Ranking Dabo's wins: 4

Until Clemson's trip to Virginia Tech last season, it had been nearly two years since Dabo Swinney had a signature road win.

4.) Oct. 1, 2011

Clemson 23 Virginia Tech 3

What happened
That streak came to an end after the Tigers' surprising beat down of the Hokies at Lane Stadium.

With the win, Clemson improved to 5-0 and became the first ACC team to beat ranked opponents in three consecutive weeks. It also snapped Virginia Tech's 12-game winning streak in conference play.

The Clemson defense stifled Logan Thomas, David Wilson and the rest of the Virginia Tech offense. The Hokies were limited to 258 yards and no touchdowns. It was the first time since 1995 that Virginia Tech did not score a touchdown at home.

Thomas was just 15 for 27 for 125 yards and was sacked four times. Wilson rushed for 123 yards on 20 carries.

Among the Clemson defenders, Andre Branch led the way 11 tackles and three sacks.

Branch played well during his return home to Virginia.
The Tigers had 323 yards of total offense, 204 came through the air from Tajh Boyd, who completed 13 of 32 attempts.

Mike Bellamy rushed for a team-high 47 yards with a score, a 31-yard touchdown run that gave Clemson a 23-3 lead with 6:12 left to play.

Clemson also picked up a 1-yard scoring run from Andre Ellington, which gave the Tigers a 10-3 lead right before halftime.

Boyd hooked up with Dwayne Allen on a 32-yard scoring strike to give the Tigers a 17-3 lead in the third quarter.

The stakes
Although Clemson and Virginia Tech are on opposite sides of the ACC, a win for the Tigers would go a long way in their push towards a berth in the ACC Championship.

Not only did the victory help clinch that spot, it gave Clemson plenty of confidence to go out and win the rematch in Charlotte.

Before and after
The Tigers would go on to win their next three games, to start the season 8-0.

After winning the ACC title, Clemson lost in the Orange Bowl to West Virginia. The Tigers finished the 2011 campaign with a 10-4 record.

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