Back-to-back interceptions ended an entertaining, up-and-down roller coaster Orange Bowl in favor of Clemson

Author: Kristy



MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — As predicted, it turned into a shootout.

And Tajh Boyd went out with a bang.

Boyd passed for 378 yards and five touchdowns in the final game of his career, leading Clemson to a 40-35 victory against Ohio State on Friday night in the Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium.

The Tigers’ first BCS bowl victory didn’t come easily.

BOX SCORE: Clemson 40, Ohio State 35

WATCH: Clemson WRs make beautiful catches

Bashaud Breeland forced a fumble from Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller with 3:12 remaining and Spencer Shuey recovered. It could have sealed the victory, but Boyd threw poorly while trying to continue a game-clinching drive, and Ohio State intercepted.

But Tigers linebacker Stephone Anthony returned the favor, intercepting a Miller pass, and Clemson ran out the clock from there.

In what was likely his final game, junior receiver Sammy Watkins set Orange Bowl records with 16 receptions for 227 yards.

Clemson improved to 11-2, marking two straight years with 11 victories for the first time in school history. Ohio State closed 12-2.

Clemson also overcame a plethora of penalties. The Tigers were whistled for 15 penalties totaling 144 yards by the American Athletic Conference officiating crew.


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