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2016 ACC Championship Game

The 2016 ACC Championship Game was the 12th football championship game for the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Clemson Tigers defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies, 42–35. The two programs also met five years earlier in the 2011 ACC Championship Game. The ACC Championship Game had been played at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2010, but the ACC announced it would move its neutral site championships out of North Carolina for the 2016 season in response to the state's controversial HB2 law.[2] The 2016 championship game was played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.[3]

2016 Dr. Pepper ACC Championship Game
1234 Total
Clemson 147147 42
Virginia Tech 77714 35
DateDecember 3, 2016
Season2016
StadiumCamping World Stadium
LocationOrlando, Florida
MVPDeshaun Watson
FavoriteClemson by 11
RefereeJeff Flanagan[1]
Attendance50,623[1]
United States TV coverage
NetworkABC/ESPN Radio
AnnouncersChris Fowler (Play-by-Play), Kirk Herbstreit (Analyst), and Samantha Ponder (Sideline Reporter) (ABC)
Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, and Ian Fitzsimmons (ESPN Radio)
ACC Championship Game
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2016 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 1 Clemson xy$#   7 1         14 1  
No. 21 Louisville x   7 1         9 4  
No. 8 Florida State   5 3         10 3  
NC State   3 5         7 6  
Wake Forest   3 5         7 6  
Boston College   2 6         7 6  
Syracuse   2 6         4 8  
Coastal Division
No. 16 Virginia Tech xy   6 2         10 4  
North Carolina   5 3         8 5  
No. 20 Miami   5 3         9 4  
Pittsburgh   5 3         8 5  
Georgia Tech   4 4         9 4  
Duke   1 7         4 8  
Virginia   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Clemson 42, Virginia Tech 35
    1. – College Football Playoff champion
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

TeamsEdit

Clemson TigersEdit

The Tigers qualified for the game by winning the ACC Atlantic Division with a conference record of 7–1, tied with the Louisville Cardinals, who Clemson beat on October 1, 2016, 42–36.

Virginia Tech HokiesEdit

The Hokies qualified for the game by clinching the ACC Coastal Division following North Carolina's loss at home on November 25, 2016, to NC State, 28–21. The Hokies' conference record was 6–2.

Scoring summaryEdit

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Clemson Va. Tech
1 11:47 9 75 3:13 Clemson Deshaun Watson 3-yard touchdown run, Greg Huegel kick good 7 0
1 5:57 9 83 4:06 Clemson Jordan Leggett 21-yard touchdown reception from Deshaun Watson, Greg Huegel kick good 14 0
1 0:51 12 77 5:06 Va. Tech Travon McMillian 1-yard touchdown run, Joey Slye kick good 14 7
2 11:46 10 75 4:05 Clemson Jordan Leggett 10-yard touchdown reception from Deshaun Watson, Greg Huegel kick good 21 7
2 4:09 5 70 1:58 Va. Tech Jerod Evans 11-yard touchdown run, Joey Slye kick good 21 14
3 9:17 9 89 3:38 Clemson Wayne Gallman 8-yard touchdown run, Greg Huegel kick good 28 14
3 4:45 4 51 1:19 Clemson Deshaun Watson 2-yard touchdown run, Greg Huegel kick good 35 14
3 2:27 5 75 2:18 Va. Tech Travon McMillian 27-yard touchdown run, Joey Slye kick good 35 21
4 11:35 12 65 4:24 Va. Tech Jerod Evans 5-yard touchdown run, Joey Slye kick good 35 28
4 7:33 8 75 4:02 Clemson Hunter Renfrow 15-yard touchdown reception from Deshaun Watson, Greg Huegel kick good 42 28
4 5:43 6 76 1:50 Va. Tech Cam Phillips 26-yard touchdown reception from Jerod Evans, Joey Slye kick good 42 35
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 42 35

Source: [1]

StatisticsEdit

Statistics[1] CU VT
First Downs 29 19
Total Yards 470 386
Rushing Yards 182 102
Passing yards 288 284
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 23-34-1 22-36-2
Time of possession 31:52 28:08

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "ACC Championship: Clemson vs. Virginia Tech". Stat Broadcast. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  2. ^ "ACC football championship game headed to Orlando after move from Charlotte". USA TODAY Sports. USA TODAY. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game Set For Orlando". theacc.com. Atlantic Coast Conference. Archived from the original on 2 October 2016. Retrieved 12 October 2016.