"We had a three touchdown lead, then a two touchdown lead".
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, named most valuable player, completed 23 of 34 passes for three touchdowns and 288 yards. The two teams meet at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL and we've got your live stream details! It was Clemson's second straight title.
The Tigers won back-to-back conference titles for the first time since Danny Ford led them to three consecutive championships from 1986-88. A basketball-style fake punt that set up the Hokies' first touchdown in the first half was exciting, and you have to admire Evans' toughness, but the Virginia Tech defense just wasn't up to the task.
"We felt good about it this week", Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said of the Hokies' trick play.
"I'm awfully proud of our kids", Fuente said. "It's a pretty somber locker room because of that".
Now the Tigers wait for the final CFP rankings to see who they'll play come New Year's Eve. "I think he's the best player in the country". "Williams is a proven star, and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney insists he'll be the first wide receiver drafted in April".
Clemson outscored the Hokies 14-7 in the first quarter, extending its margin in the first frame to 166-27 this year.
"The reason it hurt so bad was because they sold out for the cause", Fuente said. We were fortunate we were able to overcome that bad stretch of turnovers. With Tech down two scores with seven minutes left, Evans moved the team right up the field, concluding their two-minute scoring drive by hitting Cam Phillips on a wheel route for a 26-yard touchdown pass. The 6-foot-3, 238-pounder ran for two touchdowns and rallied the Hokies from a 21-point deficit to make it close at the end.
It was Tankersley's second interception of the game and helped thwart a late Virginia Tech uprising.
An early 45-24 loss to Tennessee seemed to confirm the media's pick of a fourth-place finish for the Hokies in the Coastal Division, behind defending champion North Carolina, Miami, and Pittsburgh. However, Cordrea Tankersley intercepted a fourth-down pass with 1:11 left at the Clemson 14-yard line left to secure a second straight conference title.
Jerod Evans leads the Hokies in rushing as well as passing, logging better than 3,700 yards from scrimmage.
Twice this autumn, once near the state capitol and once near Space Mountain, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson has sparkled before a national audience on Florida turf. Evans faced a ton of pressure, though, and threw an interception to end the game.
Clemson finished the drive with a 16-yard touchdown catch from Leggett to make it 14-0. At one point in the third quarter, the Tigers led 35-14, but they had to make a stop at the end with Virginia Tech driving for the tying score.
Hunter Renfrow's diving catch for 31 yards got Clemson going on the ensuing drive. The junior solidified his place in NY for next Saturday's Heisman Trophy presentation with 288 yards passing, 85 yards rushing and five total touchdowns.
"We were very confident".