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ACC Football This Week - 9/10/05

Posted Friday, September 9, 2005

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ACC opens the 2005 season posting a 5-2 mark in non-league play, including two wins over ranked opponents ... the two losses were by a total of seven points ... Virginia Tech and Florida State post opening week conference wins ... Clemson’s Jad Dean set a school record and tied an ACC single game record with six field goals, including a gamewinning 42-yarder with two seconds left to play in Clemson's
25-24 win over 17th-ranked Texas A&M Saturday … Wake Forest’s Micah Andrews rushed for a career-high 254 yards on 34 carries against Vanderbilt ... three non-conference tilts and three league matchups - Virginia Tech at Duke, Clemson at Maryland & North Carolina at Georgia Tech - comprise Week No. 2 schedule ... Clemson’s Charlie Whitehurst is 13th on the ACC career passing list (7,367) and 15th in total offense (7,433) ... 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 24th with 240 points ... FSU’s Bobby Bowden is the all-time winningest coach in Division I-A history with 352 wins ... Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer is third among active Division I-A coaches with 178 wins.

Saturday, September 10
Virginia Tech (1-0, 1-0 ACC)
at Duke (0-1, 0-0 ACC)

JP/Raycom; 12:00 pm
Wallace Wade Stadium (33,941)
THE GAME: Duke welcomes Virginia Tech to
Wallace Wade Stadium for the first time since 1982 as
the Blue Devils and Hokies square-off at 12 noon in
the JP/Raycom ACC Game of the Week...Duke leads
the all-time series 7-5-0, while the Hokies have won
four in a row and five out of the last six games...the
Blue Devils own a 2-1 mark at home against Virginia
Tech...the last time VT won back-to-back road games
to start a season was 1996, defeating Akron and
Boston College...LAST TIME OUT: In its first
conference game as a member of the ACC, Virginia
Tech downed Duke 41-17 at Lane Stadium...the Blue
Devils took an early 7-0 lead on a 28-yard TD run
by Deon Adams in the first, but the Hokies would
counter with 34 unanswered points in the second
and third quarters combined to earn their first league
win...Virginia Tech outrushed Duke 250-108 as QB
Bryan Randall was responsible for 231 yards of
total offense including a game-high 93 yards on the
ground...Curt Dukes threw for 73 yards and TD to
pace Duke...THE COACHES: Frank Beamer is 136-
77-2 in his 19th season at Virginia Tech and 178-
100-4 overall...Ted Roof is 4-13-0 in his third season
at Duke.
The Blue Devils opened
the 2005 season with a 24-
21 loss at East Carolina Saturday
... Ronnie Drummer
returned a kickoff 100
yards for a touchdown in the first quarter …
junior TE Ben Patrick had four catches for 13
yards and extended his streak of consecutive
games with at least one pass reception to 17
dating back to the 2003 campaign ... sophomore
LB Patrick Bailey had a team-high 11
tackles against ECU … junior QB Mike
Schneider completed 15 of 28 passes against
the Pirates for 139 yards and is 11th among
school passing leaders with 2,886 yards.
Virginia Tech
QB Marcus Vick threw for
one touchdown in his first
collegiate start and PK
Brandon Pace made good
on field goals from 28 and 44 yards as the eighthranked
Hokies posted a 20-16 victory over NC
State in the season's first league game … Virginia
Tech has won seven straight ACC games
and nine regular season games in a row … Tech
has also won five straight ACC road games …
Pace has made 23 of his last 29 field goal attempts
… Frank Beamer is third among active
NCAA Division I coaches with 178 career victories
… Tech has scored in a school-record 123
straight games.

