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Week 8: Did you know?

Thanks as always to the sports information directors throughout the league for making us smarter about each team this week. Did you know …

ACC: This week, in terms of yards per game, the ACC has the nation’s leading freshman rusher, in North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard (109.6), and the leading freshman receiver in Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins (104.0). They’ll go head-to-head in Death Valley on Saturday. -- ACC game notes

BOSTON COLLEGE: Although Boston College started the season 1-5, the Eagles have fared well in the second half of their schedule over the course of the past 10 years. In the final six regular-season games of the past 10 seasons, the Eagles have a combined record of 39-21. That includes a 5-1 record in the second half of the 2010 season, when Boston College became the first team in ACC history to record a five-game winning streak after suffering a five-game losing streak the same year. -- Chris Cameron

CLEMSON: When running back Andre Ellington ran for 212 yards and Watkins had 105 yards receiving at Maryland, Clemson became the first ACC team with a 200-yard rusher and a 100-yard receiver in the same game since Oct. 17, 2002 (Chris Downs, Scooter Monroe of Maryland vs. Georgia Tech). -- ACC game ntoes

DUKE: Duke is 3-3 at the midpoint for the third time in coach David Cutcliffe’s four seasons. Only once in the 13 seasons before Cutcliffe’s arrival were the Devils at or above .500 after six games. That came in 1998. -- ACC game notes

FLORIDA STATE: At the start of the 2011 season, Florida State had the ACC’s most experienced offensive line, with seniors Andrew Datko, Zebrie Sanders, David Spurlock, and Bryan Stork, who combined for 105 career starts. Sanders and Stork were the only veterans from the injury-ravaged unit in the lineup last week at Duke, when the ‘Noles rolled up 481 total yards, their highest output in 16 games. The lineup included just 57 career starts, 42 of which belonged to Sanders, followed by Stork (9), Jacob Fahrenkrug (5), Bobby Hart (1) and first-time starter Garrett Faircloth. -- Bob Thomas

GEORGIA TECH: Paul Johnson is 3-0 in games following the first loss of the season, and the Jackets have won those three games by an average of 18 points. -- ACC game notes

MARYLAND: So far this season, six freshmen: defensive lineman Keith Bowers, linebacker Lorne Goree, defensive lineman Andre Monroe, linebacker Mario Rowson, defensive back Titus Till, and linebacker Alex Twine have started for the Maryland defense, including four against Georgia Tech (10/8) and five against Clemson (10/15). That was the most freshmen to start for Maryland since Nov. 20, 1993, when a quintet started in a 33-32 win over Wake Forest. The five freshmen defensive starters against Clemson are the most in the nation for one game. In fact, only one other team in the FBS (Indiana) in the has started four or more freshmen defenders this season. -- Shawn Nestor

MIAMI: The Canes’ win over North Carolina last weekend marked the first time that Miami won as an ACC members while getting two or fewer rushing first downs in a game. (They had two.) ACC teams with two or fewer first downs by rush are 15-69 (.119) since the start of the 2000 season. -- ACC game notes

NORTH CAROLINA: Quarterback Bryn Renner has not thrown an interception in four of his past five games, including three straight. He has attempted 81 consecutive passes without an interception. Renner leads the ACC and ranks seventh in the country with a 174.1 pass efficiency rating. Renner completed 20 of 22 pass attempts in the second half against Miami last week. -- UNC game notes

NC STATE: Virginia coach Mike London is one of NC State head coach Tom O’Brien’s seven former assistant coaches who have gone on to become head coaches. London served on the Boston College staff as defensive coordinator from 1997-2000. This will mark the fifth time that O’Brien has faced one of his former assistants, with all four previous games coming against Boston College. O’Brien, who is making his first appearance in UVa’s Scott Stadium since spending 15 seasons there (1982-96) as an assistant for the Cavaliers to George Welsh, faced Jeff Jagodzinski, his replacement at BC twice, and Frank Spaziani, who was his defensive coordinator for the Eagles, twice. -- Annabelle Myers

VIRGINIA: Behind Perry Jones, Kevin Parks, and a veteran offensive line, Virginia rushed for a season-high 274 yards in its 24-21 win against No. 12 Georgia Tech, the most by a UVa team since 2004. Jones recorded a career-high 147 yards and eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the second consecutive game. The Cavaliers have totaled at least 150 rushing yards in each of their first six games. The last time UVa had a six-game streak rushing for at least 150 yards was the final six games of 2004. -- Jim Daves

VIRGINIA TECH: Two random notes for you: As an ACC member, Virginia Tech is 15-1 overall and 13-0 in conference games played in North Carolina. The Hokies were penalized only twice against Wake Forest; that’s the third time in seven games that they have been flagged two or fewer times. Ok, one more random note … The Hokies wore white uniform tops and pants against the Deacs and improved to 10-1 under coach Frank Beamer in that attire. -- ACC game notes

WAKE FOREST: Wake Forest redshirt freshman cornerback Merrill Noel leads the nation in passes defended with 2.17 per game. Noel has 12 pass breakups and one interception for a total of 13 passes defended. He has climbed to 11th place on the school list for passes broken up in a season. The season mark for breakups is 18 by A.J. Greene in 1987. Greene also holds the mark for passes defended in a season with 25, also in 1987. -- Steve Shutt