ACC Game Previews

An in-depth look at the games going on in the Atlantic Coast Conference this weekend. In one of the more intriguing matchups, Florida State travels to Charlottesville to face the Virginia Cavaliers in a pivotal ACC contest.

GAME PREVIEWS Saturday, October 18

Wake Forest (3-3, 1-2 ACC) at Duke (2-4, 0-3 ACC)
JP Sports; Noon
Wallace Wade Stadium (33,941)

THE GAME: Duke has held the upper hand in the series between these two long-time rivals since they first met in 1889 ... Wake Forest has won three in a row and five of the last seven, but still trail in the series 53-28-2 ... this is the sixth most-played series in the ACC ... over the last four meetings, the two teams have combined to average 65.0 points and 700.5 yards per game ... the Blue Devils are 28-16-0 in games played in Durham.

LAST YEAR: Wake Forest scored three touchdowns off a blocked field goal, an interception and a fumble in a 36-10 win over Duke ... the Blue Devils held the ACC's top rushing offense to just 32 rushing yards in the first half and 154 for the game ... Alex Wade rushed for 165 yards on 23 carries to lead Duke.

THE COACHES: Jim Grobe is 16-14 in his third season at Wake Forest and 49-47-1 in his nine years overall ... Carl Franks is 7-44 in his fifth season at Duke.

Fast Facts:

  • Wake Forest wide receiver Jason Anderson has had at least two receptions in 14 consecutive games.

  • Demon Deacon sophomore kicker Ryan Plackemeier leads the ACC and ranks eighth nationally in punting (45.3).

  • Duke's Chris Douglas needs eight more all-purpose yards to become only the sixth player in ACC history to total 5,000-or-more for his career ... Douglas is currently sixth in the ACC career all-purpose charts (4,992).

  • The Blue Devils are fourth in the ACC in rushing offense (154.7) and lead the league in time of possession (33:14).

    Arizona State (3-3, 1-2 PAC-10) at North Carolina (1-5, 0-3 ACC)
    1:35 p.m.
    Kenan Stadium (60,000)

    THE GAME: North Carolina will be back in Kenan Stadium this Saturday to face Arizona State ... the Tar Heels and Sun Devils enter this weekend coming off victories last weekend ... the game marks the third meeting between the two teams who have split the two previous meetings.

    LAST MEETING: The Tar Heels recorded a 38-35 win in Tempe over the Sun Devils ... North Carolina QB Darian Durant passed for 417 yards and five touchdowns, including a 74-yard game-winning pass to Chesley Borders ... the two teams combined for 1,115 yards, including 891 by air.

    THE COACHES: Dirk Koetter is 15-16 in his third season at Arizona State and 41-26 in six years overall ... John Bunting is 12-19 in his third season at North Carolina and 50-33-2 in eight years overall.

    Fast Facts:

  • UNC's Michael Waddell leads the nation in kickoff return average (35.3) ... Waddell also ranks second in the ACC in punt return average (13.3).

  • UNC junior wide receiver Jarwarski Pollock leads the ACC and ranks tenth nationally in receptions per game (7.00) ... Pollock also ranks fifth in the ACC in receiving yards per game (71.2).

  • Tar Heel quarterback Darian Durant has recorded 5,778 total offensive yards ranking him 26th in the ACC career charts ... Durant also ranks ninth in the ACC career passing efficiency leaders (141.25).

    #7 Florida State (5-1, 4-0 ACC) at Virginia (4-2, 3-1 ACC)
    ESPN; 7:45 p.m.
    Scott Stadium (61,500)

    THE GAME: Florida State has won the last seven meetings against Virginia and leads the series 10-1 ... the Noles have scored 28 or more points in each of the last ten games with the Cavaliers ... in the last four meetings the teams have combined for at least seven turnovers a game ... when playing in Charlottesville, the Seminoles hold a 4-1 advantage.

    LAST YEAR: In the ACC opener for both teams, Florida State emerged with a 40-19 win over Virginia in Tallahassee ... Seminole QB Chris Rix threw for 117 yards on 10 for 18 passing while Cavalier QB Matt Schaub was 19 of 25 for 247 yards passing ... FSU's Greg Jones recorded 173 yards on the ground in 21 carries.

    THE COACHES: Al Groh is 44-54 in his ninth season as a head coach, including a 18-14 mark in his third year at Virginia ... Bobby Bowden is 264-66-4 in 28 years at FSU and 337-97-4 in 38 seasons overall.

    Fast Facts:

  • Florida State leads the nation in scoring defense (9.83) and are seventh in total defense (265.67).

