Here are the highlights from the third quarter of the Orange Bowl:
- West Virginia opened the second half with the ball. The Mountaineers picked right up where the left off in the first half, driving 73 yards on seven plays. The scored on six yard touchdown pass from Geno Smith to Stedman Bailey. That put the Mountaineers up 56-20 with 12:35 left in the third quarter.
- Clemson’s first possession of the half ended with a three-and-out.
- On cue, West Virginia put together another scoring drive on its next possession. The Mountaineers went 74 yards in just five plays to extend its lead to 63-20 with 9:18 left in the third quarter.
- Clemson went three-and-out on its next possession.
- West Virginia started its next possession inside its own five yard line and punted after three straight running plays.
- Clemson picked up one first down on its next possession before punting it back to West Virginia.
- West Virginia pulled quarterback Geno Smith freshman Paul Millard. Millard ended up throwing an interception to Rashard Hall to end the Mountaineers drive.
- Clemson finally ended its scoring drought on the ensuing drive. The Tigers scored on a 28 yard touchdown pass from Tajh Boyd to Nuke Hopkins. The two point conversion was not good, making the score 63-26 with 1:37 left in the quarter.
THIRD QUARTER SCORE: West Virginia 63, Clemson 26