by Jillian Gearin 11/14/15
By defeating Florida State University, Clemson not remained at the number one spot from in the AP Top 25 but also clinched a spot in the ACC title game representing the Atlantic Division.
The final score on Saturday was 23-13 Clemson Tigers and it was the twelfth consecutive win for the team. The Tigers are still perfect with a 9-0 overall record and a 6-0 in conference play. The last time the Tigers were 9-0 was in 1981, when its only national championship was won.
After the first half, it looked as if the Seminoles might force an upset with the score being 10-6 and the Tigers not yet finding the end zone. Clemson came out with energy as quarterback Deshaun Watson led the team with three long drives that ended with two touchdowns and a field goal.
The true game changer was the Clemson defense. Aside from a 75-yard touchdown in the second snap of the game, the Tiger defense held the Seminoles to two field goals.
The Tigers had two clutch plays in the fourth quarter where they stopped Florida State quarterback Dalvin Cook on the third and fourth downs with one yard from a first down. Cook had a high running game with 194 yards but only 37 came in the second half. A timely interception by Tigers Adrian Baker in the first quarter slowed down the momentum of Florida State.
The loss ends the three-year run for ACC champions for the Seminoles. Florida State did not go down or up in the AP Top 25 but at the 16th rank, a 7-2 overall record, and 5-2 conference record it is near impossible for the Seminoles to be in the top four.
Florida State will face North Carolina State on Saturday as they might for the small chance of making the playoffs and for the possibility of a bowl game. Clemson will attempt to continue its perfect season as it faces ACC opponent Syracuse University on Saturday.
Clemson is favored to win the ACC Championship against any of the potential opponents from the Coastal Division.