Virginia Tech had the chance to tie with just over a minute to play before an interception sealed the Tigers' win. But there were plenty of other aspects that led to the outcome. We breakdown how the Hokies couldn't quite catch up, and had to suffice with a devastating loss to Clemson, 42-35.
75 yards or more that Clemson had on each of its first three touchdown drives of the game. The first and third touchdowns were for 75 yards, while the second went for 83 yards, as Virginia Tech struggled to find its early footing on defense.
3,303 passing yards this season by junior quarterback Jérod Evans, a school record, which passed Don Strock's mark set in 1972. Evans threw for 264 yards against the Tigers. Strock had 3,243 yards.
21 carries by Evans, giving him 182 on the season, also a school single-season record. Logan Thomas had 174 in 2012.
89 yards the Hokies were penalized on eight infractions. Clemson was also penalized eight times, albeit for 65 yards.
12 catches by Cameron Phillips, a career high. He had a game-high 92 yards receiving, to go with a touchdown.
5.4 average gain per play. Compared to Clemson's 6.3 average gain per play, it set the Hokies back each time they began a new drive.
24 yards lost due to sacks and tackles for loss. Against a high power rushing quarterback, Evans had a lot of pressure. Not to mention that his receivers also felt the heat. Evans was sacked four times total in the game.
288 yards passing, by game MVP Deshaun Watson. He also had three touchdowns and 85 yards rushing.
4 cities that have hosted the ACC championship game (Orlando, Charlotte, Jacksonville and Tampa). Virginia Tech has played in each city, the only ACC team to do so.
They said it...
"I'm awfully proud of the way your team played; the way they prepared and, ultimately, the way they believed," head coach Justin Fuente said.