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Friday, November 4, 2011
Week 10: Did you know?

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Thanks as always to the sports information directors throughout the league for this week’s notes:

ACC: The ACC leads all leagues in pass plays of 75 or more yards. When Virginia running back Perry Jones took a short pass from quarterback Michael Rocco 78 yards for a touchdown against Miami, it was the eighth scoring pass play of 75 yards or longer in the conference this year. The Pac-12 is second (6), followed by the Sun Belt (5), the SEC, Conference USA, the Mid-American and Big Ten all with four. The WAC has had three such plays and the Big East two. NC State and Georgia Tech each have had two scoring pass plays of 75 or more yards and they are joined by Virginia, Miami, North Carolina and Wake Forest all have one 75+ yard scoring play each. -- Mike Finn

BOSTON COLLEGE: Linebacker Luke Kuechly had 20 tackles in the loss to Florida State, the fourth 20-plus tackle performance of his career. He needed just one half to extend his streak of double-digit tackles to 31 consecutive games, the longest active streak in FBS college football. After Thursday’s game, Kuechly has 491 career tackles and ranks seventh on the ACC career tackles list. -- BC’s postgame notes

CLEMSON: When Clemson plays Wake Forest on Nov. 12, the Tigers can clinch the Atlantic Division for the second time in three years. Two years ago, the Tigers won the division with a victory over Virginia on senior day. Now the 2011 Clemson seniors can do the same thing. The Tigers also will be looking to finish the home schedule with a 7-0 record, which would be the first undefeated finish in Death Valley since 1990 (6-0). -- Tim Bourret

DUKE: Donovan Varner is aiming to become the first player in ACC history with three seasons of 60-plus receptions. He is one of 12 players in league history with two seasons of more than 60 catches. With 51 this season, Vernon has become just the third player in Duke history to have three seasons with 50 or more pass receptions, joining Clarkston Hines and Scottie Montgomery. -- Art Chase

FLORIDA STATE: With Lonnie Pryor's fourth-quarter rushing touchdown against BC on Thursday night, FSU has now scored 15 rushing touchdowns in the last five games. Quite a turnaround when you consider Florida State had just three in the first four games of the season. -- FSU postgame notes

GEORGIA TECH: Between 1967 and head coach Paul Johnson’s arrival in 2008, Tech went 2-29-1 at home against teams ranked in the top 10. Johnson is 2-0 at home against top-10 teams -- a win over No. 4 Virginia Tech in 2009 and a victory against No. 6 Clemson Oct. 29. -- Dean Buchan

MARYLAND: Defensive tackle Joe Vellano has had double-digit tackles in three of the past four games, including 10 in Saturday’s Boston College game. The nation’s leader in tackles among defensive linemen (7.75 per game), Vellano is averaging 10.6 stops over the past five games, including a career-best 20 vs. Georgia Tech (10/8), a mark which still ranks tied for seventh on the 2011 FBS single-game tackle chart and is the most for defensive lineman since 2006. -- Shawn Nestor

MIAMI: With 45 more receiving yards, senior wide receiver Travis Benjamin will become just the sixth player in program history to reach the 2,000-yard plateau. Benjamin is on the verge of joining former UM and NFL greats Santana Moss, Reggie Wayne, Michael Irvin, Lamar Thomas and Leonard Hankerson. -- Miami game notes

NORTH CAROLINA: In North Carolina’s six wins this season, the Tar Heels are outscoring their opponents 49-0 in the first quarter. In the three losses, opponents are outscoring Carolina 30-14. UNC outscored its opponents 42-3 in the first quarter through the first six games of the season but was outscored 27-7 in the next two games vs. Miami (17-0) and Clemson (10-7), both losses. The Tar Heels bounced back to lead Wake Forest, 14-0, in the first quarter last weekend. -- Kevin Best

NC STATE: NC State quarterback Mike Glennon and UNC quarterback Bryn Renner last played against each other in high school. Glennon attended Westfield High School in Centreville, Va., and Renner was two years behind him at West Springfield High. Those schools are just 18 miles apart according to Google Maps. In 2007, the two quarterbacks squared off in the Virginia high school playoffs, with Glennon’s Westfield squad coming out on top. The two also played against each other in Little League basketball and other youth sports. -- Annabelle Myers

VIRGINIA: Virginia is averaging 186.4 rushing yards per game. That number is the second-highest amount by the Cavaliers in the past 12 seasons. During that time, only the 2004 team (242.8) had a higher rushing average than the current 2011 squad. Virginia rushed for 1,672 yards in 2010 through 12 games. Through eight games, UVa has rushed for 1,491 yards, needing 182 yards to surpass its 2010 total. -- Jim Daves

VIRGINIA TECH: Coach Frank Beamer earned his 248th career victory last Saturday when the Hokies won at Duke -- their school and ACC record 11th-straight road victory. With one more win, Beamer will tie Lou Holtz (249) for eighth place all-time in FBS wins. That next opportunity will come on Nov. 10 when the Hokies travel to Atlanta for an ESPN-televised game at Georgia Tech. -- Bryan Johnston

WAKE FOREST: When Notre Dame visits BB&T Field on Saturday, the Irish are guaranteed of playing in front of their smallest audience in a number of years. If Wake Forest were to equal its stadium record attendance of 37,623 set against North Carolina in 2004, it would be the smallest crowd to watch a Notre Dame game since 1981 when Air Force drew 36,700 fans to Colorado Springs. BB&T Field, with a listed seating capacity of 31,500, is the smallest stadium to host a Notre Dame game since Dec. 1, 1945 when the Irish played the Great Lakes Naval Training Station (22,000). -- Steve Shutt