Here’s your weekly dose of ACC notes to make you feel smarter, thanks to the sports information directors throughout the league. If you’re going to the Duke-Stanford game, you might want to take a few classes first to feel included.
ACC: There were 14 touchdowns scored by ACC true or redshirt freshmen in the opening games of their careers this past weekend. A total of eight touchdowns were by true freshmen, including Virginia running back Kevin Parks (3) and receiver Clifton Richardson; Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins and runing back Mike Bellamy and Florida State running back Devonta Freeman and receiver Rashad Greene.
BOSTON COLLEGE: Whether or not running back Montel Harris returns from a knee injury against Central Florida remains to be seen, but here’s one stat you might not know about him: Harris has lost just six fumbles in 832 career touches.
CLEMSON: It only took 26 seconds for Clemson true freshman receiver Sammy Watkins to score a touchdown in his collegiate career. Watkins caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tajh Boyd at the 14:34 mark of the first quarter in the Tigers 43-19 win over Troy -- the quickest ever for a Clemson player.
DUKE: Duke has lost 42 straight games against ranked opponents, last beating No. 13 Virginia in 1994. The Blue Devils last beat a top-10 team in 1989, when Steve Spurrier’s Duke squad knocked off No. 7 Clemson. Since then, they’ve lost 20 straight against top-10 opponents.
FLORIDA STATE: Florida State is 14-0 all-time against FCS opponents since the NCAA split Division I in 1978. Charleston Southern is 0-21 all-time against current FBS teams. The two teams have never met before.
GEORGIA TECH: Quarterback Tevin Washington and receiver Stephen Hill have combined for three of the 24 longest pass plays in Yellow Jacket history, and two of those long plays (82 and 77 yards) came in the season opener against Western Carolina. Georgia Tech currently ranks in the top 10 nationally in all four major offensive categories: third in total offense, fourth in scoring offense, seventh in passing offense and eighth in rushing offense.
MARYLAND: Maryland's no-huddle, hurry-up offense produced the biggest offensive output in almost six years against Miami. The Terps racked up 499 yards of total offense, the most since putting up 524 against North Carolina on Nov. 12, 2005. Quarterback Danny O'Brien accounted for 385 of those yards (348 passing, 37 rushing).
MIAMI: Two years ago, Al Golden’s Temple team began the season with losses to Villanova and Penn State before winning nine consecutive games en route to a bowl appearance.
NORTH CAROLINA: Place-kicker Casey Barth needs just five field goals to surpass his brother Connor’s school-record total of 54. Casey Barth has made 50 of 62 career field goal attempts and a school-record 77 straight extra points.
NC STATE: NC State was one of two FBS teams -- Colorado was the other -- to start freshmen at punter and placekicker last week.
VIRGINIA: The Cavaliers got all four of their touchdowns from freshmen in a 40-3 win over William & Mary last weekend. Running back Kevin Parks became the first Cavalier to rush for three scores in his debut since Bob Davis in 1964. (Davis was a sophomore; freshmen were ineligible by NCAA rule at the time.)
VIRGINIA TECH: Logan Thomas and Mark Leal became the first quarterbacks in school history to both throw two touchdown passes in the same game. Thomas had touchdown passes of 7 and 4 yards against Appalachian State, while Leal connected on scoring passes of 22 and 63 yards against the Mountaineers.
WAKE FOREST: Quarterback Tanner Price, who is expected to start against NC State after spraining his left knee last week against Syracuse, will enter the NC State game having thrown 99 consecutive passes without an interception. His last pick came against Boston College on Nov. 6, 2010.