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Virginia Tech wins ACC, heads to Orange Bowl

No. 15 Virginia Tech completed a remarkable turnaround on Saturday night, beating No. 15 Florida State 44-33 to win the ACC title and earn the conference's bid to the Orange Bowl.

The Hokies (11-2) will play either Big East champion Connecticut or Stanford, which is expected to earn a BCS at-large bid, in the Orange on Jan. 3.

Virginia Tech lost its first two games of the season, including a crushing loss to FCS member James Madison. But now the Hokies are on an 11-game winning streak and will head back to a BCS bowl.

Florida State (9-4) was within striking range a few times in the game. The Seminoles trailed 14-10 after the first quarter, 21-17 at halftime and 35-24 in the third quarter. But Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor always had an answer.

Taylor threw two touchdown passes in the third quarter to build a 35-17 lead. When Florida State cut the lead to 35-24, Taylor's 5-yard scramble, which left Florida State defenders helpless, put the Hokies up 41-24 and the game was never in doubt again.

Taylor finished 18 of 28 for 263 yards and three touchdowns. He also had the running touchdown mentioned above.

Florida State's E.J. Manuel, who started for the injured Christian Ponder (elbow), was 23 of 31 for 288 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

The Seminoles will play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against an SEC team.

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