Clemson took care of business on Saturday night as it handily defeated Florida Atlantic, 48-14.

Cade Klubnik threw 3 touchdown passes in the win. Clemson’s offense had another solid night as the Tigers scored 6 offensive touchdowns in the win.

Defensively, the Tigers were dominant. FAU didn’t find the end zone until Clemson was already up 41-0 and the outcome was no longer in doubt.

Here are 3 takeaways from Clemson’s win:

Elite defense

Clemson’s defense had another great night. Florida Atlantic put together a couple nice drives after the Tigers pulled their starters, but they didn’t manage much at all prior to garbage time.

Through 3 quarters, FAU had just 158 total yards. The Owls went 1-for-12 on 3rd down during that time. Overall, they averaged just 2.9 yards per play prior to the 4th quarter.

True freshman Khalil Barnes was a standout performer. He was credited with 6 total tackles, 1 interception, 2 pass breakups, 1 forced fumble and 1 quarterback hurry. Barnes was making his first career start in Clemson’s secondary.

More progress from Cade Klubnik

Klubnik was far from perfect in this game, but he appears to be improving within Garrett Riley’s offense. He completed 16-of-27 passes for 169 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Owls.

Efficiency remains a concern for Klubnik, who entered this game averaging just 6.6 yards per attempt. But Klubnik did not turn it over in this game, which represents progress from his first couple performances to start the 2023 season.

Is Clemson peaking at the right time?

Clemson played a solid game on both sides of the ball vs. FAU. This was the Tigers’ final tune-up before they host No. 3 Florida State in Death Valley next week.

Klubnik and Clemson’s offense could be in position to give the Noles trouble. Florida State’s defense really struggled in a narrow 31-29 win over Boston College earlier in the day on Saturday. Klubnik would likely have to play the best game of his career to get Clemson to a win, but the opportunity could be there.

Defensively, Clemson has been exceptional to start the season. The Tigers will hope to get defensive back Andrew Mukuba back in time to face FSU, but otherwise this is a healthy unit that has been very strong through 3 contests.

Clemson and Florida State will kickoff at 12 p.m. ET next Saturday.