Clemson at Virginia Tech


Clemson and North Carolina State are the last two ACC Atlantic teams unbeaten in conference play.

But is it sacrilege to compare Bryant to the Clemson great not even nine months after that College Football Playoff National Championship?

However, the Clemson Tigers came to town ready to cheer on their team. I know there's a lot of different people involved, but still, same program. "Hats off to our guys".

No. 2 Clemson travels to Blacksburg to face No. 12 Virginia Tech for a big ACC matchup.

"I think the ultimate disrespect sometimes is when someone quietly thinks they've got your number", Saban said. "I guess, it was just a good play". The festivities earlier today and the crowd, it was everything you could ever want and more. The offense eventually stalled on that drive and had to settle for three points courtesy of a 43-yard field goal by Joey Slye making the score 17-3. The ball fell into the hands of Dorian O' Daniel, who returned the interception 22 yards for the score, effectively ending any hope of a Virginia Tech comeback. A third-quarter Travon McMillian fumble eventually turned into a Clemson touchdown.

Added Tigers Coach Dabo Swinney: "He made a decision to run 50 yards in a box".

The offense cashed in with an authoritative, grown-man drive of 51 yards in 10 plays to make it 24-3 when Tavien Feaster ran it in from a yard out on fourth-and-goal.

"They played us differently than they've played before", Fuente said. On the ensuing drive, Jackson threw a screen to Henri Murphy, who dropped it. "I thought I'd never get that opportunity back, and lo and behold it represented itself again". "We couldn't get him on the ground". Receiver Sean Savoy cut Clemson's cushion to 24-10 on a 2-yard sweep for a touchdown with 14 minutes left.

The biggest problem for the Hokies proved to be turnovers. The Tigers out-gained the Hokies 271-149 in the first half and left some points on the board.

"That was right after the punt play". Athletic department officials have informed students they may begin lining up at 4 a.m. Saturday to get a prime viewing and sign-displaying spot behind the set for the show, which is set to air from Alumni Mall beginning Saturday at 9 a.m. "That was a huge play". But they weren't in the SEC (at least not then).

Virginia Tech, meanwhile, has pitched two shutouts (Delaware and Old Dominion), giving up 10.3 points per game and a respectable 311.3 yards per contest that includes the 592 yards West Virginia racked up in the opener.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has won all four of his previous meetings with Virginia Tech.

The only thing keeping Clemson out of the No.1 spot is Alabama, the team the Tigers beat in the national title game last season.

"(Justin) is a heck of a coach and a good guy. He was solid with the Tigers under Swinney, but Venables might be the best coordinator in the Power 5 this season.

"It's a great place to play a game", Swinney said. We kind of had a tight end coming underneath. They aren't a team that is going to go away. If you're a good player, you're a good player anywhere.

And so the question Virginia Tech must be asking in the aftermath, the question that should haunt every other team in the ACC, is "just how is anyone supposed to beat Clemson?".

Receiver Cam Phillips is off to an incredible start in his senior season, leading the country in receiving yards with 523.

Terrell Edmnds led the Hokies with 11 tackles, while Reggie Floyd added 10.

Virginia Tech (4-1, 0-1 ACC) entered the week the highest ranked team among Coastal Division schools.

"Well, you're not going to get away with much of anything", Fuente said. "Very aggressive", Foster said.

The Hokies entered with confidence, having taken Clemson to the wire in last year's conference championship game and outscoring their first four opponents by a combined 160-41.

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