The Oklahoma Sooners (11-1) and the Clemson Tigers (13-0) are currently playing on ESPN in the first of the two National Semifinal games. They’re playing in the Capital One Orange Bowl from Sun Life Stadium in Miami.
The Sooners will defeat the Tigers, 41-25. This is according to our whatifsports.com simulation.
If the Sooners do win, it’ll be the second straight year that the 4th seeded team upsets the No. 1 seeded team. Last year, the Ohio State Buckeyes was able to do that before winning the National Championship over the Oregon Ducks.
The Tigers had the ball for 30:24, while the Sooners had it for 29:36. Oklahoma; however, had 485 yards to Clemson’s 423 yards.
Sooners’ Baker Mayfield went 19-21 for 281 yards and three touchdowns. His counterpart and Heisman finalist, Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson went 19-of-35 for 208 yards and an interception.
Wayne Gallman led the Tigers with a 163-yards and three touchdowns. Watson added 51-yards, while C.J. Fuller had two-yards and Zac Brooks had -1-yards.
Artavis Scott had 56 receiving yards, while Jordan Leggett had 43-yards and Ray-Ray McCloud had 35-yards. Deon Cain had 31-yards, Gallman had 29-yards and Charone Peake had 14.
Samaje Perine had 136 yards and two touchdowns. Joe Mixon had 44-yards, while Mayfield had 24-yards.
Sterling Shephard had 105 yards and a touchdown. Durron Neal added 61-yards and Dede Westbrook added 51-yards. Mark Andrews had 28-yards and Perine had 27-yards and a touchdown. Connor Knight had 7-yards while Joe Mixon had two yards and a touchdown.
Ahmad Thomas had the Sooners interception.
Gallman scored on a one-yard run to make it 41-23. Then, they converted on a two-point conversion to make it 41-25.
The Sooners scored 17 unanswered points to begin the fourth quarter. Perine had two rushing touchdowns before Seibert made a 30-yard field goal.
Sooners kicker Austin Seibert made it 24-14 after he made a 21-yard field goal. Tigers kicker Greg Huegel made a 22-yard field goal to make it 24-17.
Both teams traded touchdowns in the second. Gallman scored on a one-yard run to tie the game at 14, before Mixon had a one-yard reception for the 21-14 lead.
After Gallman gave the Tigers an early 7-0 lead, Oklahoma scored back-to-back touchdowns to take the lead. Shepherd caught a three-yard touchdown to tie the game.
Then, Perine scored on a two-yard run for a 14-7 lead.
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