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ACC kickers combined to make 16 of 17 field goal attempts on Saturday, a sizzling .940 percentage. To date, ACC kickers have made 62 of 76 field goal attempts (.816) that have come from 49 yards in and are 18 of 24 in field goals in the 40-49 yard range (.750). Duke’s Will Snyderwine leads all ACC kickers with 9 of 10 field goals, while Georgia Tech’s Scott Blair (7-7) is one of seven placekickers in the country who has been perfect this year with a minimum of seven attempts.
Boston College true freshman receiver Bobby Swigert caught seven passes for 137 yards and a touchdown last week against Notre Dame. His score was the longest offensive scoring play of the season for the Eagles, a 58-yard reception that came near the end of the first quarter. The pass was thrown by another true freshman, quarterback Chase Rettig. The play is believed to be the only one in the nation where a pair of true freshmen have combined on a scoring pass play this year.
Clemson has played four games so far this year and the average length of the contests has been 3:32. That ranks tied for fifth in the nation as far as the longest average length of games. The Tigers had an overtime game at Auburn that took 3:52 to play. Last week’s game against Miami had many replay reviews and the game took 3:54 to play, the longest Clemson non-overtime game on record. By comparison, Clemson’s 14 games last year took an average of 3:16 and the 2008 games took 3:15 on average.
Duke redshirt sophomore Sean Renfree has become the first quarterback in Duke history to throw at least one touchdown pass in each of his first five starts.
Florida State has not trailed (or been tied) at any point during its current three-game winning streak. The Seminoles scored on a field goal in the first quarter and never trailed against BYU, earned a shutout against Wake Forest, and scored the first touchdown of the game against Virginia
Georgia Tech senior quarterback Joshua Nesbitt has a chance to become just the eighth player in NCAA history to rush for 3,000 career yards and pass for 3,000 career yards. To reach 3,000 rushing yards this regular season, Nesbitt will need to average 71 yards per game.
The Terps lead the ACC and are tied for fourth nationally by allowing opponents to score just 61 percent of the time when they get inside the 20. Out of 23 trips to the red zone, Maryland has stopped the opponent 10 times, including three fumble recoveries, two interceptions and three on downs. Maryland did its best work against Navy (9/6), stopping the Midshipmen on five of its seven trips to the red zone. The Terps’ 10 stops inside the 20-yard line are tied for first nationally.
With the exception of Miami’s 49-27 win in 2001, every game in the series with Florida State has been decided by eight points or less in the past decade. Miami leads the series 7-3 during that stretch. Since the 2002 season, an average of 4.1 points was the difference, with Miami’s 38-34 win last year in Tallahassee being the latest in a series full of dramatic endings. In the all-time series between the two programs, Miami owns a 20-9 edge in games decided by 10 points or less and a 12-6 advantage in games decided by five points or less.
Fifteen different players have caught passes this season for NC State and five have double-digit reception totals. In three of the five games, passes have been caught by 10 or more different players. Of the top five pass catchers this season, three are wide receivers, one is a halfback and one is a tight end. Nine different players have at least one touchdown catch this season. Surprisingly, the Wolfpack’s most highly-touted wideouts, Jarvis Williams and Owen Spencer, have just two touchdowns between them.
Virginia has passed for nine touchdowns this year, surpassing the 2009 total of eight. The Cavaliers have thrown for 1,093 yards through the first four games - the Cavaliers only threw for 717 yards through four games in 2009. A big reason behind the improvement in the passing game is the duo of Kris Byrd and senior Dontrelle Inman. The two have combined for the second-most receiving yards among any ACC receiving duo this year (158.0 yards per game).
Though the schools are over 600 miles apart, the two starting centers in Saturday’s Virginia Tech-Central Michigan game know each other quite well. Tech’s Beau Warren and CMU’s Colin Miller both went to Centreville (Va.) High School and played on the same offensive line for several years. They both graduated in 2006 and earned all-state honors as seniors: Miller as the left guard, while Warren earned his honors as the right tackle. Miller’s father, Mike, wrestled at Virginia Tech.
Against Georgia Tech, redshirt senior running back Josh Adams became the first Demon Deacon to rush for over 100 yards in game in nearly two years. Adams carried 20 times for 101 yards and one touchdown. It was the first 100-yard effort by a Deac since Kevin Harris rushed for 136 yards against Navy in the EagleBank Bowl in 2008.