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2012 Orange Bowl: West Virgina Scores Important Win For Big East

Throughout this season the Big East had been disrespected as a football Conference, both for their play on the field and their inability to keep their marquee teams in the fold. Heading into the Orange Bowl last night, they didn't have very many fans or supporters that felt like they could actually win. So what did West Virginia do? They hung 70 on the Clemson Tigers, and looked impressive in all parts of the game while doing so. According to Andrea Adelson of ESPN, it could be a big win for the Big East, even though West Virginia is on their way out.

No Big East team has been embarrassed in a BCS game the way West Virginia embarrassed Clemson in the Discover Orange Bowl. What was supposed to be an offensive shootout certainly was on the West Virginia side of the field. Clemson delivered duds in the form of turnovers, missed tackles and blown assignments.

West Virginia is on their way out, but their success over Clemson on Wednesday night should speak volumes about the kind of team that comes from the Big East on a yearly basis.

We'll have coverage of the Orange Bowl up to and through the big game in this StoryStream. For more on the two teams, check out Tigers blog Shakin' The Southland and Mountaineers blog The Smoking Musket.

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