Before a duel it was customary for combatants to agree upon rules and weapons. At the outset of the Orange Bowl it seemed that Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd and Ohio State quartetrback Braxton Miller had settled upon rushing touchdowns as the weapon of choice. The dual-threat signal callers traded astonishing early scores as No. 7 Ohio State and No. 13 Clemson got started in Miami on Friday night.
Boyd didn't waste much time in getting Clemson on the scoreboard. The standout senior quarterback flashed his Sunday speed during a 48-yard touchdown gallop on the Tigers' sixth offensive play of the game.
WATCH: Tajh Boyd's 48-Yard Touchdown Run
Clemson's 7-0 lead lasted 13 plays by Miller and the Ohio State offense. After the Buckeyes ground out 42 yards on the first dozen plays of their first offensive possession of the game, Miller got loose for a 33-yard touchdown run to tie the game.WATCH: Braxton Miller's 33-Yard Touchdown Run
After bursting through the first level of defenders by flashing some speed of his own, Miller reached the sideline at his left. As he motored toward the end zone, Miller then slowed down to elude Clemson linebacker Quandon Christian with a change-of-pace move.
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