3 takeaways from Clemson's big road win at Florida State
Clemson took care of business on Saturday night in Tallahassee.
The Tigers won 34-28 in a game that was not as close as the final score might indicate. Clemson led by 20 points until the 9:22 mark of the 4th quarter.
A pair of late touchdowns for the Noles kept things interesting, but Florida State never got the ball back with a chance to win the game.
Here are 3 takeaways from FSU’s win:
DJ Uiagalelei continues to do his job
Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei was solid again on Saturday night, throwing 3 touchdowns and running for another. He only threw for 203 yards on the night, but Clemson only attempted 23 passes.
That was enough to get the job done. Uiagalelei also rushed for 26 yards on the night.
One of his touchdowns came on a slick flea flicker:
Clemson brought out the reverse flea flicker for six 👀 pic.twitter.com/jCHzHCy8cL
— ESPN (@espn) October 16, 2022
Clemson’s running game good, but not explosive
Will Shipley had another great game. He rushed the ball 20 times for 121 yards, but did not find the end zone. Still, his consistency and dependability allowed the Tigers to control the clock for most of the game.
Without Kobe Pace, Shipley was asked to carry more of the load on Saturday night. Phil Mafah also stepped up with 6 rushes for 27 yards.
If there was anything missing from Clemson’s running game, it was a lack of explosion. The Tigers averaged a steady 3.8 yards per carry but had just 1 rush of more than 15 yards.
Another step toward Charlotte and the CFP
Clemson is now 7-0 on the season and is racing toward another ACC Atlantic title.
The Tigers have no major roadblocks left on their schedule outside of a meeting with an undefeated Syracuse team next week in Death Valley. Clemson has no more ACC road games left on its schedule.
Clemson and Syracuse will kick off at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon.