Thanks as usual to the sports information directors throughout the league for these notes:
Clemson kicker Spencer Benton has five special teams tackles this year and 14 in his career. He is just a sophomore and has played in only 21 games. He is already Clemson’s career leader in tackles by a kicker. All 14 of his tackles have taken place on kickoffs. Benton’s nine tackles on kickoff returns last year was a single season record (special teams tackles date to 1986), and more than twice the previous record of four, set by Stephen Furr in 2002 and Mark Buchholz in 2007.
FSU quarterback Christian Ponder scored two rushing touchdowns in a 28-24 loss to NC State, marking the first time in his career he scored multiple rushing touchdowns in a single game.
NC State quarterback Russell Wilson rushed for three touchdowns in the win. The last NC State quarterback to rush for three touchdowns in a game was Preston Poag, who ran for three against Western Carolina in 1988. He is now responsible for 80 career touchdowns, second in school history and fifth in the ACC.
Wake Forest is the only FBS team to have three plays of 80-plus yards on the year. The three plays also mark the first time in school history the Deacons have had three plays of 80 yards or longer in the same season. Josh Harris' 87-yard touchdown run at Virginia Tech is tied for the fifth-longest rush in the country this season, while Devon Brown's 85-yard touchdown run against Presbyterian is tied for the seventh-longest rush in the nation. Marshall Williams' 81-yard scoring pass to Chris Givens is tied for the 11th-longest toss of the season
The Terps entered the BC game last in the ACC in third-down conversions (18 of 71/25.4 percent). Their best mark so far this season was 5-of-13 (38.5 percent) against Morgan State (9/11). Maryland converted on 10 of 19 chances (52.6 percent) against BC. The Terps had started the game just 1-of-5, but converted nine of their final 14 attempts.
Saturday’s game was originally scheduled as Carolina’s 2010 opener, but was moved to later in the season after the Tar Heels agreed to play LSU in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.
Fourteen different players have at least one reception this season for UNC, including OG Jonathan Cooper. For the first time since 2005, Carolina has five different receivers with more than 200 yards.
UVA is 0-4 all-time against ranked Miami squads, including a loss last year to the then-No. 16 Hurricanes.
Boston College running back Montel Harris needs 223 rushing yards in his final five regular season games to run for more yardage than any junior in league history. North Carolina’s Amos Lawrence holds the record, having rushed for 3,273 yards in his first three seasons en route to his ACC career runner-up total of 4,391 yards. NC State’s Ted Brown, who holds the ACC career standard of 4,602 yards, a mark that has stood for 32 years since 1978, had 3,112 yards at the end of his junior season.
Despite playing in only five games and starting three, Duke rookie linebacker Kelby Brown is tied for second in the ACC with two fumble recoveries. He is one of 10 players in the league with two or more fumble recoveries. Brown had one fumble recovery in his collegiate debut against Alabama and another against Miami. Through five games, Brown has 32 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss and one sack.
Georgia Tech ranks second nationally in rushing offense (317.4 ypg). Only four teams on the BCS level are rushing for more than 300 yards per game. The Yellow Jackets rushing average is the second-highest in Tech history. Only the 1975 team (329.7 ypg) had a higher average.
Damien Berry is one of only eight players nationally and seven running backs to record four straight games with 100 yards rushing. The Belle Glade native and three others share the distinction of having the longest active streak among FBS players. Berry will look to extend his streak to five games at Virginia on Saturday, which would tie it for the longest streak in NCAA FBS in 2010. The senior running back is one of only four players in Miami history -- NFL & UM stars Edgerrin James, Clinton Portis and Willis McGahee are the others -- to rush for 100 yards in four straight games.
For the first time in the modern history of the Virginia football program, a punter threw a touchdowns pass. Against Eastern Michigan, Jimmy Howell threw a 56-yard touchdown to safety Trey Womack. Howell, a former high school quarterback, became the first UVa punter to complete a pass since 2002. He also becomes the fourth Cavalier this season to throw a touchdown pass.
Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor is one of just two active FBS quarterbacks in the career 2,000 rushing/5,000 passing yard club. Taylor has rushed for 2,064 yards and passed for 5,876. He is joined by Nevada’s Colin Kapernick, who has rushed for 3,575 yards and passed for 8,556 yards. Taylor is fourth nationally in passing efficiency, third nationally in yards per attempt passing and has thrown 10 touchdown passes since his last interception.