Clemson at Virginia Tech

Getty									Virginia Tech is a home underdog against Clemson

After Virginia Tech seemed to grab a shred of momentum after the Stroman return and a big stop, the sheer lunacy of Clemson's defensive effort took over again.

And the Tigers got the most out of nearly every possession. Virginia Tech worked gingerly around the periphery for a while, keeping hopes aflicker.

"We were relentless", Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said.

That also was the same year the Hokies last defeated Clemson, 41-23.

In a rematch of last season's ACC championship game in which Virginia Tech almost staged an improbable comeback, the Hokies proved no match in a 31-17 loss in which No. 2 Clemson made a convincing case it might be the best team in the nation.

The Tigers defenisve line dominated the line of scrimmage, disrupting everything that the Hokies like to do offensively.

Former Virginia Tech stars Michael Vick and DeAngelo Hall attended the game. After a loss like this, the Hokies know there is plenty of room for growth.

"We haven't talked about it".

I think that's kind of what they've adopted as their thing.

"We did that one time a number of years back, but that's not really who we are", Venables said. "This is a completely different situation".

The Hokies have gained notice with their early-season success. The Hokies also enter the game undefeated, and they have a lot attention since reaching their highest rank since 2011 in the Associated Press poll.

And Saturday's matchup with the defending national champs has created substantial buzz.

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The game will be broadcast by ABC beginning at 7 p.m. Florida State is banged up in a lost season.

Virginia Tech entered the game 1-30 in its history against teams ranked among the top five in the country. Since then, Virginia Tech's schedule has not exactly been full of powerhouse programs. 9 Miami 31-7 in the rain. "They played us differently than they've played before", Fuente said, speaking especially about the Tigers' defensive line.

"Well, you're not going to get away with much of anything", Fuente said. Even if you don't mean it, a coach can't run the risk of his current fan base getting all upset. The score would stay the same going into the half.

"It's like defusing a bomb".

You could count the serious challengers to that on one hand, without using your thumb. A sign-making station was in place for fans during Friday night's women's soccer game between Virginia Tech and Boston College.

"It's not always going to be ideal".

"I thought our kids fought to the very end", Foster said. And when Tech's Henri Murphy took his eyes off a fourth-quarter screen pass, Clemson's Dorian O'Daniel snared the bobbled ball in the air and raced 22 yards for a game-clinching touchdown.

If Clemson's performance felt like the type of win Bama would have under Nick Saban, Bama's performance felt something like the New England Patriots would do against an FCS team.

With two shutouts in its first four games, Virginia Tech has shown the ability to slow opposing offenses, particularly on the ground.

After a 31-17 win over Virginia Tech, he's more than just the subject of Watson's compliment. Josh Jackson is off to a good start at quarterback for the Hokies, but will face his toughest test yet against Clemson's defense.

Memphis garnered some national acclaim September 16 with a 48-45 home victory over UCLA, which was ranked 25th at the time.

Tech has excelled against the likes of Delaware, ECU and ODU the last three weeks. The junior was the best offensive player on the field Saturday night throwing for 186 yards and running for 94 more. "I was fortunate enough to come down with the ball and be able to get in the end zone and put points on the board for the offense". A defensive stop will be hard. It began when Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence jarred the ball loose from running back Travon McMillian. It's just all amplified. "You play every play with the guys".

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