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Clemson vs. Va. Tech Notes

Clemson vs. Va. Tech Notes


  • Clemson extended its school record streak of eight consecutive wins against a top 25 team. It is the longest active streak in the FBS.
  • Clemson has three wins over top 25 teams within the first five games for the season for just the second time in history. The only other time it happened was 2011, and that year, the third win was at Virginia Tech.
  • Clemson is now 10-1 in matchups of top 15 teams since 2015.
  • The Tigers won their fifth consecutive game against Virginia Tech. Only one of the wins has been at home. Clemson had lost five consecutive games to the Hokies before the recent streak started in 2011.
  • Clemson won its 12th consecutive game on the opponent’s home field, the longest streak in Clemson history and tied for the second longest active streak in the nation. Oklahoma has 13 and Alabama also has 12.
  • This was Clemson’s 10th consecutive win overall and 19th in the last 20.
  • Today was Dabo Swinney’s 94th victory as Clemson head coach, his 23rd over a top 25 team. He already has the most top 25 wins among Clemson coaches.
  • Clemson has now won 36 of its last 38 games, dating to 2014.
  • The Tigers have won 20 of their last 21 against ACC teams and 12 straight away from home against ACC teams.
  • The Tigers have won 18 of their last 19 games played away from home with the only loss in that stretch to Alabama in the National Championship game at the end of the 2015 season.
  • Clemson finished the month of September with a 5-0 record, its 13th straight win in the month. It is the first 5-0 September for Clemson since the 2000 season.
  • Clemson has won 13 of its last 14 games against teams ranked in the top 25 of at least one poll.
  • Clemson is 13-0 at night over the last two years, with seven of the wins coming over top 20 teams. Only three of the 13 wins have been at home.
  • Clemson gained 271 yards of total offense in the first half, the third time this year Clemson has had at least 250 in the first half. Clemson had 326 against Kent State, 334 vs. Louisville and 271 in this game. Clemson averages 256 yards per first half this year.
  • Clemson has scored at least 30 points against Virginia Tech in each of the last four meetings between the two schools.


  • Kelly Bryant is 5-0 as Clemson’s starting quarterback. He joins Tajh Boyd as the only quarterbacks in Clemson history to win each of his first five starts. He also joins Boyd as the only Clemson starting quarterbacks to win his first three games against top 25 teams. Ironically, Boyd won his third in the streak at Virginia Tech in 2011 by a 23-3 score.
  • With his second reception tonight, Hunter Renfrow reached 100 receptions for his career. He now has at least one reception in 19 straight games.
  • Kelly Bryant now has at least one rushing touchdown in six straight games he has played, all five this year and the South Carolina game last year.
  • Mitch Hyatt played his 35th consecutive game as Clemson’s a left tackle. He has started 34 of the 35.
  • Dorian O’Daniel appeared in his 47th consecutive game for the Tigers tonight. The only game he has missed in his career was his first game, the 2014 season opener at Georgia
  • O’Daniel had his second interception return for a touchdown this season a 22 yard return in the fourth period. He is the first Clemson player with a pair of interception returns for scores in the same season since 1990 when Arlington Nunn had three returns for scores. O’Daniel is the first Clemson defensive player with two touchdowns in the same season since 2011 when Kourtnei Brown had an interception return and a fumble return for a score in the same game against North Carolina.
  • Today was Dabo Swinney’s 60th win over an ACC team (including three in ACC Championship games). Only Frank Howard had more conference wins among Clemson coaches with 100 (combined Southern and ACC).
  • Clemson scored on its first possession of the game on a 23-yard field goal by Alex Spence. That was Spence’s first career field goal attempt.
  • When Clemson scored on Spence’s field goal on the opening possession, it marked the 14th time in the last 36 games that Clemson scored on its opening possession, or since Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott became co-coordinators. The Tigers have 12 touchdowns and two field goals on opening possessions in those 36 games.
  • Tavien Feaster’s 60-yard touchdown reception from Kelly Bryant was just the second catch of the running back’s career. His first reception was on the play before.
  • Feaster’s 60-yard touchdown catch was the longest by a Clemson running back since the 2013 Wake Forest game when D.J. Howard had a 75-yard touchdown reception from Tajh Boyd.
  • Hunter Renfrow had two receptions on Clemson’s first drive of the game. The second reception was the 100th of his career.