The ACC bowl season begins today with the Belk Bowl, as Duke faces Cincinnati in Charlotte. Thanks to the sports information directors throughout the league for this bowl edition of Did You Know?
CLEMSON: Clemson has an 11-11 record in bowl games against top-25 opponents. That includes a 27-14 win over #6 Tennessee in the 2004 Peach Bowl, the last time the Tigers defeated a top-25 team in a bowl game. Overall, Clemson has a 1-4 record against top-25 teams in the Peach/Chick-fil-A Bowl.
DUKE: Conner Vernon and Jamison Crowder have both totaled over 900 receiving yards this season, marking the first time in school history that two Duke receivers have both reached that mark. Both rank among the ACC’s top five for receiving yards in a season and have combined for 1,980 receiving yards, which ranks as the highest total by a Duke receiving duo in school history.
FLORIDA STATE: The Seminole defense recorded two more three-and-outs against Georgia Tech in the ACC championship game to push its nation-leading total to 80 three-and-out series. Florida State has now forced a three-and-out in 80 of its 172 series played, ranking first in the nation with a 46.5 percentage.
GEORGIA TECH: Georgia Tech has rushed for more than 4,000 yards in a season for the fourth straight year. Over the past five seasons combined, the Yellow Jackets have rushed for more than 20,000 yards, or the equivalent of 11.36 miles.
NC STATE: NC State is the national leader in third down conversion defense. The Wolfpack has allowed its opponents to convert at just a 27.17 clip this season. That mark is the school record (dating back to 1983, the first year the statistic was recorded). The opposition has converted on third down just 50 times in 2012, the second-lowest mark in school history. In eight of the Pack’s 12 games this season, the opposition converted on third down four or less times.
VIRGINIA TECH: PK Cody Journell has made good on five field goals this season in the final three minutes of regulation or in overtime. Each of Journell’s late field goals has tied the score, put Virginia Tech in the lead or won the game.