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Kelly Bryant leads No. 2 Clemson past No. 12 Hokies, 31-17

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Kelly Bryant left Virginia Tech defenders grasping at air, laying on the ground and wondering how they'd missed him.

And they missed him plenty, and No. 2 Clemson has three victories against Top 25 programs engineered by its new quarterback.

''When we got here, I could sense the energy and the excitement,'' Bryant said. ''The coaches did a great job of preparing us.''

Making just his fifth start, the junior ran for 94 yards, hit Tavien Feaster with a pass the speedy running back took 60 yards for a score and avoided mistakes as the Tigers beat the No. 12 Hokies 31-17 in a game that the Tigers had control of seemingly throughout.

He also might have reminded some of Deshaun Watson when he kept alive a scoring drive after scrambling left on a play that started at the 5, dodging three Hokies, shaking free from an ankle tackle and eventually turning back upfield at the 23. He zig-zagged back to the 4.

''I just have a never quit attitude,'' Bryant said. ''The guy tackled me by I just kept my legs going and saw the lane and tried to hit it.''

Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster was more impressed by the player than the plays his guys missed.

''What a dynamic kid,'' Foster said. ''We couldn't get him on the ground.''

Added Tigers coach Dabo Swinney: ''He decided to run 50 yards in a box. Unbelievable.''

The defending national champion Tigers (5-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) have also beaten No. 13 Auburn 14-6 and No. 17 Louisville 47-21 . This triumph was their 12th in a row on the road, and fifth in a row against Virginia Tech, including the 2016 ACC championship.

Virginia Tech (4-1, 0-1) never mustered much offense and got its only touchdown after Isaiah Simmons made an ankle tackle on Greg Stroman's 43-yard punt return to the Tigers 2. Sean Savoy ran it on the next play, but the Hokies had just 234 yards through three quarters.

''We knew the sledding was going to be difficult no matter what they lined up in,'' Fuente said.

Feaster and C.J. Fuller also scored on 1-yard runs for the Tigers, and Dorian O'Daniel returned an interception 22 yards for a TD.

Virginia Tech's Josh Jackson threw two interceptions after throwing 11 touchdown passes and just one interception through four games. He accounted for the final score with a 30-yard pass to Savoy with 1:32 remaining.

THE TAKEAWAY

Clemson: The Tigers' defensive front was as stellar as Fuente said it would be, giving Jackson little time to throw and seeming to close running lanes easily. Despite some nicks in the secondary, the Clemson defensive backfield also ran step-for-step on many long passing attempts by Jackson, especially when the outcome was still up in the air. ''They played us differently than they've played before,'' Fuente said, speaking especially about the Tigers' defensive line. ''They're usually a very aggressive, attacking defense. They did not do that today.''

Virginia Tech: Despite playing the Tigers close in last year's ACC championship, losing 42-35 when they threw an interception from the 23 late in the game, the Hokies didn't appear quite ready for an opponent that has played in two straight national championship games. Their offensive line got very little push and the Tigers didn't allow the Hokies' to get much productivity from their favored short passing game.

TOP DOGS?

Hokies leading receiver Cam Phillips caught seven passes for 74 yards and came away most impressed with the Tigers.

''They may be the best team in the country. They've got athletes everywhere, a great defensive coordinator,'' he said, speaking of Brent Venable, winner of the Broyles Award as the best assistant in the college game last year. ''They did their homework and those guys were in the right spots and they made plays, which is what good teams do.''

UP NEXT

Clemson is at home against Wake Forest.

