Clemson did what it was supposed to do against South Carolina State Saturday afternoon: won convincingly and avoided a major injury. The 52-13 win over the Bulldogs won’t go in the “best of” file for the Tigers, but they managed to get the job done.
Offensive coordinator Chad Morris was able to get a look at a lot of his backup and reserve players. His best quarterback wasn’t Tajh Boyd, it was Cole Stoudt. Stoudt was 19-20 passing against the Bulldogs, leading Morris to quip after the game he might just have a quarterback controversy on his hands. Third string quarterback Chad Kelly also played, his first game action since tearing his ACL four months ago in the Tigers spring game.
Defensively Clemson returned two interceptions for scores against the outmanned Bulldogs. Defensive coordinator Brent Venbales wasn’t as worried about who the Tigers were playing as much as he was how his guys performed their assignments. For the most part he seemed pleased with the progress made from game one to game two. S.C. State only had 241 yards of total offense.
Click below to listen to Morris and Venables review their respective units and how they played.