Saturday, November 7, 2009
Final: Clemson 40, Florida State 24
By Heather Dinich
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
CLEMSON, S.C. -- In the end, Clemson had two things Florida State did not -- C.J. Spiller and defense. Both were the difference in a mistake-laden game and the Tigers were able to assert themselves as the best team in the Atlantic Division with a 40-24 win over the Seminoles.
Spiller had another Heisman-worthy performance, and Florida State finally ran into a defense that could force Christian Ponder into mistakes. While it was a sloppy game for both teams, the Noles made the more costly errors. Now FSU likely has to win its next two ACC games to become bowl eligible, as a win over Florida in the season finale is unlikely. Wake Forest, though, is in the same situation, and a lot of pride will be on the line next Saturday in Wake Forest.
Not only is Clemson bowl eligible, but it's in a great position to play for the school's first ACC title since 1991.