This Week in the ACC

The Clemson Tigers enter Saturday's game against Ball State as 28-point favorites. Here's a indepth look at the Tigers' game, as well as all the other games in the Atlantic Coast Conference this week.

No. 16 NC State (4-0, 1-0 ACC) at Texas Tech (2-1, 0-0 Big 12)
FSN; 12:30 p.m.
Jones SBC Stadium (51,000)

THE GAME: The 16th-ranked Wolfpack will be looking to keep their unbeaten record intact when they take on a Texas Tech team coming off a 42-28 win over Mississippi ... NC State won the last meeting between the two teams, 36-34, in 1993 and leads the series 2-1 ... the two teams have combined to average 64 points per game in each of the first three meetings ... the two teams have split the first two meetings played in Lubbock.

THE COACHES: Chuck Amato is 19-9 in his third season at NC State ... Mike Leach is 16-12 in his third year at Texas Tech, including a 11-4 mark in Jones SBC Stadium.

THE GAME: Saturday's game matches two of the nation's top quarterbacks in NC State junior Philip Rivers and Texas Tech senior Kliff Kingsbury ... Rivers is the nation's top-rated quarterback while Kingsbury is ranked 28th in passing and seventh in total offense (306.7) ... Kingsbury is the Big 12 career leader in total offense (8,280), passing (8,392) and has 12 career 300-yard passing games ... Rivers directs a Wolfpack offense that is 15th nationally in scoring (41.3) against a Red Raider defense that ranks 102nd nationally, yielding 432.7 yards per game ... Rivers has thrown a TD pass in 21 of his 26 career games and has thrown for 2,478 yards (275.3pg) and 22 touchdowns in nine career regular season games against non-ACC opponents ... defensively the Wolfpack rank third nationally in pass defense (88.3) and seventh in total defense (225.0) ... NC State looks for its first 5-0 start since the 1991 season when it opened with six straight wins ... State's Terrance Holt blocked one punt against Wake Forest Saturday giving the senior safety an ACC-record 12 blocked kicks for his career, including seven field goal attempts.

Ball State (1-1, 0-0 MAC) at Clemson (2-1, 1-0 ACC)
1:00 p.m.
Memorial Stadium (81,474)

THE GAME: The Tigers close out their three-game homestand hosting Mid-American Conference foe Ball State in Death Valley ... Clemson won the series' previous meeting 24-10 in 1992 ... overall the Tigers are 1-1 all-time against teams from the Mid-American Conference ... the Cardinals are coming off a 23-21 win over Indiana State.

THE COACHES: Bill Lynch is 32-48 in eight seasons at Ball State and 68-60-3 in 13 years overall ... Tommy Bowden is 24-15 in four years at Clemson and 42-19 in six seasons overall.

THE GAME: Ball State's win over Indiana State Saturday snapped a five-year, 20-game September losing streak ... Cardinal tailback Marcus Merriweather is 10th nationally in rushing (130.5) and will test a Clemson defense, that under new defensive coordinator John Lovett, is second in the ACC and 17th nationally in total defense (266.3); a year ago the Tigers were 71st nationally in total defense yielding 389.9 yards per game ... Merriweather is the MAC's active leading rusher with 2,645 yards ... Cardinal QB Talmadge Hill is ranked 47th nationally in passing efficiency (126.5) and has thrown for 3,684 yards in his career ... directing the Clemson offense is QB Willie Simmons who ranks fourth in the ACC in total offense (182.0) and has thrown only two interceptions in 111 pass attempts ... sophomore Yusef Kelly leads Clemson and is fourth in the ACC in in rushing (67.7) ... Tiger wide receiver Kevin Youngblood is the ACC's leading receiver with 20 catches for 164 yards and one TD ... Clemson defensive tackle Nick Eason had three tackles for loss against Georgia Tech, including two QB sacks for 29 yards.

Wake Forest (1-2, 0-1 ACC) at Purdue (2-1, 0-0 Big Ten)
2:00 p.m.
Ross-Ade Stadium (66,295)

THE GAME: Wake Forest takes to the road for the third time this season against a Purdue team that stands at 2-1 on the year following Saturday's 28-24 win over Western Michigan ... this is the first meeting between the two schools since a 14-7 Boilermaker win in 1978 ... Purdue has won all three previous meetings with each played in West Lafayette ... the Deacs have won five of their last six games against non-ACC opponents.

