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:
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson became Clemson's first true freshman quarterback to record a win in his first career start after leading the Tigers to a 50-35 win over North Carolina. He threw for six TDs in the win, also becoming the first freshman QB in ACC history to throw for six scores and tied the ACC single-game record for TD passes. Only five ACC players have thrown six TDs in a game. Clemson won for just the fifth time in 17 tries when starting a true freshman QB.
Wake Forest's Tylor Harris set an FBS record by recovering three fumbles in a 20-10 loss at Louisville. No FBS player had ever collected three fumbles in a game since it became an official statistic in 1992. His sack, forced fumble, and recovery in the end zone gave Wake a 10-7 lead in the third quarter before the Cardinals reeled off 10 unanswered points on the way to the win. The nose tackle is one recovery away from Wake's season record of five.
Andrew Motuapuaka handed Virginia Tech its fastest ever touchdown in the Frank Beamer era when he returned a fumble of the opening kickoff 11 yards for a 6-0 lead eight seconds into the Hokies game with Western Michigan. It broke Andre Davis' mark of 18 seconds after his 74-yard TD catch from Michael Vick against Rutgers in 1999.
On the way to its 20-10 win against Wake Forest Saturday, Louisville picked off Demon Deacons QB John Wolford three times. The Cardinal's defense has now forced 13 turnovers in the first five games this season, which is the most through five contests since forcing 14 in 2005. Wolford was also sacked eight times, the most for the UofL defense since eight against Rutgers last October.
Duke quarterback Anthony Boone suffered his first loss in 15 regular season career starts when the Blue Devils fell 22-10 Saturday at Miami. Boone tossed two interceptions, the final one in the fourth quarter helped the Hurricanes ice the game four plays later, and saw Duke's school-record tying 12-game regular season winning streak snapped.
N.C. State became the first-ever opponent to score 24 points in the first quarter against Florida State in school history - a span of 768 first quarters. In three previous games against the nation's No. 1 team, N.C. State had never lead at any point. On Saturday, the Wolfpack led 24-7 after one quarter and 24-21 at halftime. The Seminoles went on to win 56-41.
With its 31-15 win against Syracuse, Notre Dame has scored at least 30 points in each of its first four games. That is a feat that has not been accomplished by the Irish since their 1943 national championship season. And for the fourth consecutive game in 2014, Notre Dame has held its opponent to 17 or less.
Since 2000, Florida State is 56-1 when it scores at least 40 points. The only defeat was 49-44 to Georgia Tech in 2009.
After gaining 64 yards over its first six possessions, resulting in five punts and an interception, Akron collected 280 yards and three touchdowns over its next five drives en route to a 21-10 win over host Pittsburgh. The Zips' seventh drive outgained its previous six alone when they went 75 yards to tie the game at 7 before halftime.
With its 45-13 win and 520 yards of total offense against Kent State, Virginia has registered 500+ yards in total offense in back-to-back games for the first time since 2004. The Cavaliers had a three-game span against Temple (504), North Carolina (549), and Akron (522) where they reached 500 to open the season on the way to an 8-4 season.
- Corby A. Yarbrough
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