Clemson lost to 16th ranked Miami 30-21 Saturday afternoon at Death Valley. Six turnovers and numerous defensive breakdowns doomed the Tigers in front of a sold out homecoming crowd.
Clemson falls to 2-2 and 0-1 in the ACC. The Hurricanes improve to 3-1 and 1-0 in the conference.
Click below for the quarter by quarter highlights.
1st quarter highlights
- Miami gets on the board first with a 22 yard pass from Jacory Harris to wide receiver Leonard Hankerson. That capped an 8 play, 83 yard drive for the Hurricanes.
- Clemson answered Miami with an Andre Ellington 71 yard touchdown run, the longest of his career. It was the longest rushing touchdown since C.J. Spiller took one 83 yards against Auburn in 2007. The drive covered one play, 71 yards and took 12 seconds.
End of 1st quarter Score: Clemson 7, Miami 7
2nd quarter highlights
- Clemson started the second quarter on Miami 27 yard line. The Tigers moved the ball deep into Hurricanes territory with a strong dose of Ellington and Jamie Harper. They continued to pound the run to start the second and were rewarded with a 14 yard touchdown run by Ellington.
- It didn’t take Miami long to answer, the Hurricanes scored on their next possession. The damage came on 65 yard touchdown pass from Jacory Harris to Leonard Hankerson.
- Miami’s Marcus Fortson intercepted a Kyle Parker pass on the Clemson 14 yard line. The pass third down pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage. The Hurricanes capitalized on the turnover by scoring a touchdown on an 18 yard pass from Harris to Mike James with 7:33 left in the quarter. The Tigers managed to block the extra point to stay within six points.
- Miami forced another turnover on Clemson’s next possession. Andre Ellington fumbled on his own 22 yard line and the Hurricanes recovered. The Canes moved the ball inside the Tigers ten yard line and appeared ready to seize control of the game. It didn’t happen though as Jacory Harris was intercepted in the end zone by Marcus Gilchrist to end the Miami threat.
- Kyle Parker threw an interception that was returned to the 19 yards to Clemson’s 29 yard line with just 24 seconds left in the half. Two plays later the Hurricanes were in the end zone with another Harris to Hankerson completion with 14 seconds left in the half.
End of 2nd quarter score: Miami 27, Clemson 14
3rd quarter highlights
- After plenty of action in the first two quarters, the third quarter was uneventful until Clemson took possession at its own 44 with 6:43 left in the quarter. The Tigers converted a couple of key third downs and marched into the end zone courtesy of a three yard touchdown by Andre Ellington, his third score of the game. The drive covered 56 yards in eight plays and took 3:57
End of 3rd quarter score: Miami 27, Clemson 21
4th quarter highlights
- Clemson had possession of the ball to start the fourth quarter, but lost it early on a fumble by DeAndre Hopkins on the Tigers 45 yard line. Clemson’s fourth turnover of the day gave the Hurricanes excellent field position with just over 14 minutes left in the game.
- The Clemson defense did its job and held the Hurricanes to a three and out. The Hurricanes actually lost yardage on the drive and punted from its own 45.
- After a punt and a 15 yard penalty for interfering with the punt returner, Clemson took over with 12:36 on its own 33 yard line. The Tigers moved the ball to the Miami 20 where they ended up facing a 4th and 1 with 8:24 left in the game. The tried to rush Ellington outside and he was stopped for no gain. Miami took over at the 20 with 8:20 left in the game.
- Miami took the next possession and drove all the way to Clemson’s 12 yard line before kicking a 29 yard field goal. Matt Bosher’s kick gave the Canes a 30-21 lead with 2:40. Miami took 5:40 crucial minutes off the clock during the drive.
- Marcus Gilchrist returned the ensuing kickoff all the way to Miami’s 47 yard line to give the Tigers great field position. They didn’t take advantage, Kyle Parker fumbled on first down and Miami recovered to clinch the game.
Final score: Miami 30,Clemson 21