Orange Bowl: Clemson Whipped By West Virginia

West Virginia put on a scoring show unlike any other in college football's postseason history at the Orange Bowl. The Mountaineers scored 70 points, a record for any bowl game, and dominated 14th-ranked Clemson 70-33 as Gene Smith tied a bowl record with six touchdown passes, four of them going to Tavon Austin.

Maybe the most impressive part of 23rd-ranked West Virginia's scoring show was that the most dazzling of the touchdowns came from a defender.

Early in the second quarter, West Virginia's Darwin Cook snuffed out a potential Clemson touchdown, created a turnover, ran 99 yards into the Orange Bowl record books and tackled the overstuffed orange that serves as the game's mascot.

Smith finished 31-of-42 for 401 yards, which broke Tom Brady's Orange Bowl record for passing yards. His six TD passes is a record for any bowl game. Austin finished with 11 catches for 117 yards. Austin's four TD catches tied a record for any bowl game. The Mountaineers scored five TDs in the second quarter to take a 49-20 lead.

The Mountaineers are 4-0 in BCS bowl games all-time and finished the season 10-3. Clemson finished 10-4.

The Big East is 3-1 in bowl games this season. The ACC fell to 2-6.




 
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