Sunday, December 4, 2011
ACC title game helmet stickers
By Heather Dinich
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Consider these the MVP edition of helmet stickers for the Dr Pepper ACC championship game:
Offensive MVP: Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd. He finished the night with 240 passing yards and three touchdown passes. He had a fourth rushing touchdown, giving him 31 touchdown passes and five rushing for the season — 36 total. Those are season records. Boyd also established the Clemson record for passing yards in a season and total offense in a season in the 38-10 victory over Virginia Tech. Boyd now has 3,578 passing yards, ahead of the 3,561 Charlie Whitehurst had in 2003. He had 268 in total offense tonight and now has 3,764, surpassing Woody Dantzler’s record of 3,661, set in 2001.
Defensive MVP: Clemson defensive end Andre Branch. He was a big reason the Tigers' defensive line had the advantage and was a difference-maker up front. He also had a key fumble recovery on Virginia Tech's first offensive play of the game that set up Clemson's first touchdown. His ability to pass rush flustered quarterback Logan Thomas, and his fumble recovery was Clemson's first takeaway in the past four games. It gave the defense confidence it needed early.