Here is a quick recap of the first quarter of the Discover Orange Bowl between Clemson and West Virginia:
- Clemson received to start the game and proceeded to go three-and-out on its opening possession. The drive ended with Jaron Brown dropping a pass on third and eight that would have given the Tigers a first down.
- West Virginia picked up a couple of first downs on its first possession before they punted from near midfield. That punt was downed inside the Clemson five yard line forcing the Tigers to start their second possession from their own four yard line.
- Clemson moved off the shadow of its goal line with a 13 yard pass to Nuke Hopkins. A few plays later the Tigers were on their own 32 when Andre Ellington took a handoff and sprinted 68 yards for a touchdown. The extra point gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead with 9:33 left in the first quarter. Clemson went 96 yards on six plays and took 1:39 off the clock.
- West Virginia answered on its next possession. The Mountaineers marched 67 yards in six plays for the equalizing touchdown. The drive was capped by a four yard run by Shawne Austin tying the score at seven with 6:54 left in the quarter.
- Clemson quickly reclaimed the lead on its next possession. The Tigers put together a nine play 62 yard drive that was capped by a 27 yard touchdown pass from Tajh Boyd to Sammy Watkins. The extra point gave Clemson a 14-7 lead 4:38 left in the quarter.
- The first quarter shootout continued on the Mountaineers ensuing possession. West Virginia coasted 57 yards on six plays to score the game tying touchdown on an eight yard run by Tavon Austin. That made it a 14-14 game with just under two minutes to play in the quarter.
- The string of touchdowns ended on the Tigers next possession, but the drive still resulted in points. Clemson moved into Mountaineers territory before settling for a 42 yard Chandler Catanzaro field goal to put the Tigers up 17-14 with: 45 seconds left in the half.
FIRST QUARTER SCORE: Clemson 17, West Virginia 14.