As usual, thanks to the sports information directors throughout the league for this week’s batch of nifty notes.
ACC: The last time Clemson and Georgia Tech both started the season 5-0 was in 1948. The Tigers, coached by Frank Howard, and the Jackets, coached by Bobby Dodd, did not play each other in 1948. Clemson finished 11-0 and ranked 11th by AP, while Tech ended the year 7-3. Georgia Tech and Clemson are two of 15 remaining undefeated FBS schools and one of just eight teams with a 5-0 record. – Mike Finn
BOSTON COLLEGE: The winner of Saturday’s game between Boston College and Clemson will receive the O’Rourke-McFadden Trophy, created in 2008 by the Boston College Gridiron Club to honor the relationship between BC and Clemson that goes back approximately 70 years. The trophy features two leather helmet replicas of those used by Charlie O’Rourke of Boston College and Banks McFadden of Clemson when they competed against each other in the 1940 Cotton Bowl. The Boston College Gridiron Club also presents a replica leather helmet to the MVP of the winning school. – Chris Cameron
CLEMSON: Clemson won each of the first three games this season without leading at the half. Clemson trailed against Troy in the season opener at intermission, 16-13, before winning 43-19. Clemson and Wofford were tied at the half at 21-21 before Clemson won 35-27. Against Auburn, the Tigers were tied 21-21 at intermission before winning 38-24. This was the first time Clemson has won three straight games without leading at the half since 2004. – Clemson game notes.
DUKE: Duke has played three one-possession games (decided by eight points or fewer) this season with an average margin of difference at 2.33 points. That average is the lowest nationally among school that have played at least three one-possession games (Utah State ranks second at 2.67 average points in three games). The Blue Devils have one-possession wins over Boston College (20-19) and FIU (31-27) and a loss to Richmond (23-21). – Art Chase
FLORIDA STATE: The Seminoles have played 14 true freshmen in 2011, which is the most in the ACC and ranks tied for sixth among all FBS schools. That mark continues a trend under Jimbo Fisher, who played 13 true freshmen in 2010, which ranked seventh among FBS programs. - Bob Thomas
GEORGIA TECH: Maryland is the only ACC team Paul Johnson has not defeated in his four years at Georgia Tech. If Johnson and the Yellow Jackets can win on Saturday, Johnson would join only Bobby Bowden, Frank Beamer and Tom O’Brien as the only coaches to defeat 11 different ACC opponents. Al Groh would be on that list as well, but when he defeated Virginia Tech, the Hokies were not yet members of the ACC. – Georgia Tech game notes
MARYLAND: Four freshmen -- DL Keith Bowers, LB Lorne Goree, DL Andre Monroe, and DB Titus Till -- have started for the Maryland defense, but Saturday’s game against Towson game was the first time that at least three were in the starting lineup. The Terps have not had three freshmen start on defense in 11 years. – Shawn Nestor
MIAMI: Running back Lamar Miller has run for at least 100 yards in each of the first four games. Of his nine career rushes and/or receptions of 25 yards or more, six have come after halftime. Miller has seven plays of 25 yards or longer this season: five rushes and two kick returns. Against Virginia Tech last year, Miller had a breakout game with 163 yards. He currently ranks eighth nationally and second in the ACC behind only Virginia Tech’s David Wilson. Miller trails Wilson by only nine inches per game. – LaTonya Sadler
NORTH CAROLINA: In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, North Carolina football players will wear pink shoelaces, wristbands, and pink chinstraps against Louisville. – Kevin Best
NC STATE: The Wolfpack last week managed something that few Georgia Tech opponents achieve: They won time of possession. One second-quarter drive took nearly 10 minutes. The possession required 19 plays, the most by any State drive since a 19-play drive against Maryland on Nov. 14, 2000.
VIRGINIA: Freshman RB Kevin Parks didn’t score in Saturday’s win over Idaho but is one rushing TD short of the school’s freshman record of seven. – ACC game notes
VIRGINIA TECH: Coach Frank Beamer, who coached in his 300th game at Tech last Saturday against Clemson, is in his 25th season at the helm of the Hokies. During Beamer’s time in Blacksburg, the other 11 ACC programs have employed a combined 51 head coaches. – Bryan Johnston
WAKE FOREST: Wake Forest will debut its new HD video board at Saturday’s home game with Florida State. It weighs 22 tons and construction took 19,585 man-hours and included nearly 900 cubic yards of concrete, 61 tons of reinforcing steel and 42,000 red bricks that give the board the same feel as the rest of the stadium and matches the decor of the campus. – Steve Shutt