ORLANDO, FLA., JAN. 1 -- Rodney Williams passed for 214 yards and Tracy Johnson scored three touchdowns today to lead 14th-ranked Clemson to a 35-10 victory over No. 20 Penn State in the 42nd Florida Citrus Bowl.

Williams, resurrecting a passing attack that produced only 91 yards in a regular season-ending loss to South Carolina, completed 15 of 24 passes and Johnson scored on runs of seven, six and one yards as the Atlantic Coast Conference champions finished with a 10-2 record and handed Penn State its worst bowl defeat.

"We just played very, very well, extremely well," said Clemson Coach Danny Ford. "We threw the football well, we ran the option well and we played good defense."

Terry Allen, who gained 105 yards on 11 carries, also scored on a 25-yard run that gave Clemson a 28-10 lead with 12:38 left in the fourth period. Tigers flanker Keith Jennings caught seven passes for 110 yards.

"We made some mistakes on offense near the goal line that might have been a factor, but that would be taking something away from Clemson," Penn State Coach Joe Paterno said.

"They kicked our rears off. When you have people who make the plays and play with great intensity, they deserve to win."

Penn State, finishing an injury-filled season that hampered its defense of the 1987 national championship, finished 8-4 before a record crowd of 53,152 at the Florida Citrus Bowl.

Clemson dominated Penn State on both sides of the line, amassing 499 yards in offense to 305 for the Lions.

"When they came out with {three receivers} early in the game, we weren't quite ready," Paterno said. "And our little cornerbacks couldn't handle their big receivers."

Penn State senior linebacker Trey Bauer said there were no secrets to the Tigers' ability to move the football.

"They just came out and knocked our guys back," said Bauer, who was named the Nittany Lions' defensive player of the game. "I wasn't impressed with their size. Shoot, Notre Dame is a lot bigger than they are. They just worked extremely hard and that made them successful.

"We worked extremely hard all week defending against the pitch, but they were still able to make it work. That gave them the opportunity to throw the ball like they did."

Johnson, Clemson's third-leading rusher this season, scored on runs of seven and six yards in the first half when the Tigers enjoyed a two-to-one advantage in time of possession and built a 14-7 halftime lead.

Williams, who completed 12 of 19 passes for 169 yards before halftime, set up the touchdowns with pinpoint passing that kept the Penn State defense off balance.

"Our plan coming into the game was to throw the ball on first down to keep the Penn State defense off balance," said Williams, the game's most valuable player.

"It was a good game plan, and I concentrated on it," Williams said. "This was a very big game for us. I'm lazy by nature, but I do a lot better job of concentrating during the big games."

Johnson's one-yard touchdown run capped a 76-yard drive midway through the third quarter and gave the Tigers a 21-10 lead. Joe Henderson, a third-string tailback, scored Clemson's last touchdown on a four-yard run with 25 seconds left in the game.

Penn State, which played without star tailback Blair Thomas, who was sidelined with a sprained knee, struggled on offense all afternoon. Clemson 7 7 7 14 35 Penn St. 0 7 3 0 10

First Quarter

C -- T. Johnson 7 run (Treadwell kick), 4:18 Second Quarter

PSU -- Alexander 39 pass from Knizner (Etze kick), 2:09

C -- T. Johnson 6 run (Treadwell kick), 5:46 Third Quarter

PSU -- FG Etze 27, 4:06

C -- T. Johnson 1 run (Treadwell kick), 7:31 Fourth Quarter

C -- Allen 25 run (Treadwell kick), 2:22

Clem -- Henderson 4 run (Treadwell kick), 14:35

A -- 53,152

Clemson Penn St. First downs 25 12 Rushes-yards 54-285 28-111 Passing yards 214 194 Return yards 98 40 Passing 15-24-0 14-23-2 Punts-average 5-39 5-51 Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-1 Penalties-yards 8-44 4-26 Tim

RUSHING -- Clemson: Allen 11-105, T. Johnson 18-88, Henderson 6-54, McFadden 12-38, Lancaster 1-4, Ohan 1-3

PASSING -- Clemson: Williams 15-24-0, 214 yards. Penn St.: Knizner 13-22-2, 158, Roberts 1-1-0, 46.

RECEIVING -- Clemson: Jennings 7-110, Cooper 4-56, Coley 1-19, Hooper 1-17, Pearman 1-8, Henderson 1-4. Pen