Clemson got a little of its mojo back Saturday with a tidy 28-0 win over outmatched Georgia State Saturday afternoon at Death Valley. No one is going to throw a parade for beating a 1-9 Panthers team, but after what happened last week, and with what is coming up next week, this was important.
All eyes were on Cole Stoudt, at least when they weren’t on injured quarterback Deshaun Watson riding the stationary bike on the sideline off and on during the game. Stoudt’s confidence has been in the dumps lately. He responded with a solid effort. The fifth year senior completed 19 of his 29 passes for 132 yards and one touchdown. He threw an interception in the first half on a ball that should have been caught. Dabo Swinney and Chad Morris both were complimentary of the performance. They still don’t know if Stoudt will have to start next week against South Carolina, but if he does they feel better about it than they did a week ago.
As for Watson’s status; it’s still day-to-day. Swinney said they have to see something on Monday to make a determination on how much, if any, the freshman start will play against the Gamecocks. Swinney said Tuesday and Wednesday are the big practice days and ideally they will have whoever is starting getting reps those days. He declined to venture a guess if he thinks Watson will be ready.
Listen to Dabo Swinney, Chad Morris and Cole Soutdt talk to reporters after the game:
Swinney quote of the night:
On losing streak to USC:
“We don’t have to say anything about it because everywhere we go, people remind us. Grocery store, church, everywhere.”
Other notes of note:
- Tyshon Dye got a lot of reps at running back and he made the most of them. Dye finished with 124 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. He averaged just over six yards per carry. Swinney said they wanted to see what Dye could do now that he is finally healthy.
- Dye is just the second running back to rush for more than 100 yards this season for the Tigers.
- Vic Beasley recorded his 30th career sack in the second half.
- Clemson picked up its second shutout of the season, N.C. State was the other. It is the first time since 1998 the Tigers have had two shutouts in the same season.
- Ammon Lakip missed a 39 yard field goal in the second half. That was his first miss after making 13 straight.
- A total of 67 players saw action for Clemson
Quarter recaps and final stats: