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Virginia, Syracuse looking to end ACC droughts

Dino Babers and Bronco Mendenhall inherit some positional milestone droughts they'd like to see broken. AP Photo, Getty Images

Fans in Cleveland can finally celebrate a championship after more than a half-century of near-misses and devastating losses, thanks to the Cavaliers’ upset of Golden State on Sunday. And that got us to thinking: Which ACC football teams are currently enduring some ignominious streaks? Here are a few of the longest droughts in the conference.

Longest streak without a 10-win season: Virginia, 26 years

The Cavaliers went 10-3 and earned a berth in the Citrus Bowl way back in 1989, and while they have five nine-win campaigns since, they’ve not reached double-digits. New head coach Bronco Mendenhall aims to end that streak.

Longest streak without a 3,000-yard passer: Virginia, never

Virginia actually has the ignominy of never having had a 3,000-yard passer in its history, though Matt Schaub came within 50 yards of doing it in back-to-back years in 2002 and 2003.

Longest streak without a 1,000-yard rusher: NC State, 13 years

Matt Dayes was on pace to end this streak last season before his injury, but he’ll get another shot in 2016. And as Florida State can attest, sometimes it just takes one runner to open the floodgates. The Seminoles had the longest stretch without a 1,000-yard rusher in the country entering 2013, but they’ve had a tailback top that mark each year since.

Longest streak without a 1,000-yard receiver: Virginia, 14 years

When Isaiah Ford eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in last year’s bowl game, it gave Virginia Tech its first ever 1,000-yard receiver. That left rival Virginia on the clock. It hasn’t had a wideout reach four digits since Billy McMullen in 2001.

Longest streak without a first-round draft pick: NC State, 10 years

Mario Williams went No. 1 overall in the 2006 draft, but since then, the closest the Wolfpack have come was David Amerson, the 51st overall pick in the 2013 draft. Georgia Tech and Virginia are the only other ACC schools that haven’t had a first-round pick in the last five drafts.

Longest streak without a bowl victory: Virginia, 10 years

Duke earned its first bowl win since 1960 last season, putting the Cavaliers on the clock. They last won a bowl game in 2005, when they toppled Minnesota in the Music City Bowl. Miami isn’t far behind, having failed to win a postseason game since 2006.

Longest streak without a top-25 season: Syracuse, 14 years

The 2001 Orange won 10 games and finished ranked 14th. They haven’t appeared in the AP poll since. That’s the challenge Dino Babers faces in his first season as Syracuse’s head coach.