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:
Louisville's defense leads the nation in total defense (230.2 ypg), rushing defense (58.3), pass interceptions (12), and third down conversion defense (23.1 percent).
Clemson recorded its first shutout in the Dabo Swinney era in a 41-0 win against N.C. State. It was the Tigers' first shutout since 2008 (South Carolina State) and the first over an ACC opponent in 16 years.
With its 24-13 win over Pittsburgh, Virginia is 2-0 in ACC play for the first time since 2009. On the way to 2-0 within the conference, the Cavaliers ended a seven-game winless streak in the month of October. Saturday was their first victory in October since a 28-21 win against Miami in 2011.
With Florida State's 43-3 win against Wake Forest, Jimbo Fisher became the 10th coach in major college football history to reach the 50-win mark in his first five seasons. He did so in 60 games.
On the way to a 34-17 win over North Carolina, Virginia Tech saw two of its four touchdowns scored by freshmen. That makes 16 of the first 22 touchdowns of the Hokies' season having been scored by freshmen (18 of 22 by underclassmen).
Virginia has scored 20+ points in six straight games for the first time since 2003-04 (eight games), and scored 20+ in six consecutive games in the same season for the first time since 2002.
Florida State has won 21 straight games, the nation's longest current winning streak. The streak is also the ACC's longest winning streak, breaking FSU's own record during the 1999 and 2000 seasons. The Seminoles have won 18 straight ACC games dating back to a loss to N.C. State in 2012.
Saturday’s win over North Carolina was the 66th ACC win of Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer’s storied career. That ties Clemson's Frank Howard for third place on the conference’s wins list. Beamer is only in his 11th season in the league, while Howard achieved his ACC total in 17 seasons. Beamer, whose 270 career wins are more than any other active coach in the FBS and rank sixth all-time, trails only Virginia’s George Welsh (85) and Florida State's Bobby Bowden (118) on the ACC all-time league wins list.
Clemson true freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson leads the nation in yards per pass attempt at 11.18. He is also second nationally in pass efficiency (197.6), and 10th nationally in pass completion percentage.
In its 28-17 win over Miami, Georgia Tech posted its seventh-highest time of possession in school history by holding on to the ball for 40:45 of the 60-minute affair. The Yellow Jackets ran 65 times for 318 yards.
- Corby A. Yarbrough
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