#22 Clemson opened it’s ACC scheduled Saturday afternoon at Death Valley with another offensive showcase. The Tigers ran off 86 plays for 455 yards on their way to a 35-30 win over #14 Florida State in front of 82,000 at Memorial Stadium. The Tigers have won five straight over the Seminoles at home and six of the last night meetings anywhere.
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd had another impressive outing completing 23 of 37 for 344 yards and 3 touchdowns. Eight of his completions went to freshman sensation Sammy Watkins. He totaled 141 yards on those catches with two going for scores, including one of 62 yards. Watkins now has 6 touchdown receptions this season, a record for a Clemson freshman.
The Clemson defense gave up 365 yards, almost all of it thru the air. The Seminoles were forced to play all the way with backup quarterback Clint Trickett as starter EJ Manuel was recovering from a shoulder injury and did not dress. Trickett made a strong accounting for himself completing 24-38 for 336 yards and 3 touchdowns. That’s the most passing yards allowed by Clemson since The Citadel passed for 338 yards in 2008. But the 29 rushing yards allowed by Clemson are the fewest since the Boston College game in 2009.
Florida State hurt itself throughout the game with 11 penalties for 124 yards. Several of those were pass interference calls that extended Clemson drivers. The Tigers converted 9 of 17 third downs and had the ball for over 35 minutes.
The Tigers lost punter Dawson Zimmerman to a knee injury on a roughing the punter call late in the first half. His status will be updated Sunday. Spencer Benton replaced him.
The Tigers are 4-0 and will play their first road game next Saturday at Virginia Tech. Kickoff will be 6:00 PM.