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Tajh Boyd, Braxton Miller making big plays in Orange Bowl

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It certainly was not easy, but Ohio State has reached halftime of the Orange Bowl with a 22-20 lead on Clemson. A late touchdown drive led by Braxton Miller ended with the Big Ten’s best player finding room to run in to the end zone to give the Buckeyes their first lead of the night. Ohio State had trailed 20-9 earlier in the second quarter.

Tajh Boyd came up with a big play right on the game’s opening drive. On a third down with two yards to go from the Ohio State 49-yard line, Boyd ran right up the middle fo the Buckeyes defense for s career long 49-yard touchdown run and the early 7-0 lead. Prior┬áto that run the longest run of the season for Boyd had been for 17 yards. Ohio State responded on the ensuing possession, first by faking a punt and picking up a first down and later by seeing their quarterback break a big run for a touchdown. Miller’s found a path to the left sideline and raced 33 yards toward the end zone, holding up momentarily to get a defender off his course.

Clemson got right back at it on offense, wasting little time moving down the field. This time wide receiver Sammy Watkins showed off his speed with a big run down the left sideline and then creating room in man coverage down the middle of the field for a 34-yard touchdown catch from Boyd to cap a quick four-play, 75-yard drive. Clemson’s next offensive possession actually resulted in points for the Buckeyes though. Pinned down on their one-yard line, Clemson gave up two points when the Buckeyes forced Boyd to let go of a pass that was ruled as intentional grounding. A pair of other penalties on the offensive line would have resulted in a safety regardless of the intentional grounding.

Big plays would continue for Clemson as they used speed to their advantage on both sides of the football. Clemson has kept Ohio State’s defense on their toes while racking up over 350 yards of offense in the half. Both teams would pick up touchdowns before the half but each missed an extra point attempt, but Ohio State capitalized on a late half turnover on downs by Clemson. Ohio State traveled 64 yards in five plays for the final score of the half with 12 seconds to spare.

Ohio State is still in need of some major adjustments. Clemson’s athleticism is already starting to wear down Ohio State’s defense, and lineman Joey Bosa has battled injury throughout the half and may not be back on the field for the rest of the game the way the second injury timeout looked. The offense has struggled to find any momentum, but perhaps the late score will change the story of the game in the second half.

Still, this is anybody’s game going in to the second half.

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13 Responses to “Tajh Boyd, Braxton Miller making big plays in Orange Bowl”
  1. villain612 says: Jan 3, 2014 10:24 PM

    As a Buckeye fan, watching our defense in action has been painful all year, so this game has been par for the course on that end so far. Luckily Braxton Miller and Philly Brown are keeping us in this.

    Clemson is definitely a solid team and this looks to be an entertaining second half.

  2. vincentbojackson says: Jan 3, 2014 10:36 PM

    At the half:

    42 points scored
    47 flags thrown

    This game is absolute slop.

  3. BrownsTown says: Jan 3, 2014 10:50 PM

    47 flags….Southern math skills at work.

  4. totallysirius says: Jan 3, 2014 11:05 PM


  5. parkcityute says: Jan 3, 2014 11:05 PM

    Either this is a sloppily played game on both sides or the refs are getting a kick out of throwing their handkerchiefs. ha. I am not sure which, but I am watching. Ohio State just scored again. It keeps going back and forth, indicative of a good contest, at least of offenses. No defenses?

  6. murray7034 says: Jan 3, 2014 11:18 PM

    I’m watching this as a neutral fan and probably never seen a major bowl game like this where the stripes are way over there heads and have totally lost the game. Even worse they lost it within 1st couple series. Go American Conf

  7. taintedlombardis says: Jan 3, 2014 11:36 PM

    The officiating seems to benefit Ohio St. more often than not. Like the play that was a backwards pass…insteadd of admitting their mistake they just throw a late defensive holding?!?! No replay of the supposed infraction either.

  8. niallofthenine says: Jan 4, 2014 12:21 AM

    Urban has won absolutely nothing at Ohio State.

  9. alligatorsnapper says: Jan 4, 2014 12:24 AM

    Clemson’s linebackers made a difference in this game. Not well played on either team’s part, but evenly matched. Clemson made more plays in the clutch, at the end. When they lost the ball due to INT, they in turn INT it back. If you did not know who would win before that moment, you did then.

    The players on both teams looked as though they were enjoying themselves, and that is what it is all about.

    Congratulations to Clemson on the win. Kudos to both teams for playing a good game.

  10. teambringitstrong says: Jan 4, 2014 12:26 AM

    So let me see if I’ve got this right. Ohio State says they would wipe the floor with Bama or FSU but loses to Clemson who FSU lit up? GTFOH!!´╗┐

  11. hehateme1 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:28 AM

    Ohio state stinks. No offense in this game. Urban Myers sure does stink it up. Go Clemson.

  12. hehateme1 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:29 AM

    Ohio state might actually win if their “superfan” would stop showing up to the game. He looks like an idiot. Nice face paint moron.

  13. hehateme1 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:30 AM

    Urban Myer looks like he should be a dominos pizza rep. Or a dominos pizza delivery guy.

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