Thanks as usual to the sports information directors throughout the league for these weekly notes:
When Boston College defeated Virginia Saturday to become bowl eligible, it became only the fourth team in ACC history to win four straight games, after losing at least four straight games (5 for BC) in the same season. The Eagles join the 1967 Wake Forest squad as well as Maryland (1979), Clemson (2004) and NC State (2008) as teams with a four-game winning streak after at least an equal losing skein.
Miami redshirt freshman Lamar Miller currently ranks fourth all-time at UM in rushing yards by a freshman with 639. Miller trails teammate Graig Cooper, former teammate Javarris James and current Washington Redskin Clinton Portis for the most rushing yards ever by a Cane in their first collegiate season.
A win Saturday against Duke would assure the Tar Heels of a winning record for the third consecutive season, a feat which has not been accomplished since Carolina had nine straight winning seasons from 1990-98.
Virginia Tech has won nine straight games heading into Saturday’s meeting with rival Virginia at Lane Stadium. That’s currently the fifth-longest active winning streak in the nation. One more win for the Hokies this year will make them the only team nationally to have 10 or more wins in each of the past seven seasons.
Florida State is now bowl eligible for the 28th consecutive year. The Seminoles current bowl streak is the longest in the nation. Virginia Tech, which will be going to its 18th straight bowl game, has the nation’s 3rd-longest consecutive bowl streak.
Georgia Tech has played Georgia more frequently (104 meetings) than any other opponent. Auburn, with 92 games, is next. The Tech-UGA series is the 20th-most frequently played series in the FBS, 12th-most among in-state rivals.
This will be the 108th meeting between Clemson and South Carolina and the 102nd consecutive year the two schools have met. That is the third-longest streak of consecutive years played in a rivalry in the nation. The only rivalries longer are Kansas versus Nebraska at 105 games and Minnesota versus Wisconsin at 104 games. Those games have already been played this year.
The average height of a Wolfpack wide receiver (a wideout who has caught at least one catch in 2010) is 6-feet, 3-inches tall. That mark is the second highest among ACC schools (for wide receivers who have caught a pass in 2010). UNC receivers lead the league, averaging 6-feet, 3 ½-inches tall.
Wake Forest place kicker Jimmy Newman is one shy of tying the school record of consecutive made field goals. The record is currently held by Sam Swank, who made 11 straight during the 2005 season.
After allowing 17 sacks in the first 22 quarters this year, Virginia has allowed just two sacks in the past 22 quarters. Virginia had a streak of 13 sackless quarters broken in the fourth quarter against Duke. UVa had not given up a sack since the last play of the second quarter in the UNC game (39 drives total). This coincides with Morgan Moses joining the starting lineup.
Maryland safety Kenny Tate is the only player in the ACC to rank in the top 10 in tackles (t-6th -- 8.0 pg), interceptions (t-10th -- 0.27 pg) and forced fumbles (1st -- 0.36 pg).
Both Duke coach David Cutcliffe and North Carolina coach Butch Davis did not coach during the 2005 season. Cutcliffe was on the staff at Notre Dame in the spring of 2005 but resigned due to health reasons before rejoining the Tennessee staff for 2006 while Davis was in between head coaching positions with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns (2001-04) and North Carolina (2007-present).