divi sional favorites by league media ...Boston College’s Mathias Kiwanuka voted Pre-Season ACC Player of the Year ... 26 players who earned first or second team All-Conference recognition a year ago return for the 2005 season ... Clemson’s Charlie Whitehurst is 15th on the ACC’s all-time total offense yardage list (7,250) and 16th in passing yardage (7,182) ... Wake Forest’s Chris Barclay is 28th among ACC career rushing leaders with 2,905 yards ... Virginia’s Wali Lundy IS 22nd on the league’s career scoring list with 246 points and Connor Hughes is tied for 28th with 233 points ... Wake Forest’s Ryan Plackemeier is the ACC’s all-time leading punter (44.4) while Maryland’s Adam Podlesh (43.1) is ninth and North Carolina’s David Wooldridge (43.0) is 10th.

Thursday, September 1
Vanderbilt (0-0, 0-0 SEC)
at Wake Forest (0-0, 0-0 ACC)

ESPNU; 7:00 pm
Groves Stadium (31,500)
THE GAME: The 2005 ACC football season opens Thursday night at Groves Stadium when Wake Forest hosts Vanderbilt...the Commodores enter the game winners of three straight over the Deacs and lead the all-time series 6-3...Vanderbilt is 3-1 lifetime on the road vs. Wake Forest...the Demon Deacons are 65-34-3 alltime in home openers including 8 wins in the last 10 years, while posting a mark of 49-51-3 in season openers...the Deacs are 4-0 in home openers under Jim Grobe and will start a season at home for just the second time since 1998.
LAST TIME OUT: Both teams last met in 2000 at Groves Stadium as Vanderbilt escaped with a 17-10 victory...Wake Forest dominated every statistical category including total offense (375 to 274) and total plays (82 to 48)...the Deacs amassed 291 yards of offense in the first half but failed to score any points.
THE COACHES: Jim Grobe is 22-25-0 in his fifth season at Wake Forest and 55-58-1 overall...Bobby Johnson is 6-29-0 in his fourth season at Vanderbilt and 66-65-0 overall.
EXTRA: Wake Forest sophomore QB Ben Mauk completed 52 percent of his passes for 572 yards, two touchdowns in 2004 and his 295 rushing yards ranked second on the team … over the last four years, 26 of Wake Forest's 47 games have been decided by seven points or less and three have gone to overtime ... a year ago, eight games were decided by a touchdown or less and two went into overtime … senior Ryan Plackemeier is the ACC's all-time leading punter averaging 44.4 yards per punt … Jim Grobe has more wins (22) in his first four years than any other coach in school history … Wake Forest is 65-34-3 all-time in home openers.

Saturday, September 3
Duke (0-0, 0-0 ACC)
at East Carolina (0-0, 0-0 C-USA)

CSTV; 1:00 pm
Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium (35,000)
THE GAME: Duke travels to Greenville, N.C. to face East Carolina as both teams open the 2005 schedule...the Blue Devils maintain an all-time mark of 5-4-0 against the Pirates, while ECU is unbeaten at home in the teams only matchup back in 1999, a 27-9 victory...after splitting the first four games of the series, Duke has won three of the last five including the last meeting in 2002...the Blue Devils have opened the season against East Carolina six times in school history with ECU holding the upper hand going 4-2.
LAST TIME OUT: In 2002, Duke raced out to a 20-0 lead and held on for a 23-16 victory over East Carolina at Wallace Wade Stadium in the season opener for both teams...Blue Devil FB Alex Wade rushed for a careerhigh 109 yards on 24 attempts and Matt Garber connected on three FGs including a career-long 56-yarder in the second quarter...Duke picked off ECU QB Paul Troth three times including a 28-yard TD return by Brendan Dewan...the win snapped Duke’s 23-game losing skid.
THE COACHES: Ted Roof is 4-12-0 entering his third season at Duke...Skip Holtz enters his first season at East Carolina and is 34-23-0 in five years as a head coach.
EXTRA: The Blue Devils Chris Davis was third in the ACC and 14th nationally in kickoff returns (25.8) as a freshman in 2004 ... TE Ben Patrick led the team and was 10th in the ACC with 32 receptions and 311 yards and one TD … junior QB Mike Schneider has 18 career
starts and ranks fourth among active ACC quarterbacks with 2,747 career passing yards ... senior Cedric Dargan ran for a team-high 462
yards in 2004 ... six of Duke’s first nine games are in Wallace Wade Stadium where the Blue Devils are 198-135-6 all-time.

