It’s now official. Kelly Bryant is a darn good quarterback. If the win over Auburn was his coming out party, Saturday night’s win over Louisville was his coronation The Clemson quarterback position is in good hands with Bryant as the Tigers rolled to a 47-21 win over the Cardinals. Bryant outshined Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Lamar Jackson with a Deshaun Watson like passing performance, 22-32, 316 yards, 1 touchdown, 0 picks.
Ray-Ray McCloud was Bryant’s favorite target with a career high 115 yards on 7 catches including a 79 yard touchdown catch that sparked the Tigers on a 26-0 run that put the game away.
Clemson’s defense, after being torched for 457 yards by Jackson in Death Valley last season, brought a lot of anger to the field and bottled Jackson up most of the night. Jackson finished with impressive stats but a lot off his yardage came late in the second half after the outcome was determined. 199 of his passing yards came in the fourth quarter after his team was down 33-7. His longest pass completion, while the game was still in doubt, was 36 yards, and his longest run was 30 yards.
LB Kendall Joseph
Besides Bryant’s emergence at quarterback in this game, the same can be said for Tavien Feaster at running back. The work was still spread around the top three guys but Feaster showed his talents in a big game for the first time rushing for 92 yards on 10 carries. Dabo Swinney has been waiting for one of his running backs to emerge from the pack and Feaster might be that guy now though Swinney said the competition continues.
Dabo Swinney postgame press conference
The Tigers have won 11 straight road games. They are 3-0 on the season, 1-0 in the ACC and will host Boston College next Saturday afternoon. After that comes a trip to Virginia Tech and a source said tonight that game is expected to be played under the lights at Lane Stadium.
Here’s my Periscope review of tonight’s game:
Clemson post game…. https://t.co/NL4xtSE8UA
— SportsTalk (@sportstalksc) September 17, 2017