ACC Game Previews

October 4th marks the earliest meeting between the Tigers and Terrapins since 1994 when Clemson won at home on October 1st. In the history of the series, Clemson leads 27-22-2, including a 11-10-1 mark when playing in College Park.

NC State (3-2, 1-1 ACC) at Georgia Tech (2-3, 0-2 ACC)
JP; 12:00 noon
Bobby Dodd Stadium (55,500)

THE GAME: Georgia Tech has held the upper hand in the series with NC State leading the rivalry 14-8 ... the Yellow Jackets have won seven of the last eight against the Pack, including six in a row in Atlanta ... Tech's 1983 victory over the Wolfpack was its first ACC win.

LAST YEAR: Georgia Tech rallied from a 17-9 deficit to post a 24-17 victory in Raleigh ... Yellow Jacket placekicker Luke Manget connected on three field goal attempts while A.J. Suggs tossed a two yard pass to John Paul Foschi and Gordon Clinksdale had a 14-yard run with 9:23 remaining in the game to give the Jackets the victory ... NC State's Philip Rivers passed for 277 yards and a TD in addition to T.A. McLendon's 49 yards rushing and one TD.

THE COACHES: Chan Gailey is 9-9 in his second season at Georgia Tech and 32-20 in five seasons overall ... NC State's Chuck Amato is 29-14 in his fourth season as a head coach.

Fast Facts: NC State has scored on its opening drive in 13 of its last 18 games ... Georgia Tech has not allowed a touchdown on the opponents' opening drive in 35 consecutive games.

Wolfpack senior WR Jerricho Cotchery extended his string of games with at least one catch to 31 straight.

Yellow Jacket P. J. Daniels has averaged 84 yards rushing in his last three games ... Daniels is third in the ACC in rushing, averaging 69.8 yards per game.

NC State's Philip Rivers has thrown for over 300 yards in four of his five games ... Rivers is also completing almost 80 percent of his passes and has recorded 12 TDs this year.

Virginia (3-1, 2-0 ACC) at North Carolina (0-4, 0-2 ACC)
1:30 PM
Kenan Stadium (60,000)

North Carolina and Virginia meet in the 108th renewal of the South's oldest rivarly ... the two schools have met every year since 1919 ... North Carolina leads the series 56-47-4 including a 30-9-3 record when playing in Chapel Hill ... Virginia head coach Al Groh and North Carolina head coach John Bunting both took over their respective programs in 2001 ... the last two contests were both decided by 10 points or less, with the home team recording the victory.

LAST YEAR: Trailing 21-0 at halftime, Virginia rallied with 37 second half points to defeat North Carolina 37-27 ... Cavalier tailback Marquis Weeks started the second half with a school record 100-yardkickoff return for a touchdown ... UNC quarterback Darian Durant threw for 226 yards on 14 of 18 passing ... UVa quarterback Matt Schaub was 14 for 26 for 194 passing yards.

THE COACHES: Al Groh is 42-53 in his ninth season as a head coach, including a 16-13 mark in his third year at Virginia ... John Bunting is 11-17 in his third season at North Carolina and 49-31-2 in eight years overall.

Fast Facts: Virginia's Wali Lundy leads the ACC in rushing with 95.2 yards per game ... Lundy averages 4.6 yards per carry.

UNC's Michael Waddell leads the ACC in punt return (14.6) and kickoff return (35.3) average ... nationally, Waddell ranks third in kickoff returns and 17th in punt returns.

UNC junior wide receiver Jarwarski Pollock leads the ACC and ranks third nationally in receptions per game (8.50) ... Pollock also ranks second in the ACC in receiving yards per game (91.8).

Clemson (3-1, 1-0 ACC) at Maryland (3-2, 0-1 ACC)
ABC; 3:30 PM
Byrd Stadium (48,055)

THE GAME: October 4th marks the earliest meeting between the Tigers and Terrapins since 1994 when Clemson won at home on October 1st ... in series history, Clemson leads 27-22-2, including a 11-10-1 mark when playing in College Park ... in recent competition, the Terps hold an advantage, winning the last two straight ... in the past 11 contests, the team that has rushed for the most yards has won.

LAST YEAR: Maryland QB Scott McBrien threw three touchdown passes and ran for another as the Terrapins defeated the Tigers 30-12 in Death Valley ... Maryland's defense held Clemson to 81 yards rushing and 211 total yards.

THE COACHES: Maryland's Ralph Friedgen is 24-7 in his third year as a head coach ... Tommy Bowden is 49-25 in seven years as a head coach, including a 31-21 mark in five seasons at Clemson.