Saturday, September 3
#22 Boston College (0-0, 0-0 ACC)
at Brigham Young (0-0, 0-0 Mt. West)

ABC; 3:30 pm
LaVell Edwards Stadium (64,045)
THE GAME: In its 106th season of football, Boston College will make just its second furthest trip away from home to start a season when the Eagles travel to Provo, Utah to face BYU...the Cougars lead the series 1-0 winning the only other meeting back in 1985...BC enters the season ranked in the preseason for the first time in the Tom O’Brien era and for the fourth time overall...the Eagles are 1-2 when ranked in season-opening games...this game also marks the first game played in Utah for the Eagles.
LAST TIME OUT: In the first-ever meeting between both teams, BYU downed Boston College 28-14 in the 1985 Kickoff Classic in Giants Stadium...the Cougars, the defending national champs, didn’t miss a beat as QB Robbie Bosco threw for 508 yards and three TDs in the win...Boston College’s Mike Ruth had an outstanding defensive performance posting 13 tackles, four QB sacks, one forced fumble and one interception
THE COACHES: Tom O’Brien is 57-39-0 in his ninth season at BC...BYU’s Bronco Mendenhall embarks in his first season as a head coach.
EXTRA: Boston College Senior QB Quinton Porter was named to the watch list for both the Johnny Unitas and Davey O’Brien Awards… Porter started 10 games as a junior in 2003 and threw for 1,764 yards and 14 touchdowns before red-shirting a year ago … Porter passed for at least one touchdown in seven games in 2003 and registered five multitouchdown games ... Pre-Season ACC Player of the Year Mathias Kiwanuka has led the team in QB sacks in each of the past two years ... tailbacks Andre Callender (637), L.V. Whitworth (623) and A.J. Brooks (319) combined for 1,648 yards as freshmen in 2004.

Saturday, September 3
Western Michigan (0-0, 0-0 MAC)
at #23 Virginia (0-0, 0-0 ACC)

6:00 pm
Scott Stadium (61,500)
THE GAME: Virginia welcomes Western Michigan to Charlottesville for the Broncos first-ever visit to Scott Stadium...the Cavaliers are 1-0 lifetime against Western Michigan winning the first meeting in 2003...under Al Groh, Virginia is 3-1 in home openers and 2-2 to start a season...Virginia boasts an all-time winning percentage of .691 in season opening games posting a record of 75-31-9 in 115 opportunities.
LAST TIME OUT: In 2003, Virginia and Western Michigan met on the gridiron for the first-time ever as the Cavaliers came away with a 59-16 victory in Kalamazoo, Mich...although the Broncos outgained the Cavaliers in total yards 408 to 403, it was six WMU turnovers that were devasting as Virginia was perfect from the field...UVa’s Wali Lundy led all rushers with 26 carries for 121 yards and two TDs...QB Marques Hagans was solid throwing for three TDs.
THE COACHES: Al Groh is 30-21-0 in his fifth season at Virginia and 56-61-0 overall...Bill Cubit enters his first season at Western Michigan while maintaining an overall record of 34-18-1 in five seasons.
EXTRA: Virginia Tailback Wali Lundy enters the 2005 season fifth among active Division I-A players in career rushing with 2,619 yards ... Lundy is only the 16th player in ACC history to rush for 800 yards or more three times and enters his senior season 22nd among ACC career scoring leaders with 246 points... QB Marques Hagans threw for 2,024 yards and nine touchdowns in 2004 ...senior placekicker Connor Hughes is second among returning players in field goals made (45) and third in percentage (.818) ... Virginia's home games against Duke (Sept. 24), Florida State (Oct. 15), Temple (Nov. 5), Georgia Tech (Nov. 12), Virginia Tech (Nov. 19) are sold out.

Saturday, September 3
Maryland (0-0, 0-0 ACC)
vs. Navy (0-0) at Baltimore, Md.

