No. 14 Clemson beats Va Tech 38-17 as Boyd stars

No. 14 Clemson beats Va Tech 38-17 as Boyd stars
October 20, 2012, 3:47 pm
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Clemson's Sammy Watkins (2) goes up for a catch as Virginia Tech's Antone Exum (1) defends during the first half of an NCAA football game on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Clemson, S.C. The pass fell incomplete. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)


CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Tajh Boyd ran for two touchdowns and passed for another and Jonathan Meeks had a 74-yard interception return score as No. 14 Clemson won its third straight over Virginia Tech, 38-17, on Saturday.

Andre Ellington had a 12-yard touchdown run and 96 yards for the Tigers (6-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who relied on their much-maligned defense to bail them out of this one.

Clemson finished with three interceptions and twice stopped fourth downs to end drives by the Hokies (4-4, 2-2). Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas passed for 207 yards and ran for 99, accounting for two touchdowns. Still, he was continually harassed by the Tigers and threw two of the three picks.

Boyd was just 12 of 21 for 160 yards, 131 fewer than he averaged coming in.