MIAMI, FL (WCSC) - Clemson continues to show why it is the top-ranked team in the nation.
The Tigers ran over fourth-ranked Oklahoma 37-17 in the Capital One Orange Bowl, clinching a spot in the College Football Playoff National Championship.
After being down 17-16 to the Sooners at the half, the Tigers dominated the 2nd half outscoring Oklahoma 21-0 to earn a spot in the College Football Playoff title game to be played January 11th in Arizona. Clemson will play 2nd ranked Alabama after their 38-0 win over Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
Oklahoma was the team that started off hot, driving down the field on their first possession against the top ranked team in the country and scoring on a 1 yard run from Samaje Perine to go up 7-0 and lead 7-3 after 1.
Clemson finally got some momentum going in the 2nd quarter from an unexpected source. On 4th down punter Andy Teasdall, who made a mistake of trying to run for a 1st down during the ACC title game, threw a 31 yard pass to Christian Wilkins for a 1st down. Watson would run in for a 5 yard score to put Clemson up 10-7.
After a series of field goals put Clemson up 16-10, Mark Andrews caught an 11 yard score that would give the Sooners a 1 point lead at the break.
But the 2nd half belonged to Clemson on both sides of the ball.
Wayne Gallman got the scoring started on the 1st drive of the half with a 1 yard touchdown to make it 23-17 Tigers. Later in the quarter, Watson would connect with Hunter Renfrow on a 35 yard score to make it 30-17.
Gallman put a cap on the scoring in the 4th with a 4 yard touchdown to make it 37-17. On the day, Gallman rushed for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns. Watson rushed for 145 yards and a score and threw for 187 yards and a score.
The Tigers defense also forced 2 interceptions in the 2nd half from Ben Boulware and BJ Goodson.
Clemson will have a chance to become the 1st team in college football history to go 15-0 if they win the national championship game.