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Each time Virginia Tech had a chance to build momentum and take control, Clemson was there to swipe it away.
An overview ACC.
Clemson will be without star receiver Sammy Watkins for its season-opening showdown with Auburn after Tigers coach Dabo Swinney suspended the All-American for two games after an offseason drug arrest.
The West Virginia Mountaineers were tough to slow down, and only the Orange Bowl mascot could stop Darwin Cook.
When Sammy Watkins first arrived on Clemson's campus last summer and reported for a workout with other incoming freshman receivers, quarterback Tajh Boyd sent him out for a pass.
With the game of the year a week away, and No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama taking the weekend off, the other national championship contenders will be jostling for position behind the SEC superpowers on Saturday.
When Clemson coach Dabo Swinney looks at Maryland, he doesn't see a sub-.500 team embroiled in a quarterback controversy and struggling to find an identity under a first-year coach.
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd left the game in the third quarter after getting hit in the left leg against Boston College.
Last week, Virginia Tech running backs coach Shane Beamer acknowledged what everybody had been thinking since the spring about the Hokies' upcoming game against Clemson.
Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker is back in good standings with his coaches and will start in the Meineke Bowl later this month.
Still, Boyd said, in other seasons, such a showing would lead to defeat.
"I think it shows how far we've come," he said.