This Week in the ACC

After Thursday night's shocker in Louisville, the rest of the ACC, with the exception of Clemson, will be action Saturday afteroon. Headlining this weekend's games is a classic battle in Chapel Hill between North Carolina and Georgia Tech.

Saturday, September 28th

Duke (1-3, 0-1 ACC) at Navy (1-2 Independent)
Navy-Marine Corps Stadium (30,000)

THE GAME: Duke will be looking to close out its 2002 non-conference slate on a positive note when the Blue Devils take on a Navy team coming off a 49-40 loss to Northwestern ... Navy owns a 16-11-5 lead in a series that was first contested in 1927 ... Duke is 3-8 in games played in Annapolis ... the Blue Devils won the last meeting, 26-17, in 1997.
THE COACHES: Carl Franks is 4-33 in four years at Duke ... Paul Johnson is 1-2 in his first season at Navy and 63-12 in six years overall.
THE GAME: Navy had 678 yards of total offense against Northwestern Saturday, but turned the ball over five times and dropped a 49-40 decision to the Wildcats ... junior quarterback Craig Candeto ran for a team-high 138 yards and completed 13 of 23 passes for 260 yards in the loss ... on the season, Candeto leads Navy in rushing (116.3), total offense (233.3), passing yardage (117.0) and scoring (14.0) ... as a team the Midshipmen are averaging 20.9 yards per completion ... Navy ranks second nationally in rushing yardage (304.7) and 13th in total offense (451.0) ... defensively, the Midshipmen are 107th against the run (212.7) and 110 in total defense (456.7) ...The Blue Devils are fourth in the ACC and 24th nationally in turnover margin (+1.25) ... Duke defensively is allowing only 388.5 yards per game as compared to a 492.0 average a year ago ... junior Alex Wade has rushed for over 100 yards three times this season, including a 114-yard effort against Florida State and is third in the ACC in rushing (92.5) ... junior Chris Douglas, who missed the FSU game with an ankle injury, is 11th on the ACC's career kickoff return yardage list (1,610) ... QB Adam Smith has thrown only one interception in 76 attempts ... backup QB Chris Dapolito threw for 127 yards and two TDs in the fourth quarter against FSU.

Massachusetts (2-1, 0-1 A-10) at No. 15 NC State (5-0, 1-0 ACC)
1:00 p.m.
Carter-Finley Stadium (51,000)

THE GAME: The 16th-ranked Wolfpack will attempt to keep their unbeaten record intact when they host a Massachusetts team coming off a 42-7 loss to Northeastern ... this is the first meeting between the two schools in football ...UMass has played only two previous games against schools from the state of North Carolina, falling to East Carolina 14-13 in the 1984 Tangerine Bowl and downing North Carolina Central 48-7 in 1979.
THE COACHES: Mark Whipple is 33-20 in his fifth year at UMass and 105-53 in 15 seasons overall ... Chuck Amato is 20-9 in his third season at NC State.
THE GAME: UMass is 8-13 all-time against Division I-A opponents ... the Minutemen have averaged 1:53 in time of possession on on their 15 touchdown drives so far in 2002 ... UMass ranks fifth in Division I-AA in passing offense (306.3) and fifth in total offense (497.0) ...junior QB Jeff Krohn has completed 59 percent of his passes for 892 yards and eight TDs and ranks seventh in I-AA in total offense (294.7) ... Krohn transferred to UMass this past January from Arizona State where he led the Pac-10 in passing efficiency in 2001, completing 54 percent of his passes for 1,942 yards and 19 touchdowns ... NC State true freshman T.A. McLendon ran for 150 yards aginst Texas Tech Saturday and set an ACC freshman single game scoring record with with five touchdowns, including a "walk-off" eight-yard scoring run in overtime ... State QB Philip Rivers is the nation's third-ranked passer and has thrown at least one TD pass in 23 of his 29 career starts ... Rivers is 12th on the ACC's career passing list (6,894) and 13th in total offense (6,821) ... Wolfpack wide receivers Jericho Cotchery (18-for-421) and Bryan Peterson (13-for-311) have combined to catch 31 passes for 732 yards and six touchdowns and a 23.6 yards per catch average.

Georgia Tech (3-1, 0-1 ACC) at North Carolina (1-2, 0-0 ACC)
ABC; 3:30 p.m.
Kenan Stadium (60,000)

