Clemson opened its season with a win over a top ten team, and they closed it with another one. The Tigers beat Ohio State 40-35 in the Orange Bowl Friday night here at Sun Life Stadium to claim its first BCS bowl win in school history.
“It means we are one step closer to our goal, which is to be the best in the country,” Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said after the win. “It was a lot of fun, man. It was a lot of fun. That’s the way it’s supposed to be.”
Sammy Watkins was easily the best player on the field. He set an Orange Bowl record with 16 catches for 227 yards and two scores. Martavis Bryant also had two touchdown catches. Tajh Boyd had a couple of head scratching interceptions, but he still put together a night that included 378 yards passing with five touchdowns and 127 yards rushing with another score.
- Sammy Watkins earned MVP honors for his performance. He said he will talk to his family about his future plans. It is considered a given that he will enter the NFL draft. “It’s going to be a short conversation,” Swinney said.
- Martavis Bryant is also expected to turn pro. Defensive end Vic Beasley said knows what he wants to do and will announce his plans in a few days.
- Swinney pointed out that Clemson is the first team from South Carolina to win a BCS game. It sure sounded like he was firing back at Steve Spurrier for his comments about winning the state championship after the Gamecocks Capital One Bowl win.
- In another comment that could have been aimed at the Garnet and Black nation, Swinney also said this in his post game news conference; “There are always going to be people that talk about what you haven’t done but those people haven’t done jack.”
- Clemson finishes the season at 11-2. That gives the Tigers back to back 11 win seasons for the first time in school history.
Here are the press conferences, scroll to about the 15 minute mark to get to Swinney, Boyd, Watkins and others.
Here are the quarter recaps and final stats: