Originally created 09/22/00

ACC notebook



The points just keep coming.

In 1994, Clemson scored 164 points in 11 games. Three games into the 2000 season, the Tigers have outscored their competition 155-16.

Between 1990 and Tommy Bowden's arrival in December 1998, Clemson averaged 259 points per season (22.2 per game average).

The Tigers are averaging 31.8 points in the 15-game Bowden era. Clemson is 9-6 since Bowden inherited a 3-8 program two seasons ago.

Clemson's defense is ranked No. 1 nationally, and the Tigers are tied for first in turnover margin. The offense has responded by converting those turnovers into 62 points.

"It tells me they have an outstanding defensive team," Virginia coach George Welsh said. "They have a fast-break offense that scores a lot of points in a hurry."

Bowden said his no-huddle, rapid-fire scheme limits defensive substitutions and ultimately fatigues opponents. His offense is difficult to prepare for because of its uniqueness.

"It's tough to get your scout team to prepare for this multi-formation, up-tempo offense," Bowden said.

SOMEBODY WILL WIN: Perhaps the least attractive matchup on Saturday's schedule is a battle of the winless.

Duke (0-3, 0-1 ACC) travels to Vanderbilt (0-3, 0-2 SEC) in a confrontation of two of the nation's worst programs. The Blue Devils are 113th in scoring (5 ppg), while the Commodores are 93rd (15.7 ppg). Look for both squads to run the ball; Duke is ranked 91st against the run and Vandy 98th.

"Both teams feel this is a game they can win," Duke coach Carl Franks said. "This game is going to be pretty tough. It will come down to who is mentally and physically tougher."

While Duke has been outscored 102-10 in three games, Vanderbilt hung with Alabama and was nipped 12-7 by Mississippi last week.

SPUTTERING JORDAN: Preseason Heisman Trophy candidate LaMont Jordan has just 100 rushing yards in Maryland's first two games. The senior tailback has gotten off to slow starts in the past, but hasn't warranted his preseason hype.

The 5-foot-11, 219-pound running back was limited to 38 yards against West Virginia last week.

"If there is a silver lining ... it's if you lose early, it's better than losing late," Maryland coach Ron Vanderlinden said. "I told him getting off to a slow start isn't as bad as finishing slow."

Jordan finished strong last season with a nation-high 1,101 yards in the final six games. The rugged tailback ran for 1,632 yards and 16 touchdowns in 1999. He needs 1,276 yards to become the ACC's all-time leading rusher.

YOUNG STARTING: Wake Forest is using its bye week to prepare freshman quarterback Anthony Young for his first collegiate start. Last week, sophomore quarterback C.J. Leak was lost for the season with a knee injury.

Young, a North Augusta product, played the final quarter against Clemson and led the Demon Deacons with 42 rushing yards. He will be backed up by sophomore James MacPherson, who is coming off an ACL injury and is expected to return Sept. 30 against Virginia.

The timing of Leak's injury was unfortunate for Wake Forest, which had hoped to redshirt Young. The plan was for MacPherson to back up Leak, but he was not cleared medically to play against Clemson.

Reach:Jimmy DeButts at (706) 823-3221