Clemson's ACC Championship Game opponent set

Tanya Simon
December 2, 2019

For years, UVa used its disappointment against Virginia Tech as fuel to the fire, with the last few losses certainly playing a big part in the Cavaliers' motivation for what transpired.

The Hokies have also won the last 15 in the series, including a heartbreaker for the Cavaliers a year ago in Blacksburg, so their surge this season is attention-getting.

Clemson wrapped up its fifth Atlantic Division title in a row on November 9 in a 55-10 win at NC State.

Virginia will represent the Coastal Division against No. 3 Clemson in the ACC championship next Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Cavaliers (8-3, 5-2 ACC) have not defeated the Hokies (8-3, 5-2 ACC) since 2003.

Virginia Tech leads the all-time series 58-37-5, and enters this year's game as the 2.5-point favorite. This was the Hokies last loss since November 29, 2003 when the team lost 35-21.

A championship game appearance was again on the line in 2011, and the Hokies won a lopsided 38-0 affair. A Hendon Hooker interception late in the fourth quarter led to a go ahead 48 field goal by Virginia kicker Brian Delaney to give them a late 33-30 lead.

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Perkins, who said after the game that he spent a night in the hospital with tonsillitis after Virginia's 55-27 win over Liberty, and then had a procedure on Monday to remove fluid from his tonsils, had a career game, throwing for 311 yards and a touchdown, and running for 164 yards and two scores on the ground.

This battle between two 2019 Notre Dame opponents was an exciting one and by no-way an easy victory for the Cavaliers who jumped out to an early two-possession lead before the lead bounced back and forth.

Perkins ripped off touchdown runs of 39 and 67 yards in the first half to make it 13-3. It was the second time in half that Tech got the ball into Virginia's 10-yard line, but failed to reach a touchdown. "UVa!" Hooker was sacked again by Mandy Alonso in the end zone, where he lost the ball and Virginia recovered to score.

Perkins hit Billy Kemp IV for a 25-yard touchdown reception. Runner Wayne Taulappa tied the game, 27-27, with a 2-yard touchdown less than two minutes from the last quarter.

Virginia Tech got the ball back after the field goal looking to extend the streak.

Hooker scored on a 34-yard rushing touchdown. Tre Turner groped in the first quarter fighting for extra yards near the center of the field and Hooker threw an interception that featured a failed Hail Mary when time expired in the second quarter. Brian Johnson also made a 47-yard field goal. Perkins ended the offensive drought with a 42-yard pass to Joe Reed, who was not covered in the play.

Johnson made two field goals.

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