ACC Roundup: Clemson, Florida State win
Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 22, 2008
The ACC roundup …
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. ó In the team hotel on the night before his final road game, Clemson running back James Davis decided to make sure his team knew where he stood.
“I said, ‘Hey, I’m a senior and this is my last road game. I need this one,’ ” Davis said he told his teammates. “‘I want to go to a bowl game. I want something to be proud of.”‘
The Tigers delivered for Davis and 27 other seniors on Saturday, turning three Virginia turnovers into points and playing stout defense in a 13-3 victory that kept alive Clemson’s chance of winning its last two regular season games to qualify for a bowl game.
The Tigers (6-5, 4-4 ACC) turned two interceptions and a fumble recovery into points, getting enough to win on C.J. Spiller’s halfback option touchdown pass in the first quarter. A late interception sealed it as Clemson allowed just 190 yards.
With two victories against Football Championship Subdivision teams, the Tigers also will need to defeat South Carolina at Death Valley next week to reach the postseason.
FSU 37, No. 22 Maryland 3
COLLEGE PARK, Md. ó Florida State kept alive its hopes of advancing to the ACC championship game and buried Maryland’s title hopes under a barrage of sacks and takeaways.
Everette Brown had 31/2 sacks and forced a fumble, part of an overwhelming performance by the Seminoles’ defense.
Florida State (8-3, 5-3) turned two turnovers into touchdowns in taking a 21-0 halftime lead.