The ACC’s Football Championship Games on December 6, 2008 and December 5, 2009 will be held at Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League, the Outback Bowl, as well as Super Bowls XXXV (2001) and XLIII (2009).
“We are excited about the opportunity to not only host, but to also grow this game to a level that’s befitting of the Atlantic Coast Conference,” said Jeff Adams, Chairman of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. “Based on the overwhelming support we have received from the Tampa Bay community, we are confident that we will meet and exceed the ACC’s expectations.”
Two years into his rebuilding job at Georgia Tech, Paul Johnson had the Yellow Jackets exactly where he had hoped.
Atlantic Coast Conference champions and headed to a BCS bowl for the first time.
Jonathan Dwyer's 15-yard touchdown run with 1:20 remaining capped a long winning drive and gave the Yellow Jackets (No. 10 BCS, No. 12 AP) a 39-34 victory over Clemson (No. 25 AP) in Saturday night's ACC championship game.
Josh Nesbitt threw a 70-yard TD pass to DeMaryius Thomas and Scott Blair kicked a title game-record four field goals to help the Yellow Jackets (11-2) win the crown -- Tech's first since sharing it with Florida State in 1998 -- in their second season under Johnson.