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No more Clemsoning: Tigers headed to national title game

11 months 5 days 7 hours ago January 01, 2016 Jan 1, 2016 Friday, January 01 2016 January 01, 2016 9:03 AM in Sports
Source: Associated Press
By: Paul Newberry

MIAMI - Deshaun Watson turned in another stellar two-way performance, running for one touchdown, passing for another and accounting for 332 yards to lead top-ranked Clemson to a 37-17 victory over Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl national semifinal game Thursday night.

Clemson (14-0) dominated the second half and shut down Oklahoma's prolific offense that averaged 52 points over its previous seven games. The Sooners (11-2) actually came into the game as favorites, but the Tigers showed their perfect record was no fluke.

Clemson will face Alabama in the Jan. 11 national championship game in Glendale, Arizona. Alabama beat Michigan State 38-0 later Thursday in the Cotton Bowl.

Watson got off to a slow start passing, but came back to complete 16 of 31 for 187 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow that gave Clemson some breathing room late in the third quarter. The Heisman finalist also ran for 145 yards on 24 carries, scoring the Tigers' first touchdown on a 5-yard run.

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