West Virginia 70
Clemson 33

January 4, 2012 – Sun Life Stadium
WVU Wins Record-Setting Orange Bowl
The West Virginia Mountaineers rode a record-breaking offensive performance by quarterback Geno Smith, who grew up in the shadow of Sun Life Stadium, to defeat the Clemson Tigers 70-33 in the 2012 Discover Orange Bowl. The Mountaineers’ 70 points set an all-time bowl record while Smith’s six touchdown passes and Tavon Austin’s four touchdown receptions both set Orange Bowl records and tied all-time bowl records.
Smith, a veteran of the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance, threw for 407 yards and broke Tom Brady’s Orange Bowl record for most passing yards in a game. In addition to his six passing touchdowns, Smith added a rushing touchdown.
Despite the offensive fireworks, the game turned on a defensive play when with Clemson only a yard away from a game-leading touchdown, Darwin Cook recovered a fumble and took it 99 yards for a touchdown to extend West Virginia’s second quarter lead to 28-17. West Virginia closed the second quarter on a 21-0 run over the final two-plus minutes, scoring three of its five second quarter touchdowns in the final minutes of the first half.
The ACC Champion Tigers were led by quarterback Tajh Boyd who threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Andre Ellington rushed for a game-high 116 yards and one touchdown.
In total, nine different bowl records were either broken or tied in the 78th edition of the Orange Bowl.


First Downs 31 24
Rushing Attempts 43 27
Rushing Yards 182 193
Passes Attempted 46 47
Passes Completed 32 24
Had Intercepted 1 2
Passing Yards 407 250
Total Offense 589 443
Punts/Avg. 5/35.0 6/39.7
Fumbles/Lost  0/0 2/2
Penalties/Yards 4/40 6/65


West Virginia 14 35 14 7 - 70
Clemson 17 3 6 7 - 33

CLEM: Ellington 68-yard run (Catanzaro kick); WVU: Alston 4-yard run (Bitancurt kick); CLEM: Watkins 27-yard pass from Boyd (Catanzaro kick); WVU: Austin 8-yard pass from Smith (Bitancurt kick); CLEM: Catanzaro 42-yard field goal; WVU: Austin 27-yard pass from Smith (Bitancurt kick); WVU: Cook 99-yard fumble recovery (Bitancurt kick); CLEM: Catanzaro 43-yard field goal; WVU: Smith 7-yard run (Bitancurt kick); WVU: Austin 3-yard pass from Smith (Bitancurt kick); WVU: Alston 1-yard run (Bitancurt kick); WVU: Bailey 6-yard pass from Smith (Bitancurt kick); WVU: Austin 37-yard pass from Smith (Bitancurt kick); CLEM: Hopkins 28-yard pass from Boyd (Boyd pass failed); WVU: Milhouse 7-yard pass from Smith (Bitancurt kick); CLEM: McDowell, 4-yard run (Catanzaro kick) MOP: Geno Smith (West Virginia)
West Virginia Head Coach: Dana Holgorsen
Clemson Head Coach: Dabo Swinney



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