CLEMSON, SC – It was a gallant effort for Virginia at No. 1 Clemson on Saturday night, but the Tigers proved to be too much for the Cavaliers to overcome in a 41-23 Clemson win.
Trailing 24-10 at halftime, the Cavaliers (1-1, 1-1 ACC) cut Clemson’s lead to 27-17 with 6:05 left in the third quarter on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Brennan Armstrong to Keytaon Thompson.
But Clemson (3-0, 2-0) answered back, taking a 34-17 with 3:54 left in the third on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Lawrence to Travis Etienne.
Clemson all but put the game away with 5:27 left in the game, when running back Chez Mellusi scored on a 2-yard touchdown run to make it 41-17 Tigers.
Virginia closed out the scoring with 1:11 left on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Armstrong to Tony Poljan.
Armstrong finished 24-of-43 passing for 270 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Lawrence was 25-of-38 for 329 yards and three touchdowns to lead Clemson.