Here they are: The best of the best, the five most iconic plays of the past decade in the ACC.
What Jameis Winston did to help Florida State win the 2013 national championship over Auburn also registers high on the scale of improbability. Winston directed the Seminoles in digging out of a 21-10 halftime deficit with two fourth-quarter touchdown passes. The first, an 11-yarder to Chad Abram, closed the gap to 21-19 early in the fourth quarter. The second goes down as one of the finest moments in bowl and championship history. Trailing 31-27 with 1:19 left, Winston proceeded to take the Seminoles down the field. A 49-yard completion to Rashad Greene was huge. So was a pass interference call on Auburn that gave Florida State the ball at the Tigers' 2. Winston faked a handoff, then launched the ball into the end zone where only the 6-foot-5 Kelvin Benjamin could grab it. Benjamin caught the ball with 13 seconds left to give the Seminoles the 34-31 come-from-behind win and the third national championship in school history.
2. Miami's eight-lateral kick return versus Duke, 2015
You could make the case for this play to be No. 1 given its sheer improbability. But considering it should have been disallowed, we ranked it second. Still, the miraculousness of it all makes this one an all-timer. Dallas Crawford fielded the kickoff with six seconds left, then threw a lateral to Corn Elder. Seven laterals later, Elder scored a 91-yard touchdown that was immediately disputed. A flag was thrown for an illegal block in the back, and it appeared Mark Walton's knee was down on one of the laterals. But review upheld the touchdown and Miami's 30-27 win with no time left. The following day, the ACC issued a statement saying four officiating mistakes were made on the final play and the touchdown should have been disallowed.
No. 2 Boston College trailed 10-0 in the fourth quarter when Matt Ryan showed off what eventually made him a first-round choice. First, he threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Rich Gunnell with 2:11 remaining to close the gap to 10-7. Then BC recovered the onside kick; and Ryan had more in him. With the clock winding down, he took the snap and ran left. After he saw Andre Callender in the end zone, Ryan threw across his body for the 24-yard winning touchdown pass with 11 seconds left to complete the 14-10 victory over No. 8 Virginia Tech.
4. Georgia Tech's "Miracle on Techwood Drive" versus Florida State, 2015
In a season full of disappointments, the "Miracle on Techwood Drive" stands out as a play that will forever go down in the history of Georgia Tech and college football. Roberto Aguayo lined up for a 56-yard field goal attempt to win it for No. 9 Florida State. But in stunner No. 1, the normally automatic Aguayo had his kick blocked by Patrick Gamble. In stunner No. 2, Lance Austin picked the ball up as the final seconds ticked away, ignoring coaches who told him to leave it. In stunner No. 3, Austin raced the length of the field and scored on a 78-yard kick-six to help the Yellow Jackets upset Florida State 22-16 in one of the biggest, best plays of 2015.
There would be no scramble without an 80-yard heave to Danny Coale. Let's just start there. With 1:23 to play and Virginia Tech trailing 15-10, Taylor stepped back to pass, pump faked and found a wide-open Coale streaking down the sideline to set up first-and-goal. Taylor got sacked on the next play, then threw incomplete to set up third down. On third, Taylor ran to his left, then moved right, waved at players in the end zone, eluded a sack and threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Dyrell Roberts with 21 seconds left to give No. 13 Virginia Tech the come-from-behind 16-15 win over No. 19 Nebraska.