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Barry Jacobs On High Scoring Football

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If you got the sense there was an unusual amount of scoring in ACC football this year, you're paying attention.

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There were 36 times through the end of the 2012 regular season one or both major-college participants in an ACC game scored at least 40 points. That's a bunch.

The '12 offensive outburst compares to 18 such efforts of 40 points or more in 2011, 23 in 2010, 19 in 2009, and 17 in 2008. Quite a jump. And there are still bowl games remaining.

This past weekend was somewhat typical. Five ACC teams gave up at least 42 points. Two more yielded at least 37. In the season finale for Miami, the Hurricanes beat Duke at Wallace Wade Stadium, 52-45.

That was one of four 2012 games in which both ACC contestants exceeded the 40-point mark. The highest production came in a 68-50 Georgia Tech victory at North Carolina, the most combined points ever in an ACC contest.

Just a few years back, in attempting to explain the ACC's laggard status in popular estimation, league coaches insisted the defenses were so good that scoring was suppressed. Putting up points, they insisted, was what got the attention of the media and fans.

Well, now the scoring has surged to heights not seen in modern ACC history. And, guess what? The conference is no better off than it was when defenses supposedly predominated.

Half of the league's teams averaged at least 30 points per game through the end of the 2012 regular season, led by Clemson at 42.3. The others, in descending order, were Florida State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Miami, and Duke.

In 2011 three league teams averaged 30 or more points.

Clemson had eight games in 2012 in which it scored at least 40 points. FSU had seven. Both totals were highs over the past five seasons for any ACC squad.

Meanwhile five ACC teams gave up an average of 30-plus points per game in 2012, with Duke leading the way at 35.0. The Blue Devils were joined in generous giving by BC, Georgia Tech, Virginia, and Wake Forest. None of those teams had a winning record.

Last year two ACC teams gave up at least 30 points per outing, Duke and Maryland.

This season six teams yielded a single-game scoring high by an opponent for the period from 2008 through 2012.

RUNNING UP THE SCORE
40 Or More Points Per Game, 2008 Through 2012
School High Scored High Allowed 40 Points Scored-Allowed, By Season
BC 54 v. Northeastern, '09 52 v. NS, '09 0-3 ('12); 1-0 ('11); 0-1 ('10); 2-1 ('09); 1-1 ('08)
Clemson 62 v. NCS, '12 70 v. WVa, '11 8-2 ('12); 3-1 ('11); 1-0 ('10); 4-0 ('09); 2-1 ('08)
Duke 55 v. V, '10 62 v. Ala, '10 4-6 ('12); 1-3 ('11); 3-4 ('10); 2-3 ('09); 1-1 ('08)
Florida State 69 v. Murray State, '12 49 v. GT, '09 7-0 ('12); 3-0 ('11); 2-2 ('10); 4-3 ('09); 5-1 ('08)
69 v. W. Carolina, '08
Georgia Tech 68 v. NC, '12 50 v. NC '12 4-6 ('12); 4-0 ('11); 2-2 ('10); 4-1 ('09); 3-1 ('08)
Maryland 62 v. Morgan State, '10 56 v. C, '11 0-3 ('12); 2-4 ('11); 5-0 ('10); 0-1 ('09); 1-0 ('08)
62 v. Wake, '10 56 v. NS, '11
Miami 57 v. Chas. So., '08 52 v. Ks. St., '12 6-4 ('12); 2-0 ('11); 1-1 ('10); 2-1 ('09); 3-2 ('08)
No. Carolina 66 v. Idaho, '12 68 v. GT, '12 6-1 ('12); 2-2 ('11); 2-0 ('10); 2-0 ('09); 2-1 ('08)
N.C. State 65 v. Murray St., '09 62 v. C, '12 2-3 ('12); 2-3 ('11); 4-1 ('10); 3-4 ('09); 1-1 ('08)
Virginia 48 v. VMI, '10 56 v. GT, '12 2-4 ('12); 1-1 ('11); 3-3 ('10); 1-2 ('09); 0-2 ('08)
48 v. E. Mich, '10
48 v. Duke, '10
Va. Tech 66 v. App. State, '11 48 v. NC, '12 2-1 ('12); 1-0 ('11); 6-1 ('10); 3-0 ('09); 0-0 ('08)
Wake Forest 54 v. Duke, '10 68 v. Stanf, '10 1-3 ('12); 1-2 ('11); 2-4 ('10); 2-1 ('09); 1-0 ('08)