Clemson passed another test most people expected them to fail Saturday night. The 13th ranked Tigers rolled past number 11 Virginia Tech 23-3 in Blacksburg. The win moves Dabo Swinney and the Tigers to 5-0 this season, including 2-0 in the ACC.
The Tigers were just good enough on offense to win. They managed only 323 yards, their low total of the season thus far. But the defense slammed the door on the Hokies yielding just 258 total yards, the fewest yards the Tigers have given up this season.
The Tigers return home next Saturday to face Boston College. Kickoff will be at 3:00 PM on the ACC TV Network.
Other Clemson notes:
- With the win over 10th ranked (USA Today) and 11th ranked AP
- Virginia Tech, Clemson becomes the first ACC team to win three consecutive games on three consecutive weekends over top 25 opponents. Two weeks ago Clemson defeated 19th-ranked Auburn and last week Clemson downs 11th ranked Florida State.
- Clemson is 5-0 for the first time since 2000 when the Tigers started 8-0. It is just the ninth start of at least 5-0 in the history of Clemson football, just the second Clemson won the National Championship with a 12-0 mark in 1981.
- With the victory Clemson ended Virginia Tech’s 12-game ACC winning streak and its 14-game regular season winning streak.
- This was Clemson’s 20th road win over a ranked team in its history, but its first by 20 points. Clemson’s previous largest margin of victory over a ranked team on the road was 11 points, a 28-17 win at 19th ranked North Carolina in 1994, and a 34-23 win at 16th ranked Florida State in 1989.
- Clemson is now 2-0 in the ACC to start the season for the first time since 2007 when the Tigers defeated Florida State and NC State to start the season. Clemson has not won its first three ACC games to start the season since 2000 when it started 5-0 in the ACC.
- Clemson has won five straight games to open the season against five teams who won some type of a championship last year. Clemson has beaten Troy (Sun Belt Champion), Wofford (Southern Conference), Auburn (SEC and National Champion), Florida State (Atlantic Division of ACC) and Virginia Tech (ACC), to open the season.
- Clemson Head Coach was presented a game ball by Clemson tight end Dwayne Allen after the game. Allen represented the team in presenting it. Prior to that Head Coach Dabo Swinney presented a game ball to Clemson Athletic Director Terry Don Phillips.
- Clemson’s defense has now allowed just one touchdown in the second half this year. There was one other touchdown in the second half scored on a fumble return by Florida State. Clemson has outscored the opposition 88-32 in the second half this year.
- Clemson’s defense had just four sacks for 27 yards in the first four games combined. They had four sacks for 31 yards this evening.