Honor Roll: Meeks plays takeaway, Shuey shows his stuff, Watkins bounces back

Rashard Hall, Tig Willard combine for 22 tackles; Boyd struggles, but makes big throws

Clemson free safety Xavier Brewer breaks up a pass intended for Virginia Tech split end Dyrell Roberts. The ball was intercepted by Clemson strong safety Jonathan Meeks and returned for a touchdown.

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Clemson free safety Xavier Brewer breaks up a pass intended for Virginia Tech split end Dyrell Roberts. The ball was intercepted by Clemson strong safety Jonathan Meeks and returned for a touchdown.

Jonathan Meeks: He was a terror in coverage, with two interceptions - the sixth and seventh of his career - and a 74-yard touchdown return. He broke up another pass and had four tackles, as well.

Spencer Shuey: He earned a start at middle linebacker and responded in stellar fashion - 2.5 tackles for loss among his nine total tackles.

Rashard Hall: He was relentless in run support, and led the Tigers in tackles with 12, including seven solo. He also forced a fumble and had a tackle for loss.

Tig Willard: He was active in getting the Tigers lined up in proper position and contributed 10 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss.

D.J. Reader: He moved the middle and showed quickness and strength in closing out plays. He finished with seven stops and a quarterback-hurry.

Xavier Brewer: He had an interception on an ill-advised reverse pass, added a quarterback-hurry on a blitz, and got a hand to the ball that Meeks returned for a touchdown.

Corey Crawford: He played all game with a high motor, and helped the Tigers finish off plays with six assists. He also had a tackle for loss and two quarterback-hurries.

Sammy Watkins: He's beginning to look like himself again - eight catches for 84 yards.

DeAndre Hopkins: Although the center of attention for Virginia Tech's defense, he still managed to make big plays - three catches for 68 yards and another touchdown.

Tajh Boyd: Not his best performance, by a long shot, but he still made big plays in the passing game and ran 15 times for 77 yards and scored twice.

Chandler Catanzaro: He extended his school-record streak of field goals to 20 with a chip-shot for Clemson's first points.

Andre Ellington: Nothing came easy, but he ended the game with 96 yards and a touchdown to his credit.

Corico Wright: He combined with Corey Crawford and Rashard Hall for a big fourth-and-one stop early in the game.

Spencer Benton: Three touchbacks out of seven kickoffs, two punts inside the 20, and his 26th career tackle on kickoff coverage.

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