Clemson started out on fire with a 14-0 lead and Bud Foster’s defense looked helpless against Watson and the Tigers for the first three drives of the game.
Virginia Tech utilized a fake punt and a halfback pass to score a touchdown to make the score 14-7, and then the Tigers made the score 21-7 on their third drive.
Clemson then stuttered for the rest of the half and Tech scored one more touchdown to enter the half with a score of Clemson 21 Virginia Tech 14.
Watson started out completing his first nine passes, but was contained as he ended the half 14-19 for 117 yards and two scores in the air. He also ran six times for sixteen yards and another score on the ground.
Gallman has ran ten times for 32 yards, while CJ Fuller carried the ball four times for 38 yards – including a 27 yard run on the opening drive. Fuller has emerged as the second string back behind Gallman down the stretch. Clemson has rushed 21 times for 85 yards.
Leggett has made two crucial touchdown catches. The first one was a seam route off of play-action where he ran untouched for six points; while the second time he was split out wide and won a fifty-fifty ball in the end zone for six points.
Clemson’s defense has held Tech to 23 yards rushing on 14 attempts, and 120 yards passing. Tech quarterback Jerrod Evans has not been a threat running the ball, but he has a strong arm.
Both teams have been penalized heavily (particularly on pass interference calls), with Clemson having 3 for 35 yards and Tech having 6 for 69 yards.
Clemson looked like they were going to run away with it, but they have let Virginia Tech hang around and stay in it. That doesn’t bode well for the Tigers because Tech gets the ball to start the second half.
Clemson will need to recapture their previous momentum and play to their standard in order to secure a playoff spot, which they are capable of doing. The Tigers need to play fundamentally sound on defense and re establish the running game on offense.