Fast Facts: Maryland's Nick Novak has 258 points, ranking him 16th in the ACC career records for scoring ... Clemson's Aaron Hunt is tied for 21st on the ACC's career scoring list with 240 points.

Clemson's Derrick Hamilton is 19th in the ACC career kickoff return yardage at 1,361 yards ... Maryland's Steve Suter has totaled 935 yards in punt returns for his career which currently ranks him sixth in the ACC record book.

The Terrapins lead the league in rushing offense averaging 185.2 yards per game ... defensively, the Terps are tops in the conference allowing 141.2 passing yards per game.

ACC by the Numbers

3 - Number of touchdowns allowed by the Florida State defense in its first five games ... the Seminoles lead the nation in scoring defense (7.4) and are seventh in total defense (256.4).

5 - Overtime games played by ACC teams this season ... league teams are 2-3 in non-league overtime games in 2003 and 6-9 all-time ... the five extra-period games ties the ACC record for most overtime games in a single season (5) set in 1999.

5 - ACC career record punt returns for touchdowns by Maryland junior Steve Suter ... Suter is seventh on the ACC career punt return list with 935 yards.

13 - Consecutive games with at least two receptions by Wake Forest WR Jason Anderson.

13 - Florida State's Greg Jones has rushed for 13 touchdowns in his last 14 games.

22 - Florida State leads the ACC in quarterback sacks with 22 ... a year ago, the Seminoles had 31 QB sacks the entire season in 14 games.

22 - Career touchdowns by NC State tailback T.A. McLendon in 16 career games ... McLendon set a national high school record with 178 career touchdowns.

24 - Florida State junior quarterback Chris Rix has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 24 of his 27 career games.

27.8 - NC State is averaging an ACC-best 27.8 first downs per game this season.

31 - Consecutive games with at least one reception by NC State's Jerricho Cotchery ... Cotchery leads all active ACC receivers with ten 100-yard receiving yardage games.

35 - Georgia Tech has not allowed a touchdown on the opponents' opening drive in 35 consecutive games.

40 - Virginia's Matt Schaub needs only 40 more yards to become only the fourth passer in school history to reach the 5,000-yard plateau in his career.

40 - In only 14 career starts, Darian Durant is North Carolina's all-time touchdown pass leader with 40.

45 - Maryland placekicker Nick Novak has made 45 of his last 51 field goal attempts (88%) ... four of Novak's six misses have been from 50 yards or more.

62% - Percentage of ACC total offense by passing through the first two weeks of the season ... ACC teams are averaging 235.2 yards passing and 142.5 yards rushing.

74% - ACC field goal kickers have made good on 51 of 69 field goal attempts (73%) in the first five weeks of the season.

77% - Completion percentage (77.0) by NC State's Philip Rivers through the first five games of the season ... the ACC single-season completion percentage record is 69.5 set by FSU's Charlie Ward in 1993.

84.0 - Georgia Tech's P.J. Daniels has averaged 84 yards rushing in his last three games ... Daniels is third in the ACC in rushing, averaging 69.8 yards per game.

95.2 - League-leading per game rushing average by Virginia sophomore Wali Lundy ... Lundy has rushed for over 120 yards in four of his last six games and has six 100-yard games in 13 career starts.

99 - North Carolina's Darian Durant needs 99 yards to surpass Ronald Curry (4,987 yards) as the Tar Heels all-time leading passer ... Durant is currently second with 4,889 yards.

104 - Duke's Chris Douglas needs 104 more all-purpose yards to become only the sixth player in ACC history to total 5,000-or-more all-purpose yards in his career.

189 - Florida State has scored in 189 consecutive games, dating back to the season opener of the 1988 season.

337 - Career victories by Florida State's Bobby Bowden ... Bowden currently trails all-time leader Joe Paterno (Penn State) by one win among Division I-A head coaches.

3:55 - Average length of NC State's last three games - Ohio State (4:17), Texas Tech (3:40) and North Carolina (3:50).

463 - NC State's Philip Rivers had a career-best 463 yards of total offense in Saturday's win over North Carolina ... the 463 yards marked the 17th best single-game total in ACC annals.

897 - Yards passing by Clemson's Charlie Whitehurst in his last three games against Furman (301), Middle Tennessee State (298) and Georgia Tech (298) ... in nine career starts, Whitehurst has thrown for 2,425 yards - a 269.4 per game average.

2,302 - With 217 yards on nine catches against UNC Staurday, NC State's Jerricho Cotchery moved into a tie with Clemson's Rod Gardner (1997-00) for 23rd on the ACC's all-time receiving yardage list with 2,302 yards.

31,223 - Wake Forest's average attendance in their first three home games of the 2003 seasons is 31,223. Top Stories