Have you considered that it was simply damn fine defense by Clemson? They did a great job at time in "masking" and making their own quality reads.
I always find it interesting that many of us, when critiquing a play only see one side, usually the negative for our team, but fail to look at the positive the opposition did to match or beat the play.
I certainly have my criticisms from our losses (as well as our wins) but I refrain from criticizing the players. Just something I was taught when I was young. It's a team game and these are young people who have worked harder and have challenged themselves to a higher standard than most of us ever will in our lifetime (although some of us may, but that's not most who criticize).
I thought the game changer was coaching again (as in MSU). Offensive coaching. Surprised? Objectively, our defense was not going to stop Clemson on every series. They did enough to give the Buckeyes an opportunity to win.
The offense performed nearly optimally during the "up tempo" series. That has been what we've witnessed all season. It kept the Clemson defense from anticipating and therefor lead to our advantage. Unfortunately, Urban and Herman abandoned it, putting Braxton, Hyde and the OL in difficult situations. During the up tempo series XBrax hit several passes crisply, moved the offense and the OL was able to win in the trenches. Then they started taking 25-30 seconds to send the play in and/or change it. I could have sent in the optimal defense in that time. Reminded me of the Big Championship game.
I'm pretty satisfied with our season and hope that I get to enjoy another season of Braxton's amazing talent. Let's never forget that this young man has represented tOSU, his family and himself with integrity and class.