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Clemson’s Boyd-Watkins combo too much for Ohio State in Orange Bowl

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This year’s trip to Miami was much more pleasant than the last time the Clemson Tigers were playing in the Orange Bowl. Demons were exorcised by Clemson in one of the wildest games of the bowl season, one that has served up plenty of drama and fantastic endings and moments. Perhaps none were as tense as Clemson and Ohio State each turned the football over in the final minutes.

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd threw five touchdowns and rushed for one more as Clemson’s offense was too much for Ohio State to keep pace with in the Orange Bowl Friday night in Miami.  Boyd passed for 365 yards and 227 of those went to wide receiver Sammy Watkins in a career game —  and also an Orange Bowl receiving record —  as the Tigers held off Ohio State in a 40-35 Orange Bowl victory. What a way to go out for both players.

Clemson rolled up 577 yards and 24 first downs on the Buckeyes defense. In addition to his 370 passing yards, Boyd also led all players with 127 rushing yards, averaging 14.2 yards per carry. His Ohio State counterpart, Braxton Miller, had a good night for the most part by passing for 234 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 35 yards and two more touchdowns. But Miller took more rough shots from Clemson’s athletic and feisty defense, led by Vic Beasley. Miller was visibly banged up in the game and he was picked off twice, including one on Ohio State’s final possession of the game. Ohio State had Carlos Hyde lead the ground game with 113 rushing yards and a touchdown, but whatever reason the Buckeyes backed away from the running game late when it may have been early to abandon it.

After winning the first 24 games of Urban Meyer’s career as Ohio State head coach, the Buckeyes suffered back-to-back losses in the postseason including the Big Ten championship game loss to Michigan State. Clemson is slowly putting to rest the idea the Tigers cannot win a big game. Clemson came from behind to beat LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl last season, and they came from behind to top Ohio State this year as well.

Clemson will look for some new playmakers in 2014 as they attempt to stay near the top of the ACC and continue battle with Florida State for ACC supremacy. Clemson’s 2014 season will start on the road at Georgia. The Tigers upended the Bulldogs in one of the season’s most attractive games in week one, and the 2014 opener in Athens could be another entertaining match-up to look forward to. But first, Clemson will have to make sure they can keep their coaching staff together. Although Clemson’s coaching staff is paid handsomely, offensive coordinator Chad Morris continues to be an attractive coaching name. As the carousel continues to rotate, his name could likely remain in the conversation.

Ohio State will open the 2014 season in Baltimore against Navy a week before hosting Virginia Tech for another game against the ACC. The Buckeyes will wait to see if Miller will return or head to the NFL Draft. Ohio State does seem to have a favorable schedule in 2014, but a road trip to Michigan State on November 8 should be circled on your calendar right now.

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78 Responses to “Clemson’s Boyd-Watkins combo too much for Ohio State in Orange Bowl”
  1. infrno says: Jan 4, 2014 12:31 AM

    Lol. Looks like OSU can’t beat anyone worth a crap.

  2. infrno says: Jan 4, 2014 12:32 AM

    And yeah, they have a favorable schedule. Just like they do every other year.

  3. alligatorsnapper says: Jan 4, 2014 12:34 AM

    Quite exciting and close chemistry. For every pass Boyd threw it seemed that Wadkins was going to find a way to catch it. Some of the catches were quite problematic, but he Sammy made them.

    Congratulations to Clemson for a well-fought win, and coming from behind to do it. Defense came through when most needed to insure the win.

  4. polegojim says: Jan 4, 2014 12:34 AM

    Actually… Miller’s late INT was too much for OSU.

    They had a great shot… and gave it away!

    Great B1G showing and good offense by both.

  5. taintedlombardis says: Jan 4, 2014 12:34 AM

    Matt Millen made that painful for me.

  6. hehateme1 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:36 AM

    Urban Is a horrible coach.

  7. auburntigers34 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:36 AM

    “Ohio State does seem to have a favorable schedule in 2014”

    What a shocker.

