Overcoming Incredible Odds

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 possession.

* 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 college football.

* 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.

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