3 takeaways from Clemson's victory over Louisiana Tech
Clemson took care of business on Saturday night, beating Louisiana Tech 48-20 at home.
The Tigers are now 3-0 on the season, setting up a top 25 matchup vs. Wake Forest in Winston-Salem next weekend.
Here are 3 takeaways from Clemson’s win over the Bulldogs:
DJ Uiagalelei was good again
Clemson’s offense sputtered at times in this game, but still managed to put up 48 points on Louisiana Tech. And any struggles the Tigers had were not the fault of quarterback DJ Uiagalelei.
He finished the game 17-of-29 for 221 yards and 2 touchdowns. He was also very effective running the ball, gaining 62 yards on just 9 carries.
Despite some early success from Cade Klubnik, it’s clear that Uiagalelei is going to be Clemson’s starter for the foreseeable future. He continues to show growth as a runner and passer in this offense.
11 different Clemson receivers caught a pass. Joseph Ngata led the team with 3 receptions for 54 yards.
Elsewhere on offense, Will Shipley was dominant in the backfield. He carried the ball 12 times for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also caught 2 passes for 14 yards.
All things considered, Clemson’s defense was solid
Louisiana Tech was able to move the ball on Clemson’s defense, and ended up generating over 300 yards of total offense. But all things considered, it still a solid performance from the Tigers.
Clemson was without 4 defensive starters for this game, including defensive lineman Bryan Bresee. Bresee is back home with his family in Maryland following the death of his younger sister earlier this week. Andrew Mukuba, Nate Wiggins and Tyler Davis also missed this contest.
There were some positive signs elsewhere on the defense, too. Defensive end Myles Murphy was called out for his effort this week by coach Dabo Swinney, and he responded by recording 2 tackles for loss and 1 sack.
Clemson also forced 3 interceptions — RJ Mickens, Malcolm Greene and Jeremiah Trotter each had a pick.
Big matchup next week
This win sets up a massive game next weekend against Wake Forest. Last season, Clemson was able to blow out Wake Forest in Death Valley. However, the Demon Deacons still won the Atlantic division.
This season, the Tigers will travel to Winston-Salem for the game. Clemson has won 13 games in a row against Wake Forest, a streak that dates back to 2008. In that