2019 ACC Championship Game

The 2019 ACC Championship Game was a college football game played on December 7, 2019. It was the 15th annual ACC Championship Game, played to determine the 2019 champion of the Atlantic Coast Conference football season. The game was held at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.[3] The Clemson Tigers defeated the Virginia Cavaliers, 62–17.

2019 ACC Championship Game
Conference Championship
2019 ACC Championship Game logo.png
1234 Total
Virginia 7073 17
Clemson 14171417 62
DateDecember 7, 2019
Season2019
StadiumBank of America Stadium
LocationCharlotte, North Carolina
MVPTee Higgins (Clemson)[1]
FavoriteClemson by 29.5[2]
RefereeRiley Johnson
Attendance66,810
United States TV coverage
NetworkABC
ESPN Radio
AnnouncersSteve Levy (play-by-play), Brian Griese (analyst), Todd McShay (sideline) and Maria Taylor (sideline) (ABC)
ACC Championship Game
 < 2018  2020
2019 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 2 Clemson x$^   8 0         14 1  
Louisville   5 3         8 5  
Wake Forest   4 4         8 5  
Florida State   4 4         6 7  
Boston College   4 4         6 7  
Syracuse   2 6         5 7  
NC State   1 7         4 8  
Coastal Division
Virginia x   6 2         9 5  
Virginia Tech   5 3         8 5  
Miami   4 4         6 7  
Pittsburgh   4 4         8 5  
North Carolina   4 4         7 6  
Duke   3 5         5 7  
Georgia Tech   2 6         3 9  
Championship: Clemson 62, Virginia 17
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
As of January 22, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll.

HistoryEdit

The 2019 Championship Game was the 15th in the Atlantic Coast Conference's 67-year history. Last season, the ACC Championship Game featured the Clemson Tigers, champions of the Atlantic Division, and the Pitt Panthers, champions of the Coastal Division. This was Pitt's first appearance in the Championship Game, and they were the sixth different school to come out of the Coastal Division in the past six seasons. Clemson won the 2018 game 42–10 for their fourth consecutive ACC title, and went on to win the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship.[4]

TeamsEdit

ClemsonEdit

Clemson clinched the Atlantic division for the fifth consecutive year, and entered the game with an undefeated 12–0 record for the third time in that span. The Tigers entered the title game as the four-time-defending conference champions, and the defending national champions.

VirginiaEdit

Virginia clinched the Coastal division after defeating rival Virginia Tech in the regular season finale to finish the regular season at 9–3 (6–2 ACC). With the win, Virginia snapped a 15-game losing streak to their in-state rival. The Cavaliers made their first appearance in the ACC Championship Game, and also concluded a seven-year stretch in which all seven members of the Coastal division appeared in the title game.

Game summaryEdit

2019 ACC Championship Game
1 2 34Total
No. 23 Virginia 7 0 7317
No. 3 Clemson 14 17 141762

at Bank of America StadiumCharlotte, North Carolina

Game information
First Quarter
  • (11:11) CLEM – Trevor Lawrence 19 yard pass to Tee Higgins, B.T. Potter kick (Drive: 5 plays, 80 yards, 1:34; Clemson 7–0)
  • (6:22) UVA – Bryce Perkins 20 yard pass to Hasise Dubois, Brian Delaney kick (Drive: 12 plays, 78 yards, 4:44; Tied 7–7)
  • (4:46) CLEM – Trevor Lawrence 59 yard pass to Justyn Ross, B.T. Potter kick (Drive: 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:36; Clemson 14–7)
Second Quarter
  • (13:23) CLEM – B.T. Potter 47 yard field goal (Drive: 8 plays, 53 yards, 2:43; Clemson 17–7)
  • (9:10) CLEM – Travis Etienne 26 yard rush, B.T. Potter kick (Drive: 4 plays, 68 yards, 1:24; Clemson 24–7)
  • (0:49) CLEM – Trevor Lawrence 7 yard pass to Tee Higgins, B.T. Potter kick (Drive: 12 plays, 83 yards, 5:29; Clemson 31–7)
Third Quarter
  • (8:21) UVA – Bryce Perkins 8 yard pass to Terrell Jana, Brian Delaney kick (Drive: 10 plays, 85 yards, 5:16; Clemson 38–7)
  • (6:12) CLEM – Trevor Lawrence 11 yard pass to Tee Higgins, B.T. Potter kick (Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards, 2:09; Clemson 38–14)
  • (1:00) CLEM – Lyn-J Dixon 23 yard rush, B.T. Potter kick (Drive: 6 plays, 49 yards, 2:10; Clemson 45–14)
Fourth Quarter
  • (13:11) UVA – Brian Delaney 35 yard field goal (Drive: 9 plays, 58 yards, 2:49; Clemson 45–17)
  • (10:45) CLEM – B.T. Potter 24 yard field goal (Drive: 7 plays, 69 yards, 2:26; Clemson 48–17)
  • (8:13) CLEM – Chase Brice 4 yard rush, B.T. Potter kick (Drive: 3 plays, 7 yards, 1:04; Clemson 55–17)
  • (1:26) CLEM – Chez Mellusi 4 yard rush, B.T. Potter kick (Drive: 9 plays, 59 yards, 4:22; Clemson 62–17)

StatisticsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Crumpton, Tony (December 7, 2019). "Tee Higgins named ACC Championship Game MVP". tigernet.com. TigerNet. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  2. ^ "Virginia vs. Clemson - Game Summary - December 7, 2019 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  3. ^ "When Is the 2019 ACC Championship Game? Date, Time, Location". WatchStadium.com. Stadium. July 22, 2019.
  4. ^ "No. 2 Clemson clobbers Pitt 42–10 for 4th straight ACC title". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 1, 2018.