ACC by the numbers

Some cool stats, courtesy of the ACC:


North Carolina senior QB T.J. Yates has the lowest interception rate in the FBS. Yates has thrown just one pass interception in 182 pass attempts, a rate of


Yates has also completed 66.5 percent of his passes this year and has 11 TD passes with just one interception.


ACC placekickers who have led the nation in field goal accuracy in each of the past two weeks continued their torrid page this past weekend (Oct. 16). ACC kickers made 15 of their 18 field goal tries, a sizzling. 833 percentage. Boston College freshman PK Nate Freese led the way, connecting for four field goals in BC’s 24-19 loss to 16th-ranked Florida State and he was followed by North Carolina’s Casey Barth, who made all three of his field goal attempts in UNC’s 44-10 win over Virginia.


Clemson junior DE Da’Quan Bowers leads the nation in both QB sacks (1.50) and tackles for loss (2.50). Bowers had three sacks and four TFL’s in the Tigers 31-7 win over Maryland. 2 – Saturday, Virginia Tech senior QB Tyrod Taylor became only the 2nd player in ACC history to run for over 2,000 yards (2,017) and pass for over 5,000 yards (5,596) in a career. The only other person in conference history to do so was Clemson’s Woodrow Dantzler, who is the only player in the ACC’s 57-plus years to run for over 2,000 yards and throw for over 7,000 yards in a career.


Over the last two seasons, Wake Forest has lost a total of seven games by four points or less, including two games in overtime. The average deciding margin in those seven games is just 2.6 points and includes a pair of last-minute losses each to Navy and Georgia Tech.


Miami senior RB Damien Berry has rushed for 100 or more yards in three consecutive games. The Belle Glade, Fla., senior started the streak with 101-yard efforts against both Clemson and Florida State, then added an 111-yard day against Duke Saturday.


With the 24-19 win over Miami, Florida State is 4-0 in the ACC for the first time since 2003. The Seminoles have been 4-0 in ACC games on 10 different occasions since joining the league in 1992 and have won or shared the ACC title each time.


Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher who is in his first season as a collegiate head coach, has put himself in some very select company by winning his first four ACC games. Fisher is one of only five coaches to achieve that feat. Former Maryland and Georgia Tech head coach Bobby Ross won his first five league games as head coach at Maryland in 1982 and Maryland’s Ralph Friedgen (2001), Duke’s Fred Goldsmith (1994) and Boston College’s Jeff Jagodzinski (2007) each won the first four ACC games of their head coaching careers. No coach has ever won his first six ACC games.


Currently four ACC quarterbacks rank in the Top 26 of the conference’s career total offense list. That hasn’t happened since the formative days of the ACC. Currently, NC State junior QB Russell Wilson is 17th on the list with 7,954 yards. He is followed by Virginia Tech’s Tyrod Taylor (20th, 7,613), North Carolina’s T.J. Yates (24th, 7166) and Florida State’s Christian Ponder (26th, 6,786)


When Wake Forest redshirt freshman RB Josh Harris ran for 241 yards on just 20 carries against Virginia Tech last Saturday, the effort was the fifth-best by a freshman in ACC history. Harris, who recorded a sparkling 12.1 per-carry average, also had scoring runs of 33 and 87 yards against the Hokies. Only North Carolina’s Amos Lawrence (286, 1977), UNC’s Natrone Means (256, 1990), Virginia Tech’s Darren Evans (253, 2008) and Wake Forest’s James McDougald (249, 1976) accumulated more rushing yardage in game as freshmen than Harris.


When Florida State senior G Rodney Hudson was named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week last week for his play against Miami on Oct. 9, he earned the eighth Offensive Lineman of the Week honor of his career. That ties him with former NC State All-America QB Philip Rivers and former Maryland All-America LB E. J. Henderson for most career Player of the Week honors. Rivers has the record for most overall weekly honors though, having been named ACC Rookie of the Week eight times. Hudson was named Rookie of the Week once while Henderson did not receive a Rookie citation.


In 12 of the last 15 meetings of the football rivalry between Georgia Tech and Clemson, the game has been decided by five or fewer points, including each of the last three contests. Tech prevailed twice last year, winning 30-27 in Atlanta and 39-34 in the ACC Championship Game in Tampa.


Boston College sophomore LB Luke Kuechly leads the nation in tackles per game, averaging 13.7 a contest. Kuechly now has had 15 consecutive games in double figures in tackling, the most of anyone in the NCAA’s FBS. Kuechly has 240 hits in a 19-game collegiate career.


