Here’s your daily dose of ACC fun facts to make you seem a little smarter at the water cooler today. (Thanks to sports information directors in the league for these tidbits). Did you know …
The Yellow Jackets’ 372 yards rushing last Saturday were the third-most in college football in Week 1. Only Air Force (437 yards) and Wake Forest (415) rushed for more.
Clemson Memorial Stadium was built in 1942, but it adopted the nickname “Death Valley” in the late 1940s. The name came from Presbyterian coach Lonnie McMillan, who called it “Death Val-ley” during preseason articles about the upcoming game. Bradley recalled that he referred to it that way because it was a tough place to play. No kidding - McMillan had a 1-12 record against Clemson in Death Valley, with the one win coming in 1943, 13-12. Ironically (or fittingly), McMillan still has lost more games at Clemson than any other visiting coach.
Boston College had a total of 25 players that were either freshmen or sophomores on the two-deep last weekend - including 13 freshmen. Two freshmen earned starts against Weber State - receiver Jonathan Coleman and true freshman linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis. Coleman led all receivers with 98 yards on three catches, and Pierre-Louis made six tackles (five solo) and had a tackle for a loss. This week, there are 23 freshmen or sophomores on the two-deep.
In the David Cutcliffe era, the Blue Devils have scored 30 or more points in 10 games, yielding a 7-3 record. Two of the three defeats have come against Wake Forest, with the Demon Deacons winning in overtime, 33-30 in 2008, and 45-34 last year.
Fathers of two Duke freshmen — Brandon Braxton and Braxton Deaver — played together at Wake Forest. Shannon Braxton lettered three seasons (1986-87-88) as a defensive end with the Demon Deacons before embarking on a 71-game career in the NFL, and Jay Deaver lettered four campaigns (1985-86-87-88) at Wake Forest as an offensive guard.
UVA will be playing its first game in the state of California, and when USC played at UVA in 2008, it was the program’s first trip to Virginia.
Remember that 22 players on the Cavaliers’ current roster faced USC in 2008, so there’s some familiarity there that should help overcome any sense of awe from playing in front of the largest crowd many of them will see in their college careers.
Virginia Tech has not allowed a point in its past nine quarters against James Madison University.
Under coach Frank Beamer, the Hokies have played two games in a seven-day or less span six previous times like they will this week after playing Boise State on Monday night with JMU looming on Saturday. The only time Tech lost the second game in that span was in 1997 when the Hokies fell to Virginia six days after playing Pittsburgh with both games coming on the road.
Between the last practice before last year’s season finale against North Carolina (Nov. 26, 2009) and the first practice of this year’s fall camp (Aug. 3, 2010), 250 days elapsed. That’s the amount of time that Wolfpack quarterback Russell Wilson DID NOT practice football. He missed spring practice. He missed seven-on-seven drills in the summer. He missed football workouts in the Murphy Center weight room. Instead, he was playing baseball for the Wolfpack squad in the spring and for the Colorado Rockies’ Tri-Cities Dust Devils in the summer. Didn’t matter. Wilson threw for four touchdowns and 306 yards against Western Carolina, and he completed 68 percent of his throws (21 of 31).
Navy ran 32 plays in the red zone against Maryland, but was only able to come away with points twice in seven trips. Navy missed a 32-yard field goal on its first possession of the game, but went inside the Maryland 5-yard line on four trips without scoring. The Terps forced two fumbles, stopped a Navy drive at the end of the first half and had a goal-line stand in the final minute of the game to secure the win.
Sophomore wide receiver Jheranie Boyd had a breakout game for UNC against LSU with six receptions for 221 yards and a touchdown. His 97-yard touchdown reception was the longest play from scrimmage in school history. He also had a 75-yard reception, and his 221 yards are seven more than he had all of 2009 (214). Through the first week of the season, Boyd led the nation in receiving yards per game (221) and all-purpose yards per game (287).
Wake Forest redshirt freshman running back Josh Harris carried six times for 74 yards and two touchdowns in the 53-13 win against Presbyterian. It was the second-best ever debut by a Wake Forest running back. The top debut by a rookie back came in 2004 when Micah Andrews carried 17 times for 125 yards and three touchdowns in a win against North Carolina A&T
Twenty-six players were drafted from the Miami team that played in the 2003 loss to Ohio State, including 12 first-round draft picks.
Maryland is playing two in-state rivals for the first time since 1937. That year, they played St. John’s College of Annapolis (which doesn’t have football) and Western Maryland College (which is now McDaniel College).