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3 - Florida State has clinched its third appearance in the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game. The Seminoles won the inaugural event in 2005 with a 27-22 win over Virginia Tech and dropped a 44-33 decision to the Hokies in 2010.
15 - The number of touchdown pass receptions for Clemson junior WR DeAndre “Nuk” Hopkins. Hopkins’ total is already tied for 3rd best in ACC history trailing only Duke’s Clarkston Hines (17, 1989) and NC State’s Torry Holt (16, 1998) and tied with Florida State’s Andre Cooper (15, 1995) and Georgia Tech’s Calvin Johnson (15, 2006).
29 - When Florida State defeated Maryland it marked the 29th career win for Seminole head coach Jimbo Fisher (29-9), now in his third season as head of the Seminoles. The only coaches who have won more games in the first three years of their ACC careers are Bobby Bowden (33), Frank Beamer (31) and Ralph Friedgen (31).
33 - The number of times ACC teams have topped the 500-yard mark in total offense through the first ten weeks of this year. In all of the 2011 season, conference teams only topped the 500-yard mark a total of 15 times. Florida State has surpassed that mark in five games.
36 - The number of times ACC teams have topped the 40-point mark this season. With a week remaining in the regular season, that is already an ACC record for a single season. The previous high of 30 40-point games was set in 2010. Florida State has done that in seven games.
37 - With a 62-point outing against N.C. State on Saturday, Clemson became the only team in ACC history to score 37 or more points in 10 consecutive games. The Tigers’ streak began on Sept. 8 with a 52-point outing against Ball State and Clemson has averaged 46.5 points a game during the streak. The 1995 Florida State team opened the year with seven straight games of 42 or more points and averaged 56.1 points a game during that span.
67.3 - Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel is one of the most accurate passers in ACC history. Manuel, who only became a full-time starter in 2011, has completed 557 of 828 passes in his career, a completion percentage of .673. If maintained, that would be the best mark in ACC history. Virginia’s Matt Schaub (.670) and Wake Forest’s Riley Skinner (.669) are currently 1-2 on the career list.
85 - The number of career field goals for Florida State senior PK Dustin Hopkins, who is now the ACC’s career leader. Hopkins’ recordbreaker was a career-long 56-yard fi eld goal against Duke. He is tied for 2nd place on the NCAA’s career list with UCLA’s Kai Forbath and needs just 3 fi eld goals to break the record set by Georgia’s Billy Bennett during the 2000-03 seasons.
262 - The number of career pass receptions for Duke senior wide receiver Conner Vernon. Vernon became the ACC’s all-time career-leading receiver on Oct. 6 against Virginia. He has shattered the old mark of 232 catches set by Clemson’s Aaron Kelly during the 2005-2008 seasons. Saturday against Georgia Tech he also broke the ACC career mark for reception yards. His career total of 3,521 receiving yards bettered the previous ACC standard held by FSU’s Peter Warrick (3,517).
448 - With a 26-yard field goal at the 14:51 mark of the 2nd quarter, Florida State PK Dustin Hopkins became the NCAA career record-holder in points by kicking. Hopkins, already the ACC and Florida State career record holder, has 448 points bettering the NCAA mark of 439 points set by Boise State’s Kyle Brotzman during the 2007-10 seasons. Hopkins’ 448 points are the 4th best scoring total in NCAA FBS history trailing only Travis Prentice of Miami of Ohio (468,1996-99), current Wisconsin standout Montae Ball (464, 2009-**) and Ricky Williams of Texas (452, 1995-98) .
1,351 - The total number of yards of offense for both Clemson (754) and NC State (597) in the Tigers’ 62-48 win. That is an ACC record. The old record of 1,292 yards was set by Florida State (858) and Maryland (434) in a 69-21 Seminoles victory in 1992.
Chris Nee of 247Sports.com. You can follow me on twitter @CNee247.
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