Around the ACC

Around the ACC


Around the ACC


By Trey McCurry.

Week 4 was not good to the ACC, as 11 teams combined to go 5-6. But the good news is that three unbeaten teams remain going into week five for the first time since 2000. There are three conference games (Wake Forest at Boston College, #21 Georgia Tech at NC State, and #13 Clemson at #10 Virginia Tech) this week and five other teams play non-conference opponents, including two road games. 

Boston College    1-3 (0-1)

Last Week: 45-17 win over Massachusetts

This Week: Saturday, October 1 vs. Wake Forest (12:30PM; ACC Network)

Up Next: Saturday, October 8 @ #13 Clemson (3:00PM; RSN)

Notes: The Eagles tied an ACC and NCAA record against Massachusetts with two fumble returns for TDs (both within four minutes). LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, who had one of the returns, went 96 yards to set an ACC record. LB Luke Kuechly had 11 tackles to extend his streak of 10 or more tackles to 26 straight games. RB Montel Harris, the nation’s second-leading active rusher, returned to action last week and had 27 yards to raise his career total to 3,627 yards. 

Duke                    2-2 (1-0)

Last Week: 48-27 win over Tulane

This Week: Saturday, October 1 @ Florida International (7:00PM; ESPNU)

Up Next: Saturday, October 15 vs. #23 Florida State (TBA)

Notes: With five rushing TDs against Tulane, Duke now has 18 TDs on the ground in there past eight games, or more than they had their previous 24 contests. The Blue Devils 48 points against the Green Wave was their highest against an FBS team outside the ACC since the NCAA subdivided in 1978. PK Will Snyderwin has made 64 straight PATs (a school record) while DB Matt Daniels broke up three more passes against Tulane to take his national-best total to nine. 

Florida State        2-2 (0-1)     #23 in AP Poll and #24 in USA Today Poll

Last Week: 35-30 loss at #21 Clemson

This Week: Open Date

Up Next: Saturday, October 8 @ Wake Forest (12:30PM; ACC Network)

Notes: Florida State has scored 30 or more points in seven of its past 10 games. QB Clint Trickett, in his first career start, completed 24-of-36 passes for 336 yards and 3 TDs at Clemson. All five of WR Rashad Greene’s TDs have come on passes of 28 yards or longer from Trickett. RB Chris Thompson was the only Seminole to take a handoff and run the ball against Clemson last weekend. K Dustin Hopkins has now converted 14 straight field goals, seven this year, and has 14 touchbacks on kickoffs this season. 

Georgia Tech       4-0 (1-0)     #21 in AP and USA Today Polls

Last Week: 35-28 win over #25 North Carolina

This Week: Saturday, October 1 @ NC State (3:30PM; ABC/ESPN)

Up Next: Saturday, October 8 vs. Maryland (12:00PM; ESPNU)

Notes: The Yellow Jackets are 4-0 for the first time since their national championship season of 1990. Georgia Tech is just the fifth team in ACC history to score 35 or more points in each of their first four games of a season and their 213 points in four games is second in ACC history, trailing only the 1995 Florida State club (238). The Yellow Jackets have not been shut out at Bobby Dodd Stadium since November 30, 1957, a streak of 338 consecutive home games. 

Maryland              1-2 (1-0)

Last Week: 38-7 loss to Temple

This Week: Saturday, October 1 vs. Towson (3:30PM; RSN)

Up Next: Saturday, October 8 @ #21 Georgia Tech (12:00PM; ESPNU)

Notes: Maryland wraps up its season-opening, four-game homestand against in-state foe Towson, who is in the top-25 FCS rankings. The Terps are 9-0 against FCS competition since the NCAA subdivided in 1978. LB Demetrius Hartsfield made 17 tackles against the Owls last week. Maryland saw the end of their national-best streak of 139 games without a allowing a blocked punt Saturday. 

Miami (FL)            1-2 (0-1)

Last Week: 28-24 loss to Kansas State

This Week: Saturday, October 1 vs. Bethune-Cookman (3:30PM; ESPNU)

Up Next: Saturday, October 8 @ #10 Virginia Tech (3:30PM; ABC/ESPN)

Notes: The Hurricanes are one of only six FBS programs to play all of its first three games against BCS opposition. Miami recorded its first blocked a field goal since 2004 against Kansas State. RB Lamar Miller has rushed for 100 or more yards in all three Miami (FL) games and is fifth in the FBS in rushing yards per game (136.33). QB Jacory Harris threw for 2 TDs against the Wildcats to give him 54 passing TDs in his career, good for ninth-place among active FBS players. LB Sean Spence matched his career high with 14 tackles against Kansas State. 

