ACC Game Previews

There are four games involving ACC teams this week, including Penn State at Virginia and Georgia Tech at FSU. Here is a look at each matchup with kickoff times, notes, TV information and betting lines.

Saturday, December 1st

Penn State (5-5, 4-4 Big Ten) at Virginia (4-7, 3-5)
ESPN; Noon
Betting line: Penn State by 5
Scott Stadium (61,500)

THE GAME: Virginia brings down the curtain on its 112th season of intercollegiate football when the Cavaliers host a Nittany Lion club that has won five of its last six games ... this is the first meeting between the two teams since a 14-6 Virginia win in 1989 ... Penn State leads the series 4-1, including a 2-0 mark in Charlottesville ... UVa defensive coordinator Al Golden was Penn State's starting tight end in 1990-91 while the Cavaliers' assistant head coach lettered at Penn State in 1979-80 while Virginia football administrative assistant Tom Sherhan was the Lions' QB in 1966-67, Joe Paterno's first two years as head coach.

THE COACHES: Joe Paterno, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I-A history, is 327-95-3 in 36 seasons at Penn State ... Al Groh is 4-7 in his first year at Virginia and 30-47 in seven seasons overall.

NITTANY NOTES: Penn State has won five of six games after an 0-4 start ... the Nittany Lions have been behind in all five of their wins, including double-digit deficits to beat Ohio State and Michigan State ... Penn State is 61-10-2 (.849) all-time against teams currently in the ACC ... the Nittany Lions have not lost a fumble in their last six games.

CAV COPY: Junior WR Billy McMullen leads the ACC in receptions (7.3), receiving yardage (92.6); and TD receptions (12) and has scored at least one TD in eight of UVa's 11 games ... McMullen is Virginia's all-time leader in receptions (138) and is fifth in receiving yardage (2,043) and is bidding to become the first Cavalier to lead the ACC in receptions since Tom Fadden in 1975 ... McMullen's 80 receptions are the second-best single season total in ACC history and only eight shy of the existing league mark of 88 set by NC State's Torry Holt ... the Cavaliers have two quarterbacks - Matt Schaub (1,449) and Bryson Spinner (1,278) - who have thrown for over 1,250 yards each ... Spinner is also third on the team in rushing and ranks ninth in the ACC in total offense (143.6) while Schaub is 10th (132.6) ... as a team, UVa has thrown 24 TD passes this season, tripling the total of eight all of last season.

Duke (0-10, 0-7) at Clemson (5-5, 3-4)
1:00 p.m.
Betting line: Clemson by 27.0
Memorial Stadium (81,474)

THE GAME: Clemson has held the upper hand in this long-time rivalry between these two teams since they first met on the gridiron in 1934 ... the Tigers have won two in a row (by a 110-to-29 margin) and 20 of the last 24 meetings to take a 29-15-1 lead in the series ... the Tigers have won the last 10 games played in "Death Valley" with the last Duke win coming in 1980.

THE COACHES: Carl Franks is 3-29 in three seasons at Duke ... Tommy Bowden is 20-14 in three seasons at Clemson and 38-18 in five years overall.

DEVIL DATA: QB D. Bryant is sixth in the ACC and 47th nationally in total offense (217.6) ... Bryant's 2,171 yards passing is the 11th best single season mark in school history and the most yards passing by a Blue Devil QB since Spence Fischer threw for 2,668 yards in 1995 ... TB Chris Douglas has 13 straight games with 100-or-more all-purpose yards and is sixth nationally in all-purpose yards (170.2) ... Douglas leads the team and is fifth in the ACC in rushing (79.7) and is bidding to become the first player in school history to lead the team in rushing in both his freshman and sophomore seasons ... Douglas' 797 yards is the 10th best single season rushing total in school history ... Douglas is also 17th on the ACC's career kickoff return yardage list with 1,456 yards.

TIGER TIDBITS: Woodrow Dantzler had 306 yards in total offense against South Carolina and moved into ninth on the ACC's career total offense list with 7,871 yards ... Dantzler leads the ACC and is ninth nationally in total offense (298.6) ... TB Travis Zachery is second among school career rushing leaders with 2,943 yards ... Zachery is tied for fourth among ACC career touchdown leaders (46) and tied for 10th on the league's all-time scoring list with 276 points ... WR Derek Hamilton leads all ACC freshmen in receptions (49) and receiving yards (590) ... Hamilton leads the ACC and ranks second nationally in kickoff returns (31.8); and leads all ACC freshmen in all-purpose yardage (102.0) ... junior Brian Mance is second in the ACC in punt returns (12.0) and fourth in kickoff returns (24.5).