  8. derekgorgonstar says: Jan 4, 2014 12:37 AM

    Lookout ladies, the buckeyes are mad…..

    You don’t want to get slapped around like Carlos Hyde’s girlfriend.

  9. hehateme1 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:38 AM

    Urban looked like he pooped his pants on the sidelines tonight.

  10. infrno says: Jan 4, 2014 12:39 AM

    Butt hurt buckeye fans are fun to troll. The last time your team was relevant it got raped by a 2 loss SEC team. Lol

  11. jrs45 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:40 AM

    OSU has two tough games next yr VaTech and at MSU. They’ll be in the top 10 again.

  12. infrno says: Jan 4, 2014 12:41 AM

    So, how many quality teams have the futtbuckeyes beat in the last 2 years?

  13. dumbpollack says: Jan 4, 2014 12:42 AM

    Brax, PLEASE go to the NFL!! Tired of watching the “China Doll” grimace and limp around. Pretty sure my 9 yr old daughter has better touch on her passes as well. Urb needs to get a defense or we may need Tressel back.

  14. hehateme1 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:44 AM

    Wait what? Msu? Msu is a one hit wonder ya moron. They aren’t anything next year.

  15. onlyoneleft says: Jan 4, 2014 12:44 AM

    OSU is a darn good team. They lost to pretty good team. It was one heck of a game.

  16. infrno says: Jan 4, 2014 12:44 AM

    Va tech will be a tough game for them, MSU will beat them. But yeah they’ll be in the top 10. When you have media hype and one quality opponent you’ll get a pass for losing

  17. canetic says: Jan 4, 2014 12:44 AM

    Wait, Ohio St left their conference and lost to a third place ACC team? Shocking. When are the voters going to stop giving them credit for their cupcake schedule every year?

  18. villain612 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:45 AM

    I’m a Buckeye fan. First off, congrats to Clemson. You deserved to win the game. The Ohio State defense has been suspect all year and it was exploited tonight.

    With that said, Boyd and Miller both displayed a lot of heart and talent tonight.

  19. onlyoneleft says: Jan 4, 2014 12:46 AM

    infrno has butt hurt tonight.

  20. hehateme1 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:47 AM

    Infrno must be an MSU fan. MSU is always a mid lack team Hhaha!!!

  21. dumbpollack says: Jan 4, 2014 12:49 AM

    Inferno also smokes A LOT of pole

  22. afrancis55 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:50 AM

    Matt millen is a terrible commentator.

    That is all.

  23. hehateme1 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:51 AM

    Inferno has swamp butt.

  24. jrs45 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:52 AM


    First of all horrible name from an ex player in semi aren ball and MSU is the real deal. You’ll see.

  25. jerrahsucks says: Jan 4, 2014 12:53 AM

    Is there anything better than watching that whinning little bitch Urban Meyer lose. Hey Urban, you have never won a big game without Tebow as your QB. LMFAO

  26. jrs45 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:53 AM


    Who is your team?

  27. irishdodger says: Jan 4, 2014 12:54 AM

    Sparty & Stanford are the only teams that played any defense this year. The SEC didn’t even have a dominating D. Saban & Pope Urban both end the season with back-to-back losses. If anyone is hiring, I hear Luke Fickell is available.

  28. infrno says: Jan 4, 2014 12:58 AM

    Infrno is trolling the butt hurt buckeyes. Morons would know I’m no MSU fan if you ready engly. But I am an alum from that 2 loss SEC team that showed you all what a fraud you are. Lol. I had to read trash talk because Alabama lost and I friggin hate Alabama, but you posers can’t beat a ranked team to save your life. Good thing for you that you rarely have to.

  29. vincentbojackson says: Jan 4, 2014 12:58 AM

    Braxton Miller turning pro?

    We’ve already experimented with a running QB that got away with throwing the ball in the receiver’s “general direction” in college (see Tim Tebow).

