Clemson Advances to the National Title Game

By EFN Staff
Published: 01/01/2016

Clemson 37, Oklahoma 17

Top-ranked Clemson preserved its perfect season and punched its ticket to the National Title Game with a convincing win over Oklahoma in the Capital One Orange Bowl. The Tigers used a power rushing attack with a pair of standout performers to clinch the victory. 

Player of the Game

  • Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson threw for 187 yards and a touchdown, and also rushed for 145 yards and another score. Watson has rushed for 100 yards in five of his last six games.

Key stats 

  • Tigers running back Wayne Gallman carried 26 times for 150 yards and two touchdowns; this was Gallman’s third straight 100-yard effort and ninth of the season.
  • Clemson rushed 58 times and had a 312-67 advantage in rushing yards.
  • Sooners junior cornerback Zack Sanchez intercepted his seventh pass of the season in the loss; Clemson’s Ben Boulware and B.J. Goodson each added their second of the season.
  • Clemson moved to 14-0 with the win; the win total is a program record.
  • The Tigers are just the second team in ACC history to win 14 games (Florida State, 2013); just eight teams in FBS history have won 14 games, and no team has ever won 15.
  • Clemson’s nation-best winning streak stretched to 16 games.
  • The Tigers improved to 3-2 in the all-time series; all three Clemson wins are in bowl games,  including last year’s Russell Athletic Bowl.
  • The Sooners finished the season 11-2, their fifth double-digit win total in the last six years under head coach Bob Stoops.
  • Key play

    • Gallman’s 1-yard touchdown run with 10:51 left in the third quarter gave Clemson a 23-17 lead. The Tigers outscored the Sooners 21-0 in the second half to overcome a 17-16 halftime deficit.

    Up Next

    • Clemson vs. Alabama (1/11)