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By Rachel Eagleton, ACCDN Guest Reporter
Charlotte, N.C. – The No. 1 ranked Clemson Tigers took on the No. 10 North Carolina Tar Heels in the ACC Championship Game on Saturday night. In an epic sell-out event, both teams put up a tremendous fight, which ended in a 45-37 Clemson victory, its 15th conference title in school history.
The Clemson offense lit up the night with 608 total yards, allowing the Tigers to establish a new record for the ACC title game. Quarterback Deshaun Watson set an ACC Championship game record with 420 total yards and 5 touchdowns, two rushing and three through the air.
The most crucial must see ACC moment for the Tigers came when cornerback Cordrea Tankersley intercepted a pass in the red zone allowing the Clemson offense to capitalize and pull ahead, 28 -16.
North Carolina got off to an early start, making a 30-yard field goal and putting the first points on the board. However, luck seems to leave the Heels side when they enter Bank of America stadium. Tonight’s game marks UNC’s second loss on the season, both times in Charlotte.
Tar Heel head coach Larry Fedora said his players gave it their all on the field.
“Our guys fought all the way to the end and felt like we were in it all the way to the end, and [I’m] proud of the way we played.”
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was elated after the victory, reflecting on how far his team had come.
“I think we're the only undefeated team left now, 127 Division I teams and the Tigers are the last undefeated, unscathed team out there and we've had to earn it. I am so proud of them.”
Tune in to ESPN on Sunday, December 6th at noon to watch the College Football Playoff Committee select its final four teams.