Clemson defeated Furman 35-12 on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers are 2-0 on the season.

It was a successful first home game of the year for a Clemson team that struggled in September a year ago.

Quarterback DJ Uiagalelei was excellent today, leading touchdown drives on his first 5 drives of the day. He did throw an interception in the second half, but the game’s outcome was long decided.

Here are 3 takeaways from Clemson’s win:

QB situation

Freshman Cade Klubnik got a series with the first team early in the game, but he did not necessarily take advantage of the opportunity. Clemson got one first down before being forced to punt.

Klubnik threw an incompletion on his only attempt and was sacked on a 3rd down. He finished the game 1-for-4 for -2 yards. He also rushed for -2 yards against Furman.

Uiagalelei, meanwhile, was nearly perfect. He threw for 231 yards and 2 touchdowns in the win.

While many fans may still expect Klubnik to take over the starting job at some point this season, Uiagalelei proved why he is still the starter vs. Furman.

Running game still needs work

Clemson’s offense, specifically the running game, still needs a little bit of development. The Tigers averaged only 5.3 yards per rush in this one — a low number relative to FCS competition.

Will Shipley led the way with 68 rushing yards on 10 carries. He also scored 2 touchdowns. Kobe Pace ran one in as well, giving Clemson 3 rushing scores on the day.

In-part because of the running game, Clemson gained just 70 total yards in the second half. The Tigers managed only 6 first downs after halftime.

It’s not a major concern at the moment, but Clemson’s running game will need to improve over the course of the season if the Tigers’ offense is going to reach its potential.

Defensively dominant

Clemson gave up 9 first-half points to Furman — nearly matching the total it yielded last week vs. Georgia Tech. But the Tigers shut things down in the second half.

Furman gained only 3.7 yards per play in the second half. Clemson also forced a turnover after the break.

Linebackers Trenton Simpson and Keith Maguire each made 8 tackles, which led the team. LaVonta Bentley had 2.5 tackles for loss in the win.

Clemson faces Louisiana Tech in Week 3.