Numbers and statistics are a huge part of college football. Every Sunday, reading updated box scores and stats is like Christmas for fans and media members. Some stats like total offense and total defense are overrated but each help paint a picture for a team or particular game.
Whether the stats are historic, advanced or just an observation from a box score, Athlon Sports brings the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from around the weekend of Atlantic Coast Conference football action:
10 Amazing College Football Stats from Week 2 in the ACC
1: Virginia Tech's first regular-season meeting against a current Big Ten opponent results in 1-0
In front of the largest crowd ever to watch a game at Ohio Stadium (107,517), Virginia Tech made its first-ever regular-season meeting against a current Big Ten opponent a memorable one. The Hokies' 35-21 win ended the No. 8 Buckeyes' 64-game winning streak at home against non-conference competition, and it was Ohio State's first loss to an unranked non-conference opponent since 1982. Virginia Tech is 30-21 all-time against current Big Ten teams, but has played just two against Big Ten teams when they were a member of the conference. Those games were against Indiana (1992 Independence Bowl) and Michigan (2012 Sugar Bowl).
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92: Florida State has scored on 92 percent of its red zone trips
On the way to 2-0 and outscoring its first two opponents by a combined score of 74-43, Florida State has only missed out on one scoring opportunity inside the red zone. The Seminoles are 11-of-12 this season, including five touchdowns. The only drive to stall was the fourth of the season against Oklahoma State with an interception on a play that began at the Cowboys' 13.
24: Wake Forest collected 24 first downs — one more than the number of points it scored
The Demon Deacons collected more first downs than they did points in a 23-7 win over Gardner-Webb. On the way to posting 24 first downs, Wake Forest needed just 96 net rushing yards to do so. True freshman QB John Wolford did most of the work, completing 30-of-38 passes for 291 yards and two scores, and rushing for 29 of the 96 yards.
9: Duke Johnson one of nine Miami players to reach 2,000 yards rushing
In a 41-7 win against Florida A&M, Johnson’s 55-yard second-quarter carry made him one of nine Hurricanes with 2,000 or more career rushing yards. He moved into ninth place on Miami’s all-time rushing list (2,054), passing Frank Gore in the first quarter. He trails No. 8 Willis McGahee (2,067), No. 7 Javarris James (2,162) and No. 6 Danyell Ferguson (2,214).
41: NC State's average starting field position was its own 41
The Wolfpack scored a second-half 46-34 comeback win against an Old Dominion team that ran 87 plays. NC State benefited from an average starting field position of its own 41. The Wolfpack scored touchdowns on five of their final six drives before a kneel-down to end the game.
24:15: Louisville possessed the ball for all but 5:45 of the second half
In its 66-21 dismantling of Murray State, Louisville controlled possession for 42:09 of the 60 minutes, including 24:15 in the second half. The Cardinals ran 88 plays, converted 11-of-19 third downs, and amassed 603 yards of total offense.
31-3: Duke outscores Troy 31-3 after falling behind 14-3
The Blue Devils traveled to Alabama and saw the host Troy Trojans jump out to a 14-3 lead after the game's first four possessions. Duke turned it around quickly with touchdowns on its next three drives, and scored 31 points altogether over its next seven drives after trailing 14-3. The Blue Devils outgained the Trojans 290-158 during the seven-series surge.
15: A week after attempting 15 passes in a win, Georgia Tech throws for 15 yards in a win
Yellow Jackets quarterback Justin Thomas completed 11-of-15 passes for 282 yards and two scores a week ago in a 38-19 win against Wofford. In Saturday's 38-21 win against Tulane, Thomas was 3-for-8 for 15 yards. The team rushed for 344 yards, including 70 from Thomas. The 15 yards are not the fewest in Georgia Tech history. The team has had 13 games since 1953 in which it failed to register any passing yards. Tech's fewest-ever in an ACC game is 24 against Virginia (Oct. 24, 2011).
31: Virginia's nine takeaways have already produced 31 points
The Cavaliers' 45-13 win against Richmond Saturday included seven takeaways — the most for UVa since Sept. 7, 2002 — and gives the team nine on the season. Virginia collected 21 points off of the seven turnovers Saturday. With those nine for the season, UVa has already produced 31 points compared to the 13 points it scored 21 takeaways a season ago.
50: Pittsburgh held Boston College to 50 yards after its first drive of the second half
On Boston College’s first drive of the first half, the Eagles went 77 yards for a touchdown. For the rest of the half, the Pitt defense only allowed 50 yards and zero points.
- Corby A. Yarbrough
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