Virginia Tech heads out on the road against Boston College.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:32
46-J.Slye extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
31
17
Touchdown 1:32
17-J.Jackson complete to 15-S.Savoy. 15-S.Savoy runs 30 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
72
yds
03:38
pos
31
16
Point After TD 11:08
41-A.Spence extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
31
10
Touchdown 11:16
17-J.Jackson incomplete. Intended for 12-H.Murphy INTERCEPTED by 6-D.O'Daniel at VT 22. 6-D.O'Daniel runs 22 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
78
yds
00:05
pos
30
10
Point After TD 14:00
46-J.Slye extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
10
Touchdown 14:00
15-S.Savoy runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
2
yds
00:04
pos
24
9
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 7:12
41-A.Spence extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
3
Touchdown 7:12
28-T.Feaster runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
11
plays
56
yds
05:43
pos
23
3
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:19
41-A.Spence extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
3
Touchdown 1:19
27-C.Fuller runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
6
plays
75
yds
01:51
pos
16
3
Field Goal 3:15
46-J.Slye 43 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
52
yds
04:32
pos
10
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:48
41-A.Spence extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
0
Touchdown 6:48
2-K.Bryant complete to 28-T.Feaster. 28-T.Feaster runs 60 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
66
yds
01:20
pos
9
0
Field Goal 9:58
47-A.Spence 23 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
52
yds
03:30
pos
3
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 14 17
Rushing 8 6
Passing 5 11
Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Conv 6-16 4-15
4th Down Conv 1-1 3-5
Total Net Yards 317 328
Total Plays 64 73
Avg Gain 5.0 4.5
Net Yards Rushing 146 90
Rush Attempts 43 28
Avg Rush Yards 3.4 3.2
Net Yards Passing 171 238
Comp. - Att. 12-21 30-45
Yards Per Pass 8.1 5.3
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-15 2-14
Penalties - Yards 4-20 4-31
Touchdowns 4 2
Rushing TDs 2 1
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 1 0
Turnovers 0 3
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 0 2
Punts - Avg 7-37.9 5-43.0
Return Yards 24 138
Punts - Returns 0-0 4-55
Kickoffs - Returns 1-2 4-83
Int. - Returns 2-22 0-0
Kicking 5/6 3/4
Extra Points 4/4 2/2
Field Goals 1/2 1/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
2 Clemson 5-0 1077731
12 Virginia Tech 4-1 0301417
171 PASS YDS 238
146 RUSH YDS 90
317 TOTAL YDS 328
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Bryant 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 186 1 0 147.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.2% 1059 3 3 137.6
K. Bryant 12/21 186 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
K. Bryant 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
19 94 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
85 362 7
K. Bryant 19 94 0 24
T. Feaster 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 29 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
48 278 2
T. Feaster 9 29 1 8
T. Etienne 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
31 311 4
T. Etienne 8 19 0 15
C. Fuller 27 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 10 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
26 116 3
C. Fuller 4 10 1 5
R. McCloud 34 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
R. McCloud 1 2 0 2
A. Rodgers 3 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -7 0
A. Rodgers 1 -7 0 -7
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Feaster 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 63 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 70 1
T. Feaster 2 63 1 60
D. Cain 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 55 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 206 1
D. Cain 2 55 0 35
R. McCloud 34 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 35 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 253 1
R. McCloud 3 35 0 27
H. Renfrow 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 221 0
H. Renfrow 2 19 0 16
M. Richard 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 114 0
M. Richard 3 14 0 7
D. Overton 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 79 0
D. Overton 0 0 0 0
T. Higgins 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 26 0
T. Higgins 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. O'Daniel 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 1 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 2 1.0
D. O'Daniel 6-2 1.0 1
JD. Davis 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-5 0 0.0
JD. Davis 5-5 0.0 0
M. Fields 2 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
M. Fields 5-1 0.0 0
A. Bryant 7 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 1 1.0
A. Bryant 5-0 0.0 1
K. Joseph 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-4 0 0.0
K. Joseph 5-4 0.0 0
I. Simmons 11 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
I. Simmons 3-0 1.0 0
T. Muse 19 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-7 0 0.0
T. Muse 3-3 0.0 0
T. Lamar 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
T. Lamar 3-1 0.0 0
V. Smith 23 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
V. Smith 3-0 0.0 0
D. Lawrence 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Lawrence 2-0 0.0 0
R. Carter 31 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
R. Carter 2-0 0.0 0
C. Ferrell 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
C. Ferrell 2-0 0.0 0
K. Wallace 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
K. Wallace 2-0 0.0 0
X. Kelly 22 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
X. Kelly 2-0 0.0 0
Ch. Smith 43 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Ch. Smith 1-0 0.0 0
C. Wilkins 42 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
C. Wilkins 1-1 0.0 0
Ju. Davis 36 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Ju. Davis 1-0 0.0 0
S. Johnson 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
S. Johnson 1-0 0.0 0
J. Foster 35 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Foster 1-0 0.0 0
