The Clemson Tigers looked rarely challenged or phased in a complete dismantling of Miami in the ACC Championship Game, winning 38-3 Saturday night in Charlotte.
The Tigers rolled up 331 yards of total offense, with four different players scoring touchdowns, a feat that Clemson had not accomplished since its last game against Miami (58-0 win in 2015).
Kelly Bryant completed his first 15 passes, on the way to an efficient 23-of-29 day with 252 yards through the air with one touchdown and one of the four Tigers rushing touchdowns.
Tigers QBs spread the ball to 11 different receivers before the night was out, with Deon Cain catching six passes for 100 yards to lead the aerial attack.
Clemson converted 9-of-18 third downs, getting big plays with third-down target Hunter Renfrow catching five passes for 45 yards.
The Miami turnover chain came out early, with the Hurricanes capturing a muffed punt from Clemson’s Ray-Ray McCloud. The Hurricanes could not capitalize, however, missing a field goal on the ensuing continuation of the drive.
The Tigers got into the turnover act themselves, causing turnovers on three straight possessions, and scored two touchdowns off the miscues to put the game away.
Clemson secured its fourth victory in the ACC Championship Game since its inception, becoming the first school since Florida State (’12-14) to win three championships in a row.
Dorian O’Daniel recovered a fumble stripped by Ryan Carter:
Kelly Bryant was the game’s MVP, and Christian Wilkins co-led the team with seven tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss.
Dabo Swinney, Kelly Bryant and Christian Wilkins
Will Palaszczuk provided his postgame analysis via Periscope:
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The Tigers await the College Football Playoff Committee’s final ranking Sunday, which should send them to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans as the country’s top-ranked team.