When Clemson defeated Miami (FL) in the Orange Bowl in November 6, the Tigers overcame some Miami trends that dated back 20 years. Heading into the game, here is a list of some of Miami's records in certain situations that Clemson overcame to gain the 24-17 overcome triumph on Saturday evening:
* Miami was 174-2 when leading after three quarters since
1985. The Tigers trailed 17-10 entering the fourth quarter before
gaining the win in overtime.
* Miami was 174-15 when scoring first since 1983. Miami
scored first in this game, going 68 yards in five plays on its first
* Larry Coker was 41-4 for his career as the head coach at
Miami entering this game. That included a 22-3 record at night.
* Miami had won 18 consecutive night games in the Orange Bowl
dating to a 27-20 overtime loss to Virginia Tech in 1998.
* Miami had been 103-8 against unranked opponents since 1990.
* Miami had been 52-5 in the 21st century, the best record in
* Clemson had lost 10 straight games in the state of Florida
dating to a victory over Illinois in the 1991 Hall of Fame Bowl (end
of 1990 season).
* Clemson is now 5-0 all-time in overtime, the most wins in the
NCAA history without an overtime loss of all Divison I-1 schools.
The overtime rule came into existence in 1996. BYU, Louisiana
Monroe, Northern Illinois and South Florida are all 4-0 all time in
overtime games. Michigan and Nebraska are both 3-0. Those are all
the undefeated overtime records given a minimum of three games.
Earlier I had listed Northwestern as 5-0 in overtime, but the
Wildcats lost to TCU this year in overtime, so they are now 5-1.
Overcoming Incredible Odds
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