By Gray Gardner.
CHARLOTTE, NC – The Clemson Tigers defeated the third ranked Virginia Tech Hokies 38-10 Saturday night to win the ACC Championship in front of a record crowd in Bank of America Stadium.
The win marks Clemson’s first conference championship in 20 years and its first 10-win season since 1990. The Tigers are now 10-3 on the season and have secured a bid to play in the Discover Orange Bowl in Miami on January 4.
“Man, it’s just a great time,” head coach Dabo Swinney said. “Awfully excited about going to Miami. Played like a champion today. These guys just truly had the heart of a champion all year.”
Quarterback Tajh Boyd earned MVP honors after playing one of his best games of the season. Boyd, who struggled in each of his last five starts, said this season is a dream come true.
“We all have dreams and aspirations, and that was definitely one of the goals coming into the season,” Boyd said of the championship. “This off‑season, this summer, we were running gassers at 5:45 in the morning, and every gasser we’re counting down, first game, second game, championships, it went in order like that. We got a lot of help out here and a lot of support, and we’re one big happy family, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
Three different Clemson players broke offensive records in the victory Saturday night. Clemson’s offense totaled over 450 yards and scored 5 touchdowns, while the Tigers’ defense allowed only one Virginia Tech score.
Swinney said it was the Tigers’ most complete game of the season.
“(O)ne of the things I’ve told them all year is if we can get everybody to be accountable and do their job, it’s not going to be close,” Swinney said. “We’re going to really put it together and overwhelm somebody, and tonight was the night that we put it together against a very good football team in Virginia Tech.”
The Clemson Insider will continue to provide updates on Clemson’s historic day as the night progresses.