Around the ACC

Here are some quick-hitting notes from the Atlantic Coast Conference. FSU tailback Greg Jones has five 100-yard games this season, leads the ACC and is 16th nationally in rushing (822 yards) at 117.4 yards per game. In his last two games, Jones has rushed for 354 yards and four touchdowns while averaging 6.7 yards per carry.

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The Tigers have out-gained their opponents in each of the six games this season ... backup QB Charlie Whitehurst was 7-for-7 for 92 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's loss to Virginia ... on the year, Whitehurst is a perfect 11-for-11 for 113 yards and a TD ... sophomore Derrick Hamilton had his third 200-yard all-purpose yardage game of the season with a 206-yard effort against UVa ... Hamilton leads the ACC and is eighth nationally (174.7) ... the Tigers have held four teams to under 300 yards in total offense this season and are 10th in the nation in total defense allowing 282.2 yards per game as compared to 395.0 yards allowed per contest last year ... Brian Mance has three interceptions on the year and nine for his career ... the Tigers have completed 61 percent of their passes for the year ... junior Aaron Hunt is tied with Lester Brown for seventh on Clemson's all-time scoring list with 192 points ... sophomore Yuseff Kelly leads the team in rushing with 384 yards and seven scores.


Alex Wade and Chris Douglas combine to give the Blue Devils a ground game that ranks fourth in the ACC and 35th nationally averaging 178.6 yards per game ... Wade ran for 165 yards in Saturday's loss at Wake Forest for his fifth 100-yard effort of the season ... Wade (101.1) is second in the ACC in rushing while Douglas is sixth (58.0) ... the Blue Devils lead the ACC in time of possession (32:20) ... quarterback Adam Smith has completed 57 percent of his passes for 956 yards and five TDs on the year ... under new coordinator Ted Roof, Duke's defense is allowing only 349.1 yards per game as compared to a 492.0 per game yield a year ago ... over their last three games, the Blue Devils have out-gained their opponents by 113.6 yards per contest (410.3-to-296.7)

Florida State:

Head coach Bobby Bowden is second all-time among Division I-A coaches with 328 career victories ... junior Greg Jones ran for a career-high 189 yards and one touchdown on 31 carries in Saturday's one-point loss to top-ranked Miami ... Jones has five 100-yard games this season, leads the ACC and is 16th nationally in rushing (822 yards) at 117.4 yards per game ... in his last two games, Jones has rushed for 354 yards and four touchdowns while averaging 6.7 yards per carry ... quarterback Chris Rix needs 95 yards to become only the third player in ACC history to pass for 4,000 yards by his sophomore season ... the Seminoles are averaging over 200 yards both rushing (230.7) and passing (205.7) and lead the ACC in total offense (436.4) ... the last time Florida State averaged more yards rushing than passing in a season was in 1987 when the Noles averaged 272.3 yards rushing and 215.1 yards passing.

Georgia Tech:

Placekicker Luke Manget has made an ACC-record 149 consecutive PATs and is 11th on the all-time ACC scoring list with 281 career points ... Kelley Rhino is tied for seventh on the ACC's career punt return list with 901 yards ... WR Kerry Watkins is third on Tech's career reception list (130), third in receiving yards (2,158) and second in TD receptions (20) ... Watkins leads the ACC in receiving yards (88.0) and is second in receptions (5.0) ... the Yellow Jackets are a perfect 16-for-16 in red zone scoring this season ... senior DE Greg Gathers, Tech's all-time career leader in sacks (31) and tackles for loss (57) will miss the remainder of the 2002 season with a kidney ailment ... Tech leads the ACC in net punting (37.4) and kickoff coverage (19.3) ... the Yellow Jackets remaining opponents are a combined 29-11 (.725)


