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ACC Championship Game: Virginia Tech Beats Florida State 44-33, Earns Trip To Orange Bowl

Both teams entered tonight's ACC Championship Game with the chance to appear in a BCS Bowl, but there was only one team who looked worthy of that honor. Actually, there's been only one ACC team worthy of that honor all year.

The Virginia Tech Hokies earned their 11th straight victory tonight, and did so in high-flying fashion. Undefeated in ACC action, Virginia Tech took the lead midway through the first quarter, and never gave it up. In a game that was never really in doubt, the Hokies managed to answer every one of the Florida State Seminoles' strikes.

Quarterback and ACC Player of the Year Tyrod Taylor led the way with 263 yards passing. Taylor threw for three touchdowns and ran for another. Taylor's favorite target was wide receiver Danny Coale, who reeled in six receptions for 143 yards and one long touchdown in which he beat his marker and found himself wide open.

Florida State put in a valiant effort in defeat. Running back Ty Jones earned an impressive three touchdowns on just six carries. Quarterback E.J. Manuel passed for 288 yards and a touchdown, but also tossed two interceptions, including one that was caught by Jeron Gouveia-Winslow and returned for the Hokies' first score of the night.

As a result of their ACC title win, the Hokies have earned a trip to Miami on Jan. 3. They don't yet know their opponent though. If Auburn and Oregon both finish undefeated and meet in the BCS Championship Game, the Orange Bowl is likely to have its choice between either the winner of the Big East or Stanford.