- David M. Hale, College football
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Four weeks into the new season, and a few intra-conference matchups are beginning to separate the contenders and pretenders. Here are a handful of tidbits to shed some light on this weekend's games. (Hat tip, as always, to ESPN Stats and Information and ACC sports information departments.)
DUKE: Wide receiver Jamison Crowder has at least six catches in five consecutive games and 13 of his last 16. He has averaged 7.7 receptions per game so far in 2013, tops in the ACC. He also leads the ACC in punt-return yards (149) and is second in all-purpose yards (389).
FLORIDA STATE: In a 62-7 win over Nevada last week, eight different Seminoles scored touchdowns. That's one shy of the program record of nine, set in a 66-17 win over Memphis State in 1979. It's just the fourth time in program history that eight different offensive players scored a touchdown, however. The last time that happened was a 72-13 win over Wake Forest in 1995.
GEORGIA TECH: Vad Lee accounted for five total touchdowns in last week's win over Duke, including four through the air. He became the first Georgia Tech QB to throw for at least four touchdowns since 2006. This week, he takes on North Carolina. In last year's game, Lee led the Yellow Jackets to a 68-50 win -- the highest-scoring game in ACC history -- by throwing for a season-high 169 yards.
MARYLAND: The Terps are off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2001, when they won their first seven games of the year. That season, Maryland finished 10-2, won the ACC and played in the Orange Bowl. The biggest difference for Maryland so far has been the offense, which has eclipsed 500 total yards in each of its first three games. Only two other teams in the country have done that (Oregon, California).
MIAMI: Sophomore wide receiver Herb Waters has just 18 touches in 14 career games (15 receptions, three rushes) yet he's now found the end zone in four consecutive contests, dating back to last season.
NORTH CAROLINA: With two touchdown passes Saturday against Georgia Tech, UNC quarterback Bryn Renner would tie T.J. Yates for second on the school's all-time list with 58. The record belongs to Darian Durant, who finished his career with 68.
PITTSBURGH: The Panthers have utilized 12 true freshmen and seven redshirt freshmen already in 2013. Freshmen accounted for 37 of Pitt's 49 points in last week's win over New Mexico, and they lead the team in receiving (Tyler Boyd), rushing (James Conner) and scoring (Chris Blewitt).
SYRACUSE: A win over Tulane on Saturday would be the 700th in Syracuse program history. Only 14 other programs in college football have won at least 700 games. Virginia Tech is also looking for its 700th win this week, while Georgia Tech could become the third ACC team to reach that milestone this season with four more victories.
VIRGINIA: The Cavaliers finished 2012 ranked 114th nationally in turnover margin at a woeful minus-14, and the Virginia D mustered just four interceptions. New DC Jon Tenuta hopes to turn around those numbers in 2013, but he's off to a rough start. Virginia's minus-5 turnover margin is 121st nationally, and it has just one takeaway so far.
VIRGINIA TECH: The Hokies' defense has been exceptional so far this season, ranking second in the nation in total defense (190.7 yards per game) and yards allowed per play (3.36). Virginia Tech has allowed just three touchdowns in three games, and 30 of its opponents' 41 drives have ended in a punt, turnover or safety.
WAKE FOREST: Senior receiver Michael Campanaro caught 16 passes for 177 yards in a losing effort against Louisiana-Monroe last week. Those numbers are impressive, but it's not the first time Campanaro has hauled in that many passes. Against Boston College last year, Campanaro caught 16 balls for 123 yards and three touchdowns. He's the only receiver in ACC history with multiple 16-catch games. It's the fifth time in his career he's recorded double-digit receptions.
Four weeks into the new season, and a few intra-conference matchups are beginning to separate the contenders and pretenders. Here are a handful of tidbits to shed some light on this weekend's games.