NC State              2-2 (0-1)

Last Week: 44-14 loss at Cincinnati

This Week: Saturday, October 1 vs. Georgia Tech (3:30PM; ABC/ESPN)

Up Next: Saturday, October 8 vs. Central Michigan (3:30PM; ESPN3)

Notes: WR T.J. Graham is leading the nation in all-purpose yards (230 per game) after a 336-yard performance against Cincinnati. The 336-yards set a school record and was the fifth highest single-game total in ACC history. With an 87-yard TD reception against the Bearcats, Graham became only the second player in ACC history to score five or more times from 80 yards or longer. CB David Amerson recorded his fourth interception of the season, tying him with two others for the FBS lead, and the Wolfpack is third nationally with 18 interceptions. 

North Carolina     3-1 (1-1)    

Last Week: 35-28 loss at #24 Georgia Tech

This Week: Saturday, October 1 @ East Carolina (8:00PM; CBSSN)

Up Next: Saturday, October 8 vs. Louisville (12:00PM; ESPN or ESPN2)

Notes: North Carolina became the first team to deny Georgia Tech points in a red-zone possession this season last weekend in Atlanta. QB Bryn Renner went 17-for-25 against the Jackets and has completed two-thirds or more of his passes every game this season. RB Giovanni Bernard is fourth among FBS freshman in rushing yards (100.5 per game) and is tied for the national lead in rushing TDs (six). WR Dwight Jones, who has 421 receiving yards, is the first Tar Heel since 2007 with 85 or more yards in four consecutive games. 

Virginia                2-2 (0-1)

Last Week: 30-24 loss to Southern Miss

This Week: Saturday, October 1 vs. Idaho (3:30PM; ESPN3)

Up Next: Saturday, October 15 vs. #21 Georgia Tech (TBA)

Notes: Only five FBS teams have more than Virginia’s 11 fourth-down tries in 2011. Freshman RB Kevin Parks scored his sixth rushing TD last weekend, one short of the Cavaliers’ freshman record. WR Kris Burd caught nine passes against Southern Miss to move into seventh place on the Virginia receptions list at 118 and is 10th in receiving yardage (1,157). WR Matt Snyder has caught a pass in 13 of his past 14 games. PK Robert Randolph is 10-for-11 on field goals this season, good for second nationally at 2.50 per game.


Virginia Tech        4-0 (0-0)     #11 in the AP Poll and #10 in the USA Today Poll

Last Week: 30-10 win at Marshall

This Week: Saturday, October 1 vs. #13 Clemson (6:00PM; ESPN2)

Up Next: Saturday, October 8 vs. Miami (FL) (3:30PM; ABC/ESPN)

Notes: The Hokies are 4-0 for the first time since 2006. RB David Wilson has 516 rushing yards so far in 2011, the most by a Hokie through four games since they joined the ACC. Wilson, who is seventh nationally at 129 yards per game, has exactly three times as many rushing yards as the Hokies’ four opponents. WR Danny Coale is fourth in receptions (123) and fifth in yardage (2,039) in Virginia Tech history. The Hokies are in the in the Top 6 nationally in all four major defensive categories (passing efficiency, efficiency rating and total yards, rushing yards, and points allowed per game).


Wake Forest        2-1 (1-0)

Last Week: 48-5 win over Gardner-Webb

This Week: Saturday, October 1 @ Boston College (12:30PM; ACC Network)

Up Next: Saturday, October 8 vs. #23 Florida State (12:30PM; ACC Network)

Notes: Wake Forest is averaging 322.7 passing yards per game through three contests, and the school record for a season is 286.5 set in 1998. WR Chris Givens, the Deacons leading receiver last season, had 366 through three games; good enough for seventh nationally at 122 yards per game. Wake Forest is ranked 19th in total defense in 2011 after finishing 101st in 2010. The Deacons have won four of their past five games following a week of rest. Jim Grobe is 16th all-time in victories at ACC institutions with 64, and is second in Wake Forest history.








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