First it was Auburn. Then Louisville on the road. And this week Virginia Tech in Blacksburg was possibly going to be that team that brought Clemson back to reality. But reality for the Tigers is taking on and defeating all-comers as they did Saturday night at Lane Stadium 31-17. The second ranked Tigers defeated the Hokies for the fifth straight time and improved to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the ACC.
Story by Nikki Hood:
BLACKSBURG, VA – Clemson made history in Lane Stadium Saturday night as the second-ranked Tigers defeated Virginia Tech 31-17 in front of a sold-out crowd.
The Tigers (5-0 overall, 3-0 ACC) have faced a murder’s row schedule through the first month of the season playing three Top-15 teams – Auburn, Louisville and Virginia Tech. Saturday night Clemson became the first team in the AP era to defeat three teams ranked in the Top-15 in the month of September.
Dabo Swinney postgame press conference
Clemson jumped out to a 10-0 lead on its first two possessions – a field goal by Alex Spence and a 60-yard catch and run by sophomore running back Tavien Feaster – before sloshing its way through most of the first half. However, the Tigers extended its lead to two touchdowns on a one-yard rumble by C.J. Fuller, to take a 17-3 lead into the half.
The Tigers began the second half with a punt and the Hokies looked like they were gaining momentum, but Dexter Lawrence forced a fumble that Dorian O’Daniel recovered to stymie that. The Clemson offense responded with a 10-play, 51-yard drive. Facing a fourth-and-goal at the Tech one, Feaster bullied his way over the left side and into the end zone for the score giving Clemson a 24-3 lead with 7:12 remaining in the third quarter.
Kelly Bryant on the play off the offense
Virginia Tech made the game uncomfortable for Clemson driving deep into Tiger territory only to have a fake field goal sniffed out by Clemson’s defense. The Hokies scored their first touchdown of the game after a long punt return and a two-yard run.
Brent Venables praises his defense
Senior linebacker Dorian O’Daniel essentially sealed the win for Clemson with a 22-yard pick six to make it 31-10. Virginia Tech scored a touchdown late in the game to account for the game’s final points.
Clemson returns to Death Valley to play Wake Forest at noon next Saturday.
David Hood recaps the game with this Periscope from Lane Stadium
Clemson postgame Live https://t.co/3mjDc8FDnk
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