Coles with career game: Tech receiver D.J. Coles was arguably Tech’s best offensive weapon, catching seven passes for 116 yards. The seven catches were one short of his career high, while the 116 yards marked a career high, surpassing the 66 yards worth of passes he caught in the Marshall game.
Coles caught his third touchdown pass this season and the third of his career when he hauled in a beautifully thrown 45-yard strike from quarterback Logan Thomas at the end of the first quarter.
The touchdown reception marked his second-longest catch this season. He caught a 49-yard touchdown pass from Thomas in the Hokies’ win over Arkansas State.
But the performance rang hollow considering the outcome of the game.
“We just didn’t execute our plays,” Coles said. “That’s the bottom line.”
Hosley injury a tough one: Tech defensive back Jayron Hosley suffered a stinger on Clemson’s third possession of the game and never returned. That left the Hokies in predicament, with redshirt freshman Detrick Bonner and fifth-year senior Cris Hill seeing most of the action against Clemson’s fast receivers.
Clemson’s DeAndre Hopkins caught seven passes for 92 yards, while Sammy Watkins caught five passes for 80 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown in which he beat Hill.
“He made a double move on me,” Hill said. “I saw the quarterback looked like he was going to run, so I came up, and then he [Watkins] ran behind me. That was a tough one.”
That’s not to blame Hill, who was put in a tough situation against one of the best receivers in the country in Watkins. Hosley probably would have been matched up with Watkins more, and Watkins only caught three passes for 38 yards in the first meeting between the two teams.
“They have some excellent athletes, and when you’re missing a couple of your athletes, it kind of adds up,” Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. “But we had who we had, and give them credit. I thought they played great.”
Journell with a career long: Tech kicker Cody Journell made his 14th field goal in 17 attempts this season when he connected on a career-long 42-yard field goal with one second remaining in the first half. The field goal surpassed his previous long of 41 yards, which came in the Marshall victory.
Journell, a redshirt sophomore from Ripplemead, Va., has made a field goal in every game he’s played this season. He missed the Duke game with a quadriceps injury.
Boykin breaks Tech record: Tech receiver Jarrett Boykin broke the school’s single-season record for receptions when after catching three passes for 58 yards. Those receptions gave him 57 for the season, snapping the mark of 55 held by former Tech receiver Ernest Wilford set in 2005.
The receptions enabled Boykin to continue his streak. He has caught at least one pass in 49 of 53 games in his career and at least two passes in 43 of 53 career games.
Coale also continues streak: Like Boykin, Danny Coale continued his streak of catching passes in Tech games. Coale caught two passes in the first half (his only two catches of the game), and he has now caught at least two passes in 44 of 54 games in his career. He’s caught at least one pass in 50 of 54 career contests.
Coale also served as the team’s punter for the second straight game. He averaged 46.2 yards per punt on six punts, with a long of 61. Three of his punts were downed inside the Clemson 20.
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