2017 ACC Championship Game

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2017 Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game
Conference Championship
1234 Total
Miami 0003 3
Clemson 147170 38
Date December 2, 2017
Season 2017
Stadium Bank of America Stadium[1]
Location Charlotte, NC
MVP Kelly Bryant (Clemson)
Favorite Clemson by 12 [2]
Referee Jeff Flanagan
Attendance 74,372
United States TV coverage
Network ABC/ESPN Radio
Announcers Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor, and Tom Rinaldi (ABC)
Bill Rosinski and David Norrie (ESPN Radio)
ACC Championship Game
 < 2016  2018
2017 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 4 Clemson xy$^   7 1         12 2  
No. 23 NC State   6 2         9 4  
Boston College   4 4         7 6  
Louisville   4 4         8 5  
Wake Forest   4 4         8 5  
Florida State   3 5         7 6  
Syracuse   2 6         4 8  
Coastal Division
No. 13 Miami xy   7 1         10 3  
No. 24 Virginia Tech   5 3         9 4  
Georgia Tech   4 4         5 6  
Duke   3 5         7 6  
Pittsburgh   3 5         5 7  
Virginia   3 5         6 7  
North Carolina   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Clemson 38, Miami 3
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of September 18, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017 ACC Championship Game was played on December 2, 2017. It was the 13th annual ACC Football Conference Championship Game to determine the 2017 champion of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The game was held at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. Clemson emerged victorious and became the 2017 ACC champions, beating Miami 38-3.

History[edit]

The 2017 Championship Game was the 13th in the Atlantic Coast Conference's 65-year history. Last season, the ACC Championship Game featured the Clemson Tigers, champions of the Atlantic Division, and the Virginia Tech Hokies, champions of the Coastal Division. Clemson won the game 42–35, and went on to win the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship.

Site selection[edit]

The championship game had been hosted in Charlotte, North Carolina from 2010 to 2015, and had been slated to host through at least 2019.[3] However, in response to North Carolina's Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act (HB2), the ACC voted in September 2016 to move the 2016 championship out of North Carolina.[4] Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida was chosen as a replacement site for the 2016 game. ACC Commissioner John Swofford delayed the decision on where to hold the 2017 football Championship Game due to the ongoing controversy.[5][6] On April 19, 2017, the ACC announced that the football championship game and other neutral site conference events would return to Charlotte in 2017.[1]

Teams[edit]

#7 Miami Hurricanes[edit]

Miami secured its spot in the game by winning the Coastal Division. This is the first ACC divisional title and first appearance in the ACC Championship Game for the Hurricanes.[7]

#1 Clemson Tigers[edit]

Clemson qualified for the game by winning the Atlantic Division with a 7–1 record. Their only loss was to Syracuse, while the Tigers defeated: Louisville, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, NC State, and Florida State. This is the Tiger's third straight appearance in the ACC Championship game.

Scoring summary[edit]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Miami Clemson
1 10:36 10 68 4:24 Clemson Travis Etienne 4-yard touchdown run, Alex Spence kick good 0 7
1 3:02 7 71 3:07 Clemson Kelly Bryant 11-yard touchdown run, Alex Spence kick good 0 14
2 12:49 9 41 3:46 Clemson Adam Choice 1-yard touchdown run, Alex Spence kick good 0 21
3 10:14 6 16 2:36 Clemson 46-yard field goal by Alex Spence 0 24
3 3:13 6 43 3:13 Clemson Tavien Feaster 11-yard touchdown run, Alex Spence kick good 0 31
3 1:01 2 13 0:55 Clemson Deon Cain 27-yard touchdown reception from Kelly Bryant, Alex Spence kick good 0 38
4 3:29 9 54 4:05 Miami 22-yard field goal by Michael Badgley 3 38
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 3 38

Source: [8]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics[8] MIA CU
First Downs 10 18
Total Yards 214 331
Rushing Yards 104 77
Passing yards 110 254
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 14-29–2 25-34-0
Time of possession 25:54 34:06

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ACC football championship back in Charlotte". WCNC.com. WCNC-TV. April 19, 2017. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Miami-FL Hurricanes vs Clemson Tigers". Odds Shark. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  3. ^ "ACC, Charlotte look ahead to even better things". theacc.com. February 28, 2014. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ "'Historically bad:' ACC pulls championships from NC". WRAL.com. September 14, 2016. 
  5. ^ McGuire, Kevin (January 8, 2017). "No decision on where 2017 ACC Championship Game will be played yet". NBCSports.com. NBC Universal. Retrieved April 15, 2017. 
  6. ^ Brenner, Aaron (January 8, 2017). "Swofford discusses ACC title events in NC, Wakeyleaks consequences". postandcourier.com. Post and Courier. Retrieved April 15, 2017. 
  7. ^ Cabrera Chirinos, Christy (November 12, 2017). "With Coastal Division clinched, Hurricanes have eyes set on new goal: the College Football Playoff". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved November 15, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Miami vs Clemson (Dec 02,2017)". clemsontigers.com. Clemson University Athletic Department. Retrieved December 4, 2017.