You don’t have look back too far to find some of the ACC’s greatest games of the decade. They don’t have to be championship games or even monumental upsets -- just good, entertaining, don’t-turn-the-channel football. Of course, some of the best rivalries have produced some of the wackiest, wildest games. Florida State and Miami have played instant classics over the past few years, despite their declines among the nation’s elite. And Georgia Tech and Florida State in the past two seasons have provided two of the most memorable games. There are only 10 spots, though, for 10 years of ACC thrillers.
After several drafts, here are the ACC’s top 10 games of the past decade:
1. Boston College 14, No. 8 Virginia Tech 10, Oct. 25, 2007: BC quarterback Matt Ryan threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Andre Callender with 11 seconds left and the Eagles knocked off No. 8 Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Ryan threw two touchdown passes in the final 2:11 and BC improved to 8-0 for the first time since 1942. The Hokies led 10-0 until late in the fourth quarter when Ryan led a 91-yard scoring drive capped by a 16-yard pass to Rich Gunnell with 2:11 remaining. Then the momentum changed.
2. Clemson 40, No. 10 Miami 37 (OT), Oct. 24, 2009: There were 12 lead changes and two ties in this game. That’s tough to beat. C.J. Spiller racked up 81 yards rushing, 104 yards receiving, including a 56-yard touchdown, and a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Kyle Parker threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Jacoby Ford to seal the win in overtime, giving Dabo Swinney his biggest win as a head coach, marking the Tigers' first victory in their last nine tries over ranked teams and their first road win over a top-10 opponent in more than eight years.
3. Georgia Tech 28, No. 20 Clemson 24, Sept. 11, 2004: With less than 30 seconds on the clock, all Clemson had to do was punt to seal the win, but a bad snap forced punter Cole Chason to fall on the ball at the Tigers’ 11-yard line. Freshman receiver Calvin Johnson ran to the left sideline and jumped over Justin Miller for the 11-yard game-winning touchdown with 11 seconds to play.
4. Clemson 47, No. 9 Georgia Tech 44 (OT), Sept. 29, 2001: Clemson quarterback Woody Dantzler fumbled on the first play, but not the last. His 11-yard touchdown run in overtime finally settled a game that featured seven lead changes after halftime. Dantzler contributed to 418 of his team’s 502 yards.
5. Miami 37, Florida State 29, Oct. 20, 2007: It took two touchdowns in a span of 11 seconds for Miami to win this one. With 5:29 left in the game, Miami trailed 29-24. With 1:15 remaining, Kirby Freeman threw a 13-yard pass to Dedrick Epps for the 30-29 lead. The two-point conversion failed. Eleven seconds later, Colin McCarthy returned a fumble 27 yards for the game-winning touchdown.
6. Georgia Tech 31, No. 16 FSU 28, Nov. 1, 2008: It could have been one of Florida State’s biggest comebacks, but Marcus Sims fumbled in the end zone and Georgia Tech recovered the ball with 45 seconds remaining. Cooper Taylor's helmet-to-football hit knocked the ball loose on Sims' second-down run from the 3. Rashaad Reid recovered it, and Georgia Tech snapped a 12-game losing streak to FSU. The loss ultimately cost Florida State the Atlantic Division.
7. North Carolina 31, No. 4 Miami 28, Oct. 30, 2004: Both goalposts came down and the field was flooded with fans after Connor Barth booted a 42-yard game-winning field goal as time expired to knock off No. 4 Miami at Kenan Stadium. It was the highest-ranked team Carolina had ever defeated. Miami trailed by seven points with 5:24 remaining, but Brock Berlin drove the Canes 89 yards to tie it.
8. Florida State 27, No. 5 Virginia Tech 22, Dec. 4, 2005: Florida State entered the inaugural ACC championship game on a rare three-game losing streak and the Hokies were heavily favored. A 3-3 halftime tie quickly changed after Virginia Tech allowed 24 points in the third quarter. Marcus Vick led the Hokies to three touchdowns in the fourth quarter that cut the Seminoles' lead to 27-22, but it wasn’t enough.
9. Virginia 26, No. 19 Clemson 24, Sept. 22, 2001: With one second remaining, junior receiver Billy McMullen beat a Clemson cornerback on a fade route and caught the game-winning touchdown pass from quarterback Bryson Spinner, who faked a spike of the ball to stop the clock. Three plays earlier, McMullen hauled in a 17-yard halfback pass from tailback Tyree Foreman that moved the Cavs to the Clemson 4. The Cavs went 44 yards in 1:43 with no timeouts to win.
10. Maryland 23, NC State 19, Nov. 17, 2001: Shaun Hill's 8-yard touchdown pass to Guilian Gary with 41 seconds left assured Maryland its first ACC title in 16 years. Coach Ralph Friedgen seemingly transformed the Terps from a 5-6 team to 10-2 champs overnight. NC State took a 19-16 lead with 3:59 left as Philip Rivers completed 8 of 9 passes on an 80-yard drive. Maryland fumbled at the Wolfpack 1-yard line with 2:51 left, but recovered the ball with 2:18 left to play.