CHARLOTTE, N.C. – See you in South Florida, Clemson.
Clemson ended a 20-year conference title drought and a 30-year Orange Bowl absence with a 38-10 win in the ACC title game on Saturday night.
The No. 21 Clemson offense got back on track – with balance – as quarterback Tajh Boyd earned game MVP honors completing 20 of 29 passes for 240 yard and 3 TDs, and Berkeley High product Andre Ellington rushed 25 times for 124 yards, including a key third-quarter touchdown run that put the game away.
"It’s great to be a Clemson Tiger," Swinney said. "We had a great plan, the guys were dialed in. We were in the valley for a couple weeks we charged the hill tonight.
"We knocked the walls down tonight."
The embattled Clemson defense held a potent Virginia Tech rushing attack to 56 yards and also forced three turnovers. ACC Player of the Year David Wilson was held to 32 yards rushing. Logan Thomas threw two interceptions.
Clemson (10-3) records its first 10-wins season since 1990. They are the first ACC team to beat No. 5 Tech (11-2) twice in the same season.
With the win Clemson was able to salvage its season with had gone into a November tailspin as Clemson had lost three of four games.