Thursday, January 5, 2012

Boomer's Apology to the State of West Virginia a.k.a. 2012 Orange Bowl Recap

REVIEW: 2012 ORANGE BOWL 78th edition

Final Score: West Virginia 70 Clemson 33 Prediction Clemson 37 West Virginia 34

Scoring by Quarter:

West Virginia     14    35        14        7          70

Clemson             17    3         6         7           33

May I be the first to apologize to all our WVU Mountaineer readers, as I was totally wrong in thinking Clemson could win this game. Now on to the good stuff:

1)     Geno Smith vs. Tajh Boyd

Talk about playing yourself onto the 2012 Preseason Heisman list. Geno Smith had a near perfect performance in the Orange Bowl with the help of a couple supporting cast members (I’ll get to them later). Geno accounted for 426 of the 593 offensive total yards for the Mountaineers offense (which looked like a fine-oiled machine) passing for 401 yards and rushing for an additional 26 yards. Geno also had not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6, (that’s a LeBron James’ joke if you don’t understand) but 7 total TD’s on the evening (6 passing, 1 rushing), Geno (who will be a Senior next fall) should definitely be on somebody’s Preseason Heisman list. In a game, that turnovers doomed Clemson (99 yard fumble return was huge MO swing), Tajh Boyd had 2 INT’s and a fumble (all of which WVU turned into points on their next possessions), proved to be too much to overcome in this game. Boyd, 250 passing yards and 2 TD’s showed some good signs early on, but the turnovers and lack of sustaining drives (2 for 13 on 3rd downs) killed the Tigers’ chances in this one (And the fact that their defense showed no ability to stop WVU).

2)     WVU WR’s vs. Clemson Secondary

Speaking of not being able to stop, Tavon Austin’s (WVU’s Mr. do everything) motor was non-stop in this game. Making play after play, Tavon racked up 163 total yards on offense and contributed another 118 return yards. Tavon tied an Orange Bowl record with 4 TD’s (he only had 4 TD’s ALL SEASON). Playing without leading-rusher Dustin Garrison (742 rushing yards and 6 TD’s) due to a injury earlier in the week, WVU used multiple guys in the backfield (Shawn Alston filled in nicely 77 rushing yards and 2 scores) and on the outside to gash Clemson’s defense all game long, which tackled poorly and never seemed to be in the right position (WVU was running one play and they still couldn’t stop ‘em). Skies the limit for WVU’s offensive specialist, none of whom are Seniors.

3)     Clemson WR’s vs. WVU Secondary

Clemson did have a 100-yard rusher (Andre Ellington whos 68-yard dash to the end zone got the scoring going) and a 100-yard receiver (DeAndre Hopkins 107 yards, 1 TD) in this game, however it was the play in the trenches that swung this game. Looking like the Tigers were about to go back up on top of the Mountaineers, Ellington lost control of the ball near the goal line, and out came Darwin Cook racing to the other end of the field for a 99-yard Fumble Return for a touchdown. A 14-point swing that gave WVU all the MO and they never looked back from there. I mean, its got to be fun, as a defensive player to watch your offense put up 70 points (technically 63, but we don’t keep score like that, haha) and forcing four turnovers on the night (WVU’s defense had 19 TO’s on the season).

4)     Dana Holgorsen vs. Dabo Swinney

Coach Holgorsen never could of imagined this night. After coming over from Oklahoma State, Holgorsen was hired to run the offense and be the coach in-waiting under previous Head Coach Bill Stewart. After some off-the-field issues surfaced (I’ll make a long story short) Coach Stewart resigned and Coach Holgorsen became the new Head Coach. What a way to start out your Head Coaching career, winning 10 games, a share of the Big East Championship, and now a BCS Bowl game. Coach Swinney falls to 1-3 in his career in bowl games, and will unfortunately have his name in the record books, as being the Head Coach of the team that gave up the most points in a bowl game, 70).


West Virginia- Like I said earlier, “skies the limit” for the Mountaineers program, which moves to the Big XII Conference next fall. Coach Holgorsen will have the entire off-season with QB Geno Smith and a cast of talented playmakers to work in more of his style of offense. Improving the defense will be an issue, as well as, facing a new batch of conference opponents. How Coach Holgorsen and the Mountaineers face these test will determine how well they will fair in their first season in the Big XII Conference.

Clemson- “The Nightmare in South Beach”. That’s what the headline will read in the morning paper, for Tiger fans’ and the players and coaches will have to have a short memory and chalk this one up as “not our night”. Dabo Swinney did a great job with the program this season (10 wins, most in a season since 1990) and first-ever BCS bowl berth winning the ACC Championship. Coach Swinney, has the 5th best recruiting class coming in next fall, and he will want to continue building on this seasons success with starting QB Tajh Boyd and playmaker WR/KR Sammy Watkins.

Congratulations, West Virginia. Now turn it up to 11!