Not much to say here about Clemson’s 59-0 win over SC State Saturday at Death Valley except thank you to both head coaches for agreeing at halftime to shorten the final two quarters to 12 minutes each. There was no reason to drag the mismatch out any longer than necessary.
Did we learn anything new about the Tigers? Not really. We would have learned more from an intrasquad scrimmage. State just could not provide the kind of competition to gauge whether Clemson had fixed some of the problems from the Troy game.
In fairness, there were fewer drops by Clemson’s receivers and a bunch of young guys got to play a lot of snaps. Tavien Feaster, with his number-sake CJ Spiller in the house, led the Tigers with 83 rushing yards and scored his first collegiate touchdown. And Deshaun Watson regained his touch completing 12-15 for 152 yards and three scores.
There were a couple of firsts for the Tigers. Their 31 first quarter points were a record in that quarter. And thanks to Ahmaad Harris’ decision to not take a knee on a kickoff and just toss the ball towards the official allowing Denzel Johnson to recover for a touchdown, the Tigers scored back to back touchdowns for the first time without anytime running off the clock.
Here’s what Dabo Swinney and some of the Tigers had to say after the game.
Dabo Swinney’s opening comments
SC State coach Buddy Pough
Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables on preparing for Georgia Tech