Inside the ACC

Destination / College Football

Atlantic Coast Conference / Maryland / Navy

November 23, 2005|By GARY LAMBRECHT

Game to watch

No. 13 Georgia (8-2) at No. 20 Georgia Tech (7-3)

When -- Saturday, 8 p.m.

TV -- Chs. 2, 7

Outlook -- What better way for Tech to follow up its stunning 14-10 upset at Miami last week than to knock out its in-state rival? That excellent Yellow Jackets defense could give coach Chan Gailey his first eight-victory season at Tech.

Player to watch

Maryland TB Lance Ball

The skinny -- Ball has rushed for at least 120 yards in three straight games and is averaging 105.6 yards in seven ACC games. His ability to soften up the N.C. State defense could land Maryland a victory and an at-large bowl bid.

Story line

Conference Player of the Year race

The skinny -- One could make a case for Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick or Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson. What about Wake Forest tailback Chris Barclay? Wake did not finish 4-7 due to Barclay. He led the league with 112.7 yards rushing and 150.8 all-purpose yards per game, and finished his career fifth on the ACC career rushing list with 4,032 yards.

By the numbers

1 -- Team in league history (Virginia) to have two 300-point career scorers. They are kicker Connor Hughes (317) and TB Wali Lundy (300).

9 -- Receptions by Florida State's Greg Carr, tying the ACC single-season freshman record set by Virginia's Heath Miller in 2002.

45.26 -- Final average of Wake Forest's Ryan Plackemeier, who ended his career as the NCAA's all-time leading punter.

gary.lambrecht@baltsun.com

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