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FINAL: No. 3 Clemson 45, Virginia Tech 10

December 5, 2020
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Clemson will wrap up the 2020 abbreviated schedule with a rare December regular-season finale against the Virginia Tech Hokies in Blacksburg this evening. Clemson has played 1,218 regular-season games in its 125-season history, posting a 734-439-45 record in those contests. However, only six of those 1,218 regular-season games have been played in the month of December.

Last week marked the return of quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who completed 26-of-37 passes for 403 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions in his first game action in 5 weeks. The Heisman candidate improved to 32-1 as a starter, tying the Clemson record for wins by a starting quarterback and improving his career winning percentage to .970, the best by an FBS quarterback with at least 30 starts since Division I split in 1978.


Spend this evening’s game with the CST Staff in this thread!

FINAL: No. 3 Clemson 45, Virginia Tech 10

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1bstockdale
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Good evening everyone! We are about 45 minutes away from kickoff in Blacksburg as the Tigers and Hokies link up on a chilly night. Stay tuned for more updates and thoughts throughout tonight's game!
BradyH
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Watching fight night in Myrtle Beach while waiting on Tiger kickoff.

The Chants and the Cougars just had a bench clearing brawl in Conway.
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Yup saw that... everyone in the state of South Carolina is keeping up with the action down on the Grand Strand this evening.
Lawton Swann
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BradyH said:

Watching fight night in Myrtle Beach while waiting on Tiger kickoff.

The Chants and the Cougars just had a bench clearing brawl in Conway.
That was crazy!! I'm glad Coastal is playing well.
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1bstockdale
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A bobbled snap that Hendon Hooker wasn't able to handle costs the Hokies big time on their first drive and they will be forced to punt.
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Clemson gets a huge pickup on the play action pass to Braden Galloway down to the VT 18, but they weren't able to get much after that and settle for the 28-yard field goal. Tigers up 3-0 with 8:27 left in the opening quarter.
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Good start for Clemson on both sides of the ball. Hate settling for a FG there, but it happens.
1bstockdale
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Braxton Burmeister is in at quarterback for Virginia Tech as Hendon Hooker got a little dinged up on the first drive. We'll see if he can give them a spark.
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One play after Burmeister hits Tayvion Robinson for a 48-yard completion down to the Clemson 5, Khalil Herbert scores from 4 yards out and it's the Hokies with a 7-3 lead with 3:45 to go in the first quarter. Tigers had a bust in the secondary and Robinson was wide open.
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Hey hey guys! Looks like VT is coming out fighting. Adjustment time on D. Is Skalski playing tonight?
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Not a great drive there for Clemson's defense. First time the Tigers have trailed this year with Lawrence at QB.
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Bad throw by Trevor Lawrence on the deep ball to Cornell Powell. Fortunate it wasn't picked off.
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Trevor Lawrence on the quarterback keeper showing you his speed for the 17-yard TD and Davis Allen with the critical block to spring him free. Clemson back in front 10-7 with 12 seconds to go in the first.
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James Skalski is not out with Clemson's defense to start this next Virginia Tech possession. No word on what's up with him but we'll keep an eye on it for you. It's 10-7 Clemson at the end of the first quarter.
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Quick answer by the Tigers...interested in Skalski being out still...hoping he didn't aggravate that groin injury.
Tigers Rise
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We are dropping like flies right now. What in the world is happening!
1bstockdale
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And now Tyler Davis is shaken up but he did walk off on his own power. Definitely concerning that a few Tiger defenders are missing in action.
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Tyler Davis now back in and Virginia Tech on the move on offense.
DaveyD23
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VT playing keep away and burning clock
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Brock Hoffman costs Virginia Tech big time with a personal foul penalty and they're not able to get any points out of what was a promising drive. Clemson with the ball leading 10-7 with 7:58 to go before the half out of the timeout.
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VT bailed us out on that drive.
BradyH
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I actually expected that flag to be a targeting call on Spector. Glad it wasn't.
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Yup. That would definitely be my plan if I was Virginia Tech looking to pull the upset. Drive took 7:14 off the clock.
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Great stop by the defense after that drive looked to be heading towards points for Virginia Tech.

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BradyH said:

I actually expected that flag to be a targeting call on Spector. Glad it wasn't.
Agree!
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Not a good series for Clemson there. VT almost picks off Trevor Lawrence and then on the third down play, he could've gotten the first down if he would've took off but instead tried to get it to Braden Galloway. Hokies have the ball back down 10-7 with 6:58 to play before the half.
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Wow. What a kick from Virginia Tech's Brian Johnson -- a 54-yard field goal with the wind at his back ties the game at 10 in Blacksburg with 3:52 to go before the half.
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Lyn-J Dixon with a burst inside the red zone and he gets it in the endzone for a 17-yard TD run and Clemson retakes the lead, 17-10 with 1:06 to go in the 2nd quarter.

Meanwhile in Conway, S.C., Coastal beats BYU 22-17 stopping them just yards short in the final seconds. What a win for the Chants.
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What an insane play to end the half for Virginia Tech on the hail mary. But Blackshear was stopped just short for the Hokies.

Clemson leads 17-10 at the half in an interesting ball game on a freezing cold night in Blacksburg.
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Any news on what play it was that Jake got hurt on? I don't remember seeing him go down.
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I'm not sure. Did see Skalski in street clothes in the TV broadcast so it's safe to say his night is done.
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Virginia Tech with an impressive start to the second half as Clemson goes three-and-out.
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Nolan Turner snuffs out the RB screen and Virginia Tech lined up to punt however, the punt was a disaster and perhaps partially blocked. The Tigers will take over on the plus side of the field when play resumes. Clemson leads 17-10 with 10:48 to go in the third quarter.
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