*This was Clemson's first win over a ranked team since the 2001 victory
over a ninth ranked Georgia Tech team in Atlanta. Ironically, that was also
Clemson's last overtime game. The Tigers defeated the Yellow Jackets 47-44
in overtime on a walk-off six-yard run by Woody Dantzler. Clemson had lost
eight straight games to top 25 teams prior to today.
*Clemson is now 3-0 in overtime games in its history. The Tigers defeated
Duke at Death Valley in 1997 by a 29-20 score, then downed Georgia Tech
47-44 in overtime in Atlanta in 2001.
*Clemson won the game on a four yard touchdown pass from Charlie Whitehurst
to Kevin Youngblood. Two years earlier, Virginia had beaten Clemson 26-24
on a one-yard touchdown pass to Billy McMullen with one second left in
*This was just the fifth "walk-off" football victory in Clemson history.
Each of the three overtime games, Clemson won the game with a score on the
last play of the overtime period. David Treadwell had two game winning
field goals on the last play of the game during his career. He accomplished
that with a 36-yard field goal at Virginia Tech in 1985 and with a 46-yard
field goal at Georgia in 1986. This was just the second walk-off victory
for the Tigers in Clemson Memorial Stadium.
*Clemson had a season high 488 yards of total offense in today's game.
Virginia was 21st in the nation in scoring defense and 15th in pass
efficiency defense heading into the game. Clemson also had a season high
194 yards rushing.
*Clemson had 29 first downs in today's game, the same total the Tigers had
two years ago in a 26-24 loss to the Cavaliers. The 29 first downs were the
second most by the Tigers in a game this year (31 vs. Middle Tennessee),
but tied for eighth most in a single game in Clemson history.
*Junior running back Yusef Kelly had a season high 88 yards in 25 attempts
today. He had one rush for one yard in the five previous games prior to
today. It was the most rushing yards in a game for Kelly since he had a
career high 99 yards rushing against Ball State last year. The 25 carries
tied Kelly's career high. He had 25 carries against Louisiana Tech last year.
*Clemson is now 4-0 against teams with right handed quarterbacks and 0-2
against teams with left handed starting quarterbacks.
*Clemson ran 91 plays today, the most by a Clemson team since 2000 when the
Tigers had 95 plays in a victory over NC State. Clemson had 46 rushes and
45 passes in today's game. It was the sixth most plays in a single game in
*Clemson wore all orange for today's game. It was Clemson's first win in
all orange uniforms since the 2000 NC State game.
*Clemson gained victory today without the services of four starters for
much of the game. Khaleed Vaughn, starting defensive end, Eric Sampson,
starting WHIP linebacker, and Airese Currie, starting wide receiver, did
not dress for this game. J.J. Howard, Clemson starting defensive end,
missed most of the game with a knee injury. Howard will be re-examined on
Sunday, but the injury is believed to be serious. He will not play at NC
State. Clemson holder Gene Pate suffered a broken leg while running down
the hill with the team prior to the game. He is out for the season. Pate
was already playing with a torn ACL. Cole Chason, Clemson's starting
punter, filled that role, the first time he has held in a Clemson game.
*Tye Hill had his first career interception in today's game. He had his
first career touchdown at Virginia last year on a 32-yard run.
*Kevin Youngblood had nine receptions today for 87 yards. Youngblood moved
into eighth place on Clemson's career reception list with the performance
and now has 110 catches for his career.
*Tony Elliott's 50-yard catch in the first period was the longest reception
of his career.
*Derrick Hamilton's 29-yard completion to Youngblood was his first career
pass attempt. It was the first completion by a Clemson receiver since last
year when Tony Elliott had a 37-yard completion to Youngblood at Florida
*Charlie Whitehurst completed 27-44 passes for 265 yards and two scores in
today's game. He has now completed at least 20 passes in five straight
games and in eight of the 11 games he has started in his Clemson career. He
is now 7-4 as a starter at Clemson. The 27 completions tied for his second
highest total as a Clemson player. He had a record 34 completions at Duke
last year and had 27 in a victory over South Carolina.
*Today was Clemson's 200th ACC victory in history. Clemson is the first
school to reach the 200 victory mark. It was just the third time Clemson
has won an ACC game on the last play of the game.
*Virginia entered this game leading the ACC in rushing with an average of
184 yards per game. Clemson held the Cavaliers to 53 yards rushing on the day.
*Clemson gained 102 yards in 14 first down plays in the fourth quarter.
*Leroy Hill entered the game third in the nation in tackles for loss per
game with 12 in five games. He enhanced that ranking with four tackles for
loss today, giving him 16 for the season in just six games. In addition to
those tackles for loss, he also had the stop on a third-and-one play in
overtime for the Cavaliers.
*Roverback Jamaal Fudge had 17 tackles today to tie his career high of 17
set earlier this year against Middle Tennessee.
*Clemson is now 28-3-2 on homecoming games since 1971. It was the fourth
straight win for the Tigers over a top 25 team on homecoming.
*Clemson is now 25-2-1 against Virginia in games played in October and