The 12-1 Ohio State Buckeyes (No. 7 BCS) will take on the 10-2 Clemson Tigers (No. 12), from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Jan. 3 in Miami in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl. Game time is 8:30 p.m. with ESPN carrying the broadcast from Sun Life Stadium (72,230).
This will be only the second appearance for Ohio State in the Discover Orange Bowl; the last coming 37 years ago and following the 1976 season when Woody Hayes' Big Ten champion Buckeyes defeated the Big Eight champion Colorado Buffalos, 27-10, after falling behind early, 10-0. Ron Springs (98 rushing yards), Rod Gerald (81) and Jeff Logan (79) keyed the offense, which netted 271 rushing yards.
Second Meeting Against Clemson
Ohio State and Clemson have met just once: on Dec. 29, 1978, in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. Clemson prevailed, 17-15, when Charlie Bauman intercepted an Art Schlichter pass in the final seconds of a game that would be the final for Woody Hayes after 28 years as Ohio State head coach, 205 wins, five national championships and 13 Big Ten titles.
Ohio State is led offensively by Big Ten offensive player of the year and quarterback of the Year Braxton Miller (1,860 passing yards and 22 touchdowns with just five interceptions; 1,033 rushing yards with 10 touchdowns) and Big Ten running back of the year Carlos Hyde (1,408 yards, 7.7 per carry average and 14 touchdowns). Clemson will counter with quarterback Taj Boyd (3,473 passing yards with 29 touchdowns and only five interceptions), receiver Sammy Watkins (85 receptions, 1,237 yards and 10 touchdowns) and running back Roderick McDowell (956 rushing yards).
DE Vic Beasley leads the Tigers with 19.0 TFLs, including 12.5 sacks while LB Spencer Shuey leads with 89 tackles. Ryan Shazier leads Ohio State and the Big Ten Conference with 134 tackles and 22.5 TFLs. Noah Spence and Michael Bennett have 8.0 and 7.0 sacks, respectively, while Bradley Roby leads the secondary with 13 pass break-ups and three interceptions.
Ohio State's BCS History
Ohio State is officially 5-3 in BCS bowl games and, with this ninth official appearance, the program will go down in BCS history as having the most BCS wins and the most BCS appearances. (Note: Ohio State's 31-26 win over Arkansas in the 2011 Allstate Sugar Bowl was vacated.).