This was supposed to be the biggest game in decades at Clemson. It turned out to be the biggest dud. In on fell swoop Florida State dashed Clemson’s ACC title hopes, BCS title hopes and Tajh Boyd’s Heisman hopes. 83, 428 fans showed up expecting an epic clash of top five ACC teams. They got a lopsided 51-14 thrashing from Florida State instead.
Simply put, it was ugly. Clemson’s first play of the game was a nine yard completion that ended with a fumble. Florida State recovered and scored three plays later. From that point on it was like someone opened the faucet and there was no way Clemson could stop the Florida State flow. Seminoles freshman quarterback Jameis Winston looked like a pro, finishing with 444 yards passing with three touchdowns and one interception. He also ran for a score. His Heisman stock is surging. Tajh Boyd, the fifth year senior with big game experience, looked lost most of the night. He completed just 17 of 37 passes with one touchdown and two interceptions. He also lost a fumble that the Seminoles scooped and scored. Clemson turned the ball over four times during the game, a season high.
“That was very disappointing,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said in his post game news conference. When you’re going against a team as good as Florida State, you don’t have very much room for error. We fumbled in the beginning, had a busted play, fumbled again and before you know it it’s 17-0. When you spot a team that good 17 points it’s a huge up hill battle.”
It was an up hill battle that went down hill all night. A night that started with so much promise ended with a lot of broken hearts and dreams. Yes, there is still plenty of season left, but for the Tigers there will not be another chance like this to prove that they truly belonged among the elite in college football.
Here is the quick recap of the game.