A weekly look inside the numbers of Clemson football…
Clemson football by the numbers (through nine games)
2 - With Sammy Watkins' 33-yard touchdown reception 1:27 in, Clemson scored under two minutes into the game for the third time this season. The Tigers did so once all last season (at FSU, 1:26 in).
2 (pt. 2) - With Sammy Watkin's 96-yard touchdown reception, Clemson has two plays of 90 yards this season (also had a 91-yard TD versus Syracuse) and four plays longer than last season's longest play from scrimmage (69, Boyd to Brandon Ford versus N.C. State).
3 - The Tiger 'D' held Virginia under three yards per carry (2.92), which was the fourth time they've done so this season. That matches their total through nine games in 2012, but they are surrendering 31 less yards per game overall.
3.6 - Clemson edged Virginia by 3.6 yards per play (6.9-3.3), which is the widest margin since Duke 2012 (4.5).
5.7 - Since coming off a first-half suspension last week, Bashaud Breeland has averaged 5.7 tackles per quarter, with three pass breakups and a forced fumble.
5.8 - Rod McDowell was well on his way to back-to-back 100-yard efforts, but with the game well in hand, he sat the majority of the second half. He averaged 5.8 yards per carry, which stretched his run to four-straight games with at least five yards per carry. That's a feat his predecessor, Andre Ellington, matched only once (final three games of 2011 into the 2012 Auburn opener).
7 - Chad Kelly scored his first touchdown on only his seventh career carry, a 38-yard scamper. Tajh Boyd set the standard for early QB scores though, with a six-yard touchdown rush on his first career attempt and just his fourth-ever play (Presbyterian, 2010).
10.1 - At least 10 yards per punt return is the magic number according to Dabo Swinney, and the Tiger hit just that thanks to Adam Humphries two returns for 31 yards. Since starting the year with 12 yards in the first three games combined, Clemson has averaged at least 10 yards per in three of the last five games.
12 - Clemson's defense matched its tackles for loss total (12) for the last two games in Charlottesville. They have hit double-digits in the stat in six of the last eight games.
20 to 0 - In 46 punts, Clemson sophomore Bradley Pinion had landed 20 inside the 20 with zero touchbacks.
53 - Tajh Boyd has thrown for at least three touchdowns in over half of his career starts (19-of-36). If he just played those 19 games, he'd have the Clemson career passing TD record by eight scores.
82.8 - Boyd completed over 80 percent of his passes for the first time against a BCS-level opponent and hit the mark for the second time in his career (completed 19-of-23 for 229 yards against Ball State last year). The 82.8 percentage was a career-high in a start.
138.5 - Sammy Watkins likes it on the road. This season, he's averaged 138.5 yards per game, totaling nine catches on average and three scores. In one less game, he has 126 more receiving yards away than home (554 to 428). He's eighth in the country in receiving yards now (982) with seven touchdowns.
173 - Despite being well in hand early, Clemson and Virginia combined for the highest play total in a Tigers game since N.C. State last year (190). Clemson has run the third-most plays in the country (762) and Virginia the fourth-most (754).