Virginia Tech Tops Clemson On The Road, 41-23
Oct. 6, 2007
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Who needs an offense with a return game like Virginia Tech's?
The 15th-ranked Hokies had a record-tying 100-yard kickoff return TD by Victor Harris and an 82-yard punt return score from Eddie Royal in topping No. 22 Clemson 41-23 Saturday night.
In 21 seasons under coach Frank Beamer, the Hokies (5-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) have become college football's gold standard for special teams play. But Virginia Tech had never had both a kickoff and punt returned for scores in the same game before.
Virginia Tech's defense was strong, too. D.J. Parker had a 32-yard interception return TD on Clemson's first series and the Hokies held Clemson (4-2, 2-2) without a first down for nearly 21 minutes.
It barely mattered that the Hokies' attack sputtered almost as much with just 98 yards in the first two quarters -- they still led 31-8 at the half.
The Hokies came into the season a national title contender, but were sent reeling after a 48-7 loss at No. 1 LSU on Sept. 8. The defeat led Beamer to promote talented freshman Tyrod Taylor at quarterback over Sean Glennon, and led some to speculate about just how good were these Hokies.
After a fourth straight victory, Virginia Tech looks as good as ever.
The loudest cheers at the end were "Let's Go Hokies" as much of the orange-clad home fans filed out.