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Florida State survives VaTech, stays atop ACC Atlantic

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On the same day that Clemson lost the verbal commitment of the No. 1 recruit in the nation for the class of 2013, it also lost a little more hope in getting back to the ACC championship game. The Tigers, at 8-1 overall and 5-1 in the ACC, are on the wrong end of a head-to-head tie with Florida State atop the conference’s Atlantic division and would need some help to leapfrog the Seminoles.

A Virginia Tech upset of No. 8 FSU on Thursday night would’ve done the trick. Unfortunately for the Tigers, a 39-yard touchdown pass from E.J. Manuel to Rashad Greene with 40 seconds remaining in the game to give the ‘Noles an eventual 28-22 win not only sucked the life out of Lane Stadium, it may have sucked the life out of Clemson’s hopes for a second consecutive ACC championship showing.

Florida State, at 9-1 overall and 6-1 in the ACC, now has only a road game at Maryland standing in its way for its first ACC championship game appearance since 2010. Incidentally enough, the Terps can play also spoiler this weekend against Clemson.

The Hokies nearly played spoiler against the ‘Noles Thursday. A bizarre illegal forward pass penalty in the end zone on FSU running back Devonta Freeman gave Virginia Tech a safety and the ball with seven minutes remaining. That led to a Cody Journell 21-yard field goal to give VT a 22-20 lead with 2:19 remaining. All the Hokies had to do was make one more stop, which they had been able to do most of the night. Florida State finished the game with -15 yards rushing, but seven of those came on a crucial James Wilder Jr. run on fourth down near midfield to move the chains on FSU’s final drive.

Barring an upset next week, the ACC Atlantic belongs to FSU. The Seminoles will likely meet either Miami or Duke (yes, we know) in the conference championship game. The Blue Devils and Hurricanes meet on the last regular season game of the season later this month.

Virginia Tech (4-6 overall, 2-4 ACC), meanwhile, will need to beat Boston College and Virginia just to get bowl eligible.

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5 Responses to “Florida State survives VaTech, stays atop ACC Atlantic”
  1. freemantowilliams says: Nov 8, 2012 11:46 PM

    Thank god my noles won. I had to change my underwear on that manuel to green td

  2. jmb795 says: Nov 9, 2012 12:31 AM

    Kudos to VT. They brought it tonight. I swear I saw Frank Beamer blitzing one time. FSU lucky to escape Blacksburg with a win.

  3. 35longmiles says: Nov 9, 2012 7:10 AM

    Based on UNC’s ineligibility, Miami was all set to back into the ACC championship game against you. Too bad they are cheating pieces of shit and will have to endure another horrendous bowl season.

  4. cranespy says: Nov 9, 2012 8:30 AM

    The clock is ticking in Blacksburg…..the alumni are not happy….they love Beamer and Bud……Stinespring should start packing…..

  5. tmac4454 says: Nov 9, 2012 9:00 AM

    Wow, VT played my Noles very good last night. EJ needs to view the tape on Taj Boyd and see how dangerous he plays at the QB position. I am very glad he pulled it off, I was very worried about a team with nothing to lose defeat my Noles.
    ******GO Noles*****

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