Miami, FL — It was a back-and-forth duel Friday, but the Clemson Tigers landed the final punch to defeat Ohio State, 40-35 in the Orange Bowl. Both sides lived up to the hype, especially on the offensive side. OSU’s Braxton Miller did his part, despite being battered around most of the evening. Miller threw for 234 yards and 2 touchdowns, along with two interceptions. Senior Carlos Hyde rushed for 113 yards on 25 carries and a score, but it wasn’t enough to fend off the high-powered Tiger attack.
On the other side, Tajh Boyd finished with 505 all-purpose yards, outgaining the Buckeye defense by 78, while accounting for six touchdowns. Boyd’s main wideout, Sammy Watkins, also set an Orange Bowl record with 227 yards receiving and two touchdowns. The Tigers were seeking redemption after being blown out in the Orange Bowl two years ago by West Virginia. Since then, Dabo Swinney’s team is 22-4, and back as one of the elite teams in college football.
As for the Buckeyes, a perfect regular season ended with two postseason disappointments. OSU finishes at 12-2 and will now look to see who stays and who goes to the NFL, most importantly Braxton Miller and Ryan Shazier.