For all you passionate fans, you big-time stats guys, you BTSG's. Here are some notes, nuggets and tidbits of all things College Football. Impress your friends it's time to kickoff!
Clemson defeated Georgia Tech 55-31 in a Thursday-night shootout. The 55-point outburst by the Tigers was their highest total against the Yellow Jackets since 1903 when they scored 73. It is also the fourth time they have scored at least 50 points in a game this season, which ties a school record that they originally set in 2006. Tajh Boyd added to his great season by throwing four touchdown passes. He now has 97 in his career, which breaks the ACC career record previously held by Philip Rivers of North Carolina State. In the game, Boyd threw three touchdown passes in the second quarter and another in the third. That stat shouldn’t surprise anyone since that is his norm. Check out a breakdown on his career touchdown passes by quarter.
- First quarter: 23 touchdown passes
- Second quarter: 35 touchdown passes
- Third quarter: 25 touchdown passes
- Fourth quarter: 14 touchdown passes
All the records set on Saturday weren’t through the air. Andre Williams of Boston College set school and conference records galore in the 38-21 win over North Carolina State. The Eagles are now bowl eligible and a lot of it is due to their star running back. Williams had 42 rushing attempts for 339 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The 339 yards broke the school and conference record. He also has 1,810 rush yards on the season which is a school record. He tied his own school record on the 42 attempts. Of all these awards, I am going to focus on the 339 rushing yards. So in case you are curious, here are the top five rushing totals in a game by an ACC player.
- Andre Williams (Boston College vs. North Carolina State in 2013): 339 yards
- John Leach (Wake Forest vs. Maryland in 1993): 329 yards
- Derrick Fenner (North Carolina vs. Virginia in 1986): 328 yards
- P.J. Daniels (Georgia Tech vs. Tulsa in 2003): 307 yards
- LaMont Jordan (Maryland vs. Virginia in 1999): 306 yards
Florida State did it again. The Seminoles scored at will and defeated Syracuse 59-3. It was the second straight game were FSU won by that exact score. In all they have scored over 50 points in six games this season and are currently second in the FBS in scoring (behind Baylor) averaging 52.7 points per game. If they finish with that average it will be the highest average in school history. Here are the top averages in points per game by a Seminole team, not counting this season.
- 1995: 48.4 points per game
- 1993: 43.2 points per game
- 2000: 42.4 points per game
- 1987: 40.9 points per game
- 1988: 40.2 points per game
Duke has now won six straight games after it defeated Miami last week. The Blue Devils are 8-2 on the season including 4-2 in conference. The last win was a 48-30 victory over the No. 24-ranked Hurricanes in Wallace Wade Stadium. It was the 13th 30-point scoring game at home in their last 15 games. The win against a ranked team was even more special since it was their second win against a ranked team this season. Duke has defeated two ranked teams in a season just five times in its history.
- 2013 - defeated No. 16 Virginia Tech and No. 24 Miami
- 1971 - defeated No. 19 South Carolina and No. 11 West Virginia
- 1957 - defeated No. 15 Rice and No. 14 Clemson
- 1952 - defeated No. 11 Tennessee and No. 9 Virginia
- 1944 - defeated No. 5 Georgia Tech and No. 12 Wake Forest
In 1957, not only did Duke defeat two ranked teams; the Blue Devils tied two ranked teams. So they could have had four. Their head coach that season was Bill Murray. Now that’s funny.