Geno Smith and the Mountaineers made history last night with a 70-33 win over Clemson in the 2012 Orange Bowl (J. Meric / Getty Images)

WVU wins in dramatic fashion, as the Mountaineers rout Clemson in the 2012 BCS Orange Bowl, 70-33. The win represent WVU’s most dominating performance in its bowl playing history.

For the former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator and first year head coach of the Mountaineers, Dana Holgorsen, the results were as timely and punctuating the successful start to the Holgorsen era.

“The guys wanted to come in and make a statement, and the only way you can do that is if you play well on all three sides of the ball,” WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said.  “You don’t score 70 points by being good on offense,” Holgorsen said. “You score 70 points by being good on all three sides of the ball.”

Clemson (10-4), not having been in a Orange Bowl since their National Championship win back in 1981, could not keep up with the WVU (10-3) from all sides.

“We’re a better team than we played tonight. Just too many mistakes. But we’ll be back”, coach Dabo Swinney said.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and an official look up as West Virginia's 99-yard touchdown is replayed during the first half of the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, in Miami. (J. Pat Carter / AP)

RECORDS TIED & BROKEN:

9 bowl records were either tied or broken in this year’s edition (ESPN Stats and Information)

  • Most TD (Team)                              10, WVU                        Tied Record
  • Most combined pts (half)                 69 (1st half)                   Broken
  • Most pts (team)                               70, WVU                        Broken
  • Most pts in quarter (team)                35, WVU (1st)                Broken
  • Most pts in half (team)                     49, WVU (1st)                Broken
  • Most pass TD (individual)                   6, Geno Smith             Tied Record
  • Most TD responsible (individual)         7, Geno Smith             Tied Record
  • Most rec TD (individual)                      4, Tavon Austin           Tied Record

Sources:  ESPN, The Huffington Post Sports

 

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