Friday, November 9, 2012
ACC Week 11: Did you know
By Andrea Adelson
Thanks as always to the sports information directors throughout the league, and ESPN's Stats & Information department for this week's notes.
BOSTON COLLEGE: Receiver Alex Amidon had 130 yards receiving against Wake Forest last week, the sixth time in nine games that he has topped 100 yards -- the most of any receiver in the league. He also has reached 1,000 yards for the first time in his career and now has 1,073 yards this season on 67 catches.
CLEMSON: Record watch. DeAndre Hopkins has 13 touchdown receptions on the season, closing in on the ACC single-season record of 17, set by former Duke All-America Clarkston Hines in 1989. Hopkins leads FBS this season with eight touchdown receptions that have gained 25 yards or more.
DUKE: Conner Vernon has now caught a pass in 45 consecutive games, every game of his Blue Devil career. The streak is the longest current streak in FBS, and Vernon has tied the ACC record set by North Carolina’s Corey Holliday during the 1990-93 seasons.
FLORIDA STATE: FSU entered Thursday night's game against Virginia Tech with the nation's No. 14 rushing offense but was held to minus-15 rushing yards in the 28-22 victory over the Hokies. The two worst rushing games for FSU since 1973 have both been wins. In 2006, FSU rushed for 1 yard in a win over Miami.
GEORGIA TECH: A-back Orwin Smith has racked up 992 all-purpose yards this season, and his 110.2 average is ninth in the ACC. His career average of 9.7 yards per carry is the highest by any active FBS player with 100 or more career carries.
MARYLAND: Joe Vellano ranks eighth on Maryland’s career tackles-for-loss list with 32 and will move past Shawne Merriman for seventh on the list with his next tackle for loss.
MIAMI: In each of its five wins this season, Miami has scored at least 30 points, including three wins when scoring 40 or more points -- all in ACC play. The Hurricanes have won seven consecutive games when scoring 30 or more points and are 16-1 in their past 17 such games.
NORTH CAROLINA: Carolina has won six games by a combined 175 points this season, while its three losses were decided by just nine total points. UNC’s average margin of victory in its six wins is 29.2 and the average margin of defeat in three games is 3 points.
NC STATE: The Wolfpack’s rushing game has been absent in the past four games -- two of them losses. NC State has averaged just 48 rushing yards per game in those contests. Three of those four opponents were ranked among the national leaders in rushing defense (Florida State, Maryland and North Carolina).
VIRGINIA: The Hoos have given up 122 combined rushing yards over the past three games (Maryland, Wake Forest, NC State), which comes out to 40.7 yards per game and 1.29 yards per rush.
VIRGINIA TECH: The loss to FSU was the second time this season the Hokies have lost in the final minute. FSU scored with 40 seconds remaining; on Sept. 29, Cincinnati scored with 13 seconds left to beat the Hokies. The last time Virginia Tech lost two games in the final minute was in 2003, against Pittsburgh and Cal. That year, Tech went 8-5, also the last time Virginia Tech lost five or more games in a season.
WAKE FOREST: The Deacs' game against NC State extends the longest, continuous series in the ACC as the two rivals have met every year since 1910 -- or 102 consecutive years. This week’s game marks the 106th meeting in the series, which began in Raleigh in 1895 and ended in a 4-4 tie.