Instant Halftime Analysis: Clemson 17, Virginia Tech 10


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CLEMSON - Instant Halftime Analysis: Clemson 17, Virginia Tech 10

What went right: The Clemson defense held Virginia Tech on a 4th-and-1 at the Tiger 18-yard line in the first quarter, with Corico WrightCorico Wright
Sr. Linebacker
#42 5-11, 230
Milledgeville, GA

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and Corey CrawfordCorey Crawford
So. Defensive End
#93 6-5, 270
Columbus, GA

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combining on the stop. The stop ended a 15-play drive.

Jonathan MeeksJonathan Meeks
Sr. Safety
#5 6-1, 210
Rock Hill, SC

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intercepted a Logan Thomas pass early in the second quarter to thwart a Hokie drive. The interception was Meeks’ first of the season.

The Tigers had to punt following the turnover, and Spencer BentonSpencer Benton
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#13 6-1, 195
Myrtle Beach, SC

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’s punt was straight up, but the ball bounced and hit a Virginia Tech player, giving the Tigers possession at the Tech 26-yard line. Tony StewardTony Steward
So. Linebacker
#7 6-1, 235
Hastings, FL

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had the fumble recovery.

Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington
RS Sr. Running Back
#23 5-10, 195
Moncks Corner, SC

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had a 22-yard second quarter run that put him over 3,000 yards for his Clemson career.

Meeks had his second interception of the day at the 3:46 mark of the second quarter, and it was huge. Thomas overthrew his receiver and Meeks was in perfect position to take the interception to the end zone for a 74-yard touchdown, giving Clemson a 17-7 lead.

What went wrong: The Hokies ran 22 plays for 127 yards in the first quarter, including a 15-play drive. That drive was the longest in terms of number of plays for a Clemson opponent this season.

Nuk Hopkins had just one catch in the first half – for 24 yards – and had another ball that could have been a touchdown bounce out of his hands as he fell into the endzone.

Turning Point of the Half:Take your pick – the turnover on the punt was huge, and it led to Clemson’s first and only touchdown of the first half. But Meeks’ interception for the touchdown provided the point differential.

Stat of the Half: Clemson’s offense never found a rhythm in the first half, running just 34 plays for 137 yards.

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