In typical Clemson fashion of late, it didn’t take long for the Tigers score. The first time they touched the ball, and this was on a punt return, they scored. Adam Humphries gathered in the punt on his on 28 and went 72 yards up the middle of the Cardinals’ special team for the Tigers first punt return for a touchdown since CJ Spiller returned one against Boston College in 2009.
The Tiger offense was held in check for the top ranked Louisville defense thru most of the quarter. On their third possession, the Tigers were backed up and Deshaun Watson was intercepted at his own 25. Watson threw the ball under heavy pressure and under threw his receiver and was picked off by James Sample.
But the Clemson defense was staunch and forced the Cardinals to go for a field goal. John Wallace nailed it from 41 yards to make it a 7-3 game.
Later in the quarter Watson left the game and went to the locker room with an apparent injury to his passing hand.
As the quarter ended, the Cardinals were at the Clemson three after a short punt put them in business at midfield. A 39 yard pass from Reggie Bonnafon to Dominique Brown carried to the Clemson 11. A holding penalty in the end zone on Clemson on a third down play kept the drive alive and gave Louisville a first down.
End of quarter…Clemson 7-Louisville 3