Thanks as always to the sports information directors throughout the ACC for our dose of ACC nuggets:
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, the youngest head coach in the ACC, will face Wake Forest on his 41st birthday. He is just the second Clemson coach to have a game on his birthday. The only other time it has taken place was Oct. 26, 1974, when Red Parker coached the Tigers in a road game against Tennessee. Swinney is the third ACC coach to have a game on his birthday this year. Mike London of Virginia and Jimbo Fisher of Florida State both had games on Oct. 9 earlier this year. London lost his game and Fisher won his.
Boston College has the most graduates in the country on its roster this season. The Eagles have 14 players who have already earned their degree. Auburn has the second most with 11 while Tennessee has nine.
Duke kicker Will Snyderwine broke his own school single-season record for field goals with three last week against Boston College, pushing his 2010 total to 18 (previous standard was 17 set last year). The former walk-on leads the ACC and ranks fifth nationally in field goals made per game (1.80) while leading the ACC and ranking second nationally in field goal percentage (.947). In addition, his 82 points this fall rank as the third-highest single-season total in school history.
The Seminoles are 6-0 this season when they hold a time of possession advantage and 1-3 when they do not. The Noles scored their first victory of the season without controlling the clock against Clemson, which held the ball for 33:33, denying FSU the ability run the ball effectively.
Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington was the first quarterback in school history to rush and pass for 100 yards in his first career start.
Maryland’s opponents have scored seven points off of eight Maryland turnovers this year. The Terps have scored 80 points off 21 opponent turnovers.
Miami is one of just nine schools nationally that ranks in the nation’s top 30 in both total offense and total defense. The Canes rank 19th in total defense (314.3) and 29th in total offense (425.4). Miami is joined by TCU, Ohio State, Boise State, Alabama, Oregon, Wisconsin, Arizona and Southern Miss.
North Carolina’s success or failure is directly related to its success in the second half of games this year. In Carolina’s six wins, the Tar Heels are outscoring their opponents 92-26 in the second half. In the four losses, UNC is being outscored 50-21. The Tar Heels had second-half shutouts vs. LSU (14-0), Virginia (17-0) and William & Mary (14-0).
Fifteen different players have scored touchdowns for the Wolfpack this season, a mark that ties as the fourth-highest in the nation. Five players have scored four times each, while 10 have scored two or more touchdowns.
Kris Burd and Dontrelle Inman are the first wide receiver duo in school history to reach 40 receptions each in the same season. Burd leads the team with 47 receptions for 686 yards and five touchdowns. Inman is second on the team with 41 catches for 654 yards and three touchdowns. Virginia has never had a pair of receivers with 700 yards receiving each in the same season.
For the fourth year in a row, Virginia Tech is relying on a senior walk-on for the kicking duties. In 2007, it was Jud Dunlevy, who went 21-for-26 on the season. In 2008, Dustin Keys set a school record with 23 field goals. Last year, Matt Waldron scored 108 points and earned first-team All-ACC honors, and this year, Chris Hazley is 17-for-18. All four were one-year wonders, combining to make 81 of 96 field goal attempts (84 percent) and produce 407 points. Hazley has made his last 17 field goal attempts, tying the school record set by Chris Kinzer in 1986 and tied by Brandon Pace in 2006.
Wake Forest defensive end Kyle Wilber is one sack away from moving into the top 10 on the Wake Forest career sacks list and 1.5 tackles for loss from moving into a tie for eighth in single-season tackles for loss.