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:
With its 31-27 victory against fifth-ranked Notre Dame, second-ranked Florida State has now won eighth straight games against teams from AP's Top 25, tying the FSU teams that did that in 1992 and 1993. The Seminoles are currently riding a 23-game win streak.
In its win against Notre Dame, Florida State was 5-for-5 in the red zone, and has now scored on 32 straight trips inside the opponents' 20-yard line. The Seminoles scored four TDs and a field goal against the Irish. They are 33-of-34 in the red zone this season.
The 58 points that FSU and Notre Dame combined for are tied for most in the series' history with Notre Dame's 34-24 win in Tallahassee in 2002. It also marked the first time in the eight times these teams have met that both teams scored at least 27 points.
The Clemson-Boston College tilt saw neither team turn the ball over as the Tigers posted a 17-13 road victory. It is the first time Clemson has played in a game in which neither team committed a turnover since the 2010 season; the Tigers lost that game, 20-16 to host North Carolina. The Boston College game marked the second time in the last three games Clemson has not turned the ball over.
Louisville's Gerod Holliman collected his nation-leading eighth interception of the season on the final play of the Cardinals' 30-18 win against N.C. State. Holliman is now tied with Ray Buchanan (1991) and is two behind Anthony Floyd (2010) for most interceptions in a season by a Cardinals player. Louisville still has four regular-season games remaining.
Virginia Tech entered its game at Pittsburgh second in the conference in third-down conversions at 49 percent (51-of-104). That success did not translate at Heinz Field as the Hokies were held to 2-of-14 for a 14 percent conversion rate in a 21-16 loss. Virginia Tech also entered the game eighth in the ACC in fourth-down conversions at 50 percent (2-for-4) but failed on both tries against the Panthers.
Syracuse fell behind 7-0 to host Wake Forest 9:31 into the game before reeling off the next 30 points unanswered in a 30-7 victory. The 30 points scored are the second most for the Orange in ACC play since scoring 34 against Boston College in their 2013 regular-season finale. Syracuse entered the game having averaged 15.5 PPG in its first 11 ACC contests.
After a field goal with 7:11 remaining in the third quarter tied its game with Duke at 13 apiece, Virginia never advanced beyond the Blue Devils' 33 yard line in five more drives on the way to the 20-13 defeat. Duke only advanced past its side of the field once more in its five drives after the 13-13 tie, but once was a enough as it turned out to be a nine-play, 65-yard, game-winning TD drive with 7:23 left in the fourth quarter.
After averaging 20.4 PPG in the second half in its first five games, Virginia has averaged just 1.5 second-half point in its last two contests. The Cavaliers scored three points in the third quarter in its loss to Duke, and were shutout in its win over Pittsburgh on Oct. 4. UVa had scored 51 points in each the third and fourth quarters entering last week's Duke game.
North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams had a school-record 38 completions in the Tar Heels' 48-43 victory against visiting Georgia Tech. Williams was 38-of-47 with an interception for 390 yards and four touchdowns. He added 73 yards and a touchdown on the ground. North Carolina scored touchdowns on seven of its 11 drives, while Georgia Tech had TDs on six of its 11.
- Corby A. Yarbrough
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