Clemson vs Miami takeaways: No.1 Tigers stifle Canes in resounding win to stay on top of ACC

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No.1 Clemson (4-0, 3-0 ACC) asserted his place not just as a conference class and all college football at the start of the season with a 42-17 win over No.7 Miami on Saturday. night in Death Valley. In what was only the 17th meeting between the top 10 teams in ACC history, the Tigers clearly defined the line in the sand between them and the remaining contenders for the crown. The Hurricanes didn’t perform particularly well on a soggy night under the lights, but whether it was the stage or the opponent didn’t matter, as Clemson managed to overcome his own mistakes on the way to it. ‘end to end victory.There have been penalties, turnovers from both teams, special team errors, and questionable coaching decisions, but the game’s flaws fall into the conversation cup room, which entirely surrounds Clemson and his pursuit of ‘a sixth consecutive ACC title. The Tigers defense played their best game of the season so far, keeping Canes quarterback D’Eriq King contained and keeping his offense out of the end zone for three quarters before a late touchdown broke a streak without touchdown for Miami dating back to the 2010 Meeting between these two teams. King was limited to just 121 yards on 12 of 28 passes with zero touchdowns and two interceptions with 84 rushing yards and a score on 14 attempts. There was a 28-yard net on 13 attempts (five sacks included) and 56 yards on the other, which was without a doubt one of the highlights of the night for Miami.

Sadly, that long run ended with a basket instead of a touchdown, which makes Clemson’s tackle and subsequent defensive support the kind of thing that highlights the Tigers’ championship form. When a team plays in so many games of this magnitude, whether in the regular season as a top-five team or in the college football playoffs, they inherently understand the pivot points of the competition.

As Clemson’s defense appeared to close the door with a four-point swing on the defensive stand after King’s run, coach Dabo Swinney left it open when he sent BT Potter to attempt a 61-yard field goal during the last play of the second half. . Miami blocked the basket and sent it back for a touchdown, reducing Clemson’s lead at halftime from 18 to 11 points.

Swinney was blamed for the decision in an interview with ESPN heading to the locker room, but it was one of three blocks on the field at night for Miami. Those blocks, combined with a Trevor Lawrence fumble, helped keep the Canes from seeing this game get out of hand as the Tigers were otherwise able to execute their game plan effectively on both sides of the ball.

Lawrence finished 29 of 42 for 292 passing yards with three touchdowns (his 17th game for the Tigers) with 34 rushing yards and one more score. Star running back Travis Etienne was phenomenal all night long, serving as Clemson’s top runner and receiver, totaling 25 touches for 222 total yards and two touchdowns.

As Clemson manages to maintain its No.1 ranking in the polls and top spot in the 15-team, one-division ACC standings, Miami now faces a tough road to rematch with the defending champions in Charlotte. . The Canes will fight with Notre Dame and North Carolina to finish in one of the top two places in the conference standings and will need head-to-head wins against those teams to be able to overcome this early-season loss.

1. Brevin Jordan’s status will be of great interest to Miami: Jordan is King’s most reliable target through passing game and a tight-toed future NFL talent. He left the game in the second half and was taken to the locker room with a shoulder injury. The program initially judged him unlikely to return, but after the game coach Manny Diaz said initial exams indicated the injury was not too serious and Jordan himself said it was ‘he expected to play in the Canes’ next game against Pitt this week. 7. But it was in the heat of the post-game action, so stay tuned for Miami’s availability after Jordan gets a night’s rest and tries to see how things feel during the week.

2. Miami needs to improve their passing attack to stand a chance in a potential rematch: Clemson’s game plan against Miami’s fast-track attack was fantastic. The defense kept King contained and the secondary still tight with Miami receivers, stepping up with high-profile interception games as soon as Miami finally got some momentum in the game. But as much as you want to give credit to Clemson’s game plan and his cornerbacks for holding out, you also have to worry about the Hurricanes receivers and the effectiveness of the passing attack. Not all teams have the training and talent of Clemson, but every opponent Miami faces will try to do what the Tigers did and get King to beat them on the inside court. the pocket.

3. Clemson’s two-quarter set is just average: The Tigers have an offensive set that features five-star first-year replacement quarterback DJ Uiagalelei in the shotgun with Lawrence, the future NFL Draft’s first-round pick, lined up on the wide receiver. It’s a Wildcat-like set, but instead of a running back with limited passing ability, it’s the future of the Clemson passing offense. Uiagalelei directed him as a keeper for a 14-yard gain here on this play, but don’t think that wasn’t put on tape to drive opposing defensive coordinators crazy to think about the potential wrinkles that could involve the two quarters.

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