Senior quarterback Will Proctor completed just 11-of-28 passes, with many of them being way off the mark. He threw one interception and had a few others that could have just as easily been picked off.
He completed just one pass in the second half and locked in on his receivers, rarely looking at all the options. The Tigers had just three first downs in the second half, one of which came on the last drive of the game.
"I didn't feel rattled," Proctor said. "The ball was coming out of my hand good, it's just that there was a lot of miscommunication out there as far as where guys were supposed to be. We were changing a lot of things on the fly."
Despite the fact that the offense managed just 80 yards of total offense following Clemson's touchdown in the first quarter, Bowden never thought about pulling the trigger and trying someone knew behind the center.
"I really didn't come close," Bowden said. "He was making some good decisions but he was not making good throws. I really didn't come close to replacing him."
The Tigers knew eventually that a team would load up the box to stop their running game and force the arm of Proctor to beat them. After Thursday night, it's safe to say the Hokies laid the blueprint of what every team from here on out will try to do against Clemson.
Ore catching Davis
Clemson running back James Davis entered the game with a 225-yard lead over Branden Ore in the chase of the rushing title, but that number is a lot lower now.
Ore's 203 yards rushing, compared to just 30 for Davis means the Hokie now stands just 52 yards behind the Tiger.
Davis has 991 yards rushing, while Ore has 939 yards rushing.
Very special teams
Since the start of the 1999 season, Virginia Tech is second in the nation with 55 returns for a touchdown. That number includes blocked kicks, punt and kickoff returns and fumble and interception returns. Miami leads the nation with 57.
Since his arrival in Blacksburg in 1987, 69 different players on defense and special teams have scored at least one touchdown.
All told, since coming to Virginia Tech, Beamer's teams have scored 67 touchdowns on defense, while the special teams have added 37 more. The Hokies have 112 blocked kicks under Beamer in 234 games.
Oddly enough, Beamer's first game at Virginia Tech was against Clemson and true freshman Jon Jeffries returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown. It was the first-ever touchdown scored for the Hokies under Beamer.
Coming into Thursday night's game, the last three meetings haven't faired well for the Tigers against Virginia Tech.
The Hokies had their way with Clemson in three straight seasons, outscoring the Tigers by a combined 109-31.
The first came in 1998, Tommy West's last year with the Tigers, when Virginia Tech won 37-0 at Clemson.
The following year saw the Hokies beat Clemson 31-11 in Virginia Tech, before beating the Tigers handily 41-20 the following season in the Gator Bowl. Those two games were in the first two season of Tommy Bowden's tenure at Clemson.
Now in their last four meetings, Virginia Tech has outscored the Tigers 133-38.
The official website of Virginia Tech athletics has a release and information on how Hokie fans can contribute to the Fahmarr McElrathbey Trust Fund. … Rashad Jackson sustained a stinger in second quarter. …
Virginia Tech's first touchdown came as a result of the longest drive of the year against Clemson. … With 9:26 left in the third quarter, Ore had 149 yards rushing, while Clemson had 113 yards of total offense as a team. …
With 7:55 left in the first quarter, Clemson was out of timeouts. The Tigers called one on before the first play of the game and then another with 10:14 left in the first quarter. …
Gaines Adams continues to shatter the school sack record. He now has a sack in seven consecutive games, which is just two from the national record set by Elvis Dumervil of Louisville in 2005. …
Running back Demerick Chancellor didn't make trip to Blacksburg. Has hurt shoulder and may need surgery next week.
Notebook: Quarterback controversy?
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