But that's what transpired. The wins weren't landmark and don't erase a disappointing regular season, but they were part of the conference's best bowl performance since 2003.
That gave the ACC a 4-2 bowl record, its first above .500 since 5-3 in 2005, its best by percentage since 5-1 in 2003.
Also, Florida State improved the ACC’s grim
First, Florida State’s win was workmanlike at best, especially on offense. Second, virtually any effort would have paled to
The Tigers’ 25-24 conquest of No. 9 LSU was the postseason’s best game to date. The ACC Atlantic runner-up scored the final 12 points — Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired — and showed that, yes, some ACC teams are capable of trading haymakers with a
Now some have claimed that LSU lacked motivation and would have preferred a
LSU is the highest-ranked bowl victim for the ACC since Clemson toppled No. 6
Speaking of Georgia Tech — plead guilty to lame segue — the Yellow Jackets snapped their seven-game postseason losing streak with a 21-7
Virginia Tech’s defense was even better in a 13-10 overtime victory over
The ACC would have matched 2003’s 5-1 bowl record absent
Cincinnati promptly scored on Brendon Kay's 83-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce with 44 seconds left and Nick Temple's 55-yard interception return 30 seconds later. If that doesn't dissuade you from gambling — Duke was favored by nine points — perhaps nothing will.
North Carolina State, a 38-24 loser to
As mentioned earlier, the bowls don’t heal all the wounds from a regular season in which ACC teams were 0-10 against non-conference opponents ranked by the Associated Press at kickoff. But it does create a positive vibe as the league enters 2013, welcomes
None of the ACC’s bowls this season was as daunting as Aug. 31 likely will be. That’s when Virginia Tech opens the 2013 season in the
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