CHARLOTTE ó An embattled Clemson defense got one thing right this season ó it figured out the Virginia Tech offense. Not once, but twice.
Clemson slowed arguably the ACCís most dangerous backfield for a second time this season in a 38-10 victory Saturday in the ACC championship game.
Virginia Tech entered averaging 199 rushing yards per game. The Hokies ran for 52 yards Saturday night. Clemson became the first ACC team to beat Virginia Tech twice in the same season.
Virginia Tech running back David Wilson, the ACC Player of the Year, was held to a season-low 32 rushing yards. Quarterback Logan Thomas, who had thrown 14 touchdowns against two interceptions since losing to Clemson on Oct. 1, was limited to two yards rushing and threw two interceptions Saturday.
Boyd sets four marks
With his third-quarter touchdown pass to Dwayne Allen, Clemsonís Tajh Boyd became the sixth quarterback in ACC history to throw 30 touchdown passes in a season (31). Boyd broke the programís single-season total yardage mark, topping Woody Dantzlerís 2001 total of 3,639 yards (3,764), and Boyd topped the programís single-season passing yardage total held by Charlie Whitehurst (3,561 yards in 2003). Boyd has 3,578 passing yards.
Boyd accounted for four touchdowns, tying the ACC title game mark shared by Tyrod Taylor (2010) and C.J. Spiller (2009).
After struggling all season to get impact plays from its linebacker corps, Clemson freshman Stephone Anthony
responded by forcing a fumble on Virginia Techís first play from scrimmage. He also recorded a sack in the third quarter.
Clemson running back Mike Bellamy was suspended for Saturday nightís game. Bellamy traveled with the team to Charlotte but was sent home Saturday due to a violation of team rules.
Bellamy has been in and out of the staffís doghouse all season. He has struggled to grasp the offense and secure the football. Bellamy has 343 rushing yards and a 6.0 yards per carry average this season.
Watkins sets mark
With a second-quarter catch in Saturdayís game, freshman receiver Sammy Watkins broke Rod Gardnerís single-season receiving record of 1,088 yards. Watkins caught five passes for 80 yards, bringing his season total to 1,153 yards. Watkins was named the ACCís offensive rookie of the season earlier this week.
In the dark
Back on campus, Clemson fans were not able to watch the ACC title game because the city was without power for nearly the entire game.
Allen sets record
Allen caught his seventh and eighth touchdown passes in the first half, which sets a new single-season mark for a Clemson tight end. Clemson tight end Bennie Cunningham had seven TD catches in 1974. Allen became the first player in ACC title game history to have multiple touchdown receptions.