As we described on Saturday, the Clemson football team improved to 2-0 on the season with a “workmanlike” 35-12 victory over the Furman Paladins in the Tigers’ home opener. D.J. Uiagalelei spearheaded the offensive attack, passing for 231 yards and two touchdowns.
But in a bit of a 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.
On Monday, coordinators Wes Goodwin and Brandon Streeter, along with several players including Uiagalelei, met with the media to recap the win over Furman and to look ahead to Saturday’s home date with Louisiana Tech. The audio is courtesy of Clemson Sports Information.
Clemson DC Wes Goodwin
Clemson OC Brandon Streeter
Clemson CB Malcolm Greene
Clemson OL Jordan McFadden
Clemson DT Ruke Orhorhoro
Clemson QB D.J. Uiagalelei