Monday, October 3, 2011
Tigers Tame Hokies 23-3
Saturday night in Blacksburg was cold, wet and depressing unless you happened to be a Clemson Tiger.
Clemson continued to prove they're the team to beat in the ACC's Atlantic Division and the Hokies showed they have work left to do before they can win another ACC championship.
Tech's offense laid an absolute egg under the bright lights of the national spotlight. The Hokies scored just three points and blew countless opportunities in Clemson territory, including a goal line try that turned into the made field goal after a false start penalty.
Logan Thomas finally looked like a first-year starter completing 15 of 27 passes for just 125 yards and an interception.
David Wilson once again paced the Tech offense. Despite an early fumble, finished with 20 carries for 123 yards. Among the carries was Tech's only highlight of the evening (seen below).
While Tech's offense was stagnant, the special teams unit was an unmitigated disaster. Scott Demler who has struggled with punting all season had a season high 8 punts Saturday for a season low 29.4 yards per kick.
Conditions were admittedly poor, but that doesn't excuse 11 yard punts.
Tech now looks to rebound next Saturday at home against the Miami Hurricanes at 3:30 on ESPN/ABC.
Making matters worse for the 4-1 Hokies is the loss of starting defensive tackle Antoine Hopkins for the rest of the season to a torn ACL.
In August Tech lost starting DT Kwamaine Battle to the same injury for the second straight season.
The only positive I could find from this past weekend was this photo taken of the stadium.