MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- No. 23 West Virginia scored 35 unanswered points through the second and third quarters Wednesday and strung together seven touchdowns in a span when 14th-ranked Clemson's could manage three points in a 70-33 Mountaineers' rout in the Orange Bowl.
WVU (10-3) scored the most points in the history of all bowl games. Not bad for a team that once went 16 years and eight losses between bowl victories.
"That's exactly how we draw it up, right" Coach Dana Holgorsen said.
A crowd of 67,563 at Sun Life Stadium saw quarterback Geno Smith set a Orange Bowl record with 401 yards passing and tie a record for all bowls with six touchdown passes - more than anyone ever threw in a BCS game. Tavon Austin set a record for all bowl games with four receiving touchdowns and the Big East champion outclassed its counterpart from the ACC.
"We're still a work in progress," Holgorsen said. "You don't score 70 points by being good on offense. You score 70 points by being good on all three sides of the ball, which we did tonight."
Holgorsen is WVU's first coach to win 10 games in his first season.
"Our guys felt like they weren't getting much credit and they wanted to make a statement in this game," Holgorsen said. "Clemson is a good team, but we got the momentum and it made us tough to catch. The victory caps a great season and helps us lay the groundwork for the future."
The Mountaineers are now 3-0 in BCS games (2006 Sugar Bowl, 2008 Fiesta Bowl) and join LSU as the only teams to win more than two BCS games without a loss.
The top-ranked Tigers are 4-0 in BCS games and play No. 2 Alabama for the national title Monday. West Virginia joins Ohio State, Miami and Oklahoma as the only schools to win three different BCS bowl games.
The ACC is now 2-13 in BCS games.
"They just whipped us," Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney said.
Smith, a junior from nearby Miramar High School, completed 31 of 42 passes and tied a WVU record for touchdown passes in a game. He also ran for a touchdown and was named the game's most outstanding player. Austin caught 11 passes for 117 yards and ran four times for 46 yards. He had 281 all-purpose yards and finished the season leading the nation in that category.
"Tavon Austin is the real MVP," Smith said. "I can't say enough about that guy."
Smith's high school teammate Stedman Bailey added five receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown, Devon Brown had five catches for 71 yards and Willie Milhouse added three catches for 71 yards and a touchdown. Running back Shawne Alston carried 19 times for 78 yards and scored twice.
"Never could we have imagined putting up 70 points," Smith said. "We wanted to come out and get a victory, but we definitely made a statement and let everyone know we're contenders next year."
The Mountaineers finished with 592 yards of offense and 31 first downs.
"That's probably as bad a defensive performance that I've seen in a long, long time," Swinney said.
Clemson (10-4) quarterback Tajh Boyd was 24-for-46 for 250 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He committed three turnovers that WVU turned into 21 points. Andre Ellington carried 10 times for 116 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown. Receiver Deandre Hopkins caught 10 passes for 107 yards.