CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Obed Ariri kicked a 51-yard field goal with six seconds remaning Saturday to cap a furious 17-point fourth-quarter rally to give Clemson a 27-24 triumph over Virginia.
The Tigers, 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, got their chance to win the game after the Cavaliers, 2-3 and 1-2, were forced to punt from their 19.
It took Clemson seven plays to maneuver the ball in position for the game-winning field goal by Ariri, who plays professional soccer with the Chicago Sting of North American Soccer League.
The Tigers, trailing 24-10 entering the fourth quarter, scored two last-period TDs to tie the game. Brendon Crite scored on a 26-yard run six seconds into the quarter and Bill Smith rambled 11 yards with a blocked punt with 3:05 to play to tie the score and set the stage for Ariri's game-winning kick.
Clemson's other points came on a 56-yard touchdown pass from Homer Jordan to Perry Tuttle and a Ariri's 29-yard first quarter field goal.
Virginia, which has not defeated Clemson in the 20-game series, scored on Lindsay Delaney's 1-yard run, a 7-yard jaunt by Tommy Vigorito, a 5-yard run by Quentin Walker and Wayne Morrison's 31-yard field goal.
The Cavaliers appeared to have won their first game ever against the Tigers when Clemson was forced to punt from the Virginia 46 with 6:23 to play and Rich Hendley's punt bounced into the end zone.
The Cavaliers picked up one first down, but the Tiger defense, led by Steve Durham forced Virginia to punt from its 30.
But Durham came from the left side to block Mays' punt and Smith gathered the ball in to score the tying touchdown.
Bryan Shumock intercepted two passes to set up two third-quarter touchdowns for Virginia. The interceptions gave Shumock 12 for his career, a school record.