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 13.
Stats to Know from the ACC
0: Amount of times Duke has finished a season with double-digit wins
Duke’s annual matchup against North Carolina is usually one of the most-anticipated games on the hardwood, but this year’s meeting has extra importance on the gridiron. With a win over the Tar Heels, the Blue Devils will clinch a spot in the ACC Championship and earn their first season of double-digit wins in school history. Duke won nine games in 1993, 1936, 1938 and 1941 under Wallace Wade. However, the Blue Devils have never managed to crack the 10-win mark. If Duke doesn’t win this week, it will have another shot at 10 victories in a bowl.
41.5: Clemson QB Tajh Boyd’s completion percentage in two starts against South Carolina
If the Tigers are going to snap a four-game losing streak to rival South Carolina, quarterback Tajh Boyd and the offensive line has to step up this Saturday. In two starts against the Gamecocks, Boyd has completed 22 of 53 passes for 266 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. In last year’s meeting, the senior was sacked six times and harassed all game by the South Carolina defensive line.
17-9: Frank Beamer’s record against Virginia
The Hokies are in the midst of a semi-disappointing season, but with a little bit of help, can still reach the ACC Championship. However, Virginia Tech has to beat rival Virginia to have any hope of playing for the conference title. Hokies’ coach Frank Beamer has owned the Cavaliers in recent years, winning nine in a row and 13 out of the last 14. Beamer’s all-time record against Virginia is 17-9, with the Cavaliers’ last victory in Blacksburg coming in 1998.
Oct. 19: The last time Georgia Tech threw a touchdown pass
Considering Georgia Tech has a run-first offense, it’s no surprise it has only nine passing scores all year. However, it’s a bit surprising the Yellow Jackets have gone four games without a touchdown toss. Even in the Nov. 14 loss to Clemson, Georgia Tech did not record a touchdown pass despite hoisting a season-high 26 attempts. It’s not critical for the Yellow Jackets to throw for a score against Georgia this week, but Georgia Tech will need to throw to take some attention away from the line of scrimmage.
44: Average points per game by North Carolina with Marquise Williams starting at QB
Williams has four starts under his belt this year – Virginia Tech, Virginia, Pittsburgh and Old Dominion – and the Tar Heels are averaging 44 points a game in those contests. The 80 points scored against Old Dominion slightly skews that total, but even if you remove the game against the Monarchs, Williams is still averaging 31.7 points in the other three starts. With Williams only getting better, along with a strong core of skill players returning next season, the Tar Heels should be in the mix to win the Coastal in 2014.
16: Yards gained by Pittsburgh on six non-scoring drives in the second half against Syracuse
Timely offense or good defense? That’s about the only way to describe Pittsburgh’s second-half offense against Syracuse on Saturday. The Panthers managed only 16 yards on six non-scoring second-half drives but recorded 88 on nine plays to score the game-winning touchdown late in the third quarter. The Orange’s offense wasn’t much more effective in the second half, recording six drives of 27 or fewer yards. Syracuse scored on a five-play 62-yard drive early in the third quarter. A big reason for the offensive struggles for Pittsburgh was a lackluster rushing game, which managed only 21 yards on 27 attempts.
247: Rushing yards averaged by Boston College’s Andre Williams over last five games
Williams continued his torrid pace with 263 yards and two touchdowns on 32 attempts in Boston College’s 29-26 victory over Maryland. Over the last three games, Williams has averaged at least eight yards per carry and has scored two times in every game. The senior has 2,073 yards this year, which is a single-season school record. But Williams has his sights set even higher, as Barry Sanders’ single-season record (2,628 yards) is within reach with two games remaining. The senior will have a chance to add to his total this week, as Boston College travels to take on Syracuse. The Orange has held three of their last four opponents under 2.2 yards per carry, but that total will be challenged by Williams. The senior also needs just 86 yards to own the school record for most rushing yards in a career.
16: Florida State defensive players with interceptions this season
Under the direction of first-year coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, Florida State’s defense leads the nation with 23 interceptions. To indicate how deep the talent pool is on defense in 2013, the Seminoles have 16 players with interceptions this season. Freshman Nate Andrews leads the team with four, while senior linebacker Telvin Smith leads a group of four players tied with two. Five of Florida State’s 16 interceptions have been returned for touchdowns, including two by Smith and one by Andrews.
94: Rushing yards per game averaged by Wake Forest – worst of the Jim Grobe era
Losing receiver Michael Campanaro was a huge setback for Wake Forest’s offense this year, but a bigger problem for the Demon Deacons has been the inability to run the ball. Through 11 games, Wake Forest is averaging just 94 yards per contest – easily the worst of the Jim Grobe era. The Demon Deacons averaged only 100.5 rushing yards per game last season, but 2013 is the first time under triple digits since 1998. Wake Forest’s season rushing average has also declined in each of the last three years.
211-194-4: Maryland’s ACC record with one conference game remaining
Maryland travels to NC State this Saturday for the final ACC game in school history. The Terrapins have made gains in reach of Randy Edsall’s three seasons in College Park and should play in a bowl this year. Maryland’s all-time record in ACC play is 211-194-4, with the last winning record in conference games occurring in 2010. The Terrapins are just 11-28 in ACC games over the last five years.
74: Rushing yards Kevin Parks needs to reach 1,000
Virginia’s offense has struggled mightily at times this year. The Cavaliers rank ninth in the ACC (conference-only games) in total offense, averaging just 4.4 yards per play. The rushing attack has been one of the few bright spots, with running back Kevin Parks averaging 84.2 yards per game. Parks also has 11 touchdowns this year. If Parks rushes for 74 yards against Virginia Tech, the junior will become the first Virginia rusher since Alvin Pearman in 2004 to reach 1,000 yards.
18.7: Yards per touch by Miami receiver Stacy Coley against Virginia
Allen Hurns is Miami’s go-to receiver this season, but Coley has provided plenty of big plays in his first season. Against the Cavaliers, Coley recorded 50 yards on two kickoff returns and caught five passes for 81 yards and one touchdown. The freshman scored Miami’s first offensive touchdown against Virginia, catching a 62-yard scoring pass from quarterback Stephen Morris. Coley has 27 receptions for 486 yards and five touchdowns this season.