The Clemson Tigers defense used two interceptions to capitalize on Louisville’s mistakes and jump out to an early 28-10 at halftime lead. The defense had five sacks, nine tackles for loss, and six QB hurries on arguably the best quarterback in the country in Lamar Jackson.
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson threw three touchdown passes and had 190 passing yards in the first half.
Clemson’s first half scoring drives took a total time of 1:58. Their longest scoring drive of the first half lasted 57 seconds.
An 8-play, 85-yard drive which took 2:57, longer than all other scoring drives combined, proved to be enough to win the game for the Tigers.
Deshaun Watson shook off three interceptions and threw for five passing touchdowns in the game to lead the Clemson offense.
They showed that regardless of their mistakes, they are able to bounce back from adversity and return to the College Football Playoff. Their loss in last season’s National Championship game certainly is still on their minds.
CAROLINA @ FLORDIA STATE
North Carolina’s senior kicker saw No. 12 Florida State take a late one-point lead with the difference being a blocked extra point. But the Tar Heels were able to drive 38 yards in three plays, helped by extra yardage due to a pass interference call, to set the stage for Weiler to atone for his earlier mistake.
“I knew it was within his distance. That wasn’t the issue,” North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said of Weiler’s kick. “He had something to prove. After the extra point got blocked, I talked to him on the sideline and said he had to get it out of his head. He got his mind right and we gave him his shot.”
The Tar Heels had lost three straight games to ranked teams, and the Seminoles are the highest-ranked team they have knocked off on the road since defeating No. 9 Syracuse in 1996.
Trubisky had his third straight 400-yard game, completing 31 of 38 passes for 405 yards and three touchdowns. Ryan Switzer had 14 receptions for 158 yards.
Florida State (3-2, 0-2) trailed 21-0 in the second quarter but rallied to take a 35-34 lead in the final minute on a 8-yard touchdown run by Deondre Francois. The freshman quarterback, who was 20 of 32 for 372 yards, looked like he was going to be sacked at the UNC 8 but eluded tackles by Mikey Bart and Malik Carney to score.
It’s hard seeing the Seminoles fall from No. 12 to out of the poll but they could if voters into account that FSU is 7-5 in its last 12 games. North Carolina fell out of the rankings after losing its opener to Georgia but this win could put them back in the Top 25.
By: Billy Clemmons