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OTD: West Virginia Football Sets Records in Orange Bowl Route of Clemson



Geno Smith Tavon Austin Orange Bowl

At least West Virginia football fans have great memories of the past to look back on, right? Well, on this day 11 years ago, the Mountaineers put up one of the best offensive displays in history.

Back on January 4, 2012, WVU beat Clemson 70-33 and won the Orange Bowl. The 70 points scored by the Geno Smith-led offense broke the record set just a week earlier for most points scored by a team ever in a bowl game. While Army did tie this record in the Armed Forces Bowl in 2018, it has still never been surpassed.

Below is a list from Wikipedia of the other records WVU either broke or tied in the big win.

  • Team touchdowns: West Virginia’s touchdowns tied the record.
  • Combined points in a half: The 69 points between West Virginia and Clemson at halftime set a new record.
  • Total points: West Virginia’s 70 points broke the record set one week earlier by Baylor in the 2011 Alamo Bowl. This particular record would be tied by Army in the 2018 Armed Forces Bowl.
  • Points in a quarter: West Virginia’s 35 points in the second quarter set a new record.
  • Points in a half: West Virginia’s 49 points in the first half set a new record. The previous record was 45, held by Colorado at the 1999 Bowl and Oklahoma State at the 1988 Holiday Bowl. This record stood until the 2018 Music City Bowl, when Auburn led Purdue 56–7 at halftime, going on to win 63–14.
  • Individual passing touchdowns: Geno Smith’s six touchdowns tied Chuck Long’s record in the 1984 Freedom Bowl.
  • Individual total touchdowns: Smith also rushed for a touchdown, giving him seven overall which tied another record.
  • Individual total points: Smith’s seven touchdowns scored 42 points, also tying a record.
  • Individual receiving touchdowns: Tavon Austin’s four touchdown receptions, becoming the fourth player to do so in a bowl game.

Unfortunately for WVU fans, this still stands as WVU’s last major bowl win and these programs went on completely different paths after this game.

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