Orange Bowl

1951

Clemson 15
Miami 14

January 1, 1951 – Orange Bowl Stadium
 
Miami Loses On Safety
Clemson backup defensive guard Sterling Smith nailed Miami halfback Frank Smith for a safety late in the game to give the Tigers a 15-14 win over the Hurricanes.
 
The hometown 'Canes were protecting a 14-13 lead with six minutes to go when Harry Mallios returned a punt 79 yards for an apparent score. But penalties moved Miami into a deep hole and on the next play, F. Smith took a pitchout and was dropped by S. Smith for a safety.
 
Both teams had come into the Orange Bowl with only a tie blemishing their record. Clemson led 7-0 at halftime, thanks to a 76-yard first-quarter march, while the 'Canes managed only one first down through two quarters of play. Clemson took the second half kickoff and used six plays to get Glenn Smith into the end zone with a pass from quarterback Billy Hair. The conversion was blocked and Clemson led, 13-0.
 
The third quarter, however, would belong to Miami. Mallios scored the Hurricanes' first points on a 5-yard pitch-out play after a 45-yard Smith run. Following an interception, Miami quarterback Bob Schneidenback and receiver Ed Cuter teamed up on a 79-yard pass-and-run play and the Hurricanes suddenly found themselves on top 14-13.
 

  CLEM MIAMI
First Downs 19 7
Rushing Attempts 57 31
Rushing Yards 144 112
Passes Attempted 18 15
Passes Completed 9 5
Had Intercepted 3 4
Passing Yards 178 100
Total Offense 322 212
Punts/Avg. 4/30 5/40.2
Fumbles/Lost  3/1 0/0
Penalties/Yards 2/20 5/55

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS            
Clemson 0 7 6 2 - 15
Miami 0 0 14 0 - 14

 
SCORING SUMMARY
CLEM: Cone 1-yard run (Radcliff kick); CLEM: Smith 21-yard pass from Hair (kick failed); MIAMI: Mallios 5-yard run (Watson kick); MIAMI: F. Smith 17-yard pass from Hackett (Watson kick); CLEM: Safety, Smith tackled in endzone by Smith
 
Clemson Head Coach: Frank Howard
Miami Head Coach: Andy Gustafson