Found October 20, 2012 on Fox Sports Carolinas:
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- It was easy to spot the happiest guy in No. 14 Clemson's locker room -- defensive coordinator Brent Venables. Venables had spent most of his first season watching his Tigers struggle against opponents big and small. But with one of the Atlantic Coast Conference's best players in Logan Thomas in to lead Virginia Tech, Clemson's defenders put together their best effort of the season. The Tigers got three interceptions -- two off of Thomas -- and made a pair of fourth-down stops in a 38-17 victory over the Hokies on Saturday. Clemson (6-1, 4-1 ACC) came in 10th in the 12-team conference in yards given up at more than 445 yards a game. Virginia Tech (4-4, 2-2) got 406 in this one, all but 100 of those by Thomas, but it was the Tigers' defense that turned things around against the fired-up Hokies. "We don't have to play like Alabama yet," Venables said with a grin. "Although we'd like to. But we can definitely play better t...

College football week 8: Tailgater picks of the week

The first BCS Standings of the year were released this week, and, of course, there is some resulting controversy.  Florida came out at #2 ahead of Oregon, and while both teams having played very well to start the year, it’s clear this this 2-3 order ignores style points entirely.  The Ducks are almost certainly a better and more dangerous team than the Gators, but ther’es plenty...

Clemson's defense finally steps up

CLEMSON, S.C. -- There are times when you wonder if Clemson even practices defense. The Tigers have been all about putting the "O" in Clemson under coach Dabo Swinney and offensive coordinator Chad Morris, throwing and running and scoring with ease. They recruit the fast and the furious and put them at the skill positions and watch as the other teams try to keep pace...

Clemson's Rodriguez ready for his big moment

Clemson walk-on Daniel Rodriguez is ready for the biggest moment of his college career against the team he loved as a child. The Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient will lead the Tigers down the hill at Memorial Stadium carrying the American flag before No. 14 Clemson faces Virginia Tech on Saturday. Rodriguez, 24, is a Virginia native who grew up a Hokies fan and had hopes...

No. 14 Clemson's defense takes step forward

Clemson linebacker Jonathan Willard hopes his team's defensive showing against Virginia Tech is the start of better things to come. The 14th-ranked Tigers (6-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) have struggled to stop teams the first half of the season. Yet, they had their strongest showing in the ACC this year in a 38-17 victory over the Hokies (4-4, 2-2) last week. Clemson collected...

Virginia Tech’s Michael Cole makes an exceptional interception

Clemson’s quarterback Tajh Boyd threw this pass a little too high for his wide receiver Deandre Hopkins, and Michael Cole did an exceptional job to intercept it.Despite slipping and falling, while dropping back into coverage, he put his hands up and made a clean interception from his back.  It was a great display of concentration and hand-eye coordination; unfortunately for Virginia...

No. 14 Clemson 38, Virginia Tech 17

Tajh Boyd ran for two touchdowns and passed for another and Jonathan Meeks had a 74-yard interception return score as No. 14 Clemson won its third straight over Virginia Tech, 38-17, on Saturday. Andre Ellington had a 12-yard touchdown run and 96 yards for the Tigers (6-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who relied on their much-maligned defense to bail them out of this one. Clemson...

Tigers expecting battle versus Tech

Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins says the 14th-ranked Tigers won't let recent success over Virginia Tech erode the team's focus after a week off.

Video: Virginia Tech defender incercepts pass while lying on ground

Sometimes good things just happen to fall in your lap. Just ask Virginia Tech's Michael Cole who intercepted a pass thrown by Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd from the seat of his pants on Saturday. The play happened on a second-and-three situation midway through the first quarter.Just another case for the old adage that it is better to be lucky than good.

Morris: Tigers offense putting mistakes behind

Chad Morris hasn't had to go through too many games like last weekend, watching his Clemson offense struggle to move the ball. The Tigers second-year coordinator said Monday he plans to make sure it doesn't happen again. The 14th-ranked Tigers (6-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) was held to 295 yards against Virginia Tech. Tajh Boyd was the ACC leader in passing yards...

#65 Clemson: College Basketball Countdown

College basketball is right around the corner. Games will be starting before you know it, and practices are just right around the corner. Here at Roundballchat I will release my top 100 teams for the 2012-13 college basketball season. I will start at 100 and count my way down. I will rank all the 75 programs in the six major conferences, as well as 25 mid majors in my top 100 countdown...

Hokies struggle in 38-17 losing to No. 14 Clemson

Each time Virginia Tech had a chance to build momentum and take control, Clemson was there to swipe it away. There were the three interceptions, two off of star quarterback Logan Thomas, a fumble on a Hokies' punt return and two very big fourth-down stops in Virginia Tech's 38-17 loss to the 14th-ranked Tigers on Saturday. ''It came down to about four, five, six...
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