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:
Miami running back Duke Johnson ran for 249 yards in a 30-6 win over Virginia Tech. That is the first time a Hurricane running back surpassed 200 yards since Willis McGahee's 205 against Virginia Tech on Dec. 7, 2002. Johnson became just the fourth player in school history to run for 200+ yards.
While Johnson was running all over the Hokies, Virginia Tech needed nearly the entire 60 minutes to extend its streak of games without being shut out. A 14-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-and-10 with 1:30 remaining in the fourth quarter extended VT's streak to 251 games without being shutout.
Georgia Tech played its first game in the state of Pennsylvania since 1931 and posted its first-ever win in the Keystone State after a 56-28 rout of Pittsburgh. Georgia Tech set a Heinz Field record for points by an opponent, besting Rutgers' old mark of 54 (Oct. 25, 2008). It was the Yellow Jackets' first game at Pitt since 1920 when they suffered a three-year losing streak to the host Panthers (1918, 1919, 1920).
Pittsburgh's six lost fumbles tied the most by a Georgia Tech opponent. The Panthers' five lost fumbles in the first quarter tied the FBS record for most in a single quarter.
When Georgia Tech rushed for 465 yards in the win against a Pitt team allowing 112 yards per game on the ground the Yellow Jackets recorded the seventh-best team rushing total in a game between ACC teams in league history and the 11th-highest total by an ACC team overall.
North Carolina scored a 28-27 win over Virginia, marking just the second time in series history that the Tar Heels defeated Virginia by a single point. The only other one-point win in the series for UNC came in 1927 when it won 14-13 in the first-ever game played in Kenan Stadium.
The 24 points Virginia scored in the first half against UNC tied a season high (Oct. 4 vs. Pittsburgh), but the 21 points allowed by the Cavaliers also tied a season high (Aug. 30 vs. UCLA). This was the first time an opponent trailed UVa after three quarters but rallied to win since Maryland did so in 2010.
Clemson posted a 16-6 victory against Syracuse, scoring just one touchdown in the win. It was the first time since 2009 that the Tigers won a game scoring only one touchdown. They defeated Boston College 25-7 on six Richard Jackson field goals and a C.J. Spiller punt return for a touchdown.
Boston College posted a 23-17 win against Wake Forest, holding the Demon Deacons to 19 yards on the ground. In the Eagles' five wins this season they have outgained their opponents on the ground 1,715-153, a differential of 1,562 yards.
Boston College limited Wake Forest to just six yards of total offense in the first half. The Demon Deacons ran 19 plays to get those six yards — nine through the air and minus-3 on the ground. They finished with 261 yards.
- Corby A. Yarbrough
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