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Monday, December 24, 2012
Bowling by the numbers

By Heather Dinich

Here's a quick look at some of the ACC's more interesting numbers as we get ready for the league's six bowls to start this week:

31 -- Florida State will be going to a bowl game for the 31st consecutive year, the longest current streak in the nation. The streak began during the 1982 season.

3 -- The number of career interception returns for touchdowns for NC State cornerback David Amerson. He enters the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl with 18 career picks, and the Pack owns a 12-2 record in games in which he has picked off a pass.

3.5 -- The number of future ACC teams who are going bowling this season. Syracuse (Pinstripe Bowl) and Pittsburgh (BBVA Compass Bowl) will be joining the ACC for the 2013 season, while the entry date for Louisville (Allstate Sugar Bowl) has yet to be determined. And of course the ACC would also like to claim Notre Dame (Discover BCS National Championship Game), which will not join the ACC for football, but will play five games annually with ACC teams beginning in 2014.

5 -- Five ACC teams rank among the nation’s top 19 in bowl winning percentage among schools who have been to 15 or more bowl games. Florida State is ranked 6th (.634, 25-14-2) followed by Boston College (10th, .591, 13-9-0), NC State (14th, .558, 14-11-1), Georgia Tech (15th, .550, 22-18-0) and Miami (19th, .527, 19-17-0).

12 -- With Duke headed to the Belk Bowl this season, all 12 ACC schools have now been to a postseason bowl game in at least one of the past three seasons.

10 -- Clemson won 10 games this season for the second straight season. The last time the Tigers posted back-to-back 10-win seasons was in 1989-1990 under former coach Ken Hatfield.

54 -- Since the ACC became a 12-team league in 2005, the conference has sent 54 teams to bowl games, which ties the Big 12 for the second-highest total over the past eight seasons.

56 -- In just two seasons as the starting quarterback at Virginia Tech, junior Logan Thomas has accounted for 56 touchdowns running or passing.

1,107 -- The number of rushing yards by Georgia Tech’s quarterbacks this season. Senior Tevin Washington (638) and redshirt freshman Vad Lee (492) have combined for 1,130 yards and 28 touchdowns.