No. 12 Hokies set for rematch with No. 2 Clemson on Saturday at Lane

BLACKSBURG – No. 12 Virginia Tech and No. 2 Clemson will square off on Saturday at Lane Stadium in a primetime 8 p.m. matchup on ABC. Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will be on the call and Maria Taylor will report from the sidelines.

The game will serve as the first top 15 matchup in Blacksburg since 2011, also between the Hokies and the Tigers, and a rematch of last year’s ACC Championship game.




• No. 12 Virginia Tech and No. 2 Clemson will meet again this evening in a rematch of the 2016 ACC Championship Game, a 42-35 Clemson victory.

• Tech is coming off a 38-0 win vs. Old Dominion (9/23), while Clemson posted a 34-7 win vs. Boston College (9/23).

• Clemson was 7-1 in games decided by seven points or less in 2016. Tech was 3-1, with its lone loss coming against Clemson.

• These two ACC foes will meet at Lane Stadium for the first time since Clemson registered a 23-3 win on Oct. 1, 2011.

• The Tigers have been ranked in their last seven meetings with the Hokies. Clemson has won the last four games in the series after Tech won five straight from 1998-2007.

• Tech is 10-3 all time in ACC openers.

• Tech owns a plus-119 scoring edge (160-41) in 2017, while Clemson is plus-114 (151-37).


• Frank Beamer’s first game as Virginia Tech’s head coach was a 22-10 loss vs. Clemson (9/12/87). His first win against the Tigers was a 37-0 win at Clemson (9/12/98).

• During Beamer’s tenure, the Hokies became a fixture on ESPN’s Thursday Night Football. A 31-11 win vs. Clemson (9/23/99) helped solidify that status, as Tech sealed the victory with an interception return for a touchdown by Ike Charlton and a fumble return touchdown by Corey Moore in what became known as “The Terror Dome” game.


• Saturday’s game will be 35th contest in the all-time series between Virginia Tech and Clemson.

• The Tigers are 21-12-1 all time against the Hokies in a series that dates back to 1900.

• This will be the seventh time both teams have faced each other when ranked in the top 25.

• Clemson’s last visit to Lane Stadium was in 2011 when the No. 13 Tigers defeated the No. 11 Hokies, 23-3. Prior to this evening, it was the last top 15 matchup in Blacksburg and the last Saturday night game at Lane Stadium.

• The Hokies are 1-6 all-time against teams ranked No. 2 in the country. The lone victory was Tech’s 31-7 win over No. 2 Miami on Nov. 1, 2003.

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