THE COACHES: Jim Grobe is 7-7 in his second season at Wake Forest and 34-35-1 in seven years overall ... Joe Tiller is 41-23 in his sixth year at Purdue and 80-53-1 in 12 seasons overall.

THE GAME: Purdue is one of only 13 teams nationally to play in a bowl game in each of the past five years ... Wake Forest is second in the ACC and 20th nationally in rushing offense (224.7) and will test a Purdue defense that is ranked 27th in defense against the run (101.7) and 20th overall, yielding only 274.7 yards per game ... junior Nick Burney leads the Deacs in rushing (69.7) while Joey Harris tops the Boilermaker ground game and is 37th nationally averaging 100.3 yards per outing ... Wake QB James McPherson has thrown for 427 yards and two TDs while Purdue QB Kyle Orton has passed for 637 yards and five scores ... DE Calvin Pace is second on the Wake Forest career chart in QB sacks (23) and is tied for third in tackles for loss (40) ... junior Quinton Williams and sophomore Eric King are tied for the lead in the ACC in interceptions (0.67) ... the Deacons led the ACC and are fifth nationally in turnover margin (+2.67) ... Purdue free safety Stuart Schweigert is the school's career leader in interceptions with 12 ... Wake's Fabian Davis leads the ACC and 11th nationally in punt returns ... Purdue's John Standeford is 15th nationally in receiving yards per game (113.0).

Akron (0-3, 0-1 MAC) at Virginia (1-2, 0-1 ACC)
3:00 p.m.
Scott Stadium (61,500)

THE GAME: Virginia goes after win number two of the young season when it hosts Akron in the Cavaliers' annual homecoming game ... this is the first meeting between the two schools ... Virginia is 4-0-1 against teams from the Mid-American Conference ... the Cavaliers have won 11 of their last 13 homecoming games and are 37-38-2 overall.

THE COACHES: Lee Owens is 29-51 in eight years at Akron ... Al Groh is 6-9 in his second year at Virginia and 32-49 in seven seasons overall.

THE GAME: Since 1982, Virginia is 13-13 in games following a bye week ... the Zips are 0-3 on the year following losses to Iowa (57-21), Maryland (44-14) and Central Michigan (24-17) ... Akron TB Brandon Payne is the MAC's active leading rusher and sixth on the school's all-time rushing list with 2,500 yards ... sophomore QB Charlie Frye directs a Zip offense that is ranked 17th nationally in passing (273.3), 104th in rushing (78.7) and 72nd overall (352.0) ... Frye is ranked 29th nationally in passing and is 13th among Akron career total offense leaders (2,801) and seventh in passing yardage (2,745) ... UVa junior QB Matt Schaub is second in the ACC and 15th nationally in passing and has thrown three TD passes in each of his last two games ... the Cavaliers have 10 fumble recoveries this season, which matches their entire 2001 total ... Akron is 89th in the nation in turnover margin (-1.33) ... the Cavaliers have had a league-high 13 true freshmen play in the first three games of the season ... true freshman Wali Lundy leads Virginia in rushing with 136 yards on 39 carries and is tied for second in receiving (9-for-95 yards).

Brigham Young (2-1, 0-0 MWC) at Georgia Tech (2-1, 0-1 ACC)
ABC; 3:30 p.m.
Bobby Dodd Stadium (42,000)

THE GAME: Both Georgia Tech and BYU will be looking to rebound from their first setbacks of the year when the two teams tangle in a regionally-televised affair on ABC ... the Cougars and Yellow Jackets are meeting on the gridiron for the first time ... BYU becomes the 94th different institution that Georgia Tech has faced in its 110 years of football.

THE COACHES: Gary Crowton, who served as Tech's quarterback coach and co-offensive coordinator in 1994, is 14-3 in his second year at BYU and 35-16 in five seasons overall ... Chan Gailey is 2-1 in his first season with the Yellow Jackets and 26-12 in four years overall.

