We are counting down the most iconic plays in the ACC over the last decade. Today we feature a monumental play in Wake Forest's 2006 championship season, two improbable game-winning touchdowns and a Heisman moment.
No. 3 Florida State led 16-0 at halftime and appeared on the way to its sixth straight victory to open the 2012 season. But there was no quit in the Wolfpack, most especially in the fourth quarter. Mike Rose's blocked punt with 2:27 left set up one of the most stunning endings in ACC play in recent memory. NC State started its drive at the FSU 43. Glennon completed three fourth-down passes. The last? On fourth-and-goal, he tossed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Underwood with 16 seconds left. Niklas Sade nailed the extra point to give NC State the 17-16 victory.
Among the many plays Winston made on his way to the Heisman Trophy in 2013, his Hail Mary against Boston College stands out as one of the best. With the seconds ticking down before the half and the game tied at 17, Winston dropped back, moved to his left, evaded two would-be tacklers, motioned for Kenny Shaw to keep going deep and then heaved the ball 55 yards with a player in his face. Shaw caught the ball and fell into the end zone with no time left, giving Florida State a lead it wouldn't relinquish.
18. Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech beat Miami on fourth-and-1, 2011
In one of the wildest fourth quarters ever between the Hokies and Hurricanes, quarterback Thomas made the game-changing play that capped it off. The teams combined for 35 points in the quarter, and Miami came back from a 10-point deficit to take a 35-31 lead with 2:51 to go. But Thomas took the Hokies 77 yards down the field, running untouched up the middle for a 19-yard touchdown on fourth-and-1 with 56 seconds left to give Virginia Tech a wild 38-35 victory. Thomas ended up 23-of-25 for 310 yards with five total touchdowns.
19. Patrick Ghee interception for Wake Forest versus Boston College, 2006
Wake Forest, which was having a dream season in 2006, faced a huge test in early November at home against No. 16 Boston College and future NFL quarterback Matt Ryan. A win would keep the Demon Deacons' ACC championship hopes alive. Ghee came up with the biggest play in a season full of them, intercepting Ryan in the end zone with less than a minute left to preserve a 21-14 win. Students stormed the field after the win, and Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe said, "It's time to dream a little bit." Wake Forest ended up winning the ACC championship game 9-6 over Georgia Tech.
20. D.J. White interception in overtime as Georgia Tech beat Georgia, 2014
Georgia Tech already had clinched a spot in the ACC championship game with a resurgent year, but there was one more item left to check off the regular-season list: Beat rival Georgia. The wild final 18 seconds of a dramatic fourth quarter would lead to overtime when Harrison Butker made a 53-yard field goal as time expired. Georgia Tech scored first in the extra period, when Zach Laskey made it in from two yards out. Then Georgia drove down to the Georgia Tech 9, where it faced second-and-goal. Hutson Mason stepped back and looked for Malcolm Mitchell, but White got the interception instead, giving the Jackets their first win over Georgia since 2008.