Ranking Dabo's wins: 1

For the first time in two decades, Dabo Swinney led the Tigers to another Clemson championship with a 38-10 win over Virginia Tech.

1.) Dec. 3, 2011

Clemson 38 Virginia Tech 10

What happened
Tajh Boyd threw three touchdown passes, ran for another score and picked up the game's MVP honors.

In the previous four games, he'd thrown seven interceptions and only four touchdowns. But Boyd was on point in the title game. He completed 20 of 29 passes for 240 yards and rushed for 34 yards.

On Clemson's second drive of the game, Boyd hooked up with Dwayne Allen on a 24-yard scoring strike.

Virginia Tech evened the score when Logan Thomas found D.J. Coles with a 45-yard touchdown pass. Thomas didn't do good much after that. He finished 22 of 44 for 274 yards with two interceptions and rushed for two yards.

The teams exchanged field goals in the second quarter before entering the halftime break tied at 10.

Following a three-and-out by Virginia Tech on its first second half possession, it was nothing but good times for Clemson.

Boyd capped a 10-play, 87-yard scoring drive with his second touchdown pass to Allen, to give Clemson a 17-10 lead.

Kourtnei Brown celebrates the Tigers' ACC title win.
Sammy Watkins scored on the Tigers' next play from scrimmage on a 53-yard touchdown pass.

Andre Ellington, who rushed for 125 yards, gave Clemson a 31-10 lead after a 29-yard run. Boyd's fourth quarter touchdown run pushed the score to 38-10.

Virginia Tech running back David Wilson, who was named ACC Player of the Year, was hardly a factor. He was held to 32 yards on 11 carries.

The Tigers clinched their first Orange Bowl berth since 1981, the year of their only national championship.

The stakes
There was plenty on the line:

-Win No. 10

-ACC Championship

Before and after
Clemson became the first team to beat Virginia Tech twice in the same season. To that point, no other team had beaten Virginia Tech in 2011. The Tigers beat the Hokies 23-3 in Blacksburg, Va., on Oct. 1.

Both teams went on to play in BCS bowl games. Clemson lost to West Virginia and Virginia Tech fell to Michigan.

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