By the numbers: Week 12 recap

Just two weeks left in the regular season, and the conference's top performers are finishing strong. Here's a look at some of the key numbers from Week 12.

ACC's top QB: Thomas or Winston?

Georgia Tech QB Justin Thomas may be the biggest reason the Yellow Jackets appear so rejuvenated in 2014. His 15 touchdown passes are the most by a Tech QB since 2006. His 827 rushing yards lead Tech and are the third-most by a QB there in the past decade. His 18.6 yards-per-completion leads the nation and his TD/attempt rate of 10.3 percent trails only J.T. Barrett and Marcus Mariota. Thomas' Adjusted QBR of 83.9 is sixth nationally and tops in the ACC.

So, perhaps it's worth asking the question: Who is the first-team All-ACC QB this year?

Jameis Winston is responsible for more yards because he throws more often, but Thomas has coughed up six fewer turnovers. Thomas plays in a bit safer offense, too, and Winston has had to work with a lot of youngsters around him.

But here are a few more numbers worth noting: Thomas leads the ACC in QBR on third/fourth down (96.2) and is second nationally. Winston is second in the ACC at 83.8. Thomas also leads the ACC in QBR when tied or trailing (71.7) while Winston is fifth (65.0). But change that to tied or trailing in the second half, and Winston leads the way (86.7) while Thomas is fourth (57.3).

Of course, the best answer to the debate could well come in Charlotte on Dec. 6.

Florida State's magic acts

In the last eight games, Florida State has had 110 offensive drives, of which 65 percent came when tied or trailing. And yet the Seminoles are 8-0 in those games. It's pretty amazing.

For the season, Florida State has now recovered from three different deficits of 15 or more points (vs. Miami, Louisville and NC State). According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Seminoles are the first team to do that in three different games in the same season since UCLA did so in 2005.

So the obvious conclusion is that FSU is flawed but resilient, right? That's possibly fair, but keep this in mind, too: No team in the country has dominated the second halves of games more than Florida State (average margin of +12.4 points). It's just those first halves when the Seminoles struggle.

Pitt's dynamic duo

Pittsburgh might be the ACC's biggest disappointment this year, but you can't blame Tyler Boyd or James Conner. The duo has combined for 1,040 yards of offense in the last three games -- and Pitt has lost all three.

Conner has actually gone over 200 yards rushing in each of his past two games, becoming just the eighth running back in the last decade to do so in back-to-back games against Power 5 teams. Surprisingly, he's not the first to lose both of those games. Washington State's Jerome Harrison endured the same ignominious feat in 2005.

Conner had four rushing touchdowns against UNC on Saturday, and as Pitt SID E.J. Broghetti notes, Conner now has 21 on the year -- tied for the ACC's all-time mark with two games left to play. Conner has also scored three or more times on the ground in three straight games. In the past decade, only two other players have longer streaks: Colorado State's Kapri Bibbs (5 straight in 2013) and Stanford's Toby Gerhart (4 straight in 2009).

In the last decade, the only other Power 5 player to lose a game with 200 rushing yards and four touchdowns also came from the ACC: Clemson's C.J. Spiller in 2009 vs. Georgia Tech (courtesy ESPN Stats & Info).

Boyd, meanwhile, topped 120 receiving yards for the third straight game, and he ranks second in the ACC in receiving yards with 951. With another 49 yards, he'll top the 1,000 mark in each of his first two seasons. In the last decade, only two other players from AQ schools topped 1,000 receiving yards as both a true freshman and sophomore (USC's Marqise Lee and Washington State's Marquess Wilson).

Dayes is all-purpose star

Matt Dayes had a huge game against Wake Forest scoring three times to propel NC State to bowl eligibility. For the season, Dayes now has 469 rushing yards and six TDs on the ground, 303 receiving yards and five TDs through the air, plus another 379 yards returning kicks.

Dayes is one of just two players in the country to top 300 yards in rushing, receiving and returns this year, but he's the only player with 300-plus yards rushing and receiving along with five or more TDs rushing and receiving.

That dual-threat stat (300/300 and 5/5) is something just 12 other AQ-conference players have done in the past decade, and some of the names are worth noting: Todd Gurley, De'Anthony Thomas, Giovanni Bernard, Montee Ball, Randall Cobb, DeMarco Murray, Brian Leonard and Percy Harvin. Not bad company for NC State's sophomore tailback.

Quick hitters

  • Duke ran 46 of its 82 plays Saturday in Virginia Tech territory, but came away with just one touchdown. In its two losses, Duke has two touchdowns on just two of 18 drives into opponent territory. In its eight wins, Duke scores 50 percent of the time it crosses midfield.

  • From ESPN Stats & Info: Georgia Tech has won four straight ACC games by 20 points or more. That ties the second-longest streak in the conference in the last decade.

  • Duke Johnson topped 90 yards rushing for the 12th straight game. In the last decade, only two other Power 5 running backs have had longer streaks.

  • FSU running back Dalvin Cook is averaging 10.7 yards-per-rush when the Seminoles are trailing.

  • North Carolina is the only team in the country to have scored 40 points in five different games and also allowed 40 points in five different games.

  • More from ESPN Stats & Info: Brad Kaaya was 5-of-6 for 150 yards and two touchdowns against FSU's blitz in the first half Saturday. He was 1-of-6 for 9 yards against the blitz in the second half.

  • Both Kaaya and Virginia Tech's Michael Brewer saw extended streaks without an INT end last week. That leaves the ACC's longest active streak of passes without a pick in the hands of Chad Voytik (66).

  • Oddly, the Hokies are now 5-2 in games when Brewer throws an interception and 0-3 when he doesn't.

  • Three of the top six Power 5 quarterbacks in non-sack rushing yards reside in the ACC. Tyler Murphy (1,117) is first, Thomas (881) is fourth and Marquise Williams (763) is sixth. Voytik ranks 12th with 527 and Jacoby Brissett is 13th with 517.

  • Georgia Tech failed to score a rushing touchdown in a game for the first time since Oct. 27, 2012 in a loss to BYU. The last time Tech didn't rush for a TD and still won was a 24-20 victory over Wake Forest in 2010.