By Ashley Denny.
Clemson heads to Blacksburg, VA in search of their first road win of the season with hopes of knocking off No. 11 Virginia Tech.
How does the matchup look by the numbers? What are the strengths of the Hokies?
Clemson 2011 Rankings VT
Avg. Rank Rank Avg.
37.75 (23) Scoring Offense (T40) 34.75
190.25 (36) Rushing Offense (30) 211.75
315.90 (16) Passing Offense (71) 218.50
505.75 (13) Total Offense (42) 430.25
25.00 (66) Scoring Defense (6) 10.00
175.75 (85) Rushing Defense (2) 43.00
229.75 (73) Passing Defense (32) 188.25
405.50 (90) Total Defense (4) 231.25
0.50 (T33) Turnover Margin (T24) 0.75
2 – Number of Tigers that hail from the state of Virgina, but both are two of the more prominent players on the team. Starting DE Andre Branch attended Varina HS (Richmond) and starting QB Tajh Boyd attended Phoebus HS (Hampton).
3 – Number of ranked opponents Clemson has faced in a row with this weeks game, a first in Tiger history.
8 – Numbers of the last 11 Clemson ACC openers that have been decided by six or fewer points.
10 – Number of games involving two ACC teams ranked in the AP Top 15 have met since 2005 (seven of those games have involved the Hokies).
13 – Number of touchdowns thrown by Tajh Boyd through four games, tied for third nationally.
30 – Number of previous meetings between the two squads. Clemson leads the overall series 17-12-1, but the Hokies have a 2-0 lead in ACC play.
43– Number of rushing yards allowed per game this year by the Hokie defense.
108.25 – Average number of receiving yards per game for Sammy Watkins, a mark that ranks 14th nationally and second best among freshman.
207 – Number of consecutive games that Virginia Tech has scored, the sixth-longest current streak in the nation.