Halftime notes for ACC Championship


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Halftime notes for ACC Championship

Clemson Notes

· Sophomore QB Trevor Lawrence’s 19-yard touchdown strike to WR Tee Higgins at the 11:11 mark of the first quarter was Lawrence’s third touchdown pass in his two ACC Championship Game appearances

… All three of those scoring tosses went to Higgins, as the duo teamed up for 5- and 10-yard touchdown plays in last year’s 42-10 win over Pitt.

· Clemson allowed a first-quarter touchdown for only the second time this season when Virginia QB Bryce Perkins connected with Hasise Dubois on a 20-yard scoring play at the 6:22 mark of the opening period … The Tigers have outscored their opponents 170-17 in the opening quarter this season … The Cavaliers had opened the game by driving to the Clemson 12, but Tiger S Nolan Turner made his first interception of the season in the end zone to stifle that threat.

· Lawrence’s 59-yard touchdown pass to WR Justyn Ross with 4:46 left in the first quarter was the second-longest pass in ACC Championship Game history … Georgia Tech QB Joshua Nesbitt’s 70-yard pass to WR Demaryius Thomas versus Clemson in 2009 stands as the longest.

· The 26-yard touchdown run by ACC Player of the Year Travis Etienne with 9:10 remaining in the first half was the fourth of his career in ACC Championship Game action … Etienne has rushed for at least one touchdown in each of the last three ACC Championship Games.

· Lawrence closed the first half 12-of-15 passing for 235 yards and two touchdowns for a passing rating of 277.6 … Lawrence’s three touchdowns passes in the opening half tied the ACC Championship record for a full game, as did Higgins’ two touchdown receptions.

· Clemson’s 31 points set an ACC Championship Game record for points scored in a first half, breaking the previous mark of 28 first set by Florida State versus Georgia Tech in 2014 and matched by the Tigers versus Pitt last year.

Virginia Notes

· With 141 yards passing, Bryce Perkins moved into second on the UVA single-season passing list with 3,090 yards (Kurt Benkert, 2017, is first with 3,207 yards).

· Perkins also moved into third on the UVA career passing list with 5,770.

· Perkins rushed for 39 yards in the first half and now owns the most career rushing yards for a UVA quarterback with 1,649, passing Bill Dudley (1939-41) with 1,631.

· Perkins has accounted for 180 of Virginia’s 193 yards of offense (141 passing, 39 passing).

· With eight receptions, Hasise Dubois moved up two spots into sixth place in all-time receptions at UVA with 139.

· Dubois’ career high for receptions in a game is nine, set at Notre Dame earlier this season.

· On Virginia’s first-quarter touchdown drive, Bryce Perkins accounted for all of the Cavaliers’ yardage, with the exception of a 5-yard Clemson penalty (5-for-7 passing, 59 yards; 4 rushes, 14 yards).

· Virginia’s defense surrendered its most points in any half this season (previous was 24 in second half last week vs. Virginia Tech).

· UVA gave up 345 yards in the first half. Coming in, the Cavaliers’ defense was allowing an average of 336.5 yards per game this season.

· Clemson’s touchdown on its game-opening drive was just the fourth TD allowed on an opening drive by the UVA defense in 13 games this season.

· First-Team All-ACC WR/KR Joe Reed will not play today because of injury.

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