SMU (4-6, 4-4 WAC) at North Carolina (6-5, 5-3)
1:30 p.m.
Betting line: UNC by 23.5
Kenan Stadium (60,000)

THE GAME: North Carolina goes after its seventh win of the season when the Tar Heels close out their 2001 regular season hosting an SMU team that has won two in a row following Saturday's 37-20 win over Rice ... UNC and SMU have met just once with the Tar Heels posting a 28-24 win in Dallas in 1984.

THE COACHES: Mike Cavan is 18-27 in six years at SMU and 85-76-2 in 16 campaigns overall ... John Bunting is 6-5 in his first season at UNC and 44-19-2 in six years overall.

MUSTANG MUSINGS: SMU has won four of its last six games ... the Mustangs lead the WAC and rank 22nd nationally in total defense (314.7) ... true freshman ShanDerrick Charles leads in the team in ruishing with 783 yards, breaking the existing school freshman rushing record of 761 yards set by Craig James in 1979 ... in its four victories this season, SMU has a turnover margin of +2, while in its six losses the Mustangs are a minus 13 ... LB Vic Viloria is second in the WAC in tackles per game (10.1).

HEEL HYPE: Freshman QB Darian Durant is second in the ACC and 12th nationally in passing efficiency and his 17 TD passes are the third most by a freshman in ACC annals ... in five games versus ranked opponents, Durant has completed 59 of 100 passes for 697 yards and eight TDs ... senior QB Ronald Curry is the school's all-time passing leader with 4,871 yards ... Curry is also 1st on UNC's all-time total offense chart, and 18th on the ACC's, with 6,078 yards ... Julius Peppers leads UNC in interceptions (3) and has 29.5 career QB sacks, which ranks the junior DE second all-time at UNC and is seventh in ACC annals ... Kory Bailey is fourth on the school's all-time reception list (135) and fifth in receiving yardage (1,892)... The Tar Heels are the first team in ACC history to start a season 0-3 and win its next five games ... Bosley Allen is ninth on the ACC's all-time punt return yardage list (786) ... junior WR Sam Aiken leads the team in receptions (42), receiving yards (738) and TD receptions (8) ... in his last two games, Aiken has 12 catches for 264 yards and three TDs.

Georgia Tech (7-4, 4-3) at Florida State (6-4, 5-2)
ESPN; 3:30 p.m.
Betting line: FSU by 11.0
Doak Campbell Stadium (80,000)

THE GAME: Georgia Tech's Yellow Jackets take to the road for the final time this season travelling to Tallahassee to take on Florida State's Seminoles in the 18th meeting of a series that was first contested in 1952 ... FSU has won all nine meetings since joining the ACC in 1992 and leads the series by a 9-7-1 margin.

THE COACHES: George O'Leary is 52-32 in seven seasons at Georgia Tech ... Bobby Bowden is 321-91-4 in 36 years overall and 248-59-4 in 26 seasons at Florida State.

BUZZ BITS: PK Luke Manget leads the ACC in scoring (8.4) and field goals (1.7) and has made an ACC-record 129 straight PATs; is 15th on the ACC's career scoring list with 252 points ... Kelly Campbell is seventh on the ACC's career receiving yardage list (2,843), tied for sixth in career receptions (188), tied for eighth in TD receptions (24), 20th in all-purpose yardage (4,306) and 23rd in kickoff returns (1,311) ... junior TB Joe Burns' 1,126 yards rushing is the sixth best single season mark in school history ... Burns is fourth on the school's career rushing list with 2,595 yards and has scored a TD in 15 of his last 19 games ... QB George Godsey has thrown a TD pass in 10 straight games and has passed for 200 yards or more in 16 of his last 19 games ... Godsey is third on Tech's career passing yardage list with 5,862 yards.

NOLE NOTES: Freshman QB Chris Rix leads the ACC and is seventh nationally in passing efficiency (156.4); is second in the ACC and 12th in the nation in total offense (284.4) ... over his last four games, Rix has averaged 312.5 yards per game passing with 13 touchdowns ... Rix has thrown a TD pass in each of his first 10 games ... Rix is only 125 yards shy of tying the ACC freshman single season total offense mark of 2,969 yards set by NC State's Philip Rivers a year ago ... Javon Walker is second in the ACC in receiving yardage (87.9) and is averaging 20.4 yards per catch ... WR Talman Gardner has 11 TDs in 33 catches ... freshman Xavier Beitia has made 13 of 14 field goals and leads the ACC in field goal percentage (92.9) ... nine different FSU players have intercepted at least one pass. Top Stories