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Wake Forest is the last of the other 11 ACC schools to play at Lane Stadium since Virginia Tech joined the ACC in 2004.
In Tom O’Brien’s 14 years as a head coach, a fullback has never rushed the football.
It was 20 years ago this week that Virginia was ranked No. 1 in the country. The Cavaliers moved into the top spot on Oct. 15 after a 31-0 win over NC State on Oct. 13, 1990. UVA was ranked No. 1 for three weeks.
No quarterback has ever led the ACC in rushing. Georgia Tech quarterback Joshua Nesbitt leads the conference this week with 90.5 rushing yards per game after a 109-yard effort against Virginia.
When Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer coaches Saturday against Wake Forest, he will pass Paul “Bear” Bryant in number of games coached at one’s alma mater. Bryant coached 287 games at Alabama. The Wake game will be Beamer’s 288th game at Virginia Tech.
For the second straight week, a true freshman receiver at BC recorded a 100-yard game. Against NC State, Alex Amidon had four catches for 104 yards and a 67-yard touchdown. Amidon’s performance came just one week after true freshman Bobby Swigert had seven catches for 137 yards and a 58-yard touchdown reception against Notre Dame.
With the 45-17 win over Miami, Florida State is 3-0 in the ACC for the first time since 2005. That is the last time the Seminoles captured the ACC Championship. FSU has been 3-0 in ACC games on 10 different occasions since joining the league in 1992 and have captured the ACC title each time.
North Carolina tailback Johnny White accounted for 70.2 percent of the Tar Heels’ offense in their 21-16 win over Clemson. He was the team’s leading rusher with 89 yards and receiver with 90 yards.
North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates has the lowest interception percentage in the country at .063. He has just one interception in 160 attempts. Yates has just one interception this year. He has not thrown an interception in four of UNC’s five games this year. Last season, there were only three games in which he did not throw an interception.
The Hurricanes rank ninth among BCS programs having played 11 true freshmen this fall.
Maryland’s defense already has 25 pass breakups after just 29 in all of 2009. Three Terps -- Antwine Perez, Adrian Moten, and Cameron Chism -- are tied for fourth in the ACC in passes defended (1.2 per game). As a team, the Terps are third in the ACC in both interceptions (seven) and pass breakups.
Duke leads the ACC and ranks sixth nationally in red-zone efficiency (17-18; .944). The Blue Devils opened the season with scoring conversions in their first 16 red-zone possessions before an interception at Maryland on October 2. One big reason for Duke’s success has been the performance of kicker Will Snyderwine, who is 9-of-10 on field goals this year (7-of-7 on red zone possessions). Snyderwine leads the ACC and is tied for 12th nationally in field goals, averaging 1.90 per game.
Over the last eight years, Clemson is 26-21 in games played before October 15, for a .553 winning percentage, and 34-13 in regular season games after October 15, a .723 winning percentage.
This is the fourth time in the past seven years Clemson has started 2-3. Each of the previous three times that has happened, Clemson has battled back to be bowl eligible.
Overall, Clemson has started 2-3 or worse eight seasons in the last 25 years and came back to become bowl eligible six of those eight years. Each of the last two times Clemson has started 2-3, the Tigers have come back to win at least eight games and finished in the final top 25 of the AP poll.