ACC weekend rewind: Week 3

September, 17, 2012
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Here’s a look back at Week 3 in the ACC:

The good: Two top-10 teams played like two top-10 teams. No. 4 Florida State and No. 10 Clemson both took care of business and dominated their respective opponents. The Seminoles shut out Wake Forest 52-0, and Clemson beat Furman 41-7.

[+] EnlargeFlorida State Seminoles quarterback EJ Manuel
Cal Sport Media via AP ImagesQuarterback EJ Manuel and Florida State handled Wake Forest easily, 52-0.
The great: The return of Duke receiver Blair Holliday. It was the best story in the ACC this weekend, as Holliday joined his teammates again for the first time since he suffered a severe head injury in a July 4 jet ski accident. Holliday, who had to learn to walk and talk again, led his team in the pregame walk to the stadium, and was on the field for the coin toss. It was an emotion pregame for Holliday and his friends and family.

The bad: The ACC’s 0-3 record against the Big East. The ACC struck out this weekend, losing to Pittsburgh, Connecticut and Louisville. Two of those were road losses, as the Hokies snapped their nation-leading streak of 13 straight true road wins with the loss at Pitt, and UNC’s comeback fell short at No. 19 Louisville. Maryland lost at home to Randy Edsall’s former team.

The ugly: Virginia Tech’s performance. We’ve already rehashed this enough -- nobody but Pitt wants to rewind this game film.

The surprise: Clemson president Jim Barker snuck into the Tigers’ mascot costume at halftime, and acted as the mascot until Clemson’s third touchdown put the Tigers up 27-7 over Furman. Barker did the requisite 27 pushups (one for each point) before pulling off the head of the costume and revealing himself to the crowd.

The stat: According to ESPN’s Stats & Information, three of the six most lopsided ACC wins in Florida State history have come at home against the Demon Deacons (+59 in 1995, +54 in 1993, and +52 in 2012).

The stat II: Florida State has held 11 straight opponents to under 20 points. According to ESPN’s Stats & Info, it's the longest such active streak and longest by an ACC team since Virginia Tech did it in 12 straight over the 2004 and 2005 seasons.

The stat III: Dating back to 2006, when Virginia Tech was ranked No. 11 and lost to Georgia Tech, the Hokies have lost before October in all but one season when they were ranked No. 17 or higher. The lone exception was in 2011, according to ESPN’s Stats & Info.

The record: With his two field goals in the win over Furman, Clemson PK Chandler Catanzaro has made 14 straight, a streak that began in the 2011 season. He is currently tied with former Tiger standout Obed Arriri, who made 14 straight field goals during the 1980 season when he led the nation with 23. The ACC record is 27 straight set by NC State’s Marc Primanti during the 1995-96 seasons. Catanzaro is now 42-55 over his career, a .764 percentage.

The overmatched: NC Central. Duke won 54-17 and scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams for the first time since 2004. They improved to 2-1 for the first time since 2008, coach David Cutcliffe's first season.

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