The Terps have won three games in a row by an average of 34.0 points per game ... keyed by freshman Josh Allen (265 yards) and senior Chris Downs (388), the Terps have averaged 234.3 yards rushing over their last three games ... both Allen (6.6) and Downs (6.0) are averaging six yards or better per rushing attempt ... sophomore Steve Suter is ninth nationally in kickoff returns (27.1) and 21st in punt returns (13.9) ... Suter is third in the ACC in all-purpose yardage (131.7) and is averaging 17.6 yards per play ... the Terps have two or less turnovers in four of their six games this season ... placekicker Nick Novak has made 10 of 13 field goal attempts this season, including five from 43 yards or more ... Maryland has outscored its opponents 58-16 in the first quarter this year ... Brooks Barnard leads the ACC and is 14th nationally in punting average (43.2)

North Carolina:

Darian Durant leads the ACC in total offense (293.7), passing yardage (272.5) and is third in passing efficiency (140.0 rating) ... Durant has passed for 225-or-more yards in five of UNC's six games ... although he started just eight games, Durant is already fourth in UNC history with 29 touchdown passes, sixth in passing yardage (3,478) and ninth in total offense (3,731) ... Durant is bidding to become the first Tar Heel since Paul Miller in 1971 to lead the ACC in total offense ... Dan Orner has made seven of his eight field goal attempts, including four from 47 yards or longer ... senior WR Sam Aiken is seventh among school career receiving yardage leaders (1,718) and tied for seventh in career receptions with 107.

NC State:

NC State is 7-0 for the first time since 1967 and are ranked 10th in this week's Coaches' Poll ... first-year tailback T.A. McLendon ran for 164 yards and two TDs against North Carolina Saturday and has rushed for 100 yards or more in three straight games ... McLendon is fourth nationally in scoring (12.0) and 34th in rushing (97.5) ... QB Philip Rivers leads the nation in passing efficiency (170.8) and has thrown at least one TD pass in 23 of his 29 career starts ... Rivers is 11th on the ACC's career passing list (7,291) and 11th in total offense (7,291) ... wide receiver Bryan Peterson is fifth on State's all-time reception list (118) and seventh in receiving yardage (1,745) ... Terrance Holt has blocked an ACC-record 12 kicks for his career, including seven field goal attempts ... the Pack has blocked 37 kicks since the start of the 1998 season.


Following losses to Colorado State and Florida State to open the season, the Cavaliers have won five in a row for their longest winning streak since a six-game skein in the 1997 and 1998 seasons ... quarterback Matt Schaub has passed for 200 yards or more in four straight games, is fourth nationally in passing efficiency (157.8) and has thrown a TD pass in seven straight games ... Virginia has out-scored their opponents 140-to-70 in the second half this season ... first-year freshman Wali Lundy tied a school record with 11 receptions against Clemson ... Lundy leads the ACC in receptions per game (5.4) and is second nationally among freshmen receivers ... leads the team in rushing (277 yards) and receptions (27) ... Billy McMullen is ninth on the ACC career receiving yardage chart (2,551) and is 10th in career receptions (171) ... the Cavaliers have allowed only eight quarterback sacks on the season ... LB Darryl Blackstock leads all ACC freshmen with six quarterback sacks.

Wake Forest:

Chris Barclay and Nick Burney each had 54 yards rushing and a touchdown as the Deacons topped Duke 36-10 snapping a six-game losing streak at home to ACC teams ... despite its lowest offensive output of the season (224 yards), Wake posted its highest point total of the season and its largest win margin since defeating UAB 47-3 on Oct. 23, 1999 ... the Deacs lead the ACC and rank 15th nationally in rushing offense (233.4) ... the Deacs are one of three ACC teams to not have had a 100-yard rusher this season ... led by Nick Burney's 375 yards, Wake has six players with 170 or more yards rushing ... WR Fabian Davis is second in all-purpose yardage (156.0) and fifth in punt returns (10.1) ... the Deacs lead the ACC and are second nationally in turnover margin (+2.43) ... senior QB James MacPherson has attempted 149 straight passes without an interception ... senior tailback Tarence Williams is eighth on Wake's all-time rushing list with 1,978 yards.

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