The bizarre, important and historic numbers from around the conference.
True college football fans like to examine and dissect statistics, whether it's a quarterback's completion percentage or a team's winning record on the road. We, however, love stats. With that in mind, we scoured the ACC to put together some of the strangest, most amazing, and just plain cool numbers from around the conference in Week 11.
ACC Stats to Know from Week 11
296: Florida State’s total offense against Wake Forest
With a final score of 59-3, it was a bit of a surprise to see Florida State’s offense only record 296 yards against Wake Forest. However, the Seminoles played a chunk of the game with backups and eight drives started in Demon Deacon territory. With its first-team offense, Florida State scored on its opening possession by going 80 yards in 13 plays. The 296 yards of total offense were the lowest of 2013 and the first time under 300 since recording 290 in the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl victory over Notre Dame. The overall yardage isn’t something to be concerned about, but this total illustrates just how dominant the Seminoles can be in all three phases of the game.
256: Yards needed by Boston College RB Andre Williams for a school single-season record
Boston College’s passing offense ranks 12th in ACC-only games with an average of 132.8 yards per game, but there’s not much of a need to throw the ball with Williams carrying the load. The senior has benefited from the coaching change to Steve Addazio, setting a career high of 1,471 yards on 246 attempts this year. Williams has three consecutive games of at least 160 yards and has three 200-yard games in 2013. Mike Cloud set the single-season school record with 1,726 yards in 1998. With three regular season games (and likely a bowl) remaining in 2013, Williams should record 256 yards to break Cloud’s record.
1994: Before 2013, 1994 was Duke’s last season with a winning record
Saturday’s 38-20 win over NC State assured Duke of its first winning record since 1994. The Blue Devils could add to their win total, as games against Miami, Wake Forest and North Carolina are very winnable. Duke has not won nine games since 1941 and does not have a season of double-digit wins in school history. The Blue Devils have 13 wins over the last two years, which is the same amount the program recorded from 1999-2007.
5-11: Miami’s record versus Florida State and Virginia Tech since 2005
In terms of job hierarchy, Miami, Florida State and Virginia Tech are three of the top four programs in the ACC. The Hurricanes have never played for the ACC Championship since joining the league in 2004 and have struggled to beat Florida State and Virginia Tech on a consistent basis. Miami is just 5-11 against both schools since 2005, with the last victory against the Seminoles coming in 2009. The Hurricanes defeated Virginia Tech in 2012 but have lost four out of the last five meetings. If Miami is going to rejoin college football’s elite, it has to start beating Florida State and Virginia Tech on a more consistent basis.
2.2: Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald leads the nation in tackles for a loss per game
Donald has dominated the line of scrimmage and wrecked havoc on opposing offensive lines all year. The senior has 19.5 tackles for a loss through nine games and is averaging 2.2 per contest. Donald recorded six in a loss against Georgia Tech and four in a win against New Mexico.
244.4: Syracuse’s rushing average in five wins
With a first-year quarterback (Terrel Hunt) under center, it’s clear Syracuse’s offensive gameplan has to rest on the ground game. In five victories, the Orange is averaging 244.4 rushing yards per game. In Syracuse’s four losses, it is averaging just 150.5 yards per content, with that number skewed slightly by 323 yards against Clemson. The Orange is four-deep at running back, with three out of the four options averaging at least five yards a carry. The only rusher averaging less than that mark is starter Jerome Smith (4.9 ypc).
0-16: Maryland’s record after Oct. 13 under Randy Edsall
Edsall is just 11-22 in his Maryland tenure, but games after Oct. 13 have been especially problematic. The Terrapins have suffered a rash of injuries over the last two years, which has played a huge role in the team’s late-season struggles. However, 10 of the 16 losses suffered after Oct. 13 has been by 15 points or more.
8: Losses by Virginia in a season in three out of four years under Mike London
After an 8-5 mark in 2011, the arrow seemed to be pointing up for London’s tenure at Virginia. However, the Cavaliers have regressed the last two years, recording a 6-16 mark in that span. Virginia’s win over BYU in Week 1 is one of the more puzzling results of 2013, especially with the Cavaliers’ performance in ACC play. Virginia has lost at least seven games in six out of the last seven years. London got a vote of confidence from athletic director Craig Littlepage earlier this year, but is a 2-10 finish too much to overcome?
6: Touchdowns scored by freshmen or sophomores for North Carolina against Virginia
In North Carolina’s 45-14 win over Virginia, most of the damage was done by a promising core of young players for coach Larry Fedora. With Bryn Renner out for the year with a shoulder injury, sophomore Marquise Williams stepped into the lineup at quarterback, and the offense didn’t miss a beat. Williams threw for 185 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 46 yards and one score. Williams also caught a 29-yard touchdown pass from receiver Quinshad Davis. Freshman running back Khris Francis caught a touchdown pass, and freshman receiver Ryan Switzer returned a punt 85 yards for a score. Freshman safety Dominique Green returned an interception 62 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.
6: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins has six 100-yard games in 2013
Watkins has been the preferred target for Clemson, catching 66 of the quarterback’s 244 completions in 2013. The junior has six 100-yard games in 2013 and has at least 163 receiving yards in back-to-back games. The six 100-yard games in 2013 is a career-best for Watkins.
1984: The last time NC State won fewer than two games in conference play
With two conference games remaining, NC State is a disappointing 0-6 in ACC play. The Wolfpack are in transition under new coach Dave Doeren, and quarterback play has been a problem with an early injury to Brandon Mitchell. However, this wasn’t the season most expected from NC State, especially with a favorable schedule. The Wolfpack play at Boston College this Saturday and close the regular season with a home game against Maryland. NC State’s last winless season conference play occurred in 1959.
5-2: Georgia Tech’s record against Clemson in the last seven matchups
The Tigers have won two out of the last three meetings in this series, but Georgia Tech has a 5-2 edge in the last seven matchups. The Yellow Jackets defeated Clemson in the ACC Championship in 2009 but have not won in Death Valley since 2008. These two teams have met for some entertaining affairs, but the last three matchups were decided by at least 14 points.
2: Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas has back-to-back 300-yard games
For the first time in his career, Thomas has thrown for 300 yards in back-to-back games. The senior threw for 391 yards in a loss to Boston College but rebounded with 366 yards and two scores in a win over Miami. Thomas’ solid performance against the Hurricanes was a key cog in the Virginia Tech victory, which put Frank Beamer’s team back in the mix for the Coastal Division title.