Once again FSU QB Jameis Winston silenced the critics with an impressive win over Georgia Tech.
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The #4 Florida State Seminoles defeated the #11 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in a 37-35 victory to win the 2014 ACC Championship and extend their winning streak to 29.
In a back-and-forth first half that saw scoring drive after scoring drive, the Yellow Jackets struck first with a TD run by Synjyn Days – his first of three on the day. But FSU QB Jameis Winston would not allow the Yellow Jackets to build a lead, responding with a TD pass to Nick O’Leary to give them a tie at 7-7. Days scored another TD for Georgia Tech to give them a 14-7 lead to end the quarter. FSU RB Dalvin Cook scored a TD early in the second quarter to knot the game up at 14, but Georgia Tech responded yet again with a TD from Zach Laskey. Not allowing FSU to fall behind in the first half, Winston answered with two TD passes to Rashad Greene to give the Seminoles a 28-21 lead – and they would not surrender that lead for the remainder of the game.
The battle plan for Georgia Tech was straightforward: run the football. And run it they did, 59 times while only throwing the ball 14 times. And it was almost effective, but in the second half the Yellow Jackets just could not regain the lead. A 3rd TD run by Synjyn Days tied the game up at 28-28, but then FSU made three scoring drives with PK Roberto Aguayo making three successful FGs from under 35 yards to give the Seminoles a 37-28 lead late in the fourth quarter. A TD pass from Georgia Tech QB Justin Thomas – their leading rushing as well – cut the FSU lead to 37-35, but an onside kick failed, giving the Seminoles the win and the ACC Championship.
With the win FSU has won its 29th straight game and third straight ACC Championship.