Orange Bowl Open Thread

Submitted by MGoGrendel on January 3rd, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Tajh Boyd vs Braxton Miller.  Lots of offense expected. 

Let's hope Clemson's offense shows up for their bowl game this year.


Line: OSU -2.5

Over/Under: 71.5



2014 Orange Bowl final score

Clemson: 40

Ohio:  35


Big night for Clemson offense

Sammy Watkins. 16 receptions for 227 yards (an Orange Bowl and Clemson record) and two touchdowns. What a beast!

Tajh Boyd also set an Orange Bowl record with 486 total yards.

I heard this was the first time Ohio lost when they score 35+ points.  (insert sad panda here)



January 3rd, 2014 at 7:43 PM ^

Per TeamRankings, your matchup stats for this game:

Clemson Ohio St.
Yards/Play 6.1   7.1
Points/Play 0.462   0.605
Rush Play % 51.53%   62.14%
Pass Play % 48.47%   37.86%
Completion % 67.48%   63.87%
3D Conv % 40.79%   49.31%
RZ Scoring % 84.78%   95.83%
Clemson Ohio St.
Opp Yards/Play 5.1   5.0
Opp Points/Play 0.314   0.301
Opp Completion % 53.37%   60.46%
Opp 3D Conv % 31.90%   35.91%
Opp RZ Scoring % 79.31%   79.49%



January 3rd, 2014 at 8:04 PM ^

Could we just make this the bowl open thread? The Cotton Bowl will be as good if not a better game than the Orange.


EDIT: Nevermind.


January 3rd, 2014 at 8:18 PM ^

Recruitment of Boyd and Watkins?

I can't remember much about Boyd, but wasn't Watkins about to commit then all the RR getting fired talk started to get hot and heavy and he decided on Clemson.

Trying to explain it to a non -UM fan of mine and can't remember the specifics.


January 3rd, 2014 at 8:19 PM ^

I hate that ESPN just assumes everyone in the SEC is not fast or athletic. Ohio State has a number of players from Florida, did they get slow by going to a Big Ten school?


January 3rd, 2014 at 8:30 PM ^

I was 8 when that happened and I still remember it vividly. Woody was obviously completely unhinged at that point and thus a perfect patriach for OSU football.

Bando Calrissian

January 3rd, 2014 at 8:33 PM ^

The sad part about the Woody punch is that it will forever be shown without proper context. As Bo explained after Woody died, Woody was diabetic and wasn't always on top of his blood sugar. When he punched Bauman, at the end of a tense game, he was so out of his mind in a sugar crash he had no idea what he was doing. When you watch the film, he's visibly dazed.
It's sad he'll always be remembered for that, especially with this game being hyped around that incident.

Bando Calrissian

January 3rd, 2014 at 8:52 PM ^

I've seen it happen with a close relative who is extremely diabetic. His sugar crashed and he essentially lost track of where he was and what he was doing, and even got uncharacteristically aggressive. The symptoms are sometimes mistaken for drunkenness, too. Watching Woody in that moment, it's exactly what was happening.


January 3rd, 2014 at 8:57 PM ^

First of all, the only person who would know that was a mitigating factor was Woody and clearly he would have a huge motive to lie to everyone including friends and family.  Secondly, even if true, it is at best a mitgating factor and not a total defense to the act.  He has been and should be roundly criticized for unpardonable sin.