North Carolina (0-0, 0-0 ACC)
at Georgia Tech (1-0, 0-0 ACC)

ABC; 3:30 pm
Bobby Dodd Stadium (55,000)
THE GAME: North Carolina opens its 2005 season
with a road contest at Georgia Tech in a regionally
televised game on ABC at 3:30 pm...the Yellow
Jackets had won six straight in the series prior to last
season’s 34-13 victory by the Tar Heels in Chapel
Hill...Georgia Tech is 20-17-3 all-time while the Yellow
Jackets have found success at home posting a record
of 13-7-0...since a 13-13 tie in 1990, the winning
team has averaged 30.9 points per contest...the last
UNC victory in Atlanta came in 1997, a 16-13
win...LAST TIME OUT: In 2003, North Carolina’s
Jacque Lewis rushed for a career-high 161 yards
and two TDs as the Tar Heels registered a 34-13
victory...UNC forced five Yellow Jacket turnovers
and used a 21-point third quarter to snap a sixgame
losing streak to Georgia Tech...North Carolina
tallied 426 yards of total offense including 191 yards
in the third quarter...the Yellow Jackets’ Reggie Ball
led the team with 80 yards on the ground while
throwing for 164 yards and a TD ...THE COACHES:
John Bunting is 19-30-0 in his fifth season at North
Carolina and 57-44-2 in 10 years overall...Chan
Gailey is 22-17-0 in his fourth year at Georgia Tech
and 46-28-0 in seven seasons combined.
EXTRA: North Carolina
The Tar Heels open their
2005 schedule Saturday 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.
Georgia Tech
P.J. Daniels ran for a 111
yards and one TD as Tech,
for the first time since 1984,
opened the season with a
win over a nationally-ranked opponent, defeating
No. 16 Auburn 23-14 ... Daniels is fifth on
Tech's career rushing list with 2,527 yards … Tech
had three QB sacks, including two by Eric
Henderson, giving him 21 for his career … Travis
Bell, a former walk-on, is 18-for-20 on field goals
in his career and 33-for-33 on extra-point kicks …
QB Reggie Ball is fifth among school career leaders
in passing yardage (4,317) and fifth in total
offense (5,051) … five true freshmen made their
collegiate debuts against Auburn.

Wake Forest (0-1, 0-0 ACC)
at Nebraska (1-0, 0-0 Big 12)

TBS; 7:00 pm
Memorial Stadium (73,918)
THE GAME: Wake Forest makes its farthest trip away
from home since a 1999 trek to the Jeep Aloha Bowl
in Honolulu, Hawaii, when the Demon Deacons
travel to Lincoln, Neb. to face the Cornhuskers at
7:00 pm in a game shown nationally on the
only other meeting between both teams, Nebraska
downed Wake Forest 36-12 in Lincoln back in
1970...Wake Forest has never started a season with
back-to-back losses in the Jim Grobe era...the Demon
Deacons won three straight after dropping last year’s
season opener at looking at the history
of these two programs, Wake Forest (104) and
Nebraska (116) have combined to play 220 seasons
of college football...LAST TIME OUT: In 1970,
Nebraska downed Wake Forest 36-12...the
Cornhuskers ran out to a 29-5 halftime lead behind
three first-half rushing TDs...the Cornhuskers tallied
207 yards on the ground, holding the Demon
Deacons to just 84...Wake Forest’s lone TD came
on a Gary Johnson 12-yard strike from Jim McMahen
in the fourth quarter...THE COACHES: Jim Grobe is
22-26-0 in five seasons at Wake Forest and 55-59-1
in 11 seasons overall...Bill Callahan is 6-6-0 in his
second season at Nebraska.
EXTRA: Wake Forest opened the
2005 season with 24-20
loss to Vanderbilt last
Thursday ... in only his second
career start, sophomore tailback Micah
Andrews ran for 254 yards against the Commodores
on 34 carries ... Andrews’ 254-yard
effort was the 14th-best single game performance
in ACC annals ... Andrews started in
place of two-time All-ACC tailback Chris Barclay
... Barclay has nine career 100-yard games and
is third among school career rushing leaders
with 2,905 yards ... 27 of Wake Forest's last 48
games have been decided by seven points or
less and three have gone to overtime.

