The Tigers had every reason to buckle in the fourth quarter when it appeared another crushing collapse was imminent. Clemson trailed seven times but responded each time.
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Miami replaced its kickoff specialist after halftime because he sent one to Spiller at the end of the half, which Spiller promptly returned 90 yards for a touchdown. Enough said about his credibility.
For every late-game loss chalked up to the team's offensive ineptitude, there have been plenty in which the Tigers were stingy all game, only to surrender a lengthy deciding scoring drive in the fourth quarter. Miami piled up 433 offensive yards, but Clemson came up with the overtime stop when needed after facing a first-and-goal from the 6.
The Orange bowl
This one lived up to whatever hype it generated. All three meetings between these orange-clad teams have gone to overtime. All three were won by the road team.
Miami wasted a chance to put up points before the half when coach Randy Shannon prematurely burned his final timeout, sparking a heated exchange with offensive coordinator Mark Whipple. Likewise, Clemson's nonchalance in the waning seconds of regulation cost it a crack at the end zone before Richard Jackson's game-tying 30-yard field goal with 5 seconds left.