CSTV; 6:00 pm
M&T Bank Stadium (69,084)
THE GAME: In a series that dates back to 1905, Maryland and Navy will face-off in just the 20th meeting overall and first since 1965... the Midshipmen lead the overall series 14-5-0 including wins in four of the last five games...this will be the fifth meeting between the
two teams in Baltimore with Navy posting a 3-1-0 record in four previous games played at Memorial Stadium...Navy leads 3-2-0 all-time at neutral sites.
LAST TIME OUT: Maryland and Navy last met on the gridiron back in 1965 in front of a sellout crowd at Navy...the Midshipmen known more as a defensiveminded team gained 253 yards on the ground and 432 overall en route to a 19-7 victory over the Terrapins...the Navy defense held the Terps without a single first down in the first half and just four for the entire game while limiting Maryland to -58 yards rushing...the Terps only score came on a Bobby Collins 51-yard pass to Phil Petry.
THE COACHES: Ralph Friedgen is 36-14-0 in his fifth season at Maryland...Paul Johnson is 20-17-0 in his fourth season at Navy and is 82-27-0 in eight seasons combined.
EXTRA: Maryland is 67-43-2 (.607) all-time in season openers ... senior linebacker D’Qwell Jackson led the ACC and ranked 11th nationally in tackles per game (11.2) a year ago ... junior punter Adam Podlesh is currently ninth among ACC career punting leaders with a 43.1 average ... Maryland’s starting offensive line has a collective total of seven career starts ...Ralph Friedgen's 36-14 mark in his first four years ranks tied for 10th in NCAA history for a fourth year mentor ... the Terps have sold a school-record 32,000 season tickets.

Saturday, September 3
#17 Texas A&M (0-0, 0-0 Big 12)
at Clemson (0-0, 0-0 ACC)

ABC; 8:00 pm
Memorial Stadium (81,473)
THE GAME: Clemson hosts Texas A&M in a regionally televised game on ABC at 8:00 pm...Texas A&M carries a 3-0 series advantage, winning the only other meeting at Memorial Stadium back in 1973, the first game of the series...this game marks the third time in the last
four years that Clemson has opened the season playing a top 20 team; the Tigers are 1-6 in previous season openers versus ranked teams with their only win coming in 1959, a 20-18 win over North Carolina.
LAST TIME OUT: Last year, the Aggies posted a 27-6 victory over the Tigers in College Station rushing for 324 yards while holding Clemson to just 58...Texas A&M forced four Clemson turnovers picking off Charlie Whitehurst three times...the Aggies’ Courtney Lewis and Reggie McNeal rushed for over 100 yards each while McNeal passed for 178 yards...Whitehurst threw for 192 yards in the loss.
THE COACHES: Tommy Bowden is 44-29-0 in his seventh season at Clemson and 62-33-0 overall...Dennis Franchione is 11-13 in his third season with Texas A&M and 166-86-2 in 22 seasons overall.
EXTRA: The Tigers finished the 2004 season with five wins over their last six games ... QB Charlie Whitehurst has started 29 straight games and is 17th among ACC career leaders in passing yardage (7,182) and 15th in total offense (7,250) ... Whitehurst leads all active NCAA players in passing yards and is one of only four quarterbacks in ACC history to pass for 7,000 or more yards by their junior season ... junior Reggie Merriweather led the team and was 10th in the ACC in rushing a year ago with 670 yards ... Clemson home games against Texas A&M and Florida State are already pre-season sell outs.

Saturday, September 3
Georgia Tech (0-0, 0-0 ACC)
at #15 Auburn (0-0, 0-0 SEC)

