Clemson passes road test against Virginia Tech

Clemson 23, Virginia Tech 3

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BLACKSBURG, Va. — Now Tajh Boyd and No. 13 Clemson can really start to believe.

Clemson running back Andre Ellington (center) celebrates with teammates after a score. The Tigers improved to 5-0.   BOB DONNAN/US PRESSWIRE
BOB DONNAN/US PRESSWIRE
Clemson running back Andre Ellington (center) celebrates with teammates after a score. The Tigers improved to 5-0.

Boyd directed another efficient offense and the Tigers’ defense turned in its best effort of the season in Clemson’s first road game, a 23-3 victory against No. 11 Virginia Tech on Saturday.

The Tigers (5-0) became the first Atlantic Coast Conference team to beat ranked opponents three weeks in a row, and ended the Hokies’ 12-game winning streak in league play.

“Coach (Dabo) Swinney calls it the ‘Shock the World Tour,’” Boyd said, after the Tigers followed four consecutive home games with their first victory in the last six tries against the Hokies.

“We really feel like we believe in what we can do, but I don’t think a lot of people have seen that yet,” the Virginia native said. “We’re steadily attaining our goals.”

And while Boyd was the headliner in victories against Auburn and Florida State, he had plenty of help this time: rushing touchdowns from Andre Ellington and Mike Bellamy, and a defense that limited the Hokies to 258 yards and no touchdowns at home for the first time since 1995.

The defensive performance stood out, even for the offense.

“Those guys were just waiting for the opportunity to show they could shut down an offense and big players,” tight end Dwayne Allen said. “We’ve learned a little from each win. Last week in the Florida State game, we learned the defense could be dominant when we needed it to be.”

Andre Branch led the way with three sacks, and was involved in 11 tackles.

The Tigers’ offense dissected another heralded defense.

It did it last week against the Seminoles’ fifth-ranked defense in a 35-30 victory, and again against the Hokies’ fourth-ranked unit, which was allowing 231 yards per game.

The Tigers had 323, 204 through the air as Boyd completed 13 of 32 attempts, including a number of third-and-long conversions.

“He probably didn’t have his greatest game, but he made plays when they needed him to,” Hokies linebacker Bruce Taylor said

Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas was just 15 for 27 for 125 yards and was sacked four times.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/02/11 - 05:13 am
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Great game. Clemson should be

Great game. Clemson should be ranked number 9 in the next poll.

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justthefacts 10/02/11 - 08:38 am
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At least 9. They could jump

At least 9. They could jump Oregon.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/02/11 - 10:33 am
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The Clemson-Ga Tech game will

The Clemson-Ga Tech game will be BIG.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 10/02/11 - 11:01 am
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Certainly both will/should be

Certainly both will/should be undefeated at the time. Might be a chance for Tech to be on prime time TV. And a sellout at Grant Field.

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Riverman1 10/02/11 - 11:24 am
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Heck, the Clemson fans will

Heck, the Clemson fans will be enough alone to sell out Grant Field. Yep, it should be on ABC primetime. I wonder if Clemson can handle the triple option this time? They haven't in the past.

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justthefacts 10/02/11 - 11:33 am
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Tech's pretty much one

Tech's pretty much one dimensional (although not as much as previous years), if the Tigers can stop Va Tech's offense, they should be able to stop GT as well. I wonder if Clemson fans though enough in advance to buy GT season tickets? If not, they should check with their UGA friends as they certainly did.

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shrimp for breakfast 10/02/11 - 12:14 pm
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The Tigers really looked

The Tigers really looked great. After watching the Gamecocks and the Tigers the past two weeks Clemson is electric while Carolina seems lost.

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