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Orange Bowl 2012 Update: Clemson Leads West Virginia 17-14

The first quarter of the 2012 Orange Bowl was fast and furious, seeing 31 combined points scored. The first score of the game came on a long touchdown run by Clemson Tigers running back Andre Ellington, who broke free for 68 yards.

The West Virginia Mountaineers quickly went down the field on the ensuing drive however, picking up a few long plays and capped off by a Shawn Alston touchdown run to tie the game.

On Clemson's ensuing drive, just like their first scoring drive they were able to work their way right down the football field. The drive was capped off by a touchdown pass from Tajh Boyd to freshman wide receiver Sammy Watkins to take a 14-7 lead.

West Virginia was able to once again go right down the field on their ensuing drive, picking up a touchdown from Tavon Austin to tie the game at 14. The Clemson Tigers took the lead 17-14 heading out of the first quarter however after notching a field goal before the first quarter ended.

We'll have coverage of the Orange Bowl up to and through the big game in thisStoryStream. For more on the two teams, check out SB Nation's Clemson blog Shakin' The Southland and SB Nation's West Virginia blog The Smoking Musket.

Photographs by, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.