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Beth Maiman | NCAA.com | December 31, 2016

Clemson vs. Ohio State: Tigers defense in Fiesta Bowl by the numbers

  Clemson's defense came up big on Friday, helping the Tigers defeat Ohio State.

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 β€” 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. 

The Big Ten has also not had the most offensive success in the last two semifinals. 

Turnovers caused - 3 

Clemson caused the Buckeyes to turn the ball over three times, picking up a fumble recovery and two interceptions.

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. 

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