Title game edition: Did you know?

December, 2, 2011
12/02/11
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We're in championship form this week, and so are the notes. Here are a few interesting tidbits from both Clemson and Virginia Tech to help make you wiser at your tailgate in Charlotte this week:

TITLE GAME

Did you know ...
  • The 20 combined wins by Virginia Tech (11-1) and Clemson (9-3) match the record for most victories by the participating teams in the ACC title game set by Virginia Tech (10-2) and Boston College (10-2) in 2007.
  • For the first time, tickets are sold out, virtually guaranteeing the third championship crowd of 70,000 or more fans, and the second straight crowd of over 70,000 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
  • This is the 32nd meeting between the two teams in a series which actually began in Charlotte in 1900 when a first-year Clemson coach named John Heisman guided the Tigers to a 12-5 victory.
CLEMSON

Did you know ...
  • Dabo Swinney, who turned 42 on Nov. 20, would be the youngest coach to win the ACC championship since another Tiger, Danny Ford, claimed the last of his five titles in November 1988, one month before his 41st birthday.
  • The Tigers compiled 153 yards of total offense in their loss to South Carolina last week, their smallest total in any game since they were held to 129 in a 48-0 loss at Florida State on Oct. 17, 1998.
  • Clemson, which has dropped two in a row, is not the first team to enter the ACC championship game on a losing streak. In 2005, Florida State lost its final three regular-season games but defeated Virginia Tech in the inaugural title game.
VIRGINIA TECH

Did you know ...
  • At kickoff of the ACC championship game, Virginia Tech will have lost one conference game in a span of 763 days beginning with Oct. 30, 2009, the day after a 20-17 home defeat to North Carolina, and running through Friday, Dec. 2, 2011.
  • Receiver Danny Coale has punted six times for an average of 42 yards per attempt and is one of only two FBS players to have kicked and returned five or more punts this season.
  • Senior safety Eddie Whitley, a North Carolina native, is an avid chess player who’s been playing since he was 4 years old. He plays online, in the locker room, on his computer and even on his iPhone. Oh, and he can also play cornerback, outside linebacker, rover and safety.

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