4 Oklahoma Sooners 7-10-0-0 — 17
1 Clemson Tigers 3-13-14-7 — 37
Clemson defeated Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl to advance to the national championship. They will face the winner of the Cotton Bowl between Alabama and Michigan State.
It was a dominant performance by the Clemson offense, especially their rushing attack. The Tigers defense was swarming and prevented the Sooners from gaining any momentum.
Here is how Clemson won the Orange Bowl:
Oklahoma Got Out to a Fast Start
The Sooners received the ball to open the game and drove down for a touchdown. Running back Samaje Perine had a short run into the endzone and it gave Oklahoma a 7-0 lead.
Clemson Converted on Fake Punt & Scored a Touchdown
Clemson converted a fake punt that led to a touchdown early in the second quarter of the Orange Bowl. Fake punts are hard to pull off but this one had a special meaning. Just a month ago, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney went crazy after the same punter after he decided to go for a fake punt.
This one turned out much better for Clemson. DeShaun Watson scored the touchdown after the converted fake punt.
Oklahoma Responded With a Touchdown
Mayfield found his tight end, one of his favorite redzone targets, in the endzone to give Oklahoma a 17-16 lead just before halftime.
Clemson Dominated the Second Half
The Tigers took over the second half of the game. Clemson’s success was in large part because of their rushing attack. Early in the fourth quarter Clemson had rushed for over 300 yards.