- OKLA 378
- 530 CLEM
- OKLA 2
- 1 CLEM
- OKLA 24
- 30 CLEM
- Miami, FL 33299
- Line: OKLA -4.0
- Over/Under: 62
Clemson rolls over Oklahoma, advances to CFP title game
Playoff Theatre: 2015 Orange Bowl
Andy Teasdall's fake punt sparks Clemson
Clemson pulls away late in Orange Bowl
What's next for Oklahoma?
Accounting for his usage (59 plays) and efficiency, Deshaun Watson contributed 11.1 points above what would be expected of an average QB with the same number of plays. That's the second most by a quarterback in a BCS title game or CFP game in the last 10 seasons (behind AJ McCarron in 2013 BC Championship Game (11.2)
Clemson ran for a school bowl-record 312 yards Thursday. Deshaun Watson and Wayne Gallman each rushed for 100 yards, becoming the third set of teammates to each eclipse 100 yards in the Orange Bowl. The Tigers beat Oklahoma 40-6 last season despite running for 68 yards, its fewest in the last four seasons. Watson, who did not play against Oklahoma last season, ran for 145 yards Thursday, setting the Orange Bowl record for the most rush yards by a quarterback.
Clemson had success on zone-read rushes, gaining 194 yards on 30 such rushes. That is the most yards the Tigers have gained on zone-read rushes in the last five seasons - and the most the Sooners have allowed in five years. The Tigers averaged 8.7 yards per rush when Watson kept the ball on zone reads and 6.3 when he handed it off Gallman.
Deshaun Watson had a career-high 119 yards on 19 designed runs and tied his career high with four such 10-yard runs.
Oklahoma: suffered consecutive bowl losses by 20 points or more for 1st time in program history (lost by 34 in Russell Athletic Bowl last season, also against Clemson)
Oklahoma was held below 100 yards rushing twice this season; the Sooners had exactly 67 rush yards in each of its losses (against Texas and Clemson).
Deshaun Watson has rushed for 100 yards in five of his last six games; South Florida's Marlon Mack is the only other FBS player with five 100-yard games since the beginning of November.
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher hopes quarterback Sean Maguire is ready to go full speed by the middle of June.
Graduate transfer quarterback Davis Webb has officially joined California, giving the Golden Bears an experienced option to replace No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Jared Goff.
First-year football coach Dino Babers, hired by former Syracuse AD Mark Coyle, is on the committee that will search for Coyle's replacement.
Hugh Freeze has some major holes to fill on offense with the departures of Laremy Tunsil and Laquon Treadwell, but there is Chady Kelly and good depth.
After transferring in from Montana State, Dakota Prukop has a checklist he's working from as he prepares to compete for the Oregon job.
The destination for Week 6 of the Big 12 Ultimate Road Trip is unanimous, as all three conference reporters would head to the Red River Rivalry.