Clemson's C.J. Spiller Puts On a Show In ACC Championship Game

Chad HensleyCorrespondent IDecember 6, 2009

TAMPA - DECEMBER 05:  Running back C.J. Spiller #28 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates his touchdown against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the 2009 ACC Football Championship game at Raymond James Stadium on December 5, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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That's about all you can say about the Clemson Tigers' C.J. Spiller.

Spiller single- handily kept his Tigers in the ACC Championship game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets with 20 carries for 233 yards and four touchdowns.

He would have added a fifth touchdown on his only catch of the night, but slipped up at the one, where Andre Ellington finished the job a play later with a 1-yard TD run.

Unfortunately, Spiller doesn't call offensive plays, play linebacker, or have the ability to kick extra points and field goals. 

The difference in the 39-35 loss to the Jackets was just that.

  • A poor decision by Coach Dabo Swinney to kick a 53-yard field goal (which was missed) when the Tigers had early momentum up 7-3
  • A missed extra point
  • Horrible play- calling by offensive coordinator Billy Napier in the first half, as he decided to pass instead of feeding the run with Spiller and Ellington
  • The Tiger defense's inability to stop the Jackets offense—ever.

Spiller made up for those mistakes with his unbelievable night, matching their offense with his own, as they had no answer for him.  The Jackets just had enough to win it at the end.

I think it is obvious after this game that Spiller was robbed when he was named Second Team running back in the ACC, but the voters did come to their senses in the end, voting him the ACC Player of the Year.

I know he wanted the ACC Championship over any personal goals, but C.J still has some unfinished business left.

By my calculation, he is less than 300 yards from the All-Time total yardage from scrimmage record for Division I-A.  He can get the record in the Tigers bowl game.

And then it is off to the NFL, where he will flourish.

As a Tigers fan, I think I can speak for us all.  We will miss No. 28.

Go Tigers!