ACC: Did you know?

September, 14, 2012
9/14/12
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Time for a final few notes and nuggets to get you ready for Week 3. As always, thanks to the awesome sports information staffs across the league, and ESPN Stats & Information for the assist.

BOSTON COLLEGE: Kicker Nate Freese, who was successful on field-goal attempts from 39 yards and 20 yards against Maine in Week 2, improved to 5-for-5 this season. He leads all ACC kickers in successful field goals and ranks tied for third among all kickers in the country in field goals made.

CLEMSON: Tajh Boyd has completed 78.8 percent (41-of-52) of his passes from the pocket this season (61.1 percent last season). Boyd was under duress on just four of his 52 attempts from the pocket and 7-of-57 attempts overall.

DUKE: Receiver Jamison Crowder is just the third Blue Devil to have 100 or more receiving yards in the first two weeks of a season, joining Clarkston Hines (1988) & Richmond Flowers (1998). In the loss to Stanford last week, Crowder (10) and Desmond Scott (11) had double digit receptions, the second time that has happened in school history.

FLORIDA STATE: EJ Manuel is 5-of-5 with a touchdown on throws of 20 yards or longer this season. Last season, Manuel completed 34.7 percent of his 20-yard throws with seven touchdowns and three interceptions. ... Florida State has allowed just 24.2 percent of its opponents’ rushes to gain five yards or more since the start of last season, second-lowest percentage in FBS behind Alabama.

GEORGIA TECH: Before its 20-17 loss in overtime at Virginia Tech, the last time Georgia Tech lost a season opener came in 2006. The Yellow Jackets lost to Notre Dame, then went on to win the ACC Coastal Division title. The last time Tech opened a season with a five-day turnaround, 2009, was also a year in which the Jackets won the ACC Coastal crown.

MARYLAND: Joe Vellano and Demetrius Hartseld have helped the Maryland front seven get extremely stingy against the run. The Terps are holding opponents to an average of just 1.95 yards per rush and of the opponents’ 80 rushes this season, 56 have been for 3 yards or fewer. That effort has led to Maryland ranking ninth nationally in total defense, a big reason for its 2-0 record.

MIAMI: The Hurricanes have 12 different players with at least one reception in the first two games of the season: Allen Hurns, Rashawn Scott, Phillip Dorsett, Clive Walford, Malcolm Lewis, Duke Johnson, Devon Johnson, Mike James, Asante Cleveland, Kendal Thompkins, Eduardo Clements and Herb Waters.

NORTH CAROLINA: Coach Larry Fedora and Louisville head coach Charlie Strong both served on Ron Zook’s Florida staff in 2003-04. Fedora was the offensive coordinator and Strong was the defensive coordinator. UNC assistant Dan Disch was the secondary coach coach for the Gators in 2004 and strength and conditioning coach Lou Hernandez had a similar role in Gainesville from 2002-04. Fedora and Louisville defensive coordinator Vance Bedford were on the Oklahoma State staff in 2007. Fedora was the offensive coordinator and Bedford was the defensive coordinator. UNC wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer was also on that staff. Brewer and Strong were on the same staff at Mississippi in 1990.

NC STATE: In the rst two games of the season, 11 spots on offense and defense have been manned by seniors who have had starting experience prior to 2012. That number is almost double the most senior starting experience coach Tom O’Brien has had during his rst ve years with the Wolfpack. The number is particularly high on offense, where seven of the 11 starting spots are slated to be lled by seniors with previous starting experience.

VIRGINIA: So far in 2012, UVa has nine pass plays that have gone to wide receivers or tight ends for 20 yards or more -- an average of 4.5 per game. Compare that number to 2011, when the entire season saw 35 passes of 20 yards or more to wide receivers or tight ends for a rate of 2.69 per game. The 2010 season resulted in 38 total receptions by wide receivers or tight ends of 20 yards or more for an average of 3.17 per game.

VIRGINIA TECH: The Hokies' current 219-game scoring streak from 1995 to the present is tied for the 15th-longest in Division I-A college history. In the 219-game run, Tech scored on its first offensive possession 73 times, plus another three occasions where it scored on returns on its first touch of the game. The Hokies have scored in the first quarter 160 times during the streak.

WAKE FOREST: The Deacs' last two wins over ranked teams have come against FSU. The Deacs beat the No. 22 Noles 35-30 last year, and also recorded a 12-3 victory in Tallahassee on Sept. 20, 2008. Wake Forest is 3-14 against ranked Seminole teams and 1-8 against ranked FSU teams in Tallahassee.

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