Clemson Trounces Louisville 47-21

Junior quarterback Kelly Bryant passes for a career-high 316 yards

Ed Jenson
September 17, 2017 - 4:03 am
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Six different Tigers scored at Papa John’s Stadium on Saturday night as Clemson defeated the Louisville Cardinals 47-21 in the Tigers’ first road game and ACC opener. With the win, Clemson remains undefeated at 3-0 overall and 1-0 in conference play, while Louisville drops to 2-1 overall and 0-1 in the ACC.

Junior quarterback Kelly Bryant powered Clemson’s offense on Saturday, passing for a career-high 316 yards and rushing for 26 yards with two touchdowns in his first road start. Junior wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud was Bryant’s most popular target, totaling a career-high 115 yards with a touchdown on seven catches. Redshirt junior kicker Greg Huegel, graduate linebacker Dorian O’Daniel, redshirt junior running back Adam Choice and freshman running back Travis Etienne all also put points on the board for the Tigers.

The Tigers struck first, scoring on their opening drive on a Bryant eight-yard touchdown run five minutes into the first quarter. After two three-and-outs in their first two drives, Louisville tied the game late in the first quarter on an 11-yard scoring pass from Lamar Jackson to Charles Standberry. A Huegel 31-yard field goal gave the Tigers a 10-7 lead just over midway through the second quarter, and that lead increased to 16-7 after a Bryant 79-yard touchdown pass to McCloud with a missed extra point. The first half ended with a career-long 49-yard field goal by Huegel that put the Tigers up 19-7 at the break.

O’Daniel opened the second half scoring when he returned an interception 44 yards for his first career score, and Bryant ran in a one-yard quarterback keeper for a touchdown to give the Tigers a 33-7 lead in the third quarter.

Jackson found Jay Smith for a 36-yard touchdown to start the fourth quarter to cut the Clemson lead to 33-14, but the Tigers responded with a 39-yard scoring run by Choice on the ensuing drive put Clemson at the 40-point mark. The Cardinals found the endzone on an eight-yard touchdown pass from Jackson to Dez Fitzpatrick, but the Tigers had the last word with their longest score of the day, an 81-yard scoring run by Etienne with just over 6 minutes remaining in the game.

 

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