  30. BrownsTown says: Jan 4, 2014 1:00 AM

    Two commenters are currently accounting for half of the comments on this article. Interesting. And by interesting, I mean not interesting.

  31. infrno says: Jan 4, 2014 1:01 AM

    The most interesting buckeye in the world: “I do not always play good teams, but when I do, I lose. Stay whiny my friends.”

  32. filmex2000 says: Jan 4, 2014 1:02 AM

    Alabama and Ohio State both go down. Santa came late this year.

  33. infrno says: Jan 4, 2014 1:04 AM

    @filmex- you get it.

  34. vincentbojackson says: Jan 4, 2014 1:05 AM

    My favorite part of this article:

    Ohio State gets ready to open with Navy
    Clemson gets ready to open with Georgia

    Which team is looking to be tested and which team is looking to rack up meaningless W’s?

    Some things never change.

  35. BrownsTown says: Jan 4, 2014 1:10 AM

    Auburn opens OOC play with San Jose St.

  36. couldntthinkofaname says: Jan 4, 2014 1:55 AM

    BrownsTown says: Jan 4, 2014 1:10 AM

    Auburn opens OOC play with San Jose St.

    After Navy, OSU follows up with stirring contests against Akron, Youngstown, Cuyahoga Community College, St. Ignatious High School, and Elyria Refrigerator Repair School.

  37. mommatocharlie says: Jan 4, 2014 1:56 AM


  38. realfootballfan says: Jan 4, 2014 2:04 AM

    Sammy Watkins is a beast.

  39. ohioguy614 says: Jan 4, 2014 2:04 AM

    Looks like the buckeye hating trolls are in their glory since OSU lost tonight. I thought the game was one of the best and exciting of the bowl season, and congrats to Clemson. Ohio State played well, but had problems on defense…no surprise there. But what a game! Can’t you just enjoy it for what it is?

    NO…..You trolls love basking in the glory of the buckeye loss, don’t you? You just love trying to show others how much better you are than them. But come tomorrow you’ll still have to wake up to your 350 lb sister wife and 10 kids and wonder how you’ll make the next trailer house payment. Then you’ll go down to the diner and chat with all of your Obama hating friends and talk about the game, and how horrible Obamacare is while at the same time your whole family is uninsured and drowning in medical debt because you’re the morons people talk about that take their kids to the emergency room for a runny nose. Then go off to the gun shop and see the boys hanging out there and get some ammo for that new gun you bought for when Obama is coming to take away your second amendment rights and put you in a concentration camp for being in the tea party ‘patriot’ while you wave your confederate flag. WOW, Ain’t life grand? So OSU lost. WOW, if that makes your life worth living, then go ahead and enjoy it you backwoods asshats. It might be the only time you get to smile this year.

  40. normtide says: Jan 4, 2014 2:15 AM

    OSU fans ripped Bama last night after our loss. But, I’m not looking to return the favour. It was a great game, Clemson just made the plays at the end. OSU will be another interesting story going into next year.

  41. auburntigers34 says: Jan 4, 2014 2:43 AM


    People like yourself are one of the main reasons that it’s always so much fun to see Ohio State lose every time they go up against a decent team.

    If stereotyping the ‘haters’ will make this loss a little less painful for you, go with it. If it doesn’t help, there’s always paxil or prozac.

  42. waynefontes says: Jan 4, 2014 4:22 AM

    taintedlombardis says:
    Jan 4, 2014 12:34 AM
    Matt Millen made that painful for me.

    I agree 100%.

    He’s about as awful a commentator as he was a GM.

  43. longborer69 says: Jan 4, 2014 5:00 AM

    And so ends another disastrous bowl season for the B1G. They got the one they wanted most, though, the Rose Bowl.

    Conference records in bowls so far:

    Winning record:
    SEC 6-2
    PAC 6-3

    IND 2-1
    SUN 1-0

    Even .500 record:
    BIG12 3-3
    AAC 2-2
    MWC 3-3
    CUSA 3-3

    B1G 2-5
    ACC 4-6
    MAC 0-4

    South Carolina and FSU showed up Clemson, and Clemson beat Ohio State. This was two good but overrated teams from weak conferences. If they’d had to play in the PAC or SEC every week they’d have probably each had three losses.

