Friday Clemson Football Notebook

CLEMSON - By the time the Tajh Boyd steps on the practice field again, nearly two weeks will have passed since the Tigers hoisted the ACC Championship trophy.

The team has been off since last Saturday's ACC title win over Virginia Tech. With finals on deck next week, it will be another several before they're back to football.

Preparation for the Orange Bowl date against West Virginia doesn't start until next Friday.

By the time the Tigers play on Jan. 4, over a month will have passed since they last played a game. So Boyd knows there's a chance that well-oiled machine could be a little bit rusty.

"It's definitely possible for any team with a layoff," he said. "It depends on how well you focus. We can either gain really, really good focus and figure out the season is not over -- we had a good season, but not a great season. Or you can get ready to play.

"It just depends on the decisions that we make. It's something, when we get together as a group and as players, that we're going to have to really focus on."

DOMINANT, RELENTLESS: For a second time this season, the Clemson defense shutdown the Virginia Tech offense.

Although the Hokies scored a touchdown during the ACC title game, Coty Sensabaugh said that was the best performance by the Tigers' defense this season.

"I feel it was, because it was the biggest game of the year. It was when it was most needed. It was for all the marbles," he said.

Clemson limited Virginia Tech to 330 total yards [274 passing, 56 rushing] and forced three turnovers.

ACC Player of the Year David Wilson rushed 11 times for only 32 yards.

"I believe we held him in check," Sensabaugh said. "They had a few plays. But for the most part, we just kept getting the ball back to the offense."

REMEMBER WHEN?: If there is one moment from the ACC Championship that will stick with Dwayne Allen, it was Andre Ellington's third quarter touchdown run.

"That's when I was kind of like, that's it for me in this game," Allen said. "It was just an awesome run."

For Allen, it was even more impressive to see Ellington finish with the kind of game he had -- 20 carries for 125 yards and a touchdown.

"Andre had a great play, to see him score. The type of year that he went through, to end with a 100-yard game, to go over 1,000 yards -- been injured all year, it's a great feeling," Allen said. "It's great to be able to block for a back of his caliber." Top Stories