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Instant halftime Analysis: Ohio St. 22, Clemson 20


  by - Staff Writer - Friday, January 3, 2014 10:25 PM
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Watkins has eight receptions for 130 yards (Photo: Joshua S. Kelly)

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – The first half of the Discover Orange Bowl definitely didn’t disappoint, providing spectacular plays, as well as plays that made everyone in attendance scratch their heads.

After a late touchdown drive, No.7 Ohio State has a 22-20 halftime lead over No. 12 Clemson at Sun Life Stadium.

Player of the half: Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Jr. Wide Receiver
#2 6-1, 205
Fort Myers, FL

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is making the most out of what could be his final game in orange and white. Watkins has helped the offense and special teams in every way possible. He has eight receptions for 130 yards, and is now tied with Aaron Kelly for the Clemson career reception lead with 232.

Stat of the half: Coming into the Orange Bowl, Ohio State had only given up 17 sacks. The Tigers sacked Miller three times and recorded five tackles for loss.

What’s working for the Tigers:Speed kills and the Tigers have a lot of it. Watkins and Martavis BryantMartavis Bryant
Jr. Wide Receiver
#1 6-5, 200
Calhoun Falls, SC

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consistently got behind a young Buckeye secondary and even when the defenders had Clemson receivers their sights, they couldn’t stop the Clemson speedsters. The only thing stopping the Clemson offense from clicking on all cylinders is Clemson – costly penalties and turnovers. The Clemson defensive line has played out of their minds – D.J. ReaderD.J. Reader
So. Defensive Tackle
#48 6-2, 335
Greensboro, NC

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, Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
RS Jr. Defensive End
#3 6-3, 225
Adairsville, GA

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, Grady JarrettGrady Jarrett
Jr. Defensive Tackle
#50 6-1, 290
Conyers, GA

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, Shaq LawsonShaq Lawson
Fr. Defensive End
#90 6-4, 260
Central, SC

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, and company have consistently put pressure on Braxton Miller

What’s not working for the Tigers:Costly mistakes have killed defensive and offensive drives.

What the Tigers need to do to win: A Clemson win is definitely not out of the realm of possibility, but the Tigers must quit making the careless mistakes – a taunting penalty that led to a touchdown, not being aware on special teams, intentional grounding in the endzone, and turnovers. Ohio State hasn’t been able to stop Clemson’s speed at the skill positions and the defense has done more than a respectable job against Miller, Carlos Hyde and the Ohio St. defense. Just be smart with the football and keep Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde in check and the Tigers win.

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