Friday, September 23, 2011
Week 4: Did you know?
By Heather Dinich
Here’s your weekly dose of ACC knowledge, thanks to the sports information directors throughout the league:
ACC: All 12 ACC coaching staffs will participate in Coach to Cure MD this week and join coaches nationwide by wearing a special arm patch to raise awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Wake Forest has a bye week but will wear the patches at a later date. A total of 109 out of 120 FBS schools will take part in Coach to Cure MD this week.
BOSTON COLLEGE: BC and Massachusetts played annually for 16 years (from 1966-82). Saturday’s game will mark the first time they’ve met, though, since 2007. Boston College leads the series 18-5. The Eagles have won each of the past six meetings dating back to 1978, including a 24-14 win on Sept. 29, 2007.
CLEMSON: In each of the past two games the Tigers have had at least 200 yards rushing and 200 yards passing. Overall, the Tigers are 55-0-1 when getting at least 200 yards or each in the same game in history.
DUKE: For the first time since 1980, Duke’s offense had six players with at least five catches and 50 receiving yards in a single game in last week’s win over Boston College. Quarterback Sean Renfree completed a school single-game record 41 passes against the Eagles with five receivers -- Donovan Varner (12-78), Brandon Braxton (9-60), Juwan Thompson (7-50), Cooper Helfet (6-59) and Conner Vernon (6-116) -- catching at least six balls.
FLORIDA STATE: Florida State freshman wide receiver Rashad Greene has put together back-to-back games with touchdown receptions of 50 yards or longer -- a 69-yard scoring reception from redshirt freshman quarterback Clint Trickett against Charleston Southern and a 56-yard touchdown catch, also from Trickett, against Oklahoma. He is the first Florida State freshman receiver with touchdown receptions of 50 or more yards in consecutive games since Kurt Unglaub in 1976.
GEORGIA TECH: A win over North Carolina on Saturday would make Georgia Tech 4-0 for the first time since 1990, the year it won a share of the national championship.
MARYLAND: Since the beginning of the 2010 season, Maryland has scored 126 points off turnovers (36), while the opposition has been held to 27 points (17). Maryland scored 16 points off four Miami miscues, but did not allow the Hurricanes to score off its lone turnover. Despite turning the ball over three times against. West Virginia, the Terps allowed just seven points off those interceptions. Conversely, WVU turned the ball over three times and the Terps scored 10 points.
MIAMI: The Canes’ defense held Ohio State to 10 or fewer yards on five of their 11 possessions last week, only one of which lasted more than six plays. The Buckeyes’ longest play of the game was 17 yards.
NORTH CAROLINA: Everett Withers is the first North Carolina coach to start his career 3-0 since George Barclay in 1953. Since the ACC began in 1953, no first-year UNC coach has ever started 4-0. Withers was named UNC’s interim head coach on July 28th, just six weeks before the season began. He earned his first win as a head coach with a 42-10 victory over JMU. Withers is the first African-American head football coach in UNC history and only the fourth in ACC history.
NC STATE: Heading into Thursday night's game against Cincinnati, NC State had allowed quarterback Mike Glennon to be sacked eight times in three games. Last night, the Bearcats sacked NC State quarterbacks a total of seven times, for a grand total of 15 in four games. FSU was the only team that had allowed more (10) after three games.
VIRGINIA: Virginia has run 228 offensive plays to 190 for its opponents; that’s an advantage of nearly 13 snaps per game.
VIRGINIA TECH: Two former Hokies -- Frank Loria and Rick Tolley -- were on the Marshall staff that was part of the Southern Airways Flight 932 that crashed on Nov. 14, 1970 as the team was returning from East Carolina. Loria played for the Hokies from 1965-1967, helping Tech to a berth in the 1966 Liberty Bowl. He joined the Marshall University coaching staff in 1969 as the defensive backs coach. Loria played safety in the same defensive backfield with Tech head coach Frank Beamer. Tolley played football as a center and linebacker at Tech from 1958-61 and was the head coach of the Marshall football team during the 1969 and 1970 seasons.
WAKE FOREST: Wake Forest has had a player record 100 or more reception yards in each of its first three games this year, for the first time since 1998. Junior Chris Givens accomplished the feat against Syracuse (154) and NC State (111), while senior Danny Dembry had 126 yards against Gardner-Webb.