Clemson got the first early break with a Jonathan Meeks interception of a Bryn Renner pass on the third play of the game. He return the pick to the UNC 38. But the Tigers could only muster a 39 yard field by Chandler Cantanzaro for a 3-0 lead.
The Tar Heels took the lead midway thru the quarter with a quick two play drive. A 15 yard pass completion with a 15 yard late hit penalty on Clemson set up the Heels at the Tigers’ 33. Renner then connected with Jheranie Boyd for a 33 yard score. Boyd beat Carlton Lewis on the play. The Tar Heels led 7-3 with 7:17 left in the quarter.
Late in the quarter the Tigers forced UNC to punt from deep in its terretory and the Tigers took over at the Tar Heels’ 48. They moved in for a score, a 25 yard pass from Tajh Boyd to DeAndre Hopkins. That put Clemson up 10-7 with 1:12 left in the quarter.
End of 1st quarter…Clemson 10-UNC 7.