Friday, September 2, 2011
Week 1: Did you know?
By Heather Dinich
A little dose of ACC notes you hopefully haven't heard already ...
BOSTON COLLEGE: The Boston College defense has allowed just eight 100-yard rushers since 2005, a mark tied with Alabama and Ohio State for best in the country. Virginia Tech RB Ryan Williams was the last player to run for 100 yards (or more) against BC. He rushed for 159 yards on 18 carries in a 48-14 win at Lane Stadium on Oct. 10, 2009.
CLEMSON: Since 1977, Clemson quarterbacks are a combined 14-6 when making their first start. Four of the last five Clemson quarterbacks have won their first start with the only loss coming in Dabo Swinney’s first game as head coach against Georgia Tech in October of 2008.
DUKE: Duke’s two quarterbacks, Sean Renfree and sophomore Brandon Connette, combined for 12 of the Blue Devils’ 19 rushing touchdowns last season. Renfree accounted for four scores while Connette led the team with eight. The 12 rushing touchdowns from the quarterback position tied a school record set in 1976 when quarterback Mike Dunn ran for a team-high 12 touchdowns.
FLORIDA STATE: This is the first time since 2004 that Florida State was the highest ranked team from the state of Florida in the preseason AP Poll. FSU was fifth that year and didn't even make it past week two without a loss, en route to a 9-3 season with a final ranking of 15.
MARYLAND: During the past 10 seasons, Maryland has had three full-time punters (Brooks Barnard, Adam Podlesh, and Travis Baltz), three long snappers (Jon Condo, Andrew Schmitt and Tim Downs) and zero blocked punts. The Terrapins’ streak without a blocked punt goes back 137 games, the longest streak in college football.
MIAMI: The opener at Maryland is the first of only three games the Canes will play outside of Florida this season. The others are at Virginia Tech on Oct. 8 and at North Carolina the following week.
NORTH CAROLINA: Tailback Ryan Houston, a native of Charlotte, N.C., has scored 17 touchdowns in his past 25 games. He is tied for second place among all returning ACC runners in career touchdowns with 18. He rushed for a team-best 713 yards on 191 carries and scored nine touchdowns in 2009.
NC STATE: TE George Bryan is tied for the conference’s lead in career receiving TDs among active players (13) and is eight yards short of 1,000 for his career.
VIRGINIA: PK Robert Randolph is 30-for- 37 (.811) in career field-goal accuracy. Randolph, who scored on a fake field goal at Duke on Nov. 20, was one of only two kickers to record a touchdown last season in FBS play. He’s the only ACC kicker to find the end zone since at least the 2005 season.
VIRGINIA TECH: Virginia Tech senior wide receiver Jarrett Boykin needs just four catches to become the school’s all-time leader in receptions (126 by Ernest Wilford, 2000-03).