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Clemson on cruise control to another ACC title, leading Virginia at half

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Virginia created some buzz early in the game, but Clemson appears to be another 30 minutes from celebrating another ACC championship in a comfortable fashion. Trevor Lawrence and the Tigers lead Virginia 24-7 at halftime in Charlotte.

Lawrence has completed 12 of 15 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns, and he has rushed for 24 yards as well. Tee Higgins has caught seven of those passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Star running back Travis Etienne has carried the football nine times for 84 yards and a score too.

Virginia did get off to a solid start with Bryce Perkins connecting on a deep pass to Hasise Dubois on the opening drive, but Perkins was picked off by Nolan Turner in the end zone at the end of the drive. After Clemson scored on their first offensive series following the interception, Virginia went right down the field their next time out to tie the game at 7-7. But a fumble on their next offensive series led to a Clemson touchdown to increase Clemson’s lead to 24-7 in the second quarter.

The way things are going tonight, Clemson is certainly about to wrap up a fourth consecutive trip to the College Football Playoff as the ACC champion. They could also be making a case for a top-two seed with Ohio State in some trouble tonight in the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis, although getting to the No. 1 seed may be just out of reach for the defending national champions after LSU’s big win today in the SEC’s championship game.

In battle for ACC Coastal control, UNC and Virginia deadlocked at halftime

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In a battle to seize control of the ACC Coastal, Virginia and North Carolina are knotted in a 17-17 tie in Chapel Hill. Virginia drew even with North Carolina with a Bryce Perkins touchdown pass to Hasise Dubois just 13 seconds before halftime.

The Tar Heels and the Cavaliers were tied at 10-10 until Sam Howell completed a 34-yard touchdown pass to Dyami Brown for a 17-10 lead. Earlier in the second quarter, Howell and Brown connected on a 47-yard score to tie the game at 10-10. The go-ahead touchdown came after the Tar Heel defense forced a three-and-out after the game had been tied.

Virginia has not been able to run the football, with quarterback Bryce Perkins running for 14 yards on 11 carries to lead the team. Perkins picked up the only Virginia touchdown of the half on a short touchdown run from the one-yard line in the first quarter.

The ACC Coastal championship picture may not exactly be cleaned up for good regardless of who wins this game, but the winner will be in the position to have the ultimate hand in determining what happens in the division race that is once again up for grabs.

No. 10 Notre Dame forces five turnovers, eight sacks to push past No. 18 Virginia

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The halftime strategy session inside Notre Dame’s defensive locker room had to be pretty simple: stop Bryce Perkins. Virginia’s quarterback carried the visitors to a 17-14 halftime lead, completing 18-of-22 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns while the Cavaliers mustered all of minus-2 yards on the ground.

The message sunk in. No. 10 Notre Dame’s defense harassed Perkins to the tune of five second-half sacks, two interceptions and two fumbles, turning a 3-point deficit into a 35-20 win over No. 18 Virginia.

The first of those three second-half turnovers came at the 9:50 mark of the third quarter, when Jamir Jones sacked Perkins and Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa (Tua’s cousin) raced the ball 48 yards to the Virginia 7-yard line, setting up Tony Jones, Jr.’s 2-yard go-ahead touchdown, his second of the day.

Then, with 1:41 left in the third quarter, Julian Okwara sacked and stripped Perkins, which Adetokunbo Ogundeji scooped and scored from 23 yards out, giving the Irish a commanding 28-17 lead.

Finally, Alohi Gilman intercepted Perkins at Notre Dame’s 29 with 12:32 left in the third quarter, setting up Notre Dame’s offense to put the game away for good with a 5-play, 71-yard touchdown drive, punctuated by a 30-yard Jones rush. Jones finished the game with 131 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries.

Perkins opened the game by orchestrating a 7-play, 69-yard touchdown drive that scored on a 6-yard toss to Joe Reed on third-and-goal. Notre Dame (3-1) then surged ahead 14-7 with touchdown drives on its first two opportunities, scoring on runs by Jones and C’Bo Flemister.

Virginia (4-1) then scored 10 straight, taking the lead on a 16-yard Perkins toss to Hasise Dubois with 43 seconds left in the first half. Bronco Mendenhall then capitalized on his team’s momentum by opening the second half with an onside kick, which the Wahoos recovered. That possession ended in a punt from Notre Dame’s 40, and another possession, which began after Notre Dame fumbled a punt return at its own 41 and the Cavs trailing 21-17, ended in a turnover on downs.

With Virginia trailing 35-20 with just under four minutes to play, Perkins erased any hopes of a comeback when he fired his second interception of the day to Notre Dame’s Kyle Hamilton. Perkins finished the game 30-of-43 for 334 yards with two touchdowns, two interceptions and three fumbles while being sacked eight times.

Late TD gives No. 18 Virginia halftime lead over No. 10 Notre Dame

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Bryce Perkins has been dealing through one half of action in South Bend, and as a result No. 18 Virginia holds a 17-14 halftime lead over No. 10 Notre Dame.

Virginia took the ball to open the game and rolled 69 yards in seven plays, scoring on 6-yard, third-and-goal toss from Perkins to Joe Reed. Notre Dame immediately answered, moving 75 yards in a more methodical 13 snaps, as Tony Jones, Jr. charged for a 5-yard rush.

Notre Dame’s defense made the first play of the game on the ensuing series when Julian Okwara sacked and stripped Perkins, then recovered the ball near midfield. The Irish needed only four plays, with the help of two Wahoo penalties, to go up 14-7 on an 11-yard C’Bo Flemister run near the end of the first quarter.

Virginia answered by notching a 32-yard Brian Delaney field goal, then posted its first stop of the game via a 47-yard Jonathan Doerer field goal that sliced wide left.

After an exchange of three-and-outs, Perkins tossed a pair of dimes to put Virginia back on top. The first 39-yard toss over the middle to Hasise Dubois that moved the ball from the Virginia 28-yard line to the Notre Dame 33, and the second was a 16-yard strike to Dubois in the corner of the end zone with 43 seconds left before halftime.

Perkins closed the half 18-of-22 for 235 yards and two touchdowns. He’s carried the Cavs’ offense, as Virginia has totaled 13 credited rushes for minus-2 yards.