Virginia Tech traveled down to Charlotte on Saturday to compete in it's fourth ACC Championship Game. The Hokies ended the night with their third title. Behind another stellar performance from Tyrod Taylor, the Hokies handled Florida State 44-33 to win the ACC.
"This football team, I'm really, really proud of what we're all about," coach Frank Beamer said. "I'm proud of our leadership we've had. I think we've got a tremendous quarterback who give you a chance every Saturday, every time you play. We've got great character kids, and I think that's how you come back from an 0-2 start and win the ACC."
Taylor, who was named MVP, went 18 for 28 for 263 yards and three touchdowns passing touchdowns (Taylor also ran for a TD).
"It's a great way to finish a senior season," Taylor said. "I'm really proud of the way we turned things around. To come back from an 0-2 start, as a senior, it feels good to go out with a win like this."
The Seminoles got on the board early with a field goal, driving down the field on their first possession.
The Hokies would then respond, this time courtesy of Beamerball.
E.J. Manuel, who started ahead of an injured Christian Ponder, threw a pass that to the left that was tipped by Bruce Taylor into the hands of Jeron Gouveia-Winslow, who brought it back 24 yards for the score.
Up 7-3, Tech scored on a 9-yard run by Darren Evans minutes later.
Ty Jones scored twice for FSU before halftime as VT entered the half up 21-17.
With the score close, Tech came out and took the game over with two straight touchdowns in the third quarter. Danny Coale scored on a 45-yard pass from Taylor. Coale had 143 yards on the night.
Then, Taylor found David Wilson on a 21-yard pass on a wheel route, to seal the game.
Wilson, combined with Ryan Williams Evans, ran for 179 yards, averaging 4.2 yards per rush.
Florida State finished with 341 yards of offense, but could not get the run game going. Rushing the ball 28 times, the Noles only gained 1.9 yards per rush.
Virginia Tech finished the game with 442 yards of total offense.
After the dreadful start to the season, the Hokies (11-2) transformed from a laughingstock to the ACC's finest team.
"To turn things around, it has to come from within your team and it did," Beamer said. "Thank goodness we've got some great kids."
For the last 11 games, the kids have been more than great. On Sunday night, they will find out who is next. Could it be Stanford? Could it be UConn?
It won't matter. Tech will be ready. They haven't been stopped in months and don't look like they will be stopped anytime so