ACC: Did you know?

September, 21, 2012
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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.

CLEMSON: Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins have combined for 2,568 yards, 184 receptions and 21 touchdowns since the start of last season. Watkins has been dynamic after the catch, gaining 794 of 1271 (62.5 percent) yards after the catch, including 105 against Florida State last season. Hopkins has been more reliable moving the chains, converting 20 more first downs than Watkins.

DUKE: Receiver Conner Vernon moved into second place on the ACC career list for receptions in the Blue Devils’ win against NC Central last week. He now trails only Aaron Kelly of Clemson (232) on the ACC career list. His career total of 2,955 receiving yards moved him five places into sixth place on the ACC career list.

FLORIDA STATE: Since the start of the 2010 season, 10.2 percent of EJ Manuel’s passes have come from outside the pocket. Yet, seven of his 28 touchdown passes resulted from throws attempted outside the pocket, including two of six touchdowns this season.

GEORGIA TECH: The Jackets are the only team on the FBS level with four offensive plays of 70 yards or longer -- two rushing, two passing -- with three going for touchdowns. Tech has scored at least 50 in each of its past two games against Presbyterian (59-3) and Virginia (56-20), the first time the Yellow Jackets have scored 50-plus points in consecutive games since 1936.

MARYLAND: The Terps have made significant strides on defense this season. Just how significant? Maryland ranks No. 8 in the nation in total defense, allowing just 227.3 yards per game. Compare that to last season, when Maryland gave up an average of 457.2 yards per game.

MIAMI: Since joining the ACC in 2004, Miami is 35-3 when scoring 30 or more points, and has won four straight, including a pair of wins in 2012.

NORTH CAROLINA: The Tar Heels will play East Carolina for the 15th time on Saturday. In 14 previous meetings, Carolina has lost twice: 34-31 in Greenville in 2007, and 38-17 in Chapel Hill in 1975.

NC STATE: The Wolfpack defense held South Alabama without a third or fourth down conversion last week. The Jaguars finished 0-for-11 on third down and 0-for-1 on fourth down. The last time NC State held a team without a third-down conversion came in 1992, when the Pack forced Virginia Tech to an 0-for-12 mark, a span of 228 games.

VIRGINIA: With 297 yards of total offense against Georgia Tech last week, UVa failed to reach 300 yards of total offense for the second straight game. The last time UVa failed to reach 300 yards of total offense in consecutive games was in 2009.

VIRGINIA TECH: The Hokies will also wear camouflage helmets for the first time in school history in this Saturday’s home game against Bowling Green in support of Military Appreciation Day and the Wounded Warrior Project.

WAKE FOREST: Felix “Doc” Blanchard, the 1945 Heisman Trophy winner while playing for Army, has a history with Wake Forest. The 1945 Heisman Trophy winner, Blanchard helped No. 1-ranked Army to a 54-0 win against Wake Forest at West Point. Blanchard’s father, Felix A. Blanchard, was a Wake Forest baseball and football letterman from 1917-19. He also lettered in track and captained the Demon Deacons baseball squad in 1919. The senior Blanchard was named to the All-Time Wake Forest football team at tackle as selected by the Greensboro Daily News in 1949.

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