Clemson vs. Ohio State: Tigers defense in Fiesta Bowl by the numbers
Clemson's defense came up big on New Year's Eve, helping the Tigers secure a 31-0 victory over Ohio State in the Playstation Fiesta Bowl.
Below we break out some of the numbers that stood out a defense for Clemson.
The next stop for the Tigers is Tampa, where they will face Alabama in the title game.
Points allowed - 0
Well, Clemson shut out the Buckeyes — which hasn't happened since the 1993 Michigan game. It was the second time Ohio State was shut out in a bowl game, the first back in 1920. The shutout also marked the first time head coach Urban Meyer had ever been shut out.
Last time Ohio State was shutout? November 20, 1993. Lost 28-0 to Michigan pic.twitter.com/VcWRBuhyAi— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 1, 2017
Ohio State drives tonight:— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 1, 2017
• Missed FG
• Missed FG
This is the largest deficit Ohio State has faced since Dec. 7, 2013, against Michigan State (trailed 17-0, led 24-17, lost 34-24)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 1, 2017
The Big Ten has also not had the most offensive success in the last two semifinals.
Big Ten was outscored 69-0 in the last two playoff semifinals.— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) January 1, 2017
Turnovers caused - 3
Clemson caused the Buckeyes to turn the ball over three times, picking up a fumble recovery and two interceptions.
Tootie! pic.twitter.com/qceLk9KvMD— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) January 1, 2017
BOOM!!!! Van Smith nabs the interception after Carlos Watkins' 2nd sack, this one's looking good folks! pic.twitter.com/6lnQEPc4Rj— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) January 1, 2017
Total yards allowed - 215
The Tiger defense dominated for most of the game, and Clemson's halftime stats were even more impressive.
Clemson held the Buckeyes to 127 passing yards and 88 rushing yards. The Buckeyes were 3-for-14 on third down, and 0-for-2 on fourth.
The sack man! pic.twitter.com/KTW6FuiyX3— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) January 1, 2017
Clemson pinned Ohio State with its worst loss since 2008 (32-pt loss to USC); worst bowl loss (was 29-pt loss to Alabama in 1977 Sugar Bowl)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 1, 2017