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!
Duke will play in the ACC Championship. I repeat Duke will play in the ACC Championship. Duke edged out rival North Carolina 27-25 on a Ross Martin 27-yard field goal with just over two minutes to play. That win gave Duke a school-record 10 wins on the season. Duke will play No. 1 Florida State this Saturday in Charlotte. It is the same stadium where Duke lost to Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl last season. The Blue Devils are 0-18 all-time against the Seminoles, but this isn’t the same Duke team (then again, this FSU team is sort of like the Bobby Bowden FSU teams). This season Duke scored over 20 touchdowns rushing and passing for the first time in school’s history. The Blue Devils are one of three ACC teams to do that this season (Florida State and Miami being the others). Here is a breakdown in rushing and passing touchdowns scored by Duke in the David Cutcliffe era.
- 2008: 9 rush, 17 pass
- 2009: 6 rush, 24 pass
- 2010: 19 rush, 14 pass
- 2011: 19 rush, 15 pass
- 2012: 18 rush, 27 pass
- 2013: 24 rush, 23 pass
David Cutcliffe was named ACC Coach of the Year for the second straight season.
Florida State took care of the Florida Gators in easy fashion 37-7 last Saturday afternoon. The win gave FSU 12 wins on the season and a berth in the ACC Championship game against Duke. The Seminoles improved to 12-0 for the first time since 1999. Florida State is now 7-1 against in-state rivals Miami and Florida under Jimbo Fisher. The 30-point victory over the Gators was the Seminoles second highest all-time against Florida. Here are the five highest margins of victory.
- 1988: 52-17 (35 points)
- 2013: 37-7 (30 points)
- 1977: 37-9 (28 points)
- 2010: 31-7 (24 points)
- 1992: 45-24 (21 points)
Congrats to Syracuse. The Orange defeated Boston College on an 8-yard pass from Terrel Hunt to Josh Parris with just six seconds left to give Syracuse a 34-31 victory. Normally I would love to write a stat on that, but the millions and millions reading this want to know about Heisman candidate Andre Williams. Well, Williams was injured in the third quarter and did not return. According to head coach Steve Addazio, Williams should play in the teams’ bowl game. Williams had only one yard rushing after his first four attempts and finished with a season-low 29 yards, but he did have a 26-yard score. This season he has had 26 runs of over 20 yards. Here are the ones that went for touchdowns.
- Aug. 31 vs. Villanova: 26 yards
- Oct. 5 vs. Army: 34 yards
- Oct. 5 vs. Army: 37 yards
- Oct. 5 vs. Army: 34 yards
- Oct. 26 vs. North Carolina: 56 yards
- Nov. 2 vs. Virginia Tech: 62 yards
- Nov. 9 vs. New Mexico State: 80 yards
- Nov. 9 vs. New Mexico State: 47 yards
- Nov. 16 vs. North Carolina State: 34 yards
- Nov. 23 vs. Maryland: 72 yards
- Nov. 30 vs. Syracuse: 26 yards
C.J. Brown was at it again. The senior ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more as Maryland defeated North Carolina State 41-21. In the season opener against Florida International, Brown had two touchdown runs and three touchdown passes. In both, this game and the other one I mentioned, he did not throw an interception in that game. Brown became just the third ACC player to have three touchdown runs and two touchdown passes in a game since 2000 and all three came against the Wolfpack.
- 2008: Chris Crane (Boston College)
- 2012: Tajh Boyd (Clemson)
- 2013: C.J. Brown (Maryland)