Clemson (1-0, 0-0 ACC)
at Maryland (1-0, 0-0 ACC)

ESPN; 12:00 pm
Byrd Stadium (51,500)
THE GAME: Clemson travels to Maryland as both
teams open their conference schedules at Byrd
Stadium in a game regionally televised on ESPN at
12 noon...the Tigers hold the all-time series lead at 23 meetings in College Park, the Terps
and Tigers are even with 11 wins apiece and one
tie...Maryland has won two straight on its home
conference openers under Friedgen, Maryland is
2-2; under Bowden, Clemson is 4-2...a total of 15
shutouts (8 by Clemson, 7 by Maryland) have been
posted by either defense in 52 games...LAST TIME
OUT: Last year in a low scoring affair, Clemson edged
Maryland 10-7 in Death Valley as the Tigers’ Reggie
Merriweather scored from 2-yards out with 23
seconds remaining to give Clemson the
victory...defense was key as both teams were held
to just 2.9 yards per play on offense...Josh Allen
scored the lone TD for the Terps from one-yard out
to give Maryland the early lead...both teams
combined for 16 punts...THE COACHES: Tommy
Bowden is 45-29-0 in his seventh season at Clemson
and 63-33-0 in nine years combined...Ralph
Friedgen is 37-14-0 in his fifth season at Maryland.
EXTRA: Clemson
Jad Dean set a school
record and tied an ACC
single game record with six
field goals, including a
game-winning 42-yarder
with two seconds left to
play in Clemson's 25-24 win over 17th-ranked
Texas A&M … the Tigers have won six of their
last seven games and are 12-1 in their last 13
home games … eight first-year freshman
against Texas A&M … senior QB Charlie
Whitehurst completed 14 of 19 passes for 185
yards against the Aggies and moved from 16th
to 13th on the ACC career passing list with 7,367
yards … Whitehurst is also 15th among league
career total offense leaders with 7,433 yards.
QB Sam Hollenbach
threw an 11-yard touchdown
pass to Drew
Weatherly with 61 seconds
left as the Terps
opened the 2005 season with a 23-20 win over
Navy in a game that had three lead changes in
the game's final 9:15 … Hollenback completed
19-of-30 passes for 217 yards … after rushing
for 124 yards during the entire 2004 season,
senior tailback Mario Merrills ran for a careerhigh
149 yards and one TD on 30 carries against
the Midshipmen … senior linebacker D'Qwell
Jackson, the ACC's leading tackler a year ago,
had a game-high 18 tackles against Navy ...
three of the Terps’ next four games are at home.

Army (0-0)
at Boston College (1-0, 0-0 ACC)

ESPN Classic; 12:30 pm
Alumni Stadium (44,500)
THE GAME: Boston College will open its 2005 home
schedule as the Eagles host Army in a 12:30 kickoff
on ESPN Classic...the Eagles hold the all-time series
advantage at 22-12-0 while maintaining a 9-2-0 mark
in games played on their home turf...BC has won
two straight at Alumni Stadium...the Eagles and
Cadets met in consecutive seasons from 1975 to
1995, a string of 21 straight games...under O’Brien,
BC is 3-0-0 lifetime vs. Army...from 1963 to 2002, the
Eagles played at least one member of the service
academies (Army, Navy, Air Force) in each season,
a span of 69 games in 40 years...LAST TIME OUT:
In 2001, Boston College used a 17-0 first quarter
start to defeat Army 31-10 in front of 43,042 fans at
Alumni Stadium...the Eagles tallied 396 yards of total
offense as TB William Green and QB Brian St. Pierre
led the offensive charge...Scott Bradley registered
the game’s first score on a 27-yard interception
return...Quinton Porter went 3-for-3 for 28
yards...THE COACHES: Tom O’Brien is 58-39-0 in
his ninth season at Boston College...Bobby Ross is
2-9-0 in his second season at Army and 96-85-2 in
16 seasons overall.
EXTRA: In his first game since 2003, senior QB Quinton Porter, completed a career-best 27 of 35 passes for 232 yards and two touchdown passes of 14 and four yards to tight end Chris Miller as the Eagles opened the 2005 season with a 20-3 win at BYU … Will Blackmon, a three-year starter at DB who was converted to wide receiver in the spring, had a team-high eight catches for a game-high 100 yards, returned one punt for 24 and kickoff for 16 yards and appeared in 10 plays at cornerback ... five of the Eagles' next six games are in Alumni Stadium where BC is 31-17 (.646) under Tom O'Brien.

