Clemson has dominated the ACC conference in football the past two years! This year was no different, as they beat everyone, except a tough Pittsburgh team earlier in the year. So coming into last Saturday night's ACC championship game, the number 3 ranked Tigers were favored by a few touchdowns over there opponent, the Virginia Tech Hokies. When the two teams met for the ACC championship, the game literally came down to the last drive of the game, where the Hokies had the ball and an opportunity to score, but they came up short. It was an offensive game all night long as neither team’s defense could stop the opposing offense.
The Hokies were able to hang with power house Clemson all night long, and even though they never took a lead in the game, they were right there at the end. Hokie quarterback Jerod Evans drove the team down the field, with only a few minutes left in the game. Evans had to convert on a 4th down throw, which was eventually intercepted by Clemson, giving them another ACC Championship win. Clemson will likely move onto the college football playoffs again this year. If you ask Clemson, they want another piece of Alabama, the team that barely beat them in the Championship game last year. Clemson will now have a full month to get their players healthy and get ready for another run to the Championship game.
Virginia Tech, on the other hand, was happy to get back to the ACC Championship game, but finishes this season on a low note. They had some late season losses and some lousy opponents, which will surely keep them out of any big bowl games this year. Even though the Hokies were upset about losing the game their first year, head coach had some positive feedback for the team to build off of. “I told them that the reason they hurt so bad is because they sold out for the cause,” Fuente said, referring to Saturday’s game and also his takeover of the program, after longtime Coach Frank Beamer retired last year. The Hokies fought all night long and kept coming back time and time again, no matter the outcome.
Heisman Trophy candidate, Deshaun Watson, showed exactly why he is one of the best players in the country, and has led his team to another ACC Championship. Watson seemed to make big plays over and over, throughout the night, and when his team needed it the most. Anytime it looked as if the Hokies were going to make a big stop, Watson stepped up and made the big play the team needed. The junior completed 23 of 34, for 288 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for two more touchdowns. His five total touchdowns was exactly what the Tigers needed to get the big win. His Coach was so excited after the game and was not afraid to show it. “This right here is the best player in the country,” Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney said after, “and it ain’t even close.”