THE GAME: Georgia Tech has held the upper hand in this series since the two teams first met on the gridiron in 1915 ... the Yellow Jackets have won four in a row and lead the series 18-16-3 ... Tech has won the last two meetings in Chapel Hill to snap a nine-game winless streak there that dated back to 1945 ... five of the last seven meetings have been decided by seven points or less.
LAST YEAR: Joe Burns ran for 198 yards and a touchdown as 23rd-ranked Georgia Tech edged No. 22 North Carolina 28-21 ... Darian Durant completed 22 of 37 passes for 286 yards and three TDs for the Tar Heels.
THE COACHES: Chan Gailey is 3-1 in his first season at Tech and 27-12 in four years overall ... John Bunting is 9-6 in two years at UNC and 47-20-2 in six seasons overall.
THE GAME: Georgia Tech is coming off a 28-19 win over Brigham Young, while North Carolina had an open date following a 52-21 loss to Texas on Sept. 14 ... Tech will be without the services of sophomore tailback Tony Hollins who sustained a knee injury late in the game against BYU ... Hollins leads the nation in rushing (158.3) and is second in scoring (16.5) ... Tech's Kelley Rhino, the ACC's eighth all-time punt return leader (856 yards), had a career-best 111 yards on four punt returns against the Tar Heels a year ago ... UNC QB Darian Durant leads the ACC in total offense (279.3) ... Durant has thrown a TD pass in seven of his last eight games ... the Tar Heels rushed for a season-high 173 yards against Texas (S14), including a team-high 84 yards by Jacque Lewis; Lewis is sixth in the ACC in rushing (61.0) ... UNC has won four of its last five ACC games in Kenan Stadium ... Tech leads the ACC in scoring defense (15.0) and is third in total defense allowing only 299.5 yards per game - its lowest per game yield since a 277.8 per game average in 1991.

Wofford (3-0, 0-0 Southern) at Maryland (2-2, 0-1 ACC)
6:00 p.m.
Byrd Stadium (48,055)

THE GAME: Maryland looks to extend its win streak to two-in-a-row when the Terrapins host Southern Conference foe Wofford under the lights of Byrd Stadium ... this is the first meeting between the two schools in football.
THE COACHES: Mike Ayers is 84-72-1 in 15 seasons at Wofford and 95-93-2 in 19 years overall ... Ralph Friedgen is 12-4 in his second season at Maryland.
THE GAME: Wofford's Jesse McCoy rushed for a game-high 114 yards and scored two touchdowns, the last on a fourth-down, one-yard pitch from quarterback Jeff Zolman with 3:55 to play, to lift Wofford to a 14-7 Southern Conference victory over Georgia Southern Saturday ... the Terriers are 3-0 for the first time since 1991 ... Wofford is the smallest school in Division I-A or I-AA with an enrollment of 1,100 students ... the Terriers rank third in Division I-AA in rushing offense (324.0) and 123rd in passing offense (42.0) ... Wofford has completed 13 of 25 passes for 126 yards in its first three games ... Maryland ranks fourth in the ACC and 43rd nationally in rush defense, allowing 121.5 yards per game and 3.2 yards per carry ... QB Scott McBrien completed 14 of 19 passes for 300 yards and three TDs and Chris Downs added two scores in Maryland's 45-3 win over Eastern Michigan Saturday ... the Terps' 351 yards of total offense in the first half surpassed its previous highest yardage in any of the three previous games ... McBrien's performance improved the junior's passing efficiency rating from 92.7 to 130.6 ... Suter leads the ACC and is ninth nationally in kickoff returns (30.1)... seven true freshmen have seen action this season for the Terps including tailback Josh Allen who ran for a game-high 86 yards in his collegiate debut Saturday ... the Terps are the least penalized team in the ACC with only 18 penalties in the first four games.

Virginia (2-2, 0-1 ACC) at Wake Forest (2-2, 0-1 ACC)
6:30 p.m.
Groves Stadium (31,500)

THE GAME: Wake Forest returns home to the friendly confines of Groves Stadium when the Demon Deacons host a Virginia club coming off a 48-29 win over Akron ... the Deacons ended a 17-game series losing streak last season with a 34-30 win over the Cavaliers in Charlottesville ... Virginia's 17-game winning streak was the second-longest such streak in ACC annals ... the Cavaliers lead the rivalry 31-12, including a 15-4 mark on the Deacs' home field ... Wake's last win against UVa was 38-34 win in 1983 when Al Groh was the Deacon's head coach.
LAST YEAR: James MacPherson threw a 64-yard touchdown to Jason Anderson with 1:42 left lifting the Deacons to a 34-30 win at Scott Stadium ... Alvin Pearman ran for 108 yards on 19 carries for the Cavaliers.
THE COACHES: Al Groh is 7-9 in his second year at Virginia and 33-49 in seven seasons overall ... Jim Grobe is 8-7 in his second season at Wake Forest and 35-35-1 in seven years overall.
THE GAME: Virginia's Al Groh coached six years at Wake Forest (1981-86) and is tied for third on Wake's all-time win list while Wake Forest's Jim Grobe is a 1975 graduate of Virginia and was a two-year starter for the Cavaliers (1973-74) and earned academic All-ACC honors ... Wake Forest has five players with 125 or more yards rushing and leads the ACC in rushing offense (230.5) ... both teams had true freshmen lead their games Saturday in rushing yardage - Wake Forest's Chris Barclay ran for a career-high 70 yards and three touchdowns in the Deacs' win at Purdue while Wali Lundy totaled a career-high 102 yards in Virginia's victory over visiting Akron ... Cavalier QB Matt Schaub has thrown 11 touchdown passes in his last three games while Wake's James MacPherson has thrown 89 consecutive passes without an interception. Top Stories