Tigers try to knock off third straight ranked foe in Hokies

Clemson has vaulted itself into the Atlantic Coast Conference title picture with consecutive wins against ranked opponents, and with a third in a row, the Tigers could establish themselves as a dark horse for the national title.

But doing so will require No. 15 Clemson to pull off an upset on the road and snap a couple more impressive streaks when it visits No. 10 Virginia Tech. The Hokies have won 12 straight ACC contests, including last year’s ACC championship game, and 15 consecutive regular-season contests.

Clemson snapped Auburn’s 17-game winning streak with a 38-24 win two weeks ago. The Tigers are off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 2007, and haven’t started 5-0 since winning their first eight games in 2000. Clemson leads the all-time series 17-12-1, but Virginia Tech has won five straight meetings dating to 1989. The only previous time the Tigers and Hokies met as top 15 teams was in 1956, when Clemson won 21-6 at home.

The Tigers (4-0, 1-0 ACC) survived a scare from FCS Wofford before escaping with a 35-27 win Sept. 10, but they have beaten consecutive ranked opponents since, including a 35-30 win last week against Florida State. Sophomore quarterback Tajh Boyd passed for 386 yards against Auburn and 344 yards against Florida State, joining Charlie Whitehurst as the only players in school history with consecutive 300-yard passing games.

Boyd has passed for at least three touchdowns in each of his four collegiate starts. Boyd’s favorite target has been freshman wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who already has set the school’s freshman record with six touchdown receptions and has 17 catches for 296 yards in the past two games.

The Hokies’ (4-0, 0-0) offense has been nearly as impressive as the Tigers, averaging 34.8 points and 430.2 yards. Virginia Tech has struck a nice balance with 6-foot-6, 254-pound sophomore quarterback Logan Thomas leading the passing game and running back David Wilson leading the ground game with more than 100 yards rushing in three of four games this season.

Jarrett Boykin, already the school’s all-time leader with 133 receptions, needs only 57 yards to pass Ricky Scales as the Hokies’ all-time leader in receiving yards. But Boykin is nursing a hamstring injury and might not be available. Virginia Tech has won 19 of 20 conference openers under coach Frank Beamer, including all seven since joining the ACC.

Clemson’s wins over Auburn and Florida State mark only the fourth time in school history the Tigers won back-to-back games over ranked opponents. Clemson has never beaten three consecutive ranked teams.

TV: ESPN2. Line: Virginia Tech -7

Comments

comments

Runners pound pavement for Turkey Trot road races

Runners pound pavement for Turkey Trot road racesSixteen-year-old Rory Legg-Bell of Hillsborough, NC, was the first to [more]

Chants slam St. Andrews; Shaw tallies 1,000th point

Chants slam St. Andrews; Shaw tallies 1,000th pointDemario Beck scored 12 points and had 15 rebounds in [more]

Girls Hoops: CF rips net, Braves in Sand & Hoops

Girls Hoops: CF rips net, Braves in Sand & HoopsThe girls high school basketball season is only beginning, yet [more]

Saints step up to capture Bulldog Shootout crown

Saints step up to capture Bulldog Shootout crownThe Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys basketball team not [more]

Hoops: CF, Socastee, SJ win tournament openers

Hoops: CF, Socastee, SJ win tournament openersThe Carolina Forest High girls basketball team needed a little [more]

Coastal upsets Clemson, marches on to Sweet 16

Coastal upsets Clemson, marches on to Sweet 16Martin Melchor scored two goals and had an assist while [more]

Beach United teams close fall season in Wilmington

Beach United teams close fall season in WilmingtonThe Beach United Football Club saw eight teams close out [more]

CAC swimmers dominate podium at regional meet

CAC swimmers dominate podium at regional meetPalmetto Aquatics (PALM) hosted the 2017 Thanksgiving Invite Meet on [more]

Coastal repeats as SBC champ, awaits NCAA foe

Coastal repeats as SBC champ, awaits NCAA foeThe Coastal Carolina volleyball team defeated #2 Texas State in [more]

Local hoops season tips off with two girls tourneys

Local hoops season tips off with two girls tourneysWinter might still be a month away, but the high [more]

Gamecocks net fifth place in Puerto Rico Tip-Off

Gamecocks net fifth place in Puerto Rico Tip-OffSouth Carolina men's basketball coach Frank Martin claimed his 100th [more]

Cuthbertson's career-high 31 points lead Chants' win

Cuthbertson's career-high 31 points lead Chants' winZac Cuthbertson torched the nets for 31 points in leading [more]

Chants handle Vandals, score first Sun Belt win

Chants handle Vandals, score first Sun Belt winIdaho scored on the opening possession of the game but [more]

Saints open season with wins, reach tourney final

Saints open season with wins, reach tourney finalThe Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys basketball team opened [more]

CCU men fall to Vermont; Lady Chants blast UNCW

CCU men fall to Vermont; Lady Chants blast UNCWZac Cuthbertson scored a game-high 23 points and had another [more]

Lady Chants spike Wolves, reach Sun Belt title game

Lady Chants spike Wolves, reach Sun Belt title gameThe Coastal Carolina volleyball team is making its second straight [more]

Chiefs stumble at Stags, suffer first loss of season

Chiefs stumble at Stags, suffer first loss of season North Myrtle Beach's record-setting season came to an end Friday [more]

Chants land in Bahamas with hot hand for hoops

Chants land in Bahamas with hot hand for hoopsFour players reached double digits for Coastal Carolina in the [more]

Gamecocks bounce back, blow out UTEP in Conway

Gamecocks bounce back, blow out UTEP in ConwaySouth Carolina's debut in the Puerto Rico Classic at the [more]

Beach Ball Classic lineup has big names, top teams

Beach Ball Classic lineup has big names, top teamsThe 2017 Beach Ball Classic announced its schedule for the [more]

Coastal shuts out Mercer, advances to face Clemson

Coastal shuts out Mercer, advances to face ClemsonFrantzdy Pierrot teamed up with Martin Melchor to give the [more]

Chants go west in quest for first Sun Belt victory

Chants go west in quest for first Sun Belt victoryThe Coastal Carolina football team (1-9, 0-6 Sun Belt) will [more]

Redbirds top Gamecocks in opener of PR Tip-Off

Redbirds top Gamecocks in opener of PR Tip-OffThe South Carolina men's basketball team has home court of [more]

CCU men, women suffer narrow six-point losses

CCU men, women suffer narrow six-point lossesJaylen Shaw scored 17 points, but it was not enough [more]

CCU nets honors, enters SBC tourney as top seed

CCU nets honors, enters SBC tourney as top seedThe Sun Belt Conference announced its final weekly volleyball awards [more]

Runners pound pavement for Turkey Trot road races

Runners pound pavement for Turkey Trot road racesSixteen-year-old Rory Legg-Bell of Hillsborough, NC, was the first to [more]

Chants slam St. Andrews; Shaw tallies 1,000th point

Chants slam St. Andrews; Shaw tallies 1,000th pointDemario Beck scored 12 points and had 15 rebounds in [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2017 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach