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Hyde (left) will keep up his strong running.
Bowl Matchup: No. 12 Clemson (10-2) vs. No. 7 Ohio State (12-1), Jan. 3, 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN (Discover Orange Bowl)
Since returning from suspension, running back Carlos Hyde has torn it up for the Buckeyes.
Through 10 games, the senior has rushed for 1,408 yards and 14 touchdowns on 183 carries. That includes topping the century mark in eight consecutive contests, including two performances with 225 yards or more.
Behind his powerful running, Ohio State boasts the nation’s No. 4-ranked rushing attack.
The Tigers’ Vic Beasley might have something to say about that.
Thus far, the junior has recorded 36 tackles (19.0 for loss), 12.0 sacks, broken up six passes and forced four fumbles. He also brought back his lone fumble return 13 yards for a touchdown.
Already this season he’s helped Clemson shut down top running backs such as Andre Williams (24 CAR, 70 YDS, 0 TD) and Mike Davis (15 CAR, 22 YDS, 0 TD).
But don’t expect Hyde to back down.
After running for 118 yards against Michigan State’s vaunted run defense last weekend, the Naples, Fla., native will come into this one beaming with confidence.