Clemson didn’t pitch a shutout at Lane Stadium Saturday night, but the Tigers did the next best thing. They held Virginia Tech without a touchdown at home for the first time since the mid 90s. The Hokies only entered the Tigers’ red zone twice, in the second quarter when they kicked a field goal and in the 4th quarter when they were stopped on downs at the Clemson 12. Tech came into the game averaging 430 yards per game.
The Tigers totaled 10 tackles for loss against the Hokies. The came into the game with just 12 tackles for loss for the season.
Clemson senior defensive end Andre Branch, a Virginia native, had the best game of his career. Branch led the Tigers with 11 tackles including 3 sacks and 5 tackles for loss. The Tigers, as a team, had just four sacks on the season entering the game.
Linebacker Tig Willard also had the best game of his career statistically with 9 tackles. The Tigers were able to play all three of their prized freshman linebackers…Tony Steward, Lateek Townsend and Stephone Anthony. Anthony had 3 tackles including two for loss.