ESPN; 8:45 pm
Jordan Hare Stadium (87,451)
THE GAME: Georgia Tech travels to 16th-ranked Auburn in a nationally televised game on ESPN for the 92nd meeting between both squads in a series that started in 1892...Auburn leads the all-time series 47-40-4 having won nine straight from 1979 to 1987 before losing to the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta in 2003...Georgia Tech is 77-31-4 in season openers winning five of their last six games on opening day...the last road opener for the Jackets came in 2003, a 24-13 loss at BYU...the Tigers enter the game winners of 15 straight as Georgia Tech is the last non-SEC team to beat Auburn.
LAST TIME OUT: In 2003, the Tech defense allowed just three points on 230 yards ot total offense; the Yellow Jackets sacked QB Jason Campbell seven times and held the Auburn rushing attack to just 40 yards en route to a 17-3 just his second collegiate game, QB Reggie Ball threw for 149 yards and a TD in the win.
THE COACHES: Chan Gailey is 21-17-0 in his fourth season at Georgia Tech and 45-28-0 overall...Tommy Tuberville is 51-24-0 in his seventh season at Auburn and 76-44-0 overall.
EXTRA: Georgia Tech has had a .500 or better record in ACC play for 10 straight years …. the Jackets have held their opponents to under 100 yards rushing in 19 of their last 38 games, Tech is 15-4 in those games … senior tailback P.J. Daniels is fifth on Tech's career rushing list and eighth among all returning players in NCAA Division I-A with 2,416 yards … junior QB Reggie Ball ranks sixth among school career leaders in passing yardage (4,143), fifth in total offense (4,859) and sixth in touchdown passes (26) … senior DE Eric Henderson is

Sunday, September 4
#7 Virginia Tech (0-0, 0-0 ACC)
at NC State (0-0, 0-0 ACC)

ESPN2; 7:15 pm
Carter-Finley Stadium (53,800)
THE GAME: Virginia Tech travels to Raleigh to face NC State in a Sunday night game aired nationally on ESPN2...the Hokies lead the all-time series 23-18-4 while the Wolfpack are unbeaten over the last three games (2-0-1)...NC State is 8-2-1 at home vs. Virginia Tech while both teams are 1-1 at Carter-Finley Stadium...the Wolfpack have won eight straight season openers including six in a row at home...Virginia Tech holds an all-time record of 78-32-1 in season openers and are 13-5 under Beamer.
LAST TIME OUT: Last year, NC State handed Virginia Tech its only conference loss of the season in a 17-16 win over the Hokies in Blacksburg...the Wolfpack defense registered ten QB sacks and held Virginia Tech to just 192 yards of total offense in the win...NC State’s T.A. McLendon led all rushers with 93 yards and a TD, while Virginia Tech’s Mike Imoh tallied 74 yards on 14 carries.
THE COACHES: Frank Beamer is 135-77-2 in his 19th season at Virginia Tech and 177-100-4 overall...Chuck Amato is 39-23-0 as he enters his sixth season at NC State.
EXTRA: The Wolfpack has scored in 115 straight games, the fifth-longest streak in ACC history ... four of NC State’s six losses in 2004 were by seven points or less ... a year ago the Wolfpack became just the third team in ACC history to lead the nation in total defense (221.4) ... QB Jay Davis threw for 2,104 yards in 2004, the second best total in the ACC and the 10th-best in school history ... Davis averaged 221.7 yards passing per game over the final eight games of last season ... Darrell Blackman led the ACC and was third nationally in punt returns as a freshman a year ago, averaging 17.8 yards per return.
The Hokies have won 10 games or more games six times in the last 10 years ... Mike Imoh led the team and was ninth in the ACC in rushing last season totaling 720 yards in 10 games ... placekicker Brandon Pace made 21 of 27 field goal attempts and was second in the ACC in scoring (8.2) in 2004 ... junior QB Marcus Vick was named to the preseason watch list for the Davey O’Brien Award ... Vick threw for 475 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore in 2003 ... CB Jimmy Williams led the ACC with five interceptions a year ago.

Monday, September 5
#8 Miami (0-0, 0-0 ACC)
at #12 Florida State (0-0, 0-0 ACC)