  • Virginia's Connor Hughes has connected on 13 consecutive field goals and currently ranks second in the ACC in scoring (8.3).

  • Florida State QB Chris Rix is currently in eighth place in the ACC's career passing efficiency chart with a 142.61 rating ... Rix also ranks 15th on the ACC career total offense list with 6,711 yards.

  • Virginia sophomore Wali Lundy leads the ACC with 89.7 rushing yards per game ... Lundy has rushed for over 120 yards in five of his last eight games.

    By the Numbers:

    1 - Yard needed by Maryland's Bruce Perry to become the eighth Terp to reach the 2,000-yard plateau in career rushing yardage.

    4 - Number of touchdowns allowed by the Florida State defense in its first six games ... the Seminoles lead the nation in scoring defense (9.8) and are seventh in total defense (265.7).

    5 - ACC career record punt returns for touchdowns by Maryland junior Steve Suter ... Suter is fifth on the ACC career punt return list with 944 yards.

    6 - Overtime games played by ACC teams this season - a league record ... ACC teams are 2-3 in n on-league overtime games in 2003 and 6-9 all-time.

    6.2 - League-leading yards per play average by NC State through its first seven games.

    8 - Yards needed by Duke's Chris Douglas to become only the sixth player in ACC history to total 5,000-or-more all-purpose yards in his career ... Douglas is also the ACC's leading active career rusher with 2,456 yards.

    10 - NC State leads the ACC with 10 scoring drives of 80 yards or longer.

    13 - Consecutive field goals made by Virginia's Connor Hughes ... Hughes is second in the ACC in scoring (8.3).

    14 - Consecutive games with at least two catches by Wake Forest's Jason Anderson.

    25 - Florida State junior quarterback Chris Rix has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 25 of his 28 career games.

    28.4 - Clemson is second nationally in kickoff returns (28.4) ... a year ago the Tigers were fifth nationally in kickoff returns (24.5).

    33 - Consecutive games with at least one reception by NC State's Jerricho Cotchery.

    37 - Georgia Tech has not allowed a touchdown on the opponents' opening drive in 37 consecutive games.

    49 - Maryland placekicker Nick Novak has made 49 of his last 57 field goal attempts (86%) ... four of Novak's six misses have been from 50 yards or more.

    64 - Percentage of ACC total offense by passing through the first seven weeks of the season ... ACC teams are averaging 238.9 yards passing and 135.4 yards rushing ... the 135.4 yards per game rushing is the lowest per game average in the ACC since a 128.8 mark in 1997.

    72 - ACC field goal kickers have made good on 68 of 94 field goal attempts (.723) in the first seven weeks of the season.

    72 - Completion percentage (72.0) by NC State's Philip Rivers through the first seven games of the season ... the ACC single-season completion percentage record is 69.5 set by FSU's Charlie Ward in 1993.

    89.7 - League-leading per game rushing average by Virginia sophomore Wali Lundy ... Lundy has rushed for over 120 yards in five of his last eight games and has seven 100-yard games in 15 career starts.

    105.2 - Georgia Tech's P.J. Daniels has averaged 105.2 yards rushing in his last five games ... following his career-high 175-yard effort against Wake Forest Saturday, Daniels moved into second in the ACC in rushing with an 89.0 yards per game average.

    191 - Florida State has scored in 191 consecutive games, dating back to the season opener of the 1988 season.

    200 - ACC teams are 12-0 in 2003 when they rush for 200 or more yards.

    247.0 - Over his last four games, Georgia Tech QB Reggie Ball is averaging 247.0 yards in total offense ... Ball is already 10th among ACC's freshmen passing (1,276 yards) and total offense (1,448 yards) leaders.

    300 - Five different ACC quarterbacks thrown for 300 yards or more 11 times this season ... a year ago the ACC had only ten 300-yard passing games.

    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.

    881 - Yards thrown for by Virginia's Matt Schaub in his last three games ... Schaub has completed 71 percent of his passes (82-of-115) for 881 yards and six TDs.

    1,482 - Yards passing by Clemson's Charlie Whitehurst in his last five games against Furman (301), Middle Tennessee State (298), Georgia Tech (298), Maryland (320) and Virginia (265) ... in 11 career starts, Whitehurst has thrown for 3,010 yards - a 273.6 per game average.

    2,428 - NC State's Jerricho Cotchery is 14th on the ACC's all-time receiving yardage list with 2,428 yards.

    5,096 - In only 16 career starts, Darian Durant is North Carolina's career passing yardage leader with 5,294 yards.

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