Clemson vs. Auburn not expected to be altered due to Hurricane Irma

Sep 10, 2017, 12:40
Clemson vs. Auburn not expected to be altered due to Hurricane Irma

He completed 14 of 24 passes for 185 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception - not bad numbers, but nothing to crow about against 2016's No. 68-ranked pass defense.

Of course, Auburn's attack is predicated on powerful running, but there was little to no success to be had there either. While Johnson's status is questionable with a hamstring injury, coach Gus Malzahn gets bruising running back Kamryn Pettway and wide receiver Kyle Davis back off suspension. "We are going to go out there and win games, and that is what this team is destined to do". It was a 12-play, 88-yard drive that sparked the Clemson Tigers football team and it awoke a beast.

Auburn outgained Clemson 74-6 in the first quarter and Clemson had only 40 yards of offense with four minutes left in the first half, but Clemson struck late to grab a 7-6 halftime lead.

Stat of the game: 11 - Clemson's defense managed 11 sacks.

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"We just needed to help them out", Kelly Bryant said.

Defense as advertised: Clemson's defense believed it was ready to step up early in the season with the offense breaking in several new starters.

Malzahn is insistent that his offense will be "really good at some point", but if Saturday's trend continues it's going to be a long season.

Clemson's defensive line will present a significant challenge for Pettway in his season debut.

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It just didn't matter, because Auburn couldn't convert field position into touchdowns.

Clemson's defense was merely getting warmed up after a great first half, as it was in swarming, relentless form throughout the evening. He came back to lead Clemson's only first-half scoring drive.

Clemson reverted to its form earlier in the game, as it punted four times in the second half. Auburn's bruising back, Kamryn Pettway, a non-factor previous year against Clemson, earned every tough yard he gained Saturday.

Auburn was well aware of the pass protection issues it had to address after allowing eight tackles for loss with three sacks in its win over Georgia Southern last week. The defense will have a much tougher test next week, as the Tigers will go on the road to take on Louisville and its electrifying, Heisman-winning quarterback, Lamar Jackson.

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ESPN's College Gameday weighed in on the top-15 showdown between Clemson and Auburn in Death Valley tonight (7 p.m., ESPN).