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Ohio State earns bid to Orange Bowl, set to play Clemson


Coach Urban Meyer and the football team wait to enter the stadium. OSU lost to Michigan State, 34-24, at the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Dec. 7. Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editor

The Ohio State Buckeyes are headed to the Sunshine State.

One day after getting their dreams of playing for a BCS National Championship dashed by No. 4 Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship game, OSU is set to travel to Miami, Fla., to take on the No. 12 Clemson Tigers (10-2, 7-1) in the Discover Orange Bowl Jan. 3, 2014 after earning an at-large bid.

“On behalf of our players, staff and The Ohio State University, we are honored to accept the invitation to play in the Discover Orange Bowl,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said Sunday evening on the Orange Bowl teleconference. “We look forward to representing Ohio State down in south Florida.”

The Buckeyes (12-1, 8-1) dropped to No. 7 in the BCS Standings after falling to the Spartans, 34-24, Saturday. With a win, OSU likely would have had a chance to face off against No. 1 Florida State in Pasadena, Calif., but instead are scheduled to play in another BCS bowl against an ACC opponent.

Meyer said he did not meet with the team Sunday, and that he does not think the team will have any problems getting up to play Clemson after missing out on a chance to play for the national title.

“We had a good conversation after the game last night,” Meyer said. “They’re heartbroken, but they’re also competitors and I think the fact that they’re playing in a BCS Bowl against Clemson, that’s going to wake you up real fast … There’s not doubt in my mind that we’ll be excited to go play in this bowl game.”

It is the ninth time OSU has been selected to play in a BCS bowl, tied for the all-time ever with Oklahoma, according to a press release.

The Tigers and Buckeyes have only met one other time, in the 1978 Gator Bowl, a memorable affair that cost former OSU coach Woody Hayes his job.

Trailing 17-15 with just over two minutes remaining, OSU quarterback Art Schlichter was intercepted by Clemson’s Charlie Bauman to all but end the game. Following the play, Hayes punched Bauman through the face mask after he got up on the OSU sideline.

Hayes was fired by OSU the next day.

The 2013 version of the Tigers, who lost in their regular season finale Nov. 30 to then-No. 10 South Carolina 31-17, sport a high-powered offense, ranked 12th in the country with 502.9 yards per game. Led by senior quarterback Tajh Boyd, the Tigers are tied for 11th in the country in scoring at 40.2 points per game.

OSU junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, who is from Pompano Beach, Fla., said it will be nice to play the final game of the season in his home state.

“It will be really cool to be able to play Clemson in Florida in the Orange Bowl game … in front of my family and friends,” Shazier said in an OSU press release. “It will be nice to be able to play the last game of the season in my home state. It will mean a lot.”

Buckeye senior left tackle Jack Mewhort said he has not yet turned his thoughts to the bowl game, but said he is going to enjoy getting the opportunity to play in a BCS bowl in his final game at OSU.

“I think it means a lot for us to go back and play in a BCS bowl game,” Mewhort said in the release. “To get a win in a big time bowl and at the same time show some resiliency would be a great way to go out. I couldn’t ask at this point for anything more than to play in a BCS bowl game, and getting to go to battle with these guys I’ve been fortunate to play with for the last four or five years will be great.”

Kickoff between the Buckeyes and Tigers is set for 8:30 p.m. at Sun Life Stadium.


  1. Who CARES????! Yawn. You blew the National Championship, stay home.

  2. You must be a Mark May fan, Lynn!

  3. Written by someone who never saw Hayes hit Bauman. " … Through the face mask …" As impossible then as it is now. Do some research. At least go to YouTube.

  4. I suppose Alabama should stay home as well. And Oregon and all the other once #1 teams that have "blown" the National Championship? Asinine remark. How about the Illini? Another great year, huh.

  5. The Buckeyes should have recovered from their disappointment by January 3.

  6. Carol Harley Hohman

    something tells me Clemson will be going down big time .. Urban hates to loose and you can see it on his face !!! This team will be ready and focused too !!!! Too me 24-1 is nothing the be ashamed of either !!!! GO BUCKEYES !!!!!

  7. Let’s go, Bucks!!! Love SoBe! Expect Urban to have offense as well as D ready!!

  8. This is going to be good match up. They will be ready.

  9. Why would they set OSU against Clemson? So OSU blows them out? I personally would have loved a OSU vs Alabama matchup. Instead SEC fans will continue to say they are the best conference instead of letting the teams decide it. Now Alabama will blow out Oklahoma and OSU will dominate Clemson and prove the ACC is a joke and nothing will be done about the SEC dominance debate.

  10. This is a great Bowl Match-up. With their high-powered offense, Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins, it does not matter if they are not SEC, they beat a healthy Georgia team to start the season, remember? It is a chance for our defense to step up and redeem themselves! Get psyched, prepare and lets dominate!

  11. Practicing my left cross…

  12. After crying with Magic on Oprah (Michigan St alum) during a GREAT interview it’s hard for me to feel bad for MY Buckeyes when they make top ten EVERY year and MS goes to the Rosebowl for the first time in 20+ years!!!! BUT remember folks teams ALWAYS bring their A game against da Buckeyes then be on national TV CRYING when they get blown out at the next level (or game)!!!!!! GO BUCKS!!!

  13. No this is not a good bowl matchup are you kidding me. High power offense? Where was that offense when you got blown out not once but twice? This game will not be great Urban Myer screwed up in the MSU game only having a good game plan in the 3rd quarter. It was quite sad really. Clemson should not even be in a BCS game only reason they are is because the ACC is connected to the Orange bowl. Follow the $ and they want the Bucks bc they travel so well. I was hoping we could someway get Alabama but they dont want the Bucks unfortunatly.

  14. This may not be the "BCS Championship Bowl" but it is better than the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl ! Buckeye Dan

  15. “There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game and that is first place.” Vince Lombardi

    Sorry Buckeyes, this is your “participation trophy”.

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