Friday, September 27, 2013
ACC Week 5: Did you know?
By Matt Fortuna
Here are a handful of fun facts about this weekend's contest, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Info and sports information departments.
MIAMI: The Hurricanes' defense has allowed only three touchdowns through three games this season. And their offensive line has allowed just two sacks so far, tied for the ACC lead and tied for fifth nationally. USF has scored just four offensive touchdowns and is 119th nationally in total offense. The Bulls have recorded just two sacks on the season and are tied for 116th nationally in sacks per game (.67).
NORTH CAROLINA: The Tar Heels have made 183 consecutive extra points, the nation's third-longest active streak, behind Washington (195) and Texas Tech (232). Casey Barth converted a school-record 126 in a row, while current place kicker Thomas Moore has an error-less streak of 57 PATs. UNC last missed an extra point Sept. 5, 2009, when Barth missed a second-quarter PAT in a 40-6 win over The Citadel.
VIRGINIA: The Cavaliers have faced Pitt five times, but this is their first meeting since the Panthers joined the ACC. Virginia is 0-5 when facing a new ACC member for the first time in conference play, dating to when Georgia Tech joined the ACC in 1979. Virginia lost to Georgia Tech (1982), Miami (2004), Virginia Tech (2004) and Boston College (2005).
PITT: The Panthers' 58-55 win at Duke last weekend marked their highest-scoring game in 18 years. Pitt has totaled 107 points over its last two games, as it scored 49 against New Mexico a week earlier. It had not scored as many points in consecutive games since tallying 121 points in 1977 when it beat Temple 76-0 and Boston College 45-7.
DUKE: One year after tallying 52 plays of 20 or more yards, the Blue Devils have 18 such plays through four games this season, including at least three in each game. Quarterback Brandon Connette is responsible for 13 of those plays, with five of them going to receiver Jamison Crowder, who has six himself on the year. Connette's 75-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Braxton last week is the team's longest play of the season.
FLORIDA STATE: The Seminoles are one of 10 teams that has 10 different players who have scored a touchdown. Eight different players scored touchdowns in last weekend's 62-7 win over Nevada, one shy of the team record set in a 66-17 win over Memphis State in 1979. FSU ranks first in the ACC in scoring offense (52.3 ppg) and total offense (547.3 ypg).
BOSTON COLLEGE: The Eagles were able to record two sacks in a 35-7 loss at USC, upping their season total to nine. They had just eight sacks during last season's 2-10 campaign. Senior end Kasim Edebali has 2.5 sacks through three games, more than his 1.5 from last year. Josh Keyes has 2.5 sacks as well.
NC STATE: The Wolfpack beat Central Michigan 38-24 in 2011, the only meeting between the teams. CMU was coming off a win over Northern Illinois, which was then coached by current NC State first-year Dave Doeren. Doeren, who brought over six other staff members from DeKalb, Ill., to Raleigh, N.C., finished with a 1-1 mark against the Chippewas, beating them last year, 55-24.
WAKE FOREST: The Demon Deacons are 1-33 all time against top-five teams, and they are riding a 32-game losing streak to squads ranked that high. The only one came on Oct. 26, 1946, a 19-6 victory over then-No. 4 Tennessee on the road. Clemson is No. 3 in the Associated Press poll. Wake Forest is 0-19 all time against top-three teams. Two years ago, it took a 43-yard field goal from Chandler Catanzaro with no time left to put away Wake, 31-28.
CLEMSON: Tajh Boyd is within striking distance of a few important milestones: He is 409 yards of total offense away from becoming the third quarterback in ACC history to notch 10,000 total yards. He is two touchdown away from becoming the second player in ACC history to account for 100 in a career. And he needs 145 rushing yards to reach 1,000 for his career. He is also tied with former FSU signal-caller Chris Weinke in career 300-yard passing games among ACC players, with 13.