Charlotte, NC (WWBT)- Clemson handed Virginia Tech its only loss of the regular season, which may have cost the Hokies a spot in the national championship game. Tech looked to avenge that loss in Saturday's ACC championship game, but once again the Tigers had their number.
Clemson outscored Virginia Tech 28-0 in the second half en route to a 38-10 victory and stopped the Hokies short of an Orange Bowl bid. The Tigers will head to the Orange Bowl by virtue of the ACC's automatic bid and will likely face West Virginia. Virginia Tech, meanwhile, will discover its bowl destination Sunday night.
Tajh Boyd threw for three touchdown passes and ran for another one to fuel the Tigers victory, helping Clemson to its first ACC title in 20 years and its first Orange Bowl bid since 1981. It was somewhat of a surprising result, as Virginia Tech entered having won six games in a row, while the Tigers had lost three of their last four, including a 34-14 defeat at the hands of South Carolina its last time out.
Clemson scored three touchdowns in five plays to break it open and put Virginia Tech away in the third quarter.