  44. pastabelly says: Jan 4, 2014 5:54 AM

    Everyone stop with the conference crapping remarks. That was a fun game and an example of why we love college football.

  45. monsterright says: Jan 4, 2014 6:14 AM

    Both teams deserved to lose that game. It was entertaining but not nearly as much as watching teams that CAN play some D.

  46. cwk22 says: Jan 4, 2014 7:19 AM

    Same favorable schedule as always. Ranked to high for the schedule they have. Lost two in a row to quality teams.

  47. longtallsam says: Jan 4, 2014 7:50 AM

    monsterright says: Jan 4, 2014 6:14 AM
    Both teams deserved to lose that game. It was entertaining but not nearly as much as watching teams that CAN play some D.

    Admittedly, Clemson’s freshman DB’s had some busted coverages, but why don’t you ask Braxton Miller if Clemson played any D.
    On OSU’s first possession, the commenters noted that Hyde hadn’t beeen stopped for a loss but twice all season. Clemson stopped him for losses on his first two carries! And a few more times, although he is a great back that OSU probably should have used even more.

  48. longtallsam says: Jan 4, 2014 8:04 AM

    longborer69 says: Jan 4, 2014 5:00 AMConference records in bowls so far:
    SEC 6-2
    PAC 6-3
    IND 2-1
    SUN 1-0
    BIG12 3-3
    AAC 2-2
    MWC 3-3
    CUSA 3-3
    B1G 2-5
    ACC 4-6
    MAC 0-4

    Let’s just give the Big10 Maryland’s loss, and the ACC can take Louisville’s win. Now, the ACC is break even, and the Big10 is 2-6. Hmm, I feel better already. :) Now, if FSU will just take care of Auburn Monday night, the ACC will look pretty darn good.

  49. melikefootball says: Jan 4, 2014 8:20 AM

    The officials tried there very best to over officiate a very fun game to watch. Even up to the last of the game when Clemson got a first down and game was over to throw a flag on bench when dousing the winning coach with gator aide .. The officiating in the bowl games was so inconsistent it was sad for some plays called that may have caused the game to go one wy or other. Congrats to Clemson was a really good game.

  50. cometkazie says: Jan 4, 2014 9:08 AM

    Pasta Belly has it right.

    You can tell who the college football fans are by their comments. Look who talked about the game rather than dissing something.

    The kids played an entertaining game. Good for them. I hoped they enjoyed their stay in Miami.

    One of the delights in watching the college games is there are so few delays for official review. The NFL could take some lessons.

  51. teambringitstrong says: Jan 4, 2014 9:10 AM

    So now the Buckeye supporters are calling Buckeye trolls haters? No one hates OSU, there is just NO respect for the football program with it’s S-O-F-T schedule.

    People want to see at least a competitive schedule. Sure you can have 2 games against Bobaloo State and
    Mama Tech but come on, outside of the conference schedule who of note did OSU play?

    And this is the same team that said they would wipe the floor with ‘Bama and/or FSU and then end up getting beat by a team FSU AC-130 on in their own house!!

    So if you’re going to pop off when things are good, expect folks to give it back to you when you lose, especially knowing full well your team is built on a house of cards.

  52. sportfan2 says: Jan 4, 2014 9:30 AM

    Not surprised Buckeyes lost, I would have been surprised it they had won. They have many good players who don’t play hard all the time. I see this a lot in College sports now a day’s.

  53. longtallsam says: Jan 4, 2014 10:00 AM

    I have heard people knock Clemson’s schedule, but the commentators mentioned that Clemson was the only top twentyfive team that had played four regular season games against teams in the final BCS top twentyfive. Now, five including OSU.
    Clemson plays USC every year, and would play Georgia every year if Georgia would agree to it. They played three teams ranked in the top six when they played, and won two of the three.