THE GAME: Both teams are coming off road losses with Tech dropping a 24-19 decision to Clemson while the Cougars fell at Nevada 31-28 ... this is the second game of a four-game road trip for BYU ... the Cougars have scored in an NCAA-record 341 straight games; BYU was last shutout during the 1975 season ... Saturday's game features two of the nation's top rushers in Tech's Tony Hollings, who ranks fifth nationally in rushing (148.0) and BYU's Marcus Whalen, who is sixth (138.7) ... Cougar QB Bret Engemann is 25th nationally in total offense (247.0) and directs an offense that is averaging 271.7 yards passing and 183.3 yards rushing per game ... Hollings, quarterback A.J. Suggs and WR Kerry Watkins lead a Tech offense that is averaging 393.0 yards and 31.7 points per game ... Suggs is third in the ACC and 19th nationally in passing efficiency (149.3) while Watkins is Tech's leading receiver with 14 catches for 298 yards and one TD ... the Yellow Jackets are a perfect 10-for-10 on red zone possessions, scoring nine touchdowns and one field goal.

Eastern Michigan (1-2, 0-1 MAC) at Maryland (1-2, 0-1 ACC)
6:00 p.m.
Byrd Stadium (48,055)

THE GAME: Maryland looks to rebound from Saturday's loss to Florida State when its hosts Eastern Michigan in the third game of a four-game homestand for the Terps ... Bruce Perry ran for 133 yards and three TDs and Shaun Hill threw for 187 yards and one score as Maryland posted a 50-3 win over the Eagles last year in the only previous meeting between the two schools.

THE COACHES: Jeff Woodruff is 6-19 in his third year at Eastern Michigan ... Ralph Friedgen is 11-4 in his second season at Maryland.

THE GAME: Eastern Michigan snapped a two-game losing streak Saturday with a come-from-behind 35-32 win over Southeast Missouri State ... EMU wide receiver Kevin Walker had 11 catches for 112 yards and two TDs in the win and is fifth in the nation in receptions (9.0) and 40th in receiving yardage (78.7) ... Walker is the school's all-time leading receiver (145) and is fourth in receiving yardage (1,706) ... Eagle tailback Ime Akpan is 21st nationally in rushing (114.3) ... senior TB Chris Downs ran for a team-high 50 yards on 12 carries against FSU and caught a career-high five passes for 33 yards ... QB Scott McBrien, who completed 14 of 26 passes for a season-high 187 yards against FSU, will face an Eastern Michigan defense that is 115th nationally in rushing defense (279.3) and 117th in total defense (536.7) ... Maryland linebacker E.J. Henderson had 10 tackles against the Seminoles, marking the 18th time in his career he has reached double figures in tackles ... the Terps are the least penalized team in the ACC (13 for 124 yards).

Duke (1-2, 0-0 ACC) at No. 5 Florida State (3-0, 2-0 ACC)
7:00 p.m.
Doak-Campbell Stadium (80,000)

THE GAME: Duke gets it first shot at an ACC opponent when the Blue Devils visit fifth-ranked Florida State under the lights in Doak-Campbell Stadium ... the Seminoles have won each of the previous 10 meetings between the two teams ... FSU's Nick Maddox accounted for 174 all-purpose yards and two TDs as the sixth-ranked Seminoles posted a 55-13 win in Durham.

THE COACHES: Carl Franks is 4-32 in three years at Duke ... Bobby Bowden is 253-59-4 in 27 years at Florida State and 326-91-4 in 37 seasons overall.

THE GAME: The Blue Devils are second in the ACC and 12th nationally in turnover margin (+2.00) ... a year ago Duke forced only 16 turnovers and finished 111th in turnover margin (1.27) ... two of the ACC's top rushers will be on display Saturday night - FSU's Greg Jones is second the ACC in rushing (130.7) while Duke FB Alex Wade is third (85.3) ... Jones is the first FSU running back since Travis Minor in 1995 to run for 100 yards or more in five straight games while Wade ran for a career-high 134 yards on 25 carries against Northwestern Saturday ... Seminole QB Chris Rix is third in the ACC and 42nd nationally in total offense (222.7) and has thrown a TD pass in 13 of his 14 career games and over 200 yards in 10 of his last 11 games ... Duke is ranked 58th nationally in total defense (345.7) while FSU is 65th (351.3) ...FSU's Xavier Beitia had field goals of 23, 26 and 44 yards against Maryland and has made 16 of his last 17 field goal attempts and is 18 of 20 in his career. Top Stories