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In today’s picture, Clemson Captains Joel Wells (center) and Charlie Bussey (left) meet with Colorado Captain Jerry Leahy before the 1957 Orange Bowl.
Clemson mounted one of the greatest comebacks in Orange Bowl history, but fell short when Colorado intercepted a pass deep in its territory on the last play of the game.
In that final series, Clemson's Willie Smith recovered a Buffalo fumble at the Colorado 27 with his team trailing 27-21. But the Buff’s Bob Stransky intercepted quarterback Charlie Bussey's pass to save the game.
An inspiring speech by Clemson head coach Frank Howard, in which he threatened to resign if he didn't get a better effort from his team, followed. His squad responded with three second-half scores on a pair of runs by Joel Wells and another by Bob Spooner. A shocked Colorado squad saw the Tigers take a 21-20
lead with 11:22 to go.
Although leading, Clemson attempted an onside kick, but Colorado recovered. Colorado marched 53 yards in eight plays and went ahead for good on Bayuk's second touchdown of the day.
When the Buffaloes later fumbled at their own 26, Clemson had a final shot to win. Stransky's interception, however, nullified that attempt. Colorado's Wells rushed for 125 yards and Bayuk went for 121.
Here is a highlight video of the 1957 Orange Bowl:
Clemson finished the 1956 season 7-2-2 overall and 4-0-1 in the ACC, which was good for first place. The Tigers finished 18th in the final poll for the season and earned the Orange Bowl berth against Colorado.
In addition to the Tigers in the picture, the 1956 team had several notable members of the team. Whitey Jordan was an end on the 1956 team. Tommy Sease was a tackle, Joel Wells was a halfback, and Frank Griffith was a fullback.
In 2005, Clemson would once again play Colorado in the state of Florida, this time in the 2005 Champs Sports Bowl.
In this picture, James Davis and Tommy Bowden hold up the Champs Sports Bowl trophy following the win over Colorado.
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Credit to Orange Bowl web site.