BOSTON (AP) — Pittsburgh allowed an average of 56 points per game last season. So last week's 58-55 victory over Duke wouldn't stand out much to a fan scanning the scores.
Except that team with the stingy defense was Pitt basketball.
The victory over the Blue Devils on Saturday was the Panthers' football team — one, but hardly the only, example of the record-setting Atlantic Coast Conference offenses that are scoring an average of 33.53 points per game.
"Nothing really surprises you anymore about college football," Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof said. "With the way the rules have changed and the evolution of the spread offense and all those things, not too much shocks me. I pretty much can roll with it. ... As long as we win, I'm good."
One year after averaging a record 29.55 points per game, ACC offenses are scoring almost four points more. A league-record five schools scored 50 or more points on a single day — last Saturday — including Pittsburgh's game against Duke in which both teams broke the milestone.
"It's hard to play defense," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. "You just can't give up explosive plays. You've got to let them self-destruct. They'll drop a ball, they'll overthrow a pass, they'll have a penalty, you'll get bad down and distance. ... You've got to be opportunistic around timely defense, I guess, (is) what it's starting to look like."
And it's not just Duke.
Virginia scored 49 points to beat Virginia Military Institute, Maryland had 37 against West Virginia and Syracuse scored 52 against Tulane. And in Miami's 77-7 victory over Savannah State, the Hurricanes set a school record for points even though the coaches agreed to shorten the fourth quarter to 12 minutes.
"It's a lightning-quick conference with a lot of skilled athletes on the perimeter," Syracuse coach Scott Shafer said. "It's a lot of high-potency schemes that give those schools opportunities to make plays in space. That's what you see when you watch the videotape.
"I think a combination of good coaching with very adequate schemes coupled with exceptional athletes is probably the biggest reason for all the high scores."
Many of the games were set up to be mismatches, like the one that had No. 15 Miami as a 60-point favorite over Savannah State of the Football Championship Subdivision or Virginia against VMI, another FCS team. Syracuse also scored more than 50 points a week earlier against Wagner, also an FCS school.
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