Clemson Heads To the ACC Championship

Jacqueline KirbyContributor IIINovember 22, 2009

CLEMSON, SC - NOVEMBER 21:  The Clemson Tigers prepare for their game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Memorial Stadium on November 21, 2009 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Yesterday Clemson beat Virginia 34-21 to clinch the ACC Atlantic Division Title, the school's first ever division title.  This was a very special night for all of the seniors who ran down the hill one by one before the game started.  C.J. Spiller's name was chanted by the whole stadium continuously throughout the game.

It was also a special night for Coach Dabo Swinney who turned 40 yesterday and after winning, Dabo supposedly received a raise to $2 million a year. At about three minutes left in the game, the stands sang happy birthday to Coach Swinney.

This was a great way to end the regular ACC season, and the season, at home.  We got lucky and the rain held off for one last home victory.

Originally Dabo did not want the team to know the score of the UNC-Boston College game which would determine if Clemson was the Atlantic Division champions but he apparently changed his mind.  

Once the game ended, it was announced around the stadium that UNC won the game, making the Tigers champions.

As soon as the Virginia team was off the field the gates were opened and the most of the stands rushed the field.  It was completely packed down on the field as the fans surrounded the team in celebration.

It was such a great moment to be a part of. I'm sure the team appreciated all of the support this season and will keep up the momentum this week against South Carolina and then again in Tampa.