Tigers Put the Boom on the Sooners
|Monday, December 29, 2014 9:00 PM- -|
ORLANDO, FL – Boom Sooners.
Clemson’s senior class and highly-touted defense put an exclamation point on the season and the Boom in Boomers Sooner as the Tigers put a resounding 40-6 thumping on Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl Monday evening in the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. It was the worst loss for Oklahoma in the Sooners’ storied bowl history. The win was all about the numbers for the Tigers – senior quarterback
Cole StoudtCole Stoudt The win also cemented the number one status of Clemson’s defense, which won the game for defensive coordinator
Brent VenablesBrent Venables
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View Full Profile . Venables was at Oklahoma until 2011, and he left for Clemson after he was moved into a co-coordinator role with Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops’ brother, Mike Stoops.
Clemson’s senior class and highly-touted defense put an exclamation point on the season and the Boom in Boomers Sooner as the Tigers put a resounding 40-6 thumping on Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl Monday evening in the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. It was the worst loss for Oklahoma in the Sooners’ storied bowl history.
The win was all about the numbers for the Tigers – senior quarterback
Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
The win also cemented the number one status of Clemson’s defense, which won the game for defensive coordinator
Brent VenablesBrent Venables
The Tigers stifled the Sooners’ opening drive, and it took exactly one offensive play for Clemson to get on the scoreboard. Following the Oklahoma punt, Stoudt dropped back and hit Scott on a short pass and Scott juked out three or four Oklahoma defenders and raced 65 untouched yards for the touchdown and 7-0 lead.
Clemson’s defense held strong on the second possession, and the Tigers again drove down the field. Following a Stoudt sack on third down, kicker
Ammon LakipAmmon Lakip
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Korrin Wiggins intercepted a Knight pass on the Sooners’ third possession, but a sack on third down and a blocked field goal allowed Oklahoma to dodge a three-score deficit. It took exactly one play for that bullet to find it’s mark, however. A tipped pass was intercepted by
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View Full Profile – and Boulware took it down the middle of the field and outraced Knight into the endzone for a 17-0 lead with 3:25 remaining in the first quarter.
It was Clemson’s first interception return for a touchdown in a bowl game since Arlington Nunn against Illinois in the Jan. 1991 Hall of Fame Bowl.
Lakip added a 49-yard field – a career-long and it tied the longest in Clemson bowl history – early in the second quarter for a 20-0 lead. Obed Ariri had a 49-yarder against Pittsburgh in the 1977 Gator Bowl.
Meanwhile, Clemson’s defense continued to overwhelm Knight and the Sooner offense, and Clemson’s second drive of the second quarter got a boost from yet another offsides call. Facing a 4th-and-4 from the Sooner 34-yard line, Swinney elected to go for it instead of attempt a long field goal. Stoudt’s pass was tipped and return for what appeared to be a Sooner touchdown, but Oklahoma was called offsides on the play.
Three plays later, Stoudt hit
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The defense continued to throttle the Sooner offense early in the second half, and Clemson took advantage on its second drive of the half, getting a three-yard plunge from Stoudt – who juked a defender and dove across the goal line – for a 34-0 lead with 9:24 remaining in the third quarter.
The rout continued a drive later. A reversed call on a
Tyshon DyeTyshon Dye
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View Full Profile for a touchdown. Stoudt was drilled on the play – a Sooner defender grabbed Stoudt’s facemask and the helmet rolled down the field – but he got up in time to see Hopper’s score. The extra point was missed and Clemson led 40-0 with just over a minute remaining in the third quarter.
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score ----------------- -- -- -- -- ----- Oklahoma............ 0 0 0 6 - 6 Record: (8-5) Clemson............. 17 10 13 0 - 40 Record: (10-3) Scoring Summary: 1st 13:26 CLEM - SCOTT 65 yd pass from STOUDT (LAKIP kick), 1-65 0:12, OU 0 - CLEM 7 08:21 CLEM - LAKIP 34 yd field goal, 9-37 3:38, OU 0 - CLEM 10 03:25 CLEM - BOULWARE 47 yd interception return (LAKIP kick), , OU 0 - CLEM 17 2nd 14:00 CLEM - LAKIP 49 yd field goal, 9-48 2:36, OU 0 - CLEM 20 07:34 CLEM - M. WILLIAMS 26 yd pass from STOUDT (LAKIP kick), 14-80 5:09, OU 0 - CLEM 27 3rd 09:24 CLEM - STOUDT 2 yd run (LAKIP kick), 5-50 1:33, OU 0 - CLEM 34 01:42 CLEM - HOPPER 24 yd pass from STOUDT (LAKIP kick blockd), 11-80 4:18, OU 0 - CLEM 40 4th 06:57 OU - Ross, Alex 11 yd run (Hunnicutt, M. kick blockd), 5-43 1:38, OU 6 - CLEM 40 OU CLEM FIRST DOWNS................... 17 22 RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............ 31-172 42-68 PASSING YDS (NET)............. 103 319 Passes Att-Comp-Int........... 37-17-3 37-26-0 TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS..... 68-275 79-387 Fumble Returns-Yards.......... 0-0 1-12 Punt Returns-Yards............ 0-0 3-5 Kickoff Returns-Yards......... 2-14 1-26 Interception Returns-Yards.... 0-0 3-51 Punts (Number-Avg)............ 9-49.9 8-41.1 Fumbles-Lost.................. 2-2 1-0 Penalties-Yards............... 8-80 4-20 Possession Time............... 27:36 32:24 Third-Down Conversions........ 2 of 12 7 of 19 Fourth-Down Conversions....... 0 of 0 0 of 0 Red-Zone Scores-Chances....... 1-1 2-3 Sacks By: Number-Yards........ 4-25 1-8 RUSHING: Oklahoma-Perine, Samaje 23-134; Ross, Alex 2-31; Ford, Keith 4-8; Knight, Trevor 2-minus 1. Clemson-GALLMAN 19-55; DYE 6-13; SCOTT 1-6; DAVIDSON 4-5; HOWARD 3-1; SCHUESSLER 1-minus 7; STOUDT 8-minus 8; RODRIGUEZ 0-3. PASSING: Oklahoma-Knight, Trevor 17-37-3-103. Clemson-STOUDT 26-36-0-319; OLSON 0-1-0-0. RECEIVING: Oklahoma-Quick, Michiah 7-46; Perine, Samaje 3-22; Flowers, D. 2-17; Neal, Durron 2-5; Shepard, S. 1-13; Bell, Blake 1-1; Ross, Alex 1-minus 1. Clemson-M. WILLIAMS 9-112; SCOTT 8-114; HUMPHRIES 5-28; PEAKE 2-40; HOPPER 1-24; HOWARD 1-1. INTERCEPTIONS: Oklahoma-None. Clemson-BOULWARE 1-47; WIGGINS 1-7; GREEN 1-minus 3. FUMBLES: Oklahoma-Perine, Samaje 1-1; Ford, Keith 1-1. Clemson-SCHUESSLER 1-0. Stadium: Orlando Citrus Bowl Attendance: 40071 Kickoff time: 5:35 pm End of Game: 8:57 pm Total elapsed time: 3:22 Officials: Referee: Matt Moore; Umpire: Tom Quick; Linesman: Gus Morris; Line judge: Michael Shirey; Back judge: Grantis Bell; Field judge: Greg Thomas; Side judge: Rob Skelton; Temperature: 80 Wind: W 8 Weather: Partly Cloudy