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With the Win: No. 3 Clemson 45, Virginia Tech 10

December 6, 2020

Clemson clinched a berth in the ACC Championship Game with the victory. It will be Clemson's eighth all-time ACC Championship Game appearance, adding to the Tigers' ACC record, and its sixth straight appearance, also an ACC record.

Clemson becomes the first Power Five team to appear in six consecutive conference championship games. The only other active conference to have one team represented in six straight championship games is the MAC, in which Marshall qualified for six straight years from 1997-2002, as did Northern Illinois from 2010-15.

Clemson earned a ninth win through the first 10 games of a season for the 15th time in school history. Clemson previously won at least nine games in its first 10 contests in the 1939, 1948, 1950, 1978, 1981, 1987, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Clemson won an eighth ACC regular season game for a third straight season for the first time in school history. It is Clemson's fourth time winning eight ACC regular season games in a single season, joining the 2015, 2018 and 2019 seasons.

The 2020 Clemson seniors improved to 50-4 since 2017, becoming the fourth straight Clemson senior class (and the 11th such class in FBS history) to record 50 wins in four years.

The 2020 Clemson seniors are now 31-2 in ACC regular season play from 2017-20, surpassing the 2018 and 2019 seniors (30 wins each) as the winningest class in school history in regular season conference play. The group ties the four-year conference record of 31, set by multiple Florida State classes from 1995-2000.

Clemson improved to 51-3 against conference opponents since the start of the 2015 season, the first year of Clemson's active run of five consecutive ACC titles.

Clemson won its sixth consecutive game against Virginia Tech, dating to the 2011 season when the Tigers defeated the Hokies twice. It is Clemson’s longest streak in the series since winning nine consecutive games against the Hokies from 1955-85.

Clemson won its third consecutive game in Blacksburg. 

Clemson won its 13th consecutive December game, dating to Clemson’s 2011 ACC Championship Game victory against Virginia Tech. Clemson entered the game as one of four schools to be undefeated in December since 2011 with a minimum of four games played, a list that also included Alabama (9-0) and Penn State (5-0).

Clemson improved to 24-13 all-time in December games, including postseason play. 

Clemson improved to 3-0 in December games against Virginia Tech all-time, including wins in the 2011 and 2016 ACC Championship Games. 

Head Coach Dabo Swinney improved to 6-0 as a head coach vs. Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech is one of five ACC schools against which Swinney is undefeated as head coach, a list that also includes Wake Forest (12-0), Louisville (6-0), Virginia (5-0) and Duke (3-0).

Clemson has now won 27 of its 29 true road games since the start of the 2015 season.

Though 2020 is technically a divisionless season, Clemson improved to 33-8 against opponents historically from the ACC Coastal Division, including postseason play, under Head Coach Dabo Swinney. Clemson has won 19 of its last 20 games against the Coastal Division since 2015.

Clemson improved to 67-3 in regular season play since the start of the 2015 season.

Clemson now has a 107-2 record when totaling more first downs than its opponent since 2011.

Clemson now has a 64-3 record when winning the turnover margin since 2011.

Clemson is now 58-1 when scoring first since 2015.

Clemson has now won 86 of its last 88 games, including each of its last 49, when leading at halftime.

Clemson improved to 108-2 since 2011 when leading after three quarters.

Clemson improved to 51-2 since 2015 when outscoring opponents in the “Middle Eight,” defined as the final four minutes of the first half and the first four minutes of the second half. Clemson won those eight minutes by a 7-3 margin on Saturday.

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