Unfinished business

CLEMSON - Brandon Thompson's first experience in the ACC Championship game was far from memorable.

That night in Tampa, Georgia Tech scored 39 points and rolled up 469 total yards of offense [333 rushing, 136 passing]. Both Jonathan Dwyer and Josh Nesbitt rushed for over 100 yards in the Yellow Jackets' win.

Of course, Thompson and the Tigers' second-time around fared much better as Clemson held Virginia Tech to just 10 points. and ACC Player of the Year David Wilson was held to a measly 32 yards on the ground.

With the win, the Tigers hoisted their first ACC Championship since 1991.

"I feel like that was special," Thompson said. "The last time in Tampa we were getting the oranges thrown at us. It wasn't a good feeling that time.

"Just to get out there and win a championship. It was amazing."

Thompson added, "I feel like that was one of our better games. I still feel like that we have a lot more that we can do. Hopefully, we can put all that together."

Up next on the docket is a trip to sunny South Florida for a shot at the Orange Bowl. A win would give Clemson its first BCS bowl victory in school history.

Thompson is confident the Clemson defense can do its part against a West Virginia team that ranks 17th nationally in total offense and 19th in scoring offense.

"We know that everything we need to be a good defense is in place," he said. "We have everything that we need. Hopefully, that shows what we can do. If we go to practice and work hard, we can just build on it."

Following the Jan. 4 bowl game, Thompson will be a busy man. He's ranked among the top defensive tackles in the 2012 NFL Draft class.

"I'm not really focused on it right now. I'm going to go somewhere and train," Thompson said. "I haven't put too much thought into it."


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