  54. harbourimages says: Jan 4, 2014 10:30 AM

    Does anyone else notice what a whining pussy Brax is? The guy is “hurt” in almost every game he plays. “Owww… Daddy Urban, they TACKLED me! No fair! That HURT, Daddy! Waaaaaaa.” And Millen kept calling the cry baby a “warrior?” Give me a break. He’s on the ground crying so much in every game the guy needs a pacifier. And yes, it is soooooooo satisfying to have seen the looks on the faces of Saban and Urbie during their last two games. Both of them are ARROGANT jerks, even if they really are seriously great coaches (unfortunately). Guess that’s why it’s so much fun to watch them when they finally DO lose, like watching Meyer last night. Loved it!

  55. ohioguy614 says: Jan 4, 2014 10:31 AM

    Can you idiots stop with the schedule bashing comments? You obviously don’t know what you are talking about. Let’s be logical you confederate flag waving dimwits…..

    Do you realize schedules are set YEARS in advance? Ohio State in the past recent years has played USC, Texas, and a few other big names schools. In the near future, we have Virginia Tech, TCU, Oklahoma on the schedule. When you schedule YEARS in advance, you can never predict how good or bad a team will be. And regarding recent history…OSU has played in the most BCS games (10) over the past 12 years and won 6 of them. No other team has gone to more BCS games. SO SUCK IT! Bowls know that when OSU is available, fans will show up and support. No other fan base travels like OSU fan base!

    Another thing, OSU fans don’t vote in the AP poll, or the Coaches poll. Writers and coaches do! So if you morons want to blame someone for OSU or anyone else being ranked higher than they should, turn your frustration to the writers and coaches not OSU fans. OSU fans talk just as much smack as any other fans in the country. So what? It’s what fans do…but at least get educated about what you talk about and what you post. I know that might be difficult for all of you married 7th graders from the south to understand.

  56. buckeye1nation says: Jan 4, 2014 10:33 AM

    Congrats to Clemson on a good game. Sammi Watkins was the best player on either team and he was the difference in the game. OSU’s depleted secondary had no answer for him. As much as I was rooting against him last night, I would LOVE to see him in a Buccaneer uniform next year.

  57. jjsooner says: Jan 4, 2014 11:04 AM

    Entertaining game. Not great but entertaining. IMO the Sugar Bowl was the most exciting game between 2 very good teams. Lat night’s Cotton Bowl would have been way better if it hadn’t had the Stevie Wonder officiating crew from the Big 10. Congrats to Clemson:-)

  58. onlyoneleft says: Jan 4, 2014 11:34 AM

    infrno is the husband of that pos Bama fan that attacked the Oklahoma fan.

  59. infrno says: Jan 4, 2014 12:18 PM

    Idiot futtbuckeye fans still whining I see. Each and every time they play a decent team they get beat. Lol.

  60. infrno says: Jan 4, 2014 12:21 PM

    You yanks can’t read. Infrno would never share a roof with a Bama fan. Reading is fundamental, dummy.

  61. cincyfredo says: Jan 4, 2014 12:31 PM

    About this OSU schedule …
    EVERY YEAR they have 2 or 3 absolute cupcakes outside of Big 10/12/14 or whatever that league is.
    So maybe they play 1 non-conf team like Virginia Tech. So what. Then they play the likes of Indiana, Minnesota, Purdue, Northwester, Iowa, etc … all conf cupcakes. THEY NEVER PLAY A TOUGH SCHEDULE, that is why they are like 0-9 vs. SEC.
    OSU is like Notre Dame and the Yankees. America hates the arrogance of teams like that. No one outside of C-Bus or an alum likes the Bucknuts.
    Go get ready for that tough opener playing a bunch of sailors.

  62. dkhhuey says: Jan 4, 2014 12:59 PM

    Exciting game to watch even though my Buckeyes didn’t come out with a victory! The muffed punt and Braxton’s INTs were killers! Congrats to Clemson – the performed as advertised!

