NCAA Game Summary - Virginia at Clemson|
(Saturday, November 21st)
Final Score: (18) Clemson 34, Virginia 21
Clemson, SC (Sports Network) - Kyle Parker completed 19-of-26 passes for 234
yards with two touchdowns, as 18th-ranked Clemson secured the ACC Atlantic
Division title after defeating Virginia, 34-21, in a conference matchup.
C.J. Spiller totaled 97 yards from scrimmage, including a rushing score
for Clemson (8-3, 6-2 ACC), which clinched the top spot in the Atlantic
even before stepping onto the field, as Boston College lost to North
Carolina earlier on Saturday. The Tigers, who have won six straight, will
play Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship game on December 5.
"I'm sure a lot of people still probably thought we would have a letdown,"
Spiller said. "But the good about this team is that we never worry about what
people say about our team. We just worry about what we can control. The main
thing for us is to have a good week of preparation and go out and prove
Jacoby Ford had a huge game, catching six passes for 106 yards and a
touchdown, while Andre Ellington carried the ball five times for 29 yards and
Jameel Sewell completed 11-of-17 throws for 160 yards and a TD, and also ran
for a score for Virginia (3-8, 2-5), which has dropped five straight after a
three-game winning streak. Vic Hall tossed a touchdown pass and Mikell Simpson
added a scoring grab.
"(The Tigers) come at you from all directions," said Virginia head coach Al
Groh. "The pressure is on every play. We stood up to it well throughout, but
there is just a lot of talent out there, and some of those playmakers made
plays that made the difference in the game."
With Clemson in front 24-21 at the half, Ellington stretched the lead to
double-digits when he ran for a five-yard score with 7:17 left in the third.
The drive covered 66 yards on six plays and took only 2:50 off the game
clock. Richard Jackson made it a 34-21 game after he nailed a 24-yard field
goal with eight seconds remaining in the third.
The Tigers then used a smothering defense to keep Virginia off the board in
the fourth quarter.
Parker's 16-yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Allen opened the scoring with nearly
six minutes left in the first quarter, but Virginia quickly tied the game on
its ensuing drive.
Chase Minnifield returned the kickoff 34 yards to the Clemson 45 and the
Cavaliers found the end zone soon after, when Sewell ran it in from six-yards
Clemson and UV then traded touchdowns. First it was Spiller finishing off a
71-yard, six-play drive with a four-yard TD scamper. Virginia then went into
its bag of tricks as Hall hit Sewell for a 30-yard pass, taking it to the CU
five-yard line before Hall tossed to a wide-open Joe Torchia in the back of
the end zone.
The Tigers then scored 10 consecutive points. Jackson tacked on three with a
21-yard field goal before a Parker-to-Ford 24-yard TD hookup made it a 24-14
game with just under two minutes left in the half.
Virginia struck for a score as time expired, though, marching 80 yards on nine
plays. Sewell quickly led the offense inside Clemson territory after Simpson
rushed for 22 yards to the Tigers' 47. Then five plays later, Sewell hit
Simpson in stride down the far sideline for a 23-yard score. The play was
briefly reviewed by officials, but was upheld and Clemson was ahead by three
at the intermission.
Clemson will play its regular-season finale next Saturday at South Carolina,
while Virginia hosts Virginia Tech...Clemson owns a commanding 37-8-1 series
advantage over Virginia, which includes a 13-3 victory over the Cavaliers last
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