VIDEO: Clemson Defeats Virginia Tech 42-35 From Orlando’s Camping World Stadium
By Jared Shanker, ESPN // December 4, 2016
Clemson's 16th ACC title
ABOVE VIDEO: Clemson celebrates their ACC Championship win over Virginia Tech Saturday night from Camping World Stadium in Orlando.
(ESPN) – There were slumps, there were turnovers and there was a loss. Yet here No. 3 Clemson stands as Selection Day begins, right where it needed to be: at midfield of the ACC championship game, celebrating — after having clearly punched its ticket to the College Football Playoff.
This is where the Tigers will write the story of their 2016 season. After a 42-35 win over No. 23 Virginia Tech, any remaining pressure to return to the postseason is off. The victory mirrored the season, with its ups and downs, but now Clemson likely will head west to the College Football Playoff semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.
Chaos for the selection committee was avoided, but there were tense moments on Saturday, as the Tigers’ 21-point second-half lead was nearly blown. However, Cordrea Tankersley intercepted a fourth-down pass with 1:11 left at the Clemson 14-yard line left to secure a second straight conference title.
The Tigers’ defense had given up 252 yards on Virginia Tech’s last four possessions.
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ABOVE VIDEO: Heather Dinich from ESPN gives her report from Orlando.