Clemson Scores Decisive Win over Virginia Tech Behind Dominant Defense

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In Week 2, the Tigers trailed Auburn 6-0 late in the first half but drove 88 yards in three minutes and scored with a minute left in the half to go up 7-6. It was Troy's first win over an SEC opponent since toppling Mississippi State 21-9 on October 13, 2001, ending an 18-game losing streak, and its first win over a ranked team since upending then-No.

Clemson won that ACC championship game 42-35 and went on to capture the national title, but statistics suggest there won't be almost as much scoring this time.

A highly-anticipated matchup arrives on Saturday evening as the No. 12 #Virginia Tech Hokies host the No. 2 Clemson Tigers.

The goal of the coaching staff and administration at Virginia Tech is to have a nationally competitive football team, a team capable of taking one of the four spots in the national championship playoffs.

The Hokies (4-0), unbeaten through its nonconference schedule for the first time since 2011, are eager to see how they measure up this year.

If Clemson's performance felt like the type of win Bama would have under Nick Saban, Bama's performance felt something like the New England Patriots would do against an FCS team.

"We talk randomly and share ideas and pick each other's brain if we're playing a crossover opponent", Foster said. "Just more opportunities for Xavier and Chris to be able to step up and get better and play some winning football for us".

Zach Lentz is a Clemson University alumnus who got his start working with the Tigers basketball team from 1999-2004. "He's really been pretty consistent for a couple of weeks", Swinney said.

"We're a little bit battle tested".

"For us, it's just another game".

For fun, here are some quotes of Dabo Swinney not ruling out the idea of him replacing Nick Saban at Alabama. His touchdowns went for 61, 43 and 59 yards, and through five games as the replacement for 2015 Heisman finalist Christian McCaffrey, Love has rushed 98 times for 1,088 yards, giving him an average of 11.1 yards per carry. "But continuing to bring Bryce and some of those young guys along is going to be important, because you just don't know what's going to happen". Here's the Clemson vs. Virginia Tech football game preview including how to watch on television or #live stream online Saturday night.

Tech redshirt freshman quarterback Josh Jackson completed 29 of 44 passes for 251 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. "They've got a great system that has answers, well-coached, very thorough in what they do".

After Howard and Virginia Tech legend Smith made their pick, Kirk Herbstreit brought out a Hokie mascot head, and Corso told the story about the time that lightning struck his rental vehicle while he called a game at Tech. He broke the record last week against Old Dominion. He won the award a year ago, when Clemson was on its way to a national championship after leading the nation in tackles for a loss for a fourth straight season. Spence said when he got the call from Swinney about his new role, he was both edgy and excited. Tech responded with a decent drive, but Joey Slye missed a 45-yard field goal at the first-half buzzer. He went 4 of 5 on PATs last week against Boston College. The junior was the best offensive player on the field Saturday night throwing for 186 yards and running for 94 more. Trayvon Mullen is in the concussion protocol after a hit against Boston College. Fields is the only one of the trio who practiced early in the week. Those couldn't prevent the Hokies from dropping to 1-31 all-time against teams ranked in The Associated Press' top five.