ABC; 8:00 pm
Doak Campbell Stadium (82,300)
THE GAME: The nationally televised match-up between Florida State and Miami will mark the 50th meeting between both teams and just the sixth time both have met to open the season...Miami leads the all-time series 29-20-0 and are 12-6-0 at Tallahassee...the Hurricanes are winners of six straight and two in a row at Doak Campbell...last season’s loss to Miami snapped FSU’s string of 14 consecutive season opening victories and it was the Seminoles first loss to a conference opponent in seven tries...Miami has won nine straight season openers with its last road loss coming in 1995 at UCLA.
LAST TIME OUT: Last year, Miami defeated Florida State 16-10 in overtime at the Orange Bowl...the Seminoles held a 10-3 advantage with under a minute to play when Brock Berlin found Sinorice Moss for a 30-yard strike with 30 seconds left to force the extra period, Frank Gore scampered 18-yards to give Miami the come-from-behind victory in its first ACC game.
THE COACHES: Larry Coker is 44-6-0 in his fifth season at Miami...Bobby Bowden is 278-70-4 in his 30th season at Florida State and 351-102-4 overall.
EXTRA: Florida State With 351 career victories in 39 seasons Bobby Bowden is the all-time winningest coach in Division I-A history ... Leon Washington led the ACC in rushing (95.1) a year ago while Lorenzo Booker (73.9) was sixth ... Washington and Booker combined to rush for 1,838 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2004 ... four of FSU’s first five games are in Doak Campbell Stadium where the Seminoles are 187-21-2 (.871) under Bobby Bowden ... LB A.J. Nicholson led the team in tackles (88) last season ... FSU is ranked 12th in the pre-season coaches’ poll and 14th by AP ... Willie Reid was fourth in the ACC a year ago in punt returns (13.7).
The Hurricanes have won their last 21 games when rushing for 200 or more yards … following its 27-10 win over Florida in last year’s Peach Bowl, the Hurricanes have now won 11 consecutive games over teams from the state of Florida … beginning with the 1983 season, the Hurricanes have gone 177-16 when scoring first … Since 1990, Miami has registered a 41-25 mark against Associated Press ranked teams … since 1999, Miami has scored more touchdowns (54) on various returns (punts, kickoffs, fumbles or interceptions)
than any team in the nation ... PK Jon Peattie has made 82 consecutive extra points.

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North Carolina - The Tar Heels open their 2005 schedule September 10, at Georgia Tech ... senior WR Jarwarski Pollock has caught at least three passes in 25 of his 35 career games and ranks fourth among UNC career reception leaders (147) and eighth in receiving yardage (1,617) ... Pollock needs 19 catches and 831 yards to become the school’s career leader in both statistical categories ...junior punter David Wooldridge is 10th on the ACC career punting list averaging 42.95 yards per punt ... starting QB Matt Baker has completed 44 of 80 passes in his career for 623 yards and three touchdowns.

2005 Football Pre-Season Poll
Ninety-two members of the media cast their pre-season ballots on July 25 at the 2005 ACC Football Kickoff at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va. The results were as follows:
Atlantic Division
1. Florida State (65) ......................... 522
2. Boston College (24) ...................... 458
3. NC State (2) ................................. 346
4. Clemson (1) .................................. 265
5. Maryland .....................................222
6. Wake Forest .................................. 119
Coastal Division
1. Virginia Tech (62) ......................... 517
2. Miami (24) ................................... 487
3. Virginia (1) ................................... 356
4. Georgia Tech ................................ 281
5. North Carolina ............................. 197
6. Duke .............................................. 94

2005 Preseason All-ACC Football Team
QB - Charlie Whitehurst, Clemson
RB - Chris Barclay, Wake Forest
RB - Leon Washington, Florida State
WR - Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech
WR - Tramain Hall, NC State
TE - Jeff King, Virginia Tech
OL - D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Virginia
OL - Will Montgomery, Virginia Tech
OL - Kyle Ralph, North Carolina
OL - Steve Vallos, Wake Forest
OL - Eric Winston, Miami
PK - Connor Hughes, Virginia
DL - Mathias Kiwanuka, Boston College
DL - Manny Lawson, NC State
DL - Darryl Tapp, Virginia Tech
DL - Mario Williams, NC State
LB - Ahmad Brooks, Virginia
LB - D'Qwell Jackson, Maryland
LB - Ernie Sims, Florida State
DB - Tye Hill, Clemson
DB - Greg Threat, Miami
DB - Pat Watkins, Florida State
DB - Jimmy Williams, Virginia Tech
P - Ryan Plackemeier, Wake Forest
SP - Devin Hester, Miami
Preseason Player of the Year
Mathias Kiwanuka, Boston College

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