N. Pinckney 44 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
N. Pinckney 1-0 0.0 0
C. Register 45 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
C. Register 0-1 0.0 0
A. Huggins 67 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
A. Huggins 0-2 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Al. Spence 47 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 4/4
SEASON FG XP
1/2 9/10
Al. Spence 1/2 23 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
W. Spiers 48 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 37.9 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
24 44.4 1
W. Spiers 7 37.9 1 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Fuller 27 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
C. Fuller 1 2.0 2 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Jackson 17 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.9% 251 1 2 112.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.4% 1378 12 3 159.3
J. Jackson 29/44 251 1 2
O. Bradburn 91 P
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 1 0 0 108.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 1 0 0 108.4
O. Bradburn 1/1 1 0 0
C. Carroll 86 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
C. Carroll 0/0 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
C. Fox 16 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 39 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
24 139 1
C. Fox 5 39 0 15
T. McMillian 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 29 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
38 191 1
T. McMillian 6 29 0 19
J. Jackson 17 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
41 157 1
J. Jackson 9 13 0 6
D. McClease 33 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
34 157 2
D. McClease 3 9 0 5
S. Savoy 15 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 8 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 26 1
S. Savoy 2 8 1 6
C. Carroll 86 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 -8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 -1 0
C. Carroll 3 -8 0 1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Phillips 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 74 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
41 597 5
C. Phillips 7 74 0 21
C. Carroll 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 45 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 124 1
C. Carroll 3 45 0 35
H. Murphy 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 43 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 89 0
H. Murphy 3 43 0 20
S. Savoy 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 35 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 198 2
S. Savoy 4 35 1 30
E. Kumah 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 22 0
E. Kumah 3 17 0 9
D. McClease 33 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 53 0
D. McClease 2 14 0 17
C. Fox 16 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 13 0
C. Fox 4 13 0 13
T. McMillian 34 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 84 2
T. McMillian 2 7 0 7
D. Keene 29 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 28 0
D. Keene 2 4 0 3
C. Cunningham 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 65 0
C. Cunningham 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
Tr. Edmunds 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-4 0 0.0
Tr. Edmunds 10-4 0.0 0
A. Motuapuaka 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 1.0
A. Motuapuaka 8-1 0.0 0
R. Floyd 21 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 0.0
R. Floyd 7-3 0.0 0
T. Hill 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 1 1.0
T. Hill 5-1 1.0 0
B. Facyson 31 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
B. Facyson 3-0 0.0 0
Te. Edmunds 22 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 1 0.0
Te. Edmunds 3-3 0.0 0
M. Reynolds 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
M. Reynolds 3-1 0.0 0
V. Mihota 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
V. Mihota 2-0 0.0 0
R. Walker 8 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
R. Walker 2-1 0.0 0
T. Settle 4 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-4 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-4 0 1.0
T. Settle 2-4 1.0 0
A. Alexander 36 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
A. Alexander 2-0 1.0 0
T. Skeens 40 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Skeens 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Slye 46 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
8/14 20/20
J. Slye 1/2 43 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
O. Bradburn 91 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 43.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
24 43.8 0
O. Bradburn 5 43.0 0 51
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
H. Murphy 12 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 20.8 24 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 22.6 24 0
H. Murphy 4 20.8 24 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
G. Stroman 3 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 13.8 43 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
13 12.2 43 1
G. Stroman 4 13.8 43 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:28 CLEM 47 3:30 10 47 FG
8:08 CLEM 34 1:20 3 66 TD
4:47 CLEM 21 1:26 3 9 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:05 CLEM 20 0:00 7 24 Punt
11:14 CLEM 34 3:22 9 43 FG Miss
3:10 CLEM 25 1:51 6 75 TD
0:02 CLEM 27 0:00 1 -1 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CLEM 25 1:21 3 -14 Punt
12:55 CLEM 49 5:43 11 51 TD
5:23 VATECH 48 1:21 3 3 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:23 CLEM 19 0:00 3 -7 Punt
14:00 CLEM 25 2:32 5 26 Punt
7:31 CLEM 40 2:07 3 -4 Punt
1:29 VATECH 45 0:49 2 17 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 VATECH 25 1:15 3 0 Punt
9:46 VATECH 22 1:31 3 9 Punt
6:48 VATECH 25 1:54 4 4 Punt
3:14 VATECH 33 3:01 6 16 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:40 VATECH 7 1:18 4 8 Punt
7:47 VATECH 23 4:32 9 52 FG
1:13 VATECH 23 1:06 7 50 FG Miss
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:27 VATECH 45 0:22 2 6 Fumble
7:07 VATECH 29 1:39 5 19 Downs
3:54 VATECH 21 3:24 9 71 Downs
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:04 CLEM 2 0:04 1 2 TD
11:21 VATECH 20 0:05 2 78 INT
11:08 VATECH 35 3:32 9 5 INT
5:10 VATECH 28 3:38 11 72 TD