Clemson 34, Virginia 21
Different week, same result. Virginia falls to 3-8 overall, 2-5 in the ACC. Clemson is 8-3 with a 6-2 ACC record -- and most important for the Tigers, a bid to the ACC championship game. The fans in Death Valley are ecstatic. The fans throughout Virginia are likely waiting for next Monday. More to come on the game in the coming days. As always, I'm curious what you think. Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave comments below.
Two quick injury notes to relay...
Defensive tackle Nate Collins hurt his left shoulder -- it was iced in a sling after the game -- and running back Mikell Simpson hurt his hamstring. Both are seniors. Both know next week is their last game ever. Both are hoping to play against Virginia Tech.
"We're going into this last game full throttle and trying to get this win," Collins said. "I'm trying to let everyone know that we're taking this as a bowl game. This is our game. No one on our team has beat Tech. No one on our team has beat Tech since they've been here. So this is a big deal."
Finally, here ere are some notes from Virginia's media relations department...
Game Notes • Virginia vs. Clemson
Nov. 21, 2009 • Clemson Memorial Stadium
• Cam Johnson’s team-leading nine tackles broke his career high of seven against TCU this season
• Corey Mosley’s 27-yard kickoff return was a career high
• Mikell Simpson becomes the fourth player to line up as the UVa quarterback this season
• Clemson becomes only the third team to score a TD against UVa in the first quarter this season
• Jameel Sewell’s 14th career rushing TD was UVa’s first rushing touchdown inside the red zone since the Maryland game (Rashawn Jackson)
• UVa has scored 13 TDs inside the redzone this season, 12 have come on the ground
• Sewell’s 160 yards passing pushes him past Aaron Brooks (5,118) and Scott Gardner (5,218) into third place all-time in the UVa annals with 5,246 career passing yards
• Vic Hall’s 5-yard touchdown pass was the first of his career
• Hall has now scored a TD four different ways in his career (passing, rushing, receiving and interception)
• UVa had gone 130 offensive plays without fumbling before Rashawn Jackson lost the handle on the game’s opening offensive play
• Al Groh coached his 177th career game at an ACC school (Wake, Virginia) today, holding down fourth place all-time in the league annals
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