West Virginia, Clemson to collide in Orange Bowl

By Tim Reynolds

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Dec. 4 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

West Virginia's Tyler Bitancurt (40) celebrates with teammates after kicking the game-winning field goal in West Virginia's 30-27 win over South Florida in an NCAA college football game Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, in Tampa, Fla.

Chris O'Meara, Associated Press

MIAMI — West Virginia has been selected to play Clemson in the Orange Bowl.

It's the first trip to the game for the Mountaineers, who are trying to win their third Bowl Championship Series contest in the last seven years. West Virginia shared the Big East championship after ending the season with three victories by a combined seven points, trailing in the fourth quarter every time.

Clemson automatically qualified for the Orange Bowl by beating Virginia Tech for the Atlantic Coast Conference title on Saturday night. Clemson last appeared in the Orange Bowl after the 1981 season.

It's the second meeting between the schools. Clemson topped West Virginia in the 1989 Gator Bowl.

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