Friday, November 22, 2013
ACC Week 13: Did you know?
By Matt Fortuna
As always, a big thank you to ESPN Stats & Info, along with sports information departments across the ACC, for these tidbits.
BOSTON COLLEGE: The Eagles are fifth among FBS schools in red-zone offense through 10 games. They have scored on 21 of 22 chances inside the red zone and are in second place among league opponents. BC has scored 13 touchdowns (six rushing touchdowns and seven passing touchdowns) and has kicked eight field goals to account for their 18 scores from inside the red zone.
CLEMSON: The Tigers play the Citadel for the first time since 2008 and have won the last 15 meetings between the schools, with the Bulldogs' last win coming in 1931, which was their last win over an ACC team. They are 0-48-1 since against current ACC schools, and are 6-66-2 all-time against the conference. Clemson has never lost to a non-FBS team since the NCAA split into divisions in 1978, and is 28-0 in such games (including a win against NAIA Wofford in 1981).
DUKE: Duke beat Wake Forest last year 34-27, also in Winston-Salem, to snap a 12-game losing streak in the series. Now Duke will attempt to win consecutive meetings with Wake Forest for the first time since 1998-99. A close game could be in store as six of the last seven meetings have been decided by seven points or fewer.
FLORIDA STATE: Florida State is outscoring opponents by an average of 41.6 ppg, the second-highest scoring margin in the FBS (Baylor is first at 43.8). Recently, the Seminoles have put games away early. They have outscored their last four opponents in the first half by a combined score of 143-14 (32.2 PPG). Idaho has lost 27 of its last 28 games against BCS AQ opponents, with the lone win over that stretch coming this season against Temple. Prior to that, the Vandals had not won a game against an AQ opponent since 2000, when they defeated Washington State.
GEORGIA TECH: Senior Jeremiah Attaochu (27 career sacks) is four sacks shy of tying the Georgia Tech career record of 31 held by Greg Gathers. With one more sack, Attaochu will tie former Clemson standouts Michael Dean Perry and Gaines Adams for 10th place on the ACC’s all-time sacks list. Of the 12 players in ACC history who recorded more sacks than Attaochu currently has, seven were NFL first-round draft picks.
MARYLAND: The Terrapins have 30 sacks on the season, which is already the most by a Maryland defense since 2003, when the Terps finished with 35. Defensive lineman Andre Monroe led the charge last week at Virginia Tech with a career-best three sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss. Monroe is tied for ninth in the ACC with 6.5 sacks and he has recorded 11.5 career sacks in 19 games. His final sack of the contest came in overtime and helped the Terps hold the Hokies to a field goal.
MIAMI: Quarterback Stephen Morris has put up decent numbers during the Hurricanes' losing streak. During this month, Morris has thrown two touchdown passes each game, averaged nearly 300 passing yards per game (298) and has an opponent-adjusted QBR of 85.2 during the losing streak.
NORTH CAROLINA: Freshman Ryan Switzer has the single-season school record with three punt return touchdowns. The ACC single-season record is four by Maryland’s Steve Suter in 2002. The ACC career mark is six, also held by Suter. Three of Switzer’s last five punt returns have gone for touchdowns. The Tar Heels are sixth in the country in punt returns with a 16.33 average. UNC, North Texas and USC are the nation's only schools with three punt return touchdowns.
NC STATE: The Wolfpack entered the season with just 11 returning starters. Since then, NC State has been bitten hard by the injury bug, with a total of 37 games already missed by players who were listed as starters coming into the season. Of those games missed, 29 have come on the offensive side of the ball. In addition, another 10 games have been missed by key skill players on offense. The quarterback and wide receiver positions have been hit especially hard, as quarterbacks have missed seven total games and wide receivers have missed 12.
PITT: The Panthers and Orange have played every season since 1955. The Panthers have won seven of their past eight meetings with the Orange. However, Syracuse triumphed in last year’s game, 14-13, in the Carrier Dome. It was the Orange’s first victory in the series since 2004. Pitt leads the all-time series 34-31-2, but is 14-18-3 at Syracuse.
SYRACUSE: Syracuse and Pitt both rank among the top 20 FBS programs in all-time wins. The Orange are 16th with 703 victories. The Panthers are 19th with 688. Presented every year since 1936, the Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy recognizes the best FBS team in the Northeast. SU has claimed the trophy seven times, most recently in 1998, which is tied with Army for second-most. Pitt is fourth, with six.
VIRGINIA: The win over Miami last year was also the last time Virginia won an ACC game. The Cavaliers have lost eight straight conference games since that win over Miami, including an 0-6 ACC mark this season. Virginia hasn't finished an ACC winless since 1981 (0-6).
WAKE FOREST: Wake Forest has only allowed 28 fourth-quarter points all season, tied for fourth-fewest among FBS schools. It’s the same number of fourth-quarter points that Alabama has yielded. Duke is right behind, allowing just 34 fourth-quarter points on the season, seventh among FBS schools.