What Clemson lacks in on the field excitement right now they make up for with stomach-churning finishes. The Tigers won a second straight game when the opponent couldn’t finish the job edging Syracuse 17-14 Friday night at the Carrier Dome.
Two weeks ago, at Death Valley, Clemson saw Boston College drive to their 11-yard line before fumbling away the chance at victory. This time the Tigers avoided overtime, and a possible loss, when Syracuse kicker Andre Szmyt missed badly on a 48-yard field goal in the final seconds.
All five of Clemson’s games against FBS opponents this season have been decided by one possession. The Tigers are 3-2 in those games with losses to Georgia and NC State.
The new Clemson offense Tiger fans were hoping to see after the off week never materialized. Quarterback DJ Uiagalelei hit some key passes, but the big play component was still missing. And at the end, Dabo Swinney played not to make any offensive mistakes, and he leaned on his defense to keep the Orange offense at bay. Which they did.