No. 2 Clemson handles Hokies for big ACC win

By Elaine Day
Clemson Athletic Comm.

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Capped off by fourth-quarter interceptions by Dorian O’Daniel and Austin Bryant, the No. 2 Clemson Tigers defeated the No. 12 Virginia Tech Hokies 31-17 at Lane Stadium on Saturday night.

With the win, Clemson remained undefeated at 5-0 on the year and 3-0 in the ACC, while Virginia Tech dropped to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

The win also made Clemson the first team in the history of the Associated Press poll to beat three top-15 teams in September. Auburn and Louisville were also ranked in the top 15 when they lost to the Tigers last month.

Offensively, the Tigers were led against Virginia Tech by Kelly Bryant, who threw for 186 yards and a touchdown on 12 completions. Bryant also rushed for 94 yards on 19 carries. O’Daniel piloted the Tiger defense, recovering a Hokie fumble, returning an interception 22 yards for his second pick-six of the season and amassing 10 tackles, including one of the Tigers’ two sacks.

Clemson struck first, holding Virginia Tech to a three-and-out on its first drive before taking a 3-0 lead on a 23-yard Alex Spence field goal just more than five minutes into the first quarter. After the Tiger defense forced another three-and-out on the ensuing Hokie drive, Clemson took a 10-0 lead on a 60-yard Tavien Feaster touchdown reception, the running back’s first career receiving score.

The Hokies put their first points on the board with three minutes left in the second quarter on a 43-yard Joey

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