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College Football
Preview
Oklahoma vs Clemson
When: 5:30 PM ET, Monday, December 29, 2014
Where: Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida

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1. The irony of the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Fla., is that while neither No. 18 Clemson nor Oklahoma are playing for the national championship, they are only one year removed from defeating two teams that are competing against each other for this year’s crown. The Tigers claimed the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3 by rallying past Ohio State while the Sooners staged one of last year’s biggest postseason surprises by upsetting Alabama in the Sugar Bowl a day earlier. The Buckeyes and Crimson Tide meet each other in this year’s Sugar Bowl in one of the two semifinal games in the inaugural College Football Playoff.

2. Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year Samaje Perine finished his first season with a flurry, amassing 791 rushing yards over the last three games – the most by any player over a similar stretch in Oklahoma history. Included in that incredible total was his FBS-record 427-yard, five-touchdown performance against Iowa State. Perine’s 1,579 yards rushing for the season places him in 10th place on the single-season rushing list in FBS history for a freshman and ranks seventh in school history.

3. Standing in Perine’s way will be the top-ranked total defense in the country in Clemson, which allows 259.6 yards. The Tigers won eight of their last nine games after their defense began to shut down opponents, surrendering 92.5 yards on the ground and 134.6 through the air over that span. Clemson also leads the nation in tackles for loss (122) and yards allowed per play (4.03) while ranking third in pass defense (161.9) and seventh in rushing defense (97.7).

TV: 5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Oklahoma -3

ABOUT OKLAHOMA (8-4, 5-4 Big 12): Quarterback Trevor Knight, who was named the MVP of the Sooners’ Sugar Bowl win over Alabama after throwing for career highs of 348 yards and four touchdowns, has been cleared to play after sustaining a neck injury in a Nov. 8 loss to Baylor. His three-game absence coincided with Perine’s late-season explosion as the Sooners averaged 97.3 passing yards with redshirt freshman Cody Thomas starting, as opposed to 250.1 yards with Knight. Oklahoma also anticipates a healthy return from leading receiver Sterling Shepard, who missed most of the last five games with a lingering groin injury.

ABOUT CLEMSON (9-3, 6-2 ACC): The ringleader of the Tigers’ defense is two-time All-American Vic Beasley, who leads the ACC in sacks this year with 11 and has a school-record 32 in his career – tied for fifth in conference history. The ACC Defensive Player of the Year was one of four Clemson defensive players to be named to the all-conference first team, joining defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, cornerback Garry Peters and linebacker Stephone Anthony. Senior quarterback Cole Stoudt, who started seven games, will slide back into the starting role after the school announce
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Oklahoma 8-4 L1 38.9 24.8 4-3 4-1 4-4 0-0 5-4
Clemson 9-3 W2 30.1 17.6 7-0 2-3 7-3 0-0 6-2
Last Meeting
Oklahoma Clemson
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
1/2/89 OKLA 6 CLEM 13 0 0 0 0 0 0
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Oklahoma N/A
Clemson N/A
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Oklahoma N/A
Clemson N/A
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Oklahoma N/A
Clemson N/A
Touchdowns Player TD
Oklahoma N/A
Clemson N/A
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Oklahoma T. Knight 58.1 2197 14 9
Clemson C. Stoudt 62.0 1573 6 10
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Oklahoma S. Perine 240 1579 6.6 21
Clemson W. Gallman 141 708 5.0 4
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Oklahoma S. Shepard 50 957 19.1 5
Clemson M. Williams 48 918 19.1 5
Touchdowns Player TD
Oklahoma S. Perine 21
Clemson A. Scott 7
Quickchart Matchup
Oklahoma Off vs  Clemson Def
480.5 yards
259.6 yards
6.1 yards/rush
2.8 yards/rush
7.3 yards/attempt
5.5 yards/attempt
Clemson Off vs  Oklahoma Def
410.1 yards
382.2 yards
3.7 yards/rush
3.2 yards/rush
7.4 yards/attempt
6.9 yards/attempt