It’s Game Day in Miami where No. 14 Clemson will battle No. 22 West Virginia in the Discover Orange Bowl.
Location: Sun Life Stadium (72,300) – Miami Gardens, FL
Kickoff: 8:38 PM
Announcers: Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Ron Jaworski, Lisa Salters (Sideline)
2011 Record: Clemson 10-3 West Virginia 9-3
ACC Record: Clemson 6-2
Series History: Clemson leads the series 1-0
Last Meeting: Clemson won 27-7 in 1989 Gator Bowl
Clemson won the ACC Championship for the first time in 20 years. Tigers earned their first appearance in a BCS calibar bowl since 1981. Clemson won the Atlantic Division for the second time in three years. The Tigers won 10 games, the most since 1990. Clemson won seven games over ACC opponents for first time since 1983. The Tigers won all of their home games for the first time since 1990. Clemson reached No. 5 in the BCS on October 23. The Tigers became the first ACC team to beat three AP ranked teams in three consecutive weeks. The Tigers were ranked in the AP Poll for twelve straight weeks, the most in 11 years.
Clemson can win their first BCS Bowl with a victory in the Orange Bowl. The Tigers can win 11 games for the first time since 1981 and the fourth in team history. Finish in the top 10 in the AP or USA Today coaches poll for the first time since 1990. The Tigers can beat five top 25 teams in the same season for the first time. Clemson can win three games against top 25 teams in the same year for the first time since 1950. Clemson can be the highest ranked ACC team for the first time since 1991.
Clemson Ties to West Virginia
Former Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden played at West Virginia. Rich Rodriquez left Clemson to become the head coach at West Virginia.
Tigers Undefeated at Sun Life Stadium
Clemson is 1-0 at Sun Life Stadium. On October 24, 2009 Clemson defeated Miami 40-37 in overtime. The Tigers have actually won three straight games in Miami. The streak started with the 1982 Orange Bowl, then Clemson defeated Miami in 2004.
West Virginia Bowl History Against ACC
West Virginia is 3-11 in bowl games against the ACC. The Tigers won the only matchup in the 1989 Gator Bowl.
West Virginia Undefeated in BCS
This will be the third BCS game for West Virginia. In 2006 West Virginia defeated Georgia in the Sugar Bowl and in 2008 they defeated Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl.
Clemson 34 West Virginia 24