    As for all the OSU bashers – you make me laugh!!! As much as you hate it – Urban and company will be back in the top 10 next year and for years to come and knowing how much that annoys so many, I’m loving it!

  63. onlyoneleft says: Jan 4, 2014 1:06 PM

    I’m wrong. I think infrno is a dirt pecker.

  64. infrno says: Jan 4, 2014 1:13 PM

    You lied, you’d need a brain to think.

  65. infrno says: Jan 4, 2014 1:14 PM

    Yeah they’ll be in the top 10. And they’ll lose every time they actually play somebody. And we will love it.

  66. jrs45 says: Jan 4, 2014 1:31 PM

    Buckeyes need to get that 8th Natl Championship win real soon!

  67. clemsonstillsucks says: Jan 4, 2014 1:41 PM

    And if it’s ever available in trade for tats and memorabilia Ohio State will get it.

  68. bigbuckeye76 says: Jan 4, 2014 3:59 PM

    Good one! Going with the Tat gate blast, yeah.. Manziel making thousands off autographs….sCam Newtons dad pimping him for hundreds of thousands….but yeah, keep blowing up OSU….cause they are bad…right

  69. ohioguy614 says: Jan 4, 2014 4:48 PM

    I see no difference in non conference ‘cupcakes’ between any conference. You need to use calculus, trig, and physics to determine which team or conference plays the strongest cupcakes. So let’s just stop talking about that nonsense.

    Buckeye fans will continue to love our team as much as you love yours, no matter how ignorant your hateful posts are. So why you gotta hate?

    Buckeye haters just hate…period! It says more about the hater than it does about Ohio State. I feel sorry for you.

  70. cometkazie says: Jan 4, 2014 5:10 PM

    dkhhuey – I’m with you.

    People don’t usually shoot down at others.

  71. CBFAN says: Jan 4, 2014 7:12 PM

    Great bowl game and congrats to Clemson on a well deserved win. LOL to all the Buckeye haters. The thing is, we are always in the running every year and that is why you love to hate us. No matter, Go Bucks, looking forward to next year.

  72. ohioguy614 says: Jan 4, 2014 9:39 PM

    My thoughts exactly……

  73. auburntigers34 says: Jan 10, 2014 11:25 PM

    Of course they’re your thoughts “exactly’. It came from a newspaper in the heart of B!g country. Denial is always an option.

  74. normtide says: Jan 11, 2014 12:23 AM

    2-5 isn’t as bad as it looks? Really, your going to try to pull that off? Does one win over an injury riddled SEC team mean that much? On Jan 10, 2014 10:25 PM, “CollegeFootballTalk” wrote:

    > auburntigers34 commented: “Of course they’re your thoughts “exactly’. > It came from a newspaper in the heart of B!g country. Denial is always an > option.”

  75. CBFAN says: Jan 11, 2014 10:08 AM

    normtide says:Jan 11, 2014 12:23 AM

    2-5 isn’t as bad as it looks? Really, your going to try to pull that off? Does one win over an injury riddled SEC team mean that much?
    maybe so but the SEC choked in the big stage this year as well so not much room to talk there.

  76. normtide says: Jan 11, 2014 10:32 AM

    The SEC is 7-3 I think in bowls. A 2-5 league is calling them out now? Funny. The b1g has been relegated to cheering for whoever plays they sec. I’ll take our record and reputation. We don’t accept 2-5 as good or exceptional. That article says a ton about where the b1g is these days.

  77. CBFAN says: Jan 11, 2014 12:25 PM

    There are a number of second tier bowl games in that record. I think it makes more sense to look at BCS bowl records. How many did the SEC win this year?

  78. normtide says: Jan 11, 2014 7:22 PM

    Unlike the b1g, the SEC has more then just two good teams. And if you think the b1g is anywhere near the SEC in talent and performance, you need to get out more. Or at least read something written outside of the rust belt.

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