Around the ACC

Around the ACC


Around the ACC


By Trey McCurry.

Week 6 saw 10 ACC teams go 6-4, including 2-0 in non-ACC action. Three teams (Clemson, Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech) are ranked among the nation’s top-20 teams this week and all three hit the road for conference contests this week. All five games this week are conference matchups as #8 Clemson travels to Maryland, #12 Georgia Tech heads to Virginia, #17 Virginia Tech goes down to Wake Forest, Miami (FL) is at North Carolina, and Florida State plays at Duke. 

Boston College    1-5 (0-3)

Last Week: 36-14 loss at #13 Clemson

This Week: Open Date

Up Next: Saturday, October 22 @ #17 Virginia Tech (3:00PM; RSN)

Notes: RB Montel Harris, who is applying for a medical redshirt this season, has a school record 3,735 rushing yards and is only 76 yards out of the top-10 in ACC history. RB Rolandan Finch and WR Bobby Swigert both scored their first TDs of the season at Clemson. LB Luke Kuechley extended his streak of 10 or more tackles to 28 straight games with a 16-stop effort in the Eagles loss at Clemson; the longest current streak in the FBS this year. 

Duke                    3-2 (1-0)

Last Week: Open Date

This Week: Saturday, October 15 vs. Florida State (3:00PM; RSN)

Up Next: Saturday, October 22 vs. Wake Forest (TBA)

Notes: Duke has won two games, both on the road, by four or fewer points in 2011 for the first time overall since 1994 and first time on the road since 1990. QB Sean Renfree is second in the ACC in passing yards (1361) and total offense (1335). RB Juwan Thompson has scored on four of his past 26 rushing attempts. PK Will Snyderwine is 40-of-50 in career field goals; good for 11th in ACC history in field goals per game. 

Florida State        2-3 (0-2)    

Last Week: 35-30 loss at Wake Forest

This Week: Saturday, October October 15 @ Duke (3:00PM; RSN)

Up Next: Saturday, October 22 vs. Maryland (TBA)

Notes: Florida State became the first major college football program to drop consecutive 35-30 contests. WR Rashad Green had 12 catches at Wake; the highest total by any FBS freshman this season. Green’s 457 yards through five games is second best in ACC history, trailing only current rookie Sammy Watkins (471). The Noles have had six or more tackles for loss in all five games. P Shaun Powell had a 60-yard punt; his sixth of 60 or more in his career. 

Georgia Tech       6-0 (3-0)     #12 in AP and USA Today Polls

Last Week: 21-16 win over Maryland

This Week: Saturday, October 15 @ Virginia (3:30PM; ESPNU)

Up Next: Saturday, October 22 @ Miami (FL) (TBA)

Notes: Georgia Tech has thrown for 1,158 yards in 2011, or 67 more yards than they had in all of 2010. The Yellow Jackets have the nation’s leader in yards per rush (AB Orwin Smith; 14.50) and yards per reception (WR Stephen Hill; 32.47). Georgia Tech has 27 rushing TDs in 2011 through six games; they set the ACC record with 47 in 2009 (14 games). The Jackets are 6-0 for the first time as an ACC member; its last 6-0 start came in 1966. 

Maryland              2-3 (1-1)

Last Week: 21-16 loss at #13 Georgia Tech

This Week: Saturday, October 15 vs. #8 Clemson (7:00PM; ESPNU)

Up Next: Saturday, October 22 @ Florida State (TBA)

Notes: Maryland held Georgia Tech to its lowest point total in 2011 (by 14 points) and over 30 points below its season average. The Terps have not allowed a sack in their past three games and have ran for 440 yards in the past two games. Maryland was penalized only once, for five yards, against Georgia Tech.C.J. Brown’s 77-yard TD run is the longest by any FBS QB this season. DT Joe Vellano had 20 tackles against the Jackets, including 14 solo stops. 

