The Clemson Tigers (10-3) righted the ship Saturday night in Charlotte, defeating the Virginia Tech Hokies (11-2) for the second time this season, in the process claiming their first ACC title in 20 years.
Clemson's 38-10 victory secured their first Orange Bowl birth since 1981, the only year the Tigers have won the national championship. Sophomore quarterback Tahj Boyd snapped out of his season-ending slump, completing 20 of 29 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns. Boyd also rushed for 34 yards and a score, earning game most valuable player honors in the process.
Clemson broke the game open in the third quarter, scoring three touchdowns in just over four minutes to break a 10-10 halftime score. Freshman Sammy Watkins set the single-season receiving record in the game, totaling 1,153 yards on the year, topping Rod Gardner's 1999 season.