The last time that the Clemson Tigers were in the Discover Orange Bowl two seasons ago, things did not go so well. Fresh off winning the ACC Championship, Tajh Boyd led the Tigers against the West Virginia Mountaineers and were run off the field 70-33. This time, Clemson will be looking for a more competitive showing against the Ohio State Buckeyes with a bid for BCS redemption on the line.
Head coach Dabo Swinney isn’t concerned about his team having another flat performance this time around. Last time they were here, they were a very young team with 42 freshmen filling out the roster. Clemson had also never been to a BCS bowl game before, so the experience was completely foreign to them. Neither should be a problem this time around, however, as the Tigers have an experienced roster that has been tested, led by their quarterback Boyd.
The senior signal caller is having another strong season under center for his final go at Clemson, throwing for 3,473 yards while completing a career-best 67.6 percent of his passes. Has has found the endzone 29 times this season through the air while throwing just nine interceptions. He’s also made significant contributions to the offense with his legs, rushing for nine touchdowns this season. Boyd has continued to grow and develop into a leader of this team and one of the all-time greats to play for Clemson.
But the one thing missing from his resume is a BCS bowl victory. In four years, Boyd is just 1-2 in bowl games as a starter with his worst showing (the loss to WVU) on the biggest stage. Now, he has a chance to redeem himself and the Clemson program this time around. Will they be able to get the job done against Ohio State?