Clemson: A near capacity crowd at Death Valley saw Clemson (2-0) take down Furman 35-12 in the Tigers home opener, Saturday. D.J. Uiagalelei spearheaded the offensive attack, passing for 231 yards and two touchdowns. Furman quarterback Tyler Huff was just as good, finishing 30 of 39 for 256 yards and a score.
In a bit of role reversal early on, Clemson’s defense wasn’t as sharp while the offense excelled. The Paladins moved the ball with surprising consistency against the Tigers in the first half, racking up 214 yards and 7.6 yards per play prior to intermission. But Uiagalelei kept Furman at arms’ length with sustained drives and the defense stiffened in the second half to shut down any hopes of an upset. Although the game was never in doubt, the Paladins showed plenty of fight, outgaining the Tigers 384-376 and converting 10 of 18 3rd downs.
Uiagalelei spread the love among his receivers, hitting ten different Tigers with a pass. Beaux Collins had the biggest impact among the group, finishing with four catches for 57 yards and a touchdown.
Reserve quarterback Cade Klubnik piloted a possession in each half that didn’t amount to much, resulting in a pair of punts.
Clemson continues its non-conference slate with a home date against La. Tech next Saturday at 8 p.m.