ACC weekend rewind: Week 2

September, 10, 2012
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Here is a look back at Week 2 in the ACC:

The good: The top three ranked teams in the ACC have yet to embarrass themselves, unlike some of their conference brethren. While highly touted Arkansas, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska and even Oklahoma State have lost in the first two weeks of the season, Florida State, Clemson and Virginia Tech have managed to move on up in the polls. The Seminoles are now tied for No. 5 in the newest AP poll, while Clemson is up to No. 11 and Virginia Tech is up to No. 13. One more stat for you to chew on: the ACC is right behind the SEC in number of teams ranked in the top 13. The SEC has four, while the ACC has three and the Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 have two each. ... Meanwhile, EJ Manuel at Florida State and Tajh Boyd at Clemson rank in the top 8 in the nation in completion percentage. Manuel is No. 5, completing 77.14 percent of his passes, while Boyd is No. 8 with a completion percentage of 75.44.

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Melina Vastola/US PresswireEJ Manuel has completed 27-of-35 passes for 349 yards in two games this season.
The bad: Miami had another poor defensive performance in a 52-13 loss to Kansas State. It was the Hurricanes' largest margin of defeat since losing to Virginia 48-0 in 2007. The last time Miami allowed this many points was in 1998, in a 66-13 loss to Syracuse. After back-to-back poor defensive performances, Miami now ranks No. 114 in the nation in total defense, allowing an average of 517.5 yards a game, No. 109 in scoring defense (42 ppg) and No. 109 in passing defense (325.5 ypg).

The ugly: If the Miami game was not ugly enough for you, then let us turn to Duke, which lost at Stanford 50-13. Going back the past five seasons, the ACC has never had a weekend in which two teams have given up 50-plus points. The Blue Devils managed just 27 yards rushing, and turned the ball over three times -- including an interception return for a touchdown. Want another ugly stat? How about converting five of 20 third-down attempts. Duke now ranks No. 114 in the nation in that category. Oh, and the Blue Devils also allowed a punt return for a touchdown on Stanford's first possession.

The surprise: Maryland's run defense. Temple came into the game having rushed for 362 yards in a win over Villanova. The Terps were no doubt expecting the run, particularly after Temple gained 240 yards in a 38-7 win over them last season. Well this year, Maryland held the Owls to just 52 rushing yards on 39 carries (for a 1.3 ypc average), good enough for a 188-yard difference from a season ago.

The stat: Wake Forest junior receiver Michael Campanaro set career highs with 13 receptions for 164 yards in a win over North Carolina. He is now tied for rst nationally in pass receptions per game with 11, sharing the mark with Brett Leonard of Louisiana-Monroe. Campanaro also ranks sixth nationally in receiving yards per game (130).

The stat II: Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner has five sacks in two games to lead the nation in total number of sacks. He also ranks fourth nationally in tackles for loss, averaging 3.25 a game.

The record: Casey Barth set the North Carolina school record for career field goals with 55, after kicking two in a loss to Wake Forest. Barth missed most of last season with a groin injury and was granted a medical hardship waiver to return for this season. The previous record holder? That would be his brother, Connor, who set the mark from 2004 to 2007. Connor Barth is now the kicker for the Tampa Bay Bucs.

The overmatched: We heard all week about how badly Florida State would whip up on Savannah State, its replacement opponent for West Virginia. Good thing for Savannah State this game got called because of weather or it may well have had another 84-0 loss on its hands. The final stats: Savannah State had three first downs, 28 total yards (nine passing, 19 rushing) and made one third-down conversion. Combine that with its opener against Oklahoma State, and Savannah State earned north of $800,000 to lose 139-0.

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