Select Tigers players met with the media, Monday, on the heels of Clemson’s 27-21 win over Syracuse. The Homecoming victory extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 14. Clemson heads into its open date undefeated at 8-0, with six of those wins coming in conference play. Following the bye, Clemson will step back out of the ACC, traveling to South Bend, Ind., to face Notre Dame (4-3).
The offense put up a season-high 293 yards and posted 27 first downs, Saturday, including a career-high 94-yard effort from Phil Mafah. The other side of the coin is that Clemson turned it over four times, including three from quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei after he had played remarkably clean through the first seven games. Uiagalelei will get a shot a redemption when he returns to Notre Dame Stadium, where he threw for 439 yards in his his first career road start in 2020 (47-40 overtime loss).
On the other side of the ball, the defensive unit stood tall each time it was faced with adversity in the third and fourth quarters. As importantly, Clemson’s defense didn’t surrender any points off of turnovers and has given up just three points off giveaways this season. Defensive tackle Tyler Davis led the charge, sacking Syracuse quarterback Garrett Schrader twice. Overall, the Tigers picked up five sacks and limited the previously unbeaten Orange to 291 total yards.
Clemson will get the chance to rest, heal and scout the Irish, who are coming off a win after a sluggish start to the season. The Tigers staff will be able to compare apples to apples as Notre Dame is hosting Syracuse this weekend.
Kickoff between Clemson and Notre Dame is set for 7:30 p.m., Nov. 5th.