Here's your weekly dose of ACC knowledge, thanks to the sports information directors throughout the league.
Virginia Tech’s 28-21 win over Georgia Tech marked the 200th game for Bud Foster as Virginia Tech’s defensive coordinator/co-coordinator. He was the co-coordinator in 1995 and took over in 1996, a position he has held since.
Georgia Tech has now lost consecutive games for the first time under coach Paul Johnson.
Clemson’s current six-game winning streak over NC State is its longest active winning streak over any league opponent and the longest by the Tigers against an ACC opponent since it won eight in a row over Maryland from 1993-2000.
Despite losing two starting offensive tackles to season-ending injuries (Justin Gilbert, knee; Pete DeSouza, fractured legs), the Terps have allowed just five sacks in their four ACC games. Only Clemson (4) has surrendered fewer.
This week the ACC is conducting its inaugural “ACC Fall Sportsmanship Week.” Throughout the first week of November, every team will showcase its dedication to the ideals of sportsmanship by participating in a pregame handshake. Over 40 events will be part of the 2010 ACC Fall Sportsmanship Week including all of the ACC’s home football games.
Boston College senior cornerback Chris Fox made the first start of his career against Clemson last weekend in place of the injured DeLeon Gause. Fox, who has been a special-teams player and Gause’s backup, made career highs with five tackles, three solo tackles and three pass breakups. Two of those breakups were at the goal line. Entering the season, Fox had two career tackles.
Florida State’s tailback trio of Chris Thompson, Jermaine Thomas and Ty Jones has equally shared the rushing load for the Seminoles, who are averaging 207.4 yards per game. Thompson (484 yards), Thomas (446) and Jones (426) have all eclipsed 400 rushing yards through eight games. A quarter century has passed since Florida State had three running backs with more than 400 rushing yards at the end of the season. Tony Smith (678), Victor Floyd (619) and Cletis Jones (405) last pulled off the feat in 1985.
Miami wide receiver Leonard Hankerson is having one of the most productive seasons in school history. Through eight games, Hankerson has 44 catches for 681 yards and a team-best nine touchdowns. He has scored at least one touchdown in six of UM’s eight games and needs just two more receiving touchdowns to tie Michael Irvin’s single-season school record mark of 11 set in 1986. After recording 801 receiving yards last season, Hankerson is also looking to become just the third player in school history to record back-to-back 800-yard receiving seasons. Michael Irvin (840 in 1985; 868 in 1986) and Andre Johnson (881 in 2001; 1,092 in 2002) are the only other Canes to have ever accomplished the feat.
Over the last three games, North Carolina receiver Dwight Jones has 20 receptions for 379 yards and two touchdowns, an average of 19.0 yards per reception. He leads the Tar Heels with 32 receptions and 483 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Jones had a career-high nine catches for 107 yards, his second career 100-yard game in three weeks, in the win over William & Mary.
Eight games into the 2010 season, NC State has not lost a single player for the season due to injury. Only one starter -- offensive tackle Mikel Overgaard -- has been injured and forced to miss time. He started the first three games before injuring his elbow and missed three games. This healthy trend is a complete reversal of Tom O’Brien’s first three years. In the past three seasons, players who were starters at one point in their careers missed a total of 180 games. That’s an average of 60 games missed per season.
Virginia cornerback Chase Minnifield is tied for the lead among all FBS players with six interceptions this season. “Mini” had two picks against Miami in UVa’s 24-19 upset last Saturday. Minnifield is currently tied for 14th on the UVA career interceptions list with 10. Among the players he is tied with are College Football Hall of Famer Bill Dudley (1939-41) and Paul London (1992-95), the brother of coach Mike London. Minnifield’s father, Frank, was a four-time Pro Bowler who played nine seasons for the Cleveland Browns. He made sure his son would understand the meaning of success when he was born. Chase’s first name comes from Chase Manhattan Bank. His Middle name? Onassis.
Ten true freshmen quarterbacks have started a game this season in the FBS. Saturday could mark the first time that two of those quarterbacks have faced one another. Wake Forest’s Tanner Price has started five games for the Deacs, including the last three, while BC’s Chase Rettig has started three games this season.
Duke’s two straight victories over Virginia in 2008-09 marked the first back-to-back wins over the Cavaliers since 1981-82.The last time Duke defeated Virginia in three consecutive seasons came on the tail end of a five-game streak between 1974-78.