ESPN: Season Wrap


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From Heather Dinich of ESPN:

Offensive MVP: QB Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
RS So. Quarterback
#10 6-1, 225
Hampton, VA

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. He was the unanimous choice for the MVP of the Dr Pepper ACC championship game, where he threw for 240 passing yards and three touchdowns against Virginia Tech, and added a rushing touchdown. He finished the season with 31 touchdown passes and five rushing scores — a school-record 36 total in terms of touchdown responsibility. Boyd also set school records for passing yards and total offense in a season. Boyd enters the Discover Orange Bowl with 3,578 passing yards and 3,764 total yards.

Defensive MVP: DE Andre BranchAndre Branch
RS Sr. Defensive End
#40 6-5, 260
Richmond, VA

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. He leads the ACC with 10.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss. He also had 17 quarterback pressures and one pass breakup and finished second on the team with 78 tackles.

Turning point: Win No. 1 against Virginia Tech. It was one thing to beat an Auburn team that looked nothing like its 2010 self. It was another to beat a Florida State team that was half injured and playing with its backup quarterback. But to hold the Hokies to just three points on their home field caught the nation’s attention and validated Clemson as a title contender for the season.

What’s next: The Tigers will face West Virginia in the Discover Orange Bowl, their first appearance in that bowl game since the 1981 national championship season. The question is which Clemson team shows up? The one that dominated Virginia Tech twice this season, or the one that lost three of four games to end the regular season? With a month until the game, it’s even more difficult to predict.

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