Vols come out on top in Orange Bowl

Head coach Dabo Swinney and players discuss the Orange Bowl and their tough loss to Tennessee
Published: Dec. 30, 2022 at 2:19 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 31, 2022 at 1:29 AM EST
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MIAMI, F.L. (FOX Carolina) - No. 7 Clemson met the Tennessee Volunteers in the 89th Orange Bowl on Friday.

Kickoff for the Orange Bowl was at 8 p.m. Clemson won the coin toss and deferred.

In the first quarter, Joe Milton passed to Bru McCoy for a 16-yard touchdown. Clemson tried for a field goal but the 55-yard kick from B.T. Potter missed.

Vols were up 7-0 at end of the first quarter.

Potter missed two other field goals he attempted from 49 yards and 42 yards during the second quarter.

After a 50-yard reception from Squirrel White, Jabari Smalls was able to take it 2 yards to earn the Vols their second touchdown of the night. In his fourth attempt of the game, Potter kicked a field goal to get the Tigers on the board.

Potter kicked another 40-yard field goal in the third quarter, but the Vols have stayed ahead after scoring another touchdown.

Clemson and Tennessee each scored touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Chase McGrath kicked a field goal in the last few minutes of the game to bring the Vols’ lead to 31-14.

During media availability throughout the week, Clemson players were confident in the conditioning they’d put in while preparing for the bowl game.

Tigers quarterback Cade Klubnik started for the first time on Friday. Milton had started three games for the Vols.

FOX Carolina Sports Director Beth Hoole talked to former Clemson star Patrick Sapp, who was in Miami to cheer on the Tigers, about what he has seen from the players this week.

“They seem very relaxed,” Sapp said. “They seem confident in the game plan... They felt like they are prepared.”

Ahead of the game, FOX Carolina crews spotted a plane pulling a banner over the stadium with a message for Clemson and Tennessee: “Enjoy your bowl game -Gamecocks”. South Carolina upset Clemson and Tennessee in their last two games.

The Gamecocks fell to Notre Dame in the Gator Bowl.

A plane with a message from a Gamecocks fan flies above Clemson and Tennessee ahead of the Orange Bowl.