Numbers and statistics are a huge part of college football. Every Sunday, reading updated box scores and stats is likeChristmas 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:
In its 23-17 overtime win against Clemson, Florida State kepts its streak of first-quarter shutouts alive. With a 3-0 lead over the Tigers after one quarter, the Seminoles are still unscored upon in the first 15 minutes in three games this season, and have not allowed any first-quarter points in a regular-season game — nine games — since Clemson's touchdown with 51 seconds remaining in the Oct. 19, 2013 meeting. The shutout extends to 10 of the last 11 games counting Duke being blanked in the first quarter of last year's ACC title game. Auburn scored a TD with 3:07 remaining in the BCS National Championship Game.
Miami traveled to Nebraska having seen the most rushes of any ACC team (123) and yielding the lowest yards per carry (2.1) in the conference. That 2.1 defense must have stayed in Coral Gables. Nebraska, behind 229 yards from Ameer Abdullah, averaged 6.4 per carry (54-347) in a 41-31 win.
Georgia Tech entered Saturday's game tied for first in the ACC in fourth-down conversions, a perfect 3-of-3. The practice must have helped as no fourth down was bigger than the Jackets' final one. A Justin Thomas pass to DeAndre Smelter for 19 yards on fourth-and-15 with 2:30 left kept the game-tying drive alive. The Jackets followed with an interception on VT's ensuing drive, and seven plays later kicked the game-winning field goal. Georgia Tech is no longer perfect, however. The team failed on its other fourth-down attempt early in the second quarter — an incomplete pass at the Hokies' 37 that Virginia Tech turned into a 10-play TD drive for a 13-3 lead.
Mike Wever's 20-yard field goal in the fourth quarter made the Wake Forest redshirt freshman 6-of-6 on field goals to start the season. That streak ties Tracy Lounsbury's school record set in 1969 for consecutive makes to start a career. Weaver is also a perfect 9-of-9 on extra-point attempts. Weaver's field goal cut Army's lead to 21-17 before the the Demon Deacons scored the game-winning TD with 6:45 left in the fourth.
Virginia fell to host BYU 41-33 in a rare trip west of the Mississippi River for the Cavaliers. This was just the 17th game played west of the river in school history. The Cavs are 4-13 in those games. The last win west of the river was at BYU, 45-40 on Sept. 25, 1999. This was the first of five straight seasons in which UVa will play a game west of the Mississippi.
In a 40-10 win against Maine on Saturday, Boston College held its opponent to 20 rushing yards or less for the second straight week. On Saturday, Maine collected just 16 yards on the ground a week after Southern California was limited to 20 in a 37-31 BC victory.
In its 42-0 win against Presbyterian Saturday, N.C. State posted at least 40 points in a third straight game for the first time in school history. The Wolfpack, 4-0 for the third time ever, scored 46 against Old Dominion and 42 against South Florida. It was also the first shutout thrown by N.C. State since a 2011 win against North Carolina, and the first against a non-conference opponent since a 2005 bowl win against South Florida.
All 71 yards of Duke's opening drive came via QB rushes Saturday in a 47-13 win against Tulane. Anthony Boone had four rushes for 27 yards, while Thomas Sirk ran for 44 yards on two carries, including a 1-yard TD. The two quarterbacks combined for 84 of Duke's 100 first-half rushing yards (Sirk 43, Boone 41), and Sirk collected a career-high 94 yards on the ground, including a career-long run of 50 yards. Boone finished with 42 yards on a season-high 10 carries, including 1-yard TD run to open the third quarter.
During Syracuse's 34-20 loss to former ACC member Maryland on Saturday, the Orange allowed its first sack of the season. The third-quarter sack of Terrel Hunt ended a streak of 89 straight pass attempts, dating back to 2013, without a Syracuse QB being dropped.
Syracuse's streak of offensive snaps without a turnover came to a resounding end against Maryland when quarterback Terrel Hunt was intercepted by William Likely in the second quarter. Likely returned in 88 yards for a score. It was the first turnover in 257 snaps when the Orange coughed it up in the first quarter of the 2013 Texas Bowl against Minnesota.
- Corby A. Yarbrough
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