The Clemson Tigers showcased their incumbent quarterback as well as the future as Kelly Bryant and Trevor Lawrence dazzled in a 48-7 victory over the Furman Paladins on Saturday.
Bryant struggled with consistency at the start, going 5-for-10 to start, but completed four of his last six including three of four after halftime.
Lawrence looked every bit the part from the start, leading the Tigers to scoring drives on all three offensive series he had in the second quarter.
All-tolled, Bryant completed 10-of-16 for 127 yards & Lawrence completed 9-of-15 for 137 yards. Lawrence led five scoring drives with three touchdown passes while Bryant led three scoring drives with a passing touchdown and a rushing score.
The two quarterbacks feel they acquitted themselves well despite each making their share of mistakes:
Eleven receivers caught passes for Clemson, including seven players with multiple grabs. Amari Rodgers led the Tigers with three catches for 44 yards, including the 40-yard touchdown pass from Bryant to open the scoring.
Diondre Overton caught Lawrence’s first collegiate touchdown in the second quarter, while freshmen Justyn Ross and Braden Galloway each earned their opening college scores on passes from Clemson’s true freshman signal-caller.
Running back Lyn-J Dixon had a solid debut with 89 yards on six carries, while Travis Etienne rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown.
On defense, the Tigers held Furman to 163 total yards, but relinquished the shutout on Furman’s final offensive drive with most of their reserves in the game. Defensive lineman Christian Wilkins believed Clemson played a complete game up until that point:
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The Tigers improve to 1-0 and prepare for a tough road test at Texas A&M next Saturday. The game is set for 7 PM ET, will be seen on ESPN and will also be the site for the network’s College Gameday pregame show.