Destination College Football

Atlantic Coast Conference / Maryland / Navy

October 05, 2005|By GARY LAMBRECHT

Inside the ACC

Game to watch

N.C. State (1-2, 0-2 ACC) @No. 24 Georgia Tech (3-1, 1-1)

When, TV -- Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Outlook -- If the Wolfpack is going to turn around its season and gain a realistic shot at a bowl bid, it needs to start tomorrow. N.C. State must cut down on the costly turnovers and penalties. Four of the Wolfpack's next six games are on the road.

Player to watch

Boston College sophomore QB Matt Ryan

The skinny -- Ryan has stepped in admirably for the injured Quinton Porter by leading the Eagles to two straight victories. Ryan went 21-for-29 for 206 yards and a TD pass and ran for two first-half scores in Saturday's 38-0 victory over Ball State.

Story lines

Clemson

The skinny -- Will Clemson ever make it easy on its fans this fall? The Tigers (2-3, 1-3), who have lost three straight since coming from behind to beat Maryland, 28-24, on Sept. 10, have played five games decided by a total of 18 points.

Miami

The skinny -- Try passing the ball on Miami. The Hurricanes dare you. Through four games, ninth-ranked Miami (3-1, 1-1) leads the nation in pass-defense efficiency (80.2) and has allowed only 4.25 yards per pass attempt.

By the numbers

1 -- Turnover total by Virginia Tech through five games.

61.6 -- Career completion percentage of Virginia senior quarterback Marques Hagans, who is averaging 248.4 yards of total offense over his past five games.

135.96 -- Career passing efficiency rating of Hagans, who ranks 13th among ACC career leaders.

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