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ORLANDO, Fla. (ClemsonTigers.com) — Three-point underdog before the game, 34-point victor after.
Clemson dominated all aspects of the Russell Athletic Bowl in an impressive 40-6 win over the favored Oklahoma Sooners.
For the Tigers and head coach Dabo Swinney, the victory marked a third straight year with an impressive bowl win against a storied opponent. Clemson beat LSU (Les Miles) in 2012, Ohio State (Urban Meyer) in 2013 and Oklahoma (Bob Stoops) this year.
The win also gave the Clemson senior class 42 for their careers, extending their school record. The Tigers have now recorded four straight seasons with double-digit wins, one of only four FBS programs to make that claim along with Alabama, Northern Illinois and Oregon.
Senior QB Cole Stoudt was named the game MVP, a nice end to the signal caller's season and career at Clemson. He finished with 319 yards and three touchdowns on 26-for-36 passing and also added a rushing touchdown.
Artavis Scott had eight receptions for 114 yards and one touchdown, and Mike Williams added nine catches for 112 yards and a touchdown.
Clemson's top-ranked defense did not disappoint, forcing five turnovers and holding Oklahoma to 275 yards and a lone score in the fourth quarter. Defensively, Korrin Wiggins led the team with seven tackles, and added an interception. Ben Boulware had an interception with a 47-yard return for a touchdown, and also recovered a fumble. Grady Jarrett added 3.5 tackles for loss in the win.
In their first game as co-offensive coordinators, Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott put together a game plan that resulted in 40 points and 373 total yards of offense..
“It’s hard to start your playcalling career better than that,” Swinney said. “We were in sync and in rhythm.
"We're not going anywere. This is another big win for our program, a great way to end 2014. And I can't wait for 2015."