CLEMSON, S.C. — The Hokies got the fast start they were looking for Saturday. It was the rest of the first half that was the problem.
Virginia Tech trails Clemson 17-10 at halftime at Memorial Stadium, undone by a series of turnovers and special teams gaffes in the second quarter.
Two Logan Thomas interceptions and a muffed punt by an unsuspecting Hokies blocker have helped the No. 14 Tigers (5-1, 2-1 ACC) take a lead after 30 minutes, despite being out-gained 248-137.
Virginia Tech (4-3, 2-1 ACC) started fast, getting two sacks on Clemson’s opening drive, then converting a fourth-and-two in Tigers territory before Thomas hit Corey Fuller on a crossing pattern for a 29-yard touchdown and early 7-0 lead.
After a Michael Cole interception, the Hokies went on a 15-play drive deep into Clemson territory, but running back Michael Holmes got stuffed on fourth-and-one at the 18.
Clemson answered with a field goal, then took the lead thanks to a Hokies special teams mistake early in the second quarter. The Tigers shanked a short punt, but it bounced off unsuspecting Tech receiver Christian Reeves, Clemson pounced on the loose ball at the Hokies’ 26.
A few plays later, quarterback Tajh Boyd leaped over the pile for a 1-yard touchdown run, giving the Tigers a 10-7 lead.
On the Hokies’ next drive, Thomas sailed another throw high for an interception by safety Jonathan Meeks, his second of the game. This one he returned 74 yards, out-racing the Tech offense to the end zone for a touchdown and 17-7 Tigers lead.
Cody Journell pulled Virginia Tech within 17-10 with a 40-yard field goal just before the end of the half.
Thomas has 144 passing yards and a touchdown and the two interceptions. He’s also the Hokies’ leading rusher with 33 yards. Fuller has three catches for 72 yards.