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 CFB Stats from Week 3 in the ACC
Virginia's 23-21 upset of No. 21 Louisville Saturday marked the first win for the Cavaliers when facing a new ACC member for the first time in conference play. UVa upped its record to 1-6 in such games, dating back to Georgia Tech joining the ACC in 1979. The Cavs are 2-1 all time against the Cardinals.
South Florida amassed 92 yards of offense on its first two drives — 75 coming from a touchdown reception. However, the Bulls were limited to just two total yards over their final five drives of the first half. The 75-yard score tied the game at 7 before N.C. State went on a 28-0 run the rest of the half, a 42-0 run for the game, leading to the 49-17 victory.
Virginia Tech punted on all four first-quarter drives against East Carolina Saturday, while the Pirates scored touchdowns on three of their four first-quarter drives on the way to a 21-0 lead. ECU needed those three scores on the way to holding off the Hokies 28-21. Virginia Tech ended up punting on its first five drives, was intercepted on its next two, and missed a 37-yard field goal on its eighth possession.
In its 40-3 win against host Central Michigan Saturday, Syracuse scored 40 unanswered points thanks in part to a 5-for-5 effort inside the red zone. The Orange scored TDs of 4, 1, 3, and 1, and added a 23-yard field goal. Syracuse is now 9-for-9 for in the red zone this season.
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With its 41-3 win over Kansas, Duke moved to 3-0 for just the ninth time since 1960. The Blue Devils are 3-0 for the first time since 1994 (7-0), and the victory is the program's ninth consecutive non-conference regular-season win, the most in school history.
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson and the Yellow Jackets defeated Johnson's former team with a 42-38, comeback win against Georgia Southern Saturday. Johnson is the 10th active FBS head coach to coach against his former team, and joined the other nine in being victorious in their last meeting against their former schools. Johnson's first college head coaching gig was in Statesboro (1997-2001), winning two I-AA titles, and he was an assistant for the Eagles from 1983-86. This was the first meeting between the two schools.
The first four scores of the Wake Forest-Utah State game averaged 49 yards, and only one of them came from the offense. The Demon Deacons returned an interception 70 yards for the game's opening score before the Aggies countered with a 35-yard interception return, a 44-yard touchdown pass, and a 47-yard fumble recovery for a score and a 19-7 lead. Utah State pushed the lead to 29-7 before eventually winning 36-24. The final six scores of the game averaged 13.3 yards, including each team kicking field goals (26 and 30).
Pittsburgh fought back against host Florida International for a 42-25 win Saturday after trailing 16-0 entering the second quarter. The 16-point deficit was the Panthers' largest comeback win since Oct. 5, 1996. Pittsburgh erased a 19-point lead on that day to defeat Temple 53-52 after trailing 52-33 entering the final quarter.
Phillip Dorsett posted 201 receiving yards in Miami's 41-20 win against Arkansas State Saturday. The 201 yards marked the third time in Hurricanes' history that a player had over 200 receiving yards. Wesley Carroll had 208 yards at California on Sept. 15, 1990, and Eddie Brown had 220 yards vs. Boston College on November 23, 1984. Dorsett’s 201 yards came on just four catches — two of which were touchdowns, both 63 yards.
After being held to minus-6 yards of offense and falling behind 10-0 to Southern California over the first 11:44 of the game, Boston College went on an offensive tear. The Eagles posted 500 yards of offense the rest of the way, and outscored the ninth-ranked Trojans 37-21 for a 37-31 win and their first victory against a top-10 team since 2004.
- Corby A. Yarbrough
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