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Inside the numbers: ACC title game

12/5/2011

ESPN's Stats & Information department took a closer look at Clemson's 38-10 win over Virginia Tech in the Dr Pepper ACC championship game. Here are a few revealing stats for you:

Boyd not bothered by blitz

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd completed 78.6 percent of his passes against Virginia Tech’s blitz on Saturday, including two touchdowns to Dwayne Allen that each gave Clemson the lead. Despite beating Virginia Tech in Week 5, Boyd struggled against the Hokies’ blitz, completing just one pass in eight attempts. The Hokies sent five or more pass rushers on 48.3 percent of Boyd’s passes in the championship game, but did not have the same success as in their previous meeting.

Tajh Boyd Passing Vs. Blitz

…But Thomas could not handle the pressure

Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas was 6-of-15 with an interception against Clemson’s blitz on Saturday. In Virginia Tech’s two losses to Clemson, Thomas struggled against extra pressure, throwing an interception almost once in every 10 pass attempts.

Logan Thomas Passing Vs. Blitz

Clemson clamps down on Wilson

Entering the championship game, Virginia Tech running back David Wilson led the nation with 34 rushes of 15-plus yards and ranked in the top 5 in rushing yards per game. Clemson had allowed the second-most rushing yards per game in the ACC, but the Tigers clamped down on the Virginia Tech running back and held him without a 15-plus yard rush for the first time this season.

David Wilson Rushing