Florida State knocks off Georgia Tech to win ACC crown

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Florida State Seminoles quarterback E.J. Manuel (3) runs the ball during the second quarter against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the 2012 ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium. (Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- James Wilder Jr. rushed for a pair of scores on Saturday night, and the Seminoles' second-ranked defense came up big in the closing minute, as No. 13 Florida State held off Georgia Tech, 21-15, to win the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship game at Bank of America Stadium.

Wilder carried the ball 10 times for 69 yards, while Devonta Freeman added 59 yards and a score on 13 carries to help Florida State (11-2) earn its 13th ACC championship in school history and a berth in the Orange Bowl.

EJ Manuel finished 16-of-21 for 134 yards, but threw an interception late in the fourth quarter to give Georgia Tech one final shot at a go-ahead touchdown.

Yellow Jackets quarterback Tevin Washington then led his squad near midfield by converting a 4th-and-1 with a 5-yard surge, but Florida State defensive back Karlos Williams intercepted Washington's next pass and returned it 41 yards to the Georgia Tech 4 to seal the victory.

Washington finished just 4-of-14 for 76 yards, but added 20 rushing yards and a score on 10 carries for Georgia Tech (6-7), which finished with the same record as Miami-Florida in the ACC Coastal, but earned a berth in the title game because of the Hurricanes' self-imposed sanctions.

David Sims rushed for 91 yards on 19 carries in the setback.

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