Different Tigers, Hokies enter ACC title rematch

The last time Virginia Tech saw Clemson, the Tigers were strolling out of Blacksburg with a 23-3 victory in the Hokies’ ACC opener.

But there is no question who the hotter team is entering Saturday night’s ACC Championship Game in Charlotte. Virginia Tech has not lost since that Oct. 1 defeat to Clemson, winning seven consecutive games by an average of 13.7 points to rise to No. 3 in the nation. The Hokies (11-1) have won the ACC three of the past four seasons (2007, 2008, 2010).

Clemson (9-3) is moving in the opposite direction. Following eight consecutive victories to open the season, the 21st ranked Tigers have dropped three of the past four, including a two-touchdown loss at Georgia Tech, and 20-plus point defeats to North Carolina State and South Carolina. The Clemson offense has scored just 74 points in its past four games, after averaging 40.6 points during its 8-0 start.

Clemson leads the series 18-12-1; the Oct. 1 victory broke Virginia Tech’s five-game winning streak in the series.

For Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas, the loss to Clemson marked a turning point. After passing for just 125 yards against the Tigers, Thomas has thrown 14 of his 18 touchdown passes during the Hokies’ seven-game win streak, and has added nine rushing touchdowns in that span. Running back David Wilson has 10 100-yard rushing games and 1,595 rushing yards on the year. The Hokies have found their stride on defense as well, ranking seventh in the nation in average points allowed (15.5).

For the first two months of the season, quarterback Tajh Boyd was one of the hottest signal-callers in the nation. But the sophomore has struggled mightily the past month. Boyd completed just 11-of-29 passes for 83 yards against South Carolina, and has thrown seven of his 10 interceptions in the past four games. Freshman receiver Sammy Watkins set ACC freshmen records for receptions (72), yards receiving (1,073) and touchdowns (10). The Clemson defense gave up a season-low in points against the Hokies, but has allowed 30 points or more six times.

TV: ESPN, 8 p.m. LINE: Virginia Tech -7.5.

Local teams look ahead to 30th CNB Kickoff Classic

Local teams look ahead to 30th CNB Kickoff ClassicConway National Bank will sponsor the 30th annual CNB Kickoff [more]

Renfrow comes full circle before making run at NFL

Renfrow comes full circle before making run at NFLThe past six months have been hectic ones for Hunter [more]

Six MBTFC athletes make National Junior Olympics

Six MBTFC athletes make National Junior OlympicsThe Myrtle Beach Track & Field Club was represented by [more]

Beach volleyball growing on Grand Strand sand

Beach volleyball growing on Grand Strand sandWhat was once a leisurely pick-up game on the beach [more]

NMB boys hoops hopeful Walker in it for long haul

NMB boys hoops hopeful Walker in it for long haulNorth Myrtle Beach believes Ryan Walker is the person to [more]

Injury halts former Chant La Stella's All-Star debut

Injury halts former Chant La Stella's All-Star debut Former Coastal Carolina standout and Los Angeles Angels second baseman [more]

Pelicans well represented at All-Star Futures Game

Pelicans well represented at All-Star Futures GameMyrtle Beach Pelicans’ catcher Miguel Amaya has been selected to [more]

Baseball bonds all ages at Legends for Youth Clinic

Baseball bonds all ages at Legends for Youth ClinicEight former big leaguers - and about 60 aspiring ones [more]

Jordans lead MBTFC to wins at Junior Olympics

Jordans lead MBTFC to wins at Junior OlympicsThe Myrtle Beach Track & Field Club was represented by [more]

Hunter brings new energy to MB volleyball program

Hunter brings new energy to MB volleyball program New Myrtle Beach High volleyball coach Alyssa Hunter knows she [more]

Soccer Locker ready for final horn after 25 years

Soccer Locker ready for final horn after 25 yearsA child steps up to the counter to purchase his [more]

MB Track and Field Club flies high at Florence meet

MB Track and Field Club flies high at Florence meetThe Myrtle Beach Track & Field Club combined boys and [more]

Rivers named honorable mention All-American

Rivers named honorable mention All-AmericanCoastal Carolina senior outfielder Kieton Rivers was recognized as a [more]

Trio of Pelicans pitchers are midseason All-Stars

Trio of Pelicans pitchers are midseason All-StarsMyrtle Beach right-handed pitchers Javier Assad, Jesus Camargo and Paul [more]

Grand Strand rec athletes find passion for pickleball

Grand Strand rec athletes find passion for pickleballNearly 100 local recreational athletes put themselves in a real [more]

CCU football loses legend with retirement of Glenn

CCU football loses legend with retirement of GlennCoastal Carolina football chief of staff and director of football [more]

Chants' season ends with stinging defeat to Jackets

Chants' season ends with stinging defeat to JacketsCoastal Carolina baseball had its season come to an end [more]

Coastal wrangles Rattlers to stay alive in Regional

Coastal wrangles Rattlers to stay alive in RegionalThe Chanticleers took an early 3-0 lead and did not [more]

MB Track & Field Club shines at Club Challenge

MB Track & Field Club shines at Club ChallengeThe Myrtle Beach Track and Field Club welcomed 22 clubs [more]

Chants battered by Tigers, drop into losers bracket

Chants battered by Tigers,  drop into losers bracketCoastal Carolina baseball saw a 2-2 tie disappear in the [more]

Chiefs seeking sixth boys hoops coach in nine years

Chiefs seeking sixth boys hoops coach in nine yearsNorth Myrtle Beach is looking for a new boys basketball [more]

Grand Strand dominates state golf course rankings

Grand Strand dominates state golf course rankings Golfweek has unveiled its annual list of the “Best Courses [more]

Hemingway narrows his college wish list to five

Hemingway narrows his college wish list to fiveTonka Hemingway has played enough games with opposing offensive linemen. He’s [more]

Chants headed to Atlanta, face Auburn in first round

Chants headed to Atlanta, face Auburn in first roundCoastal Carolina baseball received the No. 3 seed in the [more]

Chants dig deep, defend Sun Belt championship

Chants dig deep, defend Sun Belt championshipCoastal Carolina outscored the Georgia Southern Eagles 9-1 over the [more]

Local teams look ahead to 30th CNB Kickoff Classic

Local teams look ahead to 30th CNB Kickoff ClassicConway National Bank will sponsor the 30th annual CNB Kickoff [more]

Renfrow comes full circle before making run at NFL

Renfrow comes full circle before making run at NFLThe past six months have been hectic ones for Hunter [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2019 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach