Jan 3, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) scores a touchdown in the first half of the 2014 Orange Bowl college football game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Discover Orange Bowl final score: Sammy Watkins’ record-breaking night leads Clemson over Ohio State, 40-35


Coming into the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl, we knew that this would be the final game in a Clemson Tigers uniform for record-breaking QB Tajh Boyd. We also knew that it could possibly be the last night in college for his favorite target the last three seasons, junior Sammy Watkins.

If this was indeed the final college football game for Watkins, he went out with a bang as he led the Clemson Tigers to a 40-35 win over Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes, 40-35.

Watkins broke the Orange Bowl record with 227 yards on 16 catches against the Ohio State defense as the Tigers fought their way past the 12-1 Buckeyes.

This game had about all you could ask for in the final year of the BCS. It was back and forth between these two heavyweights all evening.

In his final game of his storied career, Boyd finished with 370 yards on 30-of-39 passing with five touchdowns and two interceptions.

With the win, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and his team secured the first BCS bowl win in school history and finish the season at 11-2, while Meyer, Braxton Miller and the Buckeyes finish at 11-2 with a two-game losing streak to end the season.

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