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Trying for two: Clemson’s history at the Russell Athletic Bowl

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ORLANDO, Fla. – While many Sooner fans may not be familiar with the Russell Athletic Bowl, Clemson has a long history with the game.

Even though the bowl game has only been in existence for 25 years, Clemson has already played there twice.

The first time Clemson played in the ‘Mazda Tangerine Bowl’ in 2002. The Tigers met up with a Texas Tech team led by quarterback Kliff Kingsbury, a name the Sooner faithful may recognize. Kingsbury went 32 of 43 passes for 375 yards and three touchdowns.

During the bowl game, Kingsbury surpassed the 5,000 mark for passing yards in a season, making him the third quarterback in NCAA history to accomplish the feat. Clemson lost 55 to 15.

The second time the Tigers traveled to Orlando, it was to play Colorado in the ‘Champs Sports Bowl.’ The game was close but Clemson pulled out the win behind running back James Davis.

Davis ran for 150 yards and a touchdown, leading the Tigers to a 19 to 10 win over Colorado.

Now, Clemson is preparing for its third trip to the Russell Athletic Bowl and is hoping for a second win.

OU is focused on winning its first trip to the bowl game and ending the season on a high note.

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