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2012 Virginia Tech Football: What To Watch Vs. Clemson

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Streeter Lecka

Virginia Tech Hokies (4-3, 2-1) vs. Clemson Tigers (5-1, 2-1)

Virginia Tech Offense vs. Clemson Defense

  • As I said in the Game Guide:
  • Defensively, the Tigers run a 4-3 scheme
  • The Tigers rank No. 100 nationally in total defense, giving up 446 yards per game. They are also No. 70 in the nation in scoring defense, giving up 27.3 points per game.
  • The Tigers rank No. 102 nationally in rushing defense, giving up 203 yards per game, and No. 80 in passing defense, giving up just under 243 yards per game.
  • The Hokies are ranked No. 68 nationally in total offense, with an average of 398 yards per game, climbing 18 spots after the win over Duke.
  • Tech rose 13 spots in rushing offense to get to No. 78 nationally at 151 yards per game.
  • The Hokies stayed at No. 52 passing offense, although they did raise their average by one yard, now at 247 yards per game.
  • Tech also rose a spot in time of possession, and is now No. 95 nationally.
  • The Hokies are now the No. 54 scoring offense in the nation, averaging 30.71 points per game.

Virginia Tech Defense vs. Clemson Offense

As I said in the Game Guide:


  • The Tigers run primarily out of the Spread formation offensively
  • Clemson ranks No. 13 nationally in total offense with 526 yards per game.
  • The Tigers rank No. 11 in passing offense with 325 yards per game.
  • Clemson also ranks No. 32 nationally in rushing offense, with 201 yards per game.
  • Clemson is led on the ground by senior Andre Ellington with 597 yards and 6 TD's.
  • So far Clemson junior wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is making a case for conference player of the year, pulling down 49 receptions for 777 yards and 8 TD's through six games.
  • Bud Foster's defense rose nine spots after the Duke win, and is now tied with Tulsa for the No. 55 ranking in total defense, allowing 381 yards per game to their opponents.
  • After facing a hapless Duke running attack, Tech is now No. 73 nationally in rushing defense (25 spots higher than a week ago), giving up almost 172 yards per game on the ground.
  • The Hokies fell nine spots after facing Duke, and now rank No. 36 nationally against the pass, giving up just under 210 passing yards a game.
  • The Hokies jumped 29 spots to No. 67 after their 5-sack game. They're now up to 1.86 sacks per game, a stat that doesn't really do anything for anybody. Just meh.

Watch the Box Score

  • Virginia Tech rushing yards
  • Clemson 3rd down conversion percentage
  • DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins yards after catch (YAC)
  • Virginia Tech sacks

    Virginia Tech Players to Watch

      Clemson Players to Watch

      • 6 - DeAndre Hopkins, Jr., WR
      • 2 - Sammy Watkins, So., WR
      • 12 - Stephone Anthony, So., LB
      • 23 - Andre Ellington, Sr., RB

          Final Score

          Clemson 49, Virginia Tech 28