Thanks as always to the sports information directors throughout the league for our dose of ACC knowledge:
In 1998 and 1999, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson was the head coach at Georgia Southern and Miami offensive coordinator Mark Whipple was the head coach at UMass when the two teams met in the FCS (then called I-AA) playoffs. In ‘98, Whipple’s UMass team beat Johnson’s GSU team in the national championship game, 55-43. The next year in the quarterfinals, Johnson and the Eagles beat Whipple and the Minutemen, 38-21.
Virginia Tech is 21-2 in November games since joining the ACC in 2004.
Virginia Tech is a perfect 10-0 in ACC games played in the state of North Carolina (2-0 at Wake Forest; 2-0 at NC State; 3-0 at Duke; 3-0 at UNC).
In his first career start, Lamar Miller rushed for a career-high 125 yards on 22 carries -- the most rushing yards by a Hurricane back this season. The last time a freshman rushed for as many yards was on Sept. 30, 2006, when Javarris James ran for 148 yards against Houston to set a freshman record. He is the second Hurricane back to achieve it this season, alongside Damien Berry. He is the first freshman to record a 100-yard rushing game since Graig Cooper racked up 101 yards versus Duke on Sept. 29, 2007.
It only took BC 32 seconds to score last week in the win over Wake Forest. Linebacker Luke Kuechly intercepted Tanner Price on the first play from scrimmage, and the Eagles' offense started on the Wake Forest 35-yard line. After a 9-yard completion, running back Montel Harris scored a 26-yard touchdown run with 14:28 on the clock. It was the second-fastest touchdown that BC has scored since joining the ACC in 2005. L.V. Whitworth scored 22 seconds into the game against Ball State on October 1, 2005, with a 14-yard run.
The Terps have scored six defensive touchdowns over the past 12 games, including four this season (all interception returns for touchdowns) which matches the team’s total from the past five years (two in 2009, one in 2006, one in 2005). In fact, since 1987, the Terps have posted as many as three defensive scores just three times (1998-00). Additionally, the four interception returns for touchdowns lead the ACC this season, with the other 11 teams combining for 14. Boston College, Clemson, Miami, UNC and NC State have posted two apiece.
Duke is 30-of-32 (.938) in the red zone this season with 19 touchdowns and 11 field goals. Duke’s red-zone conversion percentage of .938 leads the ACC and ranks third nationally. Duke is the only team in the ACC with a conversion percentage of over 90 percent and are a perfect 10-of-10 in the red zone in the past three games.
UNC quarterback T.J. Yates needs nine completions to set the UNC career record. He has 693 completions and trails only Darian Durant, who had 701 from 2001-04. Yates needs 485 yards to become Carolina’s all-time passing leader. He currently ranks second behind Durant, who threw for 8,755 yards from 2001-04. Yates and Durant are the only two players in UNC history to throw for 2,000 or more yards in three different seasons. Yates 2010 interception percentage of 1.476 currently ranks first in school history just ahead of Chris Keldorf’s 1.479 mark in 1997 (5 INT in 338 attempts).
Virginia receiver Dontrelle Inman had never had a 100-yard receiving day during his career prior to Saturday’s game at Duke. In the Cavaliers’ 55-48 loss, Inman finished with 10 catches for 239 yards, the second-best receiving yardage total of any FBS player in a game this season. Inman’s total was the 13th best performance in ACC history and the fourth most by a receiver in a road game. Inman had more receiving yards by himself than seven ACC teams totaled this past week in their games.
Clemson’s defense has allowed just one touchdown each of the past four games. Clemson, TCU and West Virginia are the only schools in the nation who can make that claim. West Virginia actually has a five-game streak. In terms of total touchdowns allowed by the defense in the last four games, TCU, West Virginia and Temple have allowed just three and Clemson is next with four allowed by the defense (special teams and defensive scores not included). Ohio State is next with five TDs allowed in its past four games, while Boise State, Pittsburgh and Miami are next with six apiece. Boston College, Northern Illinois and Oklahoma have given up seven apiece. Clemson has given up just 18 touchdowns on defense for the season, tied for eighth best in the nation. Clemson is 12th overall in scoring defense, allowing 17.6 points per game.
Florida State entered last week’s game against North Carolina ranked last nationally in kickoff return yardage. The ‘Noles no longer occupy that spot, thanks to a record-breaking performance by Greg Reid. He smashed a 37-year-old school record when he returned seven kickoffs for 193 yards in the Seminoles’ 37-35 loss to the Tar Heels. Reid’s 193 kickoff return yards broke the single-game record set by Leon Bright in 1974, when he went for 184 against Virginia Tech. It helped FSU jump nine spots in the NCAA rankings for kickoff returns. With 487 kickoff return yards on the season, Reid is within reach of Michael Ray Garvin’s single-season record of 697, established in 2007.
Wake Forest senior wide receiver Marshall Williams threw his second career touchdown pass when he hit Chris Givens with a 41-yard pass against Boston College on Nov. 6. On the season, Williams has completed both of his pass attempts for 122 yards and two touchdowns. He threw an 81-yard touchdown pass to Givens in a win over Duke. As a former high school quarterback, Williams has specialized in the end-around-pass. For the season, Williams has a quarterback efficiency rating of 942.2. For his career, Williams is 5-for-5 passing for 174 yards and two touchdowns, giving him a career efficiency rating of 524.32.