The Citadel (1-0, 0-0 Southern)
at Florida State (1-0, 1-0 ACC)

ESPNU; 6:45 pm
Doak Campbell Stadium (82,300)
THE GAME: For just the sixth time in school history
and the first meeting since 1962, The Citadel and
Florida State will face-off on the gridiron...the
Seminoles are unbeaten in five previous outings
against the Bulldogs maintaining a record of 4-0-
1...under the lights of Doak Campbell Stadium, FSU
is 4-0-0 outscoring The Citadel 179-14 during that
span...the Seminoles have posted shutouts in three
of the five contests including a scoreless tie in the
only game played in Charleston, S.C. back in
1960...the Bulldogs finished 2004 with a 3-8 ledger
winning two of their last three games and posting
shutouts in two of those wins...The Citadel will play
two games this fall against DI-A opponents, marking
the 41st and 42nd time they have faced foes from the
I-A level since the I-AA division was created in 1978;
the Bulldogs are 6-33-1 during that span and winless
in 15 games against the ACC...LAST TIME OUT:
1962 marks the last outing between these two schools
as Florida State defeated The Citadel 49-0 in
Tallahassee...THE COACHES: Kevin Higgins is 1-
0-0 in his first season at The Citadel and is 57-25-1
in eight seasons combined...Bobby Bowden is 279-
70-4 in his 30th season at Florida State and 352-102-
4 in 40 years overall.
EXTRA: 14th-ranked Florida State,
behind a dominating defense
that had nine sacks
and two interceptions,
edged No. 9 Miami 10-7 in the season opener for
both teams ... the win, played before a Doak
Campbell Stadium record crowd of 84,347,
snapped a six-game losing streak to the Hurricanes
... with 352 career victories in 40 seasons
Bobby Bowden is the all-time winningest coach
in Division I-A history ... four of FSU’s first five
games are in Doak Campbell Stadium where the
Seminoles are 188-21-2 under Bobby Bowden ...
Lorenzo Booker led FSU against Miami in rushing
(12-for-63 yards) and receiving (4-for-33).

Not playing
NC State
NC State opened the 2005 season with a 20-16 loss to Virginia Tech Sunday despite out-gaining the eighth-ranked Hokies by a 438-to-232 margin … senior QB Jay Davis was 27-of-43 passing for a career-high 311 yards and moved into 13th on State's all-time passing yardage list with 2,592 yards … Davis has thrown for 200 yards or more in eight of his last nine games and over that span is averaging 231.6 yards per game … Tramain Hall had a game-high eight receptions for 97 yards … Hall is 12th among State career leaders in receptions (105) and receiving yardage (1,220).

QB Marques Hagans
threw one TD pass and ran
for another score in the
Cavaliers' season-opening
31-19 win over Western
Michigan … Hagans completed 17 of 25 for a
career-high 252 yards … WR Ottowa Anderson
had three receptions for 109 yards, marking the
first 100-yard game of his career … freshman
TB Cedric Peerman ran for 69 yards, including
14 carries for 61 yards in the fourth quarter alone
… Peerman accounted for 179 all-purpose yards
in the win … senior PK Connor Hughes is tied
for 24th on the league career scoring list with
240 points ... TB Wali Lundy is 22nd among ACC
career scoring leaders with 246 points.

The Hurricanes lost their
2005 season opener to
Florida State 10-7 Monday
night despite out-gaining
the Seminoles 313-to-170 ... Miami is idle this
week before travelling to Clemson on Sept. 17 ...
QB Kyle Wright completed 16-of-28 passes for
232 yards and one touchdown in his first collegiate
start ... junior TB Tyrone Moss had his fourth
career 100-yard game, rushing for a game-high
102 yards against FSU on 23 carries ... TE Greg
Olsen had eight catches for 137 yards ... since
1999, Miami has scored more touchdowns (54)
on various returns (punts, kickoffs, fumbles or
interceptions) than any team in the nation.

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