Orange Bowl Honor Roll: Tigers come up big on both sides of the ball vs. Buckeyes

Offensive playmakers soar, while defense takes care of the dirty work

Clemson's Stanton Seckinger scores the winning touchdown against Ohio State during the fourth quarter at the Discover Orange Bowl in Sun Life Stadium Miami, Florida.

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Clemson's Stanton Seckinger scores the winning touchdown against Ohio State during the fourth quarter at the Discover Orange Bowl in Sun Life Stadium Miami, Florida.

Orange Bowl Honor Roll

Tajh Boyd: It was nothing less than a fitting curtain call for the Tigers' record-setting quarterback - 505 total yards, with six touchdowns, five passing and one running. He completed 30-of-41 passes for 378 yards and rushed for 127 yards on 20 carries.

Sammy Watkins: Ditto for the Tigers' record-breaking receiver, who'll announce his NFL plans on Tuesday. He was the Tigers' go-to man from the get-go against Ohio State, and set school and Orange Bowl records with 16 receptions for 227 yards, including two touchdown grabs. He broke the school record for receptions in a season (101) and reception yards in a season (1,464). He followed through on his promise to break the records that Nuk Hopkins set last season.

Rod McDowell: He ran tough all night against OSU's stingy run defense, and finished with 69 yards on 12 carries to go over the 1,000-yard mark for the season.

Vic Beasley: He was a hard man to handle all game for Ohio State's offensive line. He recorded his 13th sack of the season, and four of his five tackles came behind the line of scrimmage. He set the edge for Bashaud Breeland's pivotal fumble-causing sack.

Martavis Bryant: He's becoming college football's best jump-ball touchdown maker, with two spectacular end zone grabs among his three catches for 28 yards.

Stanton Seckinger: His fourth-quarter touchdown catch was his second game-winner of the season against a top-10 opponent.

Jordan Leggett: His 43-yard catch-and-run showed a glimpse of what's to come from the talented freshman tight end.

Bradley Pinion: He had six touchbacks in eight kickoffs, and punted for a 37.7 average.

Stephone Anthony: He ruled the middle of the field, and finished with a team-high eight tackles, a tackle for loss, a PBU and the game-clinching interception.

Spencer Shuey: He helped lead Clemson's gang-tackling effort against Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde, and then combined with Breeland for the play of the game - a recovery of a Miller fumble that helped wrap up the victory. He also had a quarterback sack of his own.

Corey Crawford: He made four tackles, one for loss, and was a difference-maker in the passing game with two PBU bat-downs.

Robert Smith: He played tough, hard-nosed defense against the run and the pass, with seven tackles and a fumble recovery on special teams.

Jayron Kearse: His inexperience showed at times, but he came up big with another critical interception.

Bashaud Breeland: His fumble-causing sack of Braxton Miller on a corner blitz put a back-and-forth game in Clemson's court.

Grady Jarrett: The Tigers' monster in the middle, he affected the game from start to finish on his way to a six-tackle performance.

Shaq Lawson: The freshman defensive end was consistently disruptive and picked up another quarterback sack.

Quandon Christian: His PBU denied the Buckeyes a two-point conversion at a key point in the game.

Adam Humphries: No catches, but lots of blocking that helped pave the way for big plays by Watkins.

Tyler Shatley & Brandon Thomas: Thomas took out two defenders on Tajh Boyd's 48-yard touchdown run, and Shatley finished the job by demolishing an Ohio State linebacker.

DeShawn Williams, Josh Watson & D.J. Reader: The Tigers' DT trio joined with Jarrett to win in the trenches against one of the nation's best offensive lines.

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lwb1946 writes:

Where is Spencer Shuey's Name? I could have swore I heard his name called quiet a few times last night.

DahlonegaJoe writes:

My opinion - This is TEAM win. There were plenty of very good performances/some great and mistakes made by many. Proud of finishing the game the way we did.
GO TIGERS.
Thanks for the memories Tajh and Sammy. We will miss your highlights and thrills. GO TIGERS.

KerryCapps writes:

in response to lwb1946:

Where is Spencer Shuey's Name? I could have swore I heard his name called quiet a few times last night.

Oops - thanks, he's definitely supposed to be in there...

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