Final: Clemson 37, Oklahoma 17
The Tigers move to 14-0 on the year and into the national championship game on January 11. Deshaun Watson finished 16-for-31 for 187 yards and a touchdown passing and added 145 yards rushing on 24 carries. Wayne Gallman had 26 carries for 150 yards for Clemson. Baker Mayfield went 26-for-41 for 311 yards and a touchdown for the Sooners, who finished 11-2. Sterling Shepard would have seven catches for 87 yards as Oklahoma was outscored 21-0 in the second half.
4th Quarter- 2:50 left: Oklahoma gets the ball back but without Baker Mayfield, who got dinged on their last offensive play.
4th Quarter- 5:13 left: Clemson is running the ball with ease now with a 20-point lead as they are on their way to Glendale for the national championship game.
4th Quarter- 7:23 left: Baker Mayfield is picked off by Ben Boulware and the Oklahoma drive ends in disaster.
4th Quarter- 8:10 left: The Sooners have worked their way to the Clemson 20-yard line.
4th Quarter- 10:11 left: Perine is down again with the same ankle injury from earlier for Oklahoma.
4th Quarter- Clemson 37, Oklahoma 17: The rout is on as Gallman scores from four yards out with 10:48 to go in this semifinal. It appears the Tigers have punched their ticket to the national championship game.
4th Quarter- 12:37 left: Clemson is back in the red zone looking to make this a three-possession game.
End of 3rd Quarter: The Tigers have a comfortable 13-point lead going into the final 15 minutes. Clemson has 262 yards rushing led by 130 yards from Deshaun Watson, who has also thrown for 187 yards. Wayne Gallman has 17 carries for 112 yards as well for the Tigers. Samaje Perine has returned from injury and has 52 yards rushing on 14 carries. Baker Mayfield is 21-for-34 for 259 yards and a touchdown for Oklahoma, who needs a big final quarter from their quarterback.
3rd Quarter- 1:12 left: Clemson is forced to punt but still have the lead.
3rd Quarter- 3:10 left: Mayfield is intercepted by Clemson’s B.J. Goodson and the Tigers get the ball back with a 13-point lead.
3rd Quarter- 3:15 left: The back-and-forth continues as Oklahoma is back in Clemson territory.
3rd Quarter- Clemson 30, Oklahoma 17: The Tigers burst the game open on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson to Hunter Renfrow with 4:07 left in the quarter.
3rd Quarter- 5:28 left: Oklahoma goes for it on 4th-and-1 in Clemson territory and Perine is stuffed short of the first down.
3rd Quarter- 7:13 left: Perine has returned to the game.
3rd Quarter- 7:41 left: Greg Huegel misses a 47-yard field goal wide right and Oklahoma is still only down by six points to Clemson.
3rd Quarter- 9:10 left: Oklahoma is forced to punt and Clemson has a chance to extend their lead.
3rd Quarter- 10:08 left: Samaje Perine is down on the field for Oklahoma after getting drilled on a run.
3rd Quarter- Clemson 23, Oklahoma 17: Wayne Gallman scores on a one-yard run to give the Tigers the lead with 10:51 left in the quarter. Gallman now has 62 yards rushing on 11 carries.
3rd Quarter- 12:33 left: The Tigers have found their way into the red zone to begin the second half.
Halftime: Oklahoma 17, Clemson 16
A wild first 30 minutes leaves the Sooners with a one-point lead. Baker Mayfield is 17-for-23 for 226 yards and a touchdown for Oklahoma in the first half. Samaje Perine has 47 yards rushing on ten carries. On the Clemson side, Deshaun Watson is basically doing everything with 119 yards rushing while going 9-for-22 for 115 yards passing. 30 more minutes of this semifinal to come.
2nd Quarter- :13 left: Watson’s floating pass into the endzone is intercepted by the Sooners and the Tigers will go into the break trailing. The first big mistake of the game by either side.
2nd Quarter- :28 left: Clemson is at the Oklahoma 15 looking for more points before the intermission.
2nd Quarter- Oklahoma 17, Clemson 16: Mark Andrews catches a 11-yard touchdown pass from Baker Mayfield with 1:34 to go in the half and the Sooners take the lead back.
2nd Quarter- 1:40 left: Dede Westbrook’s big catch puts Oklahoma at the Clemson 11-yard line.
2nd Quarter- Clemson 16, Oklahoma 10: Another possession ends with a Greg Huegel field goal as the Tigers take a six-point lead with 2:17 left on the 43-yard Huegel kick.
2nd Quarter- 3:17 left: Watson is now over 100 yards rushing from the quarterback position already in the first half.
2nd Quarter- Clemson 13, Oklahoma 10: The Sooners have to settle for a 22-yard field goal by Austin Seibert to pull within three with 4:41 left in the quarter.
2nd Quarter- 5:41 left: The Sooners are at the Clemson 23 looking for a go-ahead touchdown.
2nd Quarter- Clemson 13, Oklahoma 7: Huegel hits his second field goal of the game with a 36-yard boot with 7:05 to play before halftime.
2nd Quarter- 9:14 left: Watson is running wild in the Oklahoma secondary. 88 yards on ten carries so far.
2nd Quarter- 10:20 left: Oklahoma can’t respond to the Clemson touchdown and is forced to punt.
2nd Quarter- 11:07 left: The Sooners have drove again to near midfield looking for the lead.
2nd Quarter- Clemson 10, Oklahoma 7: Deshaun Watson runs it in himself from five yards out and the Tigers take the lead for the first time in the semifinals with 12:45 left in the first half.
2nd Quarter- 13:45 left: The Tigers fake a punt from the Oklahoma 44-yard line and convert on a pass by punter Andy Teasdall to Christian Watkins.
2nd Quarter- 14:54 left: Clemson starts their next drive from their own 4-yard line.
End of 1st Quarter: Oklahoma moved the ball very well against the Clemson defense during the first 15 minutes. Baker Mayfield is 6-for-7 for 66 yards so far while Samaje Perine has 40 yards rushing on eight carries for the Sooners. Deshaun Watson is just 1-for-5 passing for 16 yards for Clemson but has rushed for 17 yards so far.
1st Quarter- 2:33 left: The Sooners are trying to go faster, faster, faster on offense and are moving quickly into Clemson territory.
1st Quarter- Oklahoma 7, Clemson 3: The Tigers get on the board with 3:45 left in the first quarter on a Greg Huegel 26-yard field goal. Clemson really needed those points after having such wonderful starting field position.
1st Quarter- 6:32 left: Oklahoma can’t get much going and a bad punt gives Clemson great field position at the Sooners’ 28.
1st Quarter- 8:19 left: The Tigers will be forced to punt from near midfield on their opening possession.
1st Quarter- Oklahoma 7, Clemson 0: The Sooners showing that they may have been even better than the No. 4 seed as they drive down for the one-yard touchdown by Perine with 11:16 left. Perine had five carries for 33 yards on the drive.
1st Quarter- 13:04 left: Oklahoma is going down the field with ease so far behind Samaje Perine on the ground.
The hype is over and it’s time for the college football playoff semifinals. The first game in the Orange Bowl features the top-seeded and 13-0 Clemson Tigers facing the 11-1 and No. 4 seed Oklahoma Sooners at SunLife Stadium in Miami. Deshaun Watson burst onto the scene late in the season for the Tigers and looked like a Heisman Trophy winner at times. He will be a major key in this game for Clemson. Baker Mayfield and the Sooners offense are dynamic and can put up points in bunches. This game has all the potential of being a high-scoring shootout. Kickoff is scheduled for just after 4 p.m. Eastern.