Maryland WR Tony Logan is 2nd nationally in punt returns, Earlier this year, he recorded punt returns of 84 and 85 yards on back-to-back weekends. Logan’s 84 yard punt return for a score against Duke on Oct. 2 almost matched his 85-yarder against FIU one week earlier. Logan is now averaging 24.6 yards a return. He is one of three players in ACC history (Steve Suter, Maryland, 2002 and Willie Reid, Florida State, 2005) who have recorded two or more yard punt returns of 80 or more yards in the same season.


The number of years since an ACC team has rushed for as many yards as Georgia Tech did in its 33-21 win over Virginia on Oct. 9. The Yellow Jackets, who rank 2nd nationally in rushing, ran for 477 yards, the 6th-best rushing performance in ACC history, and the most yards rushing for an ACC team in 29 years, or since Clemson piled up 536 yards in an 82-24 romp over Wake Forest on Oct. 31,1981.


The number of rushing yards Georgia Tech QB Joshua Nesbitt needs to break the ACC career record of rushing yards by a quarterback. After rushing for 106 yards against Middle Tennessee, Nesbitt has 2,718 yards. The standard is held by former Clemson standout Woodrow Dantzler (2,761, 1998-2001).


The number of yards on kickoff returns that Maryland junior WR Torrey Smith needs to set a career ACC record. Smith currently has 2,640 yards on 106 kickoff returns (24.9). The ACC career mark is 2,688 yards set by North Carolina’s Brandon Tate during the 2005-08 seasons.


The number of touchdowns for which NC State junior QB Russell Wilson has been responsible in his career. He is tied for 7th place on the all-time ACC list with former Duke standout QB Thaddeus Lewis. Wilson’s current average of 2.50 TDR per game is higher than that of the ACC’s all-time record-holder in that category–NC State’s Philip Rivers (2.29)


Despite being just beyond the halfway point of the 2010 season, the ACC has already tied its single-season high for scoring plays of 80 or more yards. In just 59 games, the ACC has recorded 15 touchdown plays of 80 or more yards, tying the standard set last year in 104 games.


Florida State sophomore TB Chris Thompson is only the seventh player in ACC history to have a run of 90 or more yards from scrimmage. Thompson, who ran for a 90-yard TD in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s win at Miami, is the first ACC player with a run of 90 or more yards since LaMont Jordan of Maryland went 90 yards against Virginia on Nov. 20, 1999.


Virginia Tech currently has the longest active scoring streak in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Hokies have scored in 195 straight games, the sixth-longest current skein in the nation.


The number of receiving yards by North Carolina junior WR Dwight Jones in the Tar Heels’ 44-10 win over Virginia. It was the 5th-highest yardage total for a receiver in UNC history and the second-highest total for an ACC receiver this year. Jones’ teammate Jheranie Boyd has the highest total this year, a 221-yard effort against LSU in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game in Atlanta at the start of the season.


The number of career victories for Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer. Now in his 30th season, Beamer, who has an overall 234-117-4 record, is currently in third place among active coaches. He trails only Ohio State’s Jim Tressel (235) and Penn State’s Joe Paterno (397). He is tied for 11th place on the NCAA’s FBS list with the legendary Bo Schembechler of Michigan.


The number of career rushing yards for Boston College junior TB Montel Harris after rushing for 191 yards on 26 carries against Florida State. He is the leading active career rusher in the ACC.

8 comments Add your comment


October 21st, 2010
2:36 pm

let’s go jackets!


October 21st, 2010
3:46 pm

Why? are you cold?


October 21st, 2010
4:04 pm

Nesbitt to break the record in the record-holder’s home stadium!

Go Jackets!

GT Anchorage

October 21st, 2010
6:17 pm

ANON, hahaha!!! I don’t know why that made me laugh so hard at work, but it did…. And now people are staring at me.


October 21st, 2010
10:01 pm

I will be at Clemson when Nesbitt breaks the record. Can’t wait to have some fun with the Clemson fans.

Tokyo jacket

October 22nd, 2010
12:20 am

Nesbitt will break Dantlzer’s record. But, it’s really impressive to look at how many passing yards he had to go along with all those rushing yards.


October 22nd, 2010
9:19 am

anon, not bad. made me laugh.


October 22nd, 2010
2:53 pm

Better beat FSU this year as I’ve heard they only have 8 seniors and another top 5 class coming in. Looks like getting rid of Bobby was the best thing they’ve done since 2000.