Instant Analysis: Clemson 23, Virginia Tech 3 Final

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What went right:
The Tigers came up with a tombstone win, getting clutch plays on offense and a monster effort from the defense.

Clemson quarterback Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
RS So. Quarterback
#10 6-1, 225
Hampton, VA

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hit Dwayne AllenDwayne Allen
RS Jr. Tight End
#83 6-3, 255
Fayetteville, NC

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on a long pass play for one touchdown early in the third quarter, and the defense took over from there.

Senior defensive end Andre BranchAndre Branch
RS Sr. Defensive End
#40 6-5, 260
Richmond, VA

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, who is from Richmond, played well in front of family and friends, almost single-handedly taking the game over.

Boyd wasn’t sharp, but made the big throws when he had to, and freshman Mike BellamyMike Bellamy
Fr. Running Back
#5 5-10, 175
Nocatee, FL

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had a 31-yard touchdown run late to seal the victory.

What went wrong:
The offense failed to really take advantage of the turnover early in the game, and Boyd threw his first interception in 141 chances, a turnover that led to Virginia Tech’s three points.

Boyd has also had open receivers, but his accuracy looks off in the windy and cold conditions.

Turning Point of the Game :The Hokies had the ball at the Clemson two-yard line, poised for a go-ahead touchdown, but the Clemson defense stiffened and held the Hokies to a field goal. On the ensuing possession, Clemson faced a 3rd-and-8 at the Tech 34-yard line, and Boyd found Watkins over the middle on a 23-yard pass for a first down at the Tech 11-yard line. Clemson scored later in the drive.

Later in the game, Bellamy scored on his long run to effectively end Virginia Tech’s chances.

Stat of the Game: The Tigers held the vaunted Virginia Tech rushing game in check for most of the game.

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