Saturday, October 20, 2012
Final: Clemson 38, Virginia Tech 17
By Heather Dinich
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Virginia Tech fans want to blame the officials. They want to blame two bad calls -- a sack on quarterback Logan Thomas that was nowhere near a sack on third down, and a fumble by Sammy Watkins that was ruled a completion. They want to blame anyone they can for the Hokies' third straight loss to Clemson in a little over a year. Truth is, though, those two calls didn't lose the game for the Hokies. Clemson was the better team, and Virginia Tech's offense stalled once again. Here's a quick look back at today's game in Death Valley:
It was over when: Clemson safety Xavier Brewer intercepted Marcus Davis with 6:55 left in the fourth quarter and returned it 12-yards to the Hokies' 41-yard line. The turnover resulted (eventually, after a lot of effort at the goal line on fourth-and-goal) in the 38-17 lead and the final punch in the gut.
Gameball goes to: Clemson's defense. This much-maligned group came through when it needed to against the Hokies. Three takeaways in the first half were a major difference, and the three interceptions were the most in one game since last season's game against North Carolina.
Stat of the game: Virginia Tech had 60 yards of total offense in the third quarter. The Hokies punted four times, had a turnover on downs, and had two drives amount to negative yardage.