Miami (FL)            2-3 (0-2)

Last Week: 38-35 loss at #17 Virginia Tech

This Week: Saturday, October 15 @ North Carolina (12:30PM; ACC Network)

Up Next: Saturday, October 22 vs. #12 Georgia Tech (TBA)

Notes: RB Lamar Miller, who ranks 3rd nationally in rushing, is the first Cane in the ACC era to rush for 100 or more yards in five straight games. QB Jacory Harris moved into 24th place on the ACC’s career passing yardage list with 7,177 yards and if he continues his current pace should finish his career in the top-15. WR Travis Benjamin had a 77-yard TD catch at Virginia Tech, a tie for the second-longest pass play in the ACC this season. 

NC State              3-3 (0-2)

Last Week: 38-24 win over Central Michigan

This Week: Open Date

Up Next: Saturday, October 22 @ Virginia (TBA)

Notes: NC State wore black uniforms for the first time in program history against Central Michigan. QB Mike Glennon has 16 TD passes in six games; good for ninth-best in an entire season by a State quarterback. WR T.J. Graham (4,505) trails only Ted Brown (5,565) in all-purpose yardage by a Pack player. DB David Amerson has six interceptions this season; one short of NC State’s single-season record and leads the nation in interceptions per game. 

North Carolina     5-1 (1-1)    

Last Week: 14-7 win over Louisville

This Week: Saturday, October 15 vs. Miami (FL) (12:30PM; ACC Network)

Up Next: Saturday, October 22 @ #8 Clemson (TBA)

Notes: UNC won its eighth straight non-conference game last weekend and is 4-0 at home for the first time since 1997. The Tar Heels have allowed only three points in six first quarters this season. RB Giovani Bernard has eight rushing TDs this season, already surpassing last year’s team-high of seven. Bernard’s four straight 100-yard rushing games is the first by a Tar Heel since 1984. WR Dwight Jones has a receiving TD in five of six games this season. 

Virginia                3-2 (0-1)

Last Week: Open Date

This Week: Saturday, October 15 vs. #13 Georgia Tech (3:30PM; ESPNU)

Up Next: Saturday, October 22 vs. NC State (TBA)

Notes: Eight of the Cavs’ 15 touchdowns in 2011 have been scored by freshman. Virginia’s overtime win over Idaho in their last game improved their OT record to 3-4, with six of those games occurring at home. WR Kris Burd is in the top-8 in Virginia history in receptions (126) and yards (1,650). CB Chase Minnifield has 11 career interceptions. PK Robert Randolph is 10-of-13 in FGs this season and ranks 5th in the ACC in scoring (8.4 points per game). 

Virginia Tech        5-1 (1-1)     #19 in the AP Poll and #17 in the USA Today Poll

Last Week: 38-35 win over Miami (FL)

This Week: Saturday, October 15 @ Wake Forest (6:30PM; ESPN3)

Up Next: Saturday, October 22 vs. Boston College (3:00PM; RSN)

Notes: WR Jarrett Boykin is now the schools leader in both receptions (143) and yardage (2,356). QB Logan Thomas was 23-of-25 passing for 310 yards against Miami and ran for the game-winning score. RB David Wilson leads the ACC in total rushing yards (768). Virginia Tech has scored in 209 straight games, the sixth longest current streak in the nation. The Hokies allowed their highest point total against an ACC team while members of the conference. 

Wake Forest        4-1 (3-0)

Last Week: 35-30 win over #22 Florida State

This Week: Saturday, October 15 vs. #17 Virginia Tech (6:30PM; ESPN3)

Up Next: Saturday, October 22 @ Duke (TBA)

Notes: Wake Forest is 3-0 for the first time in ACC play. The Demon Deacons 4-1 start is just their second such start since 1979. WR Chris Givens leads the ACC in receiving yards per game (119.8); the junior is 14th in Wake history in receptions (113) and 10th in yardage (1,779). QB Tanner Price is third in the ACC in passing yards per game (270.4). WR Michael Campanaro, 3-for-3 for 106 yards with 2 TDs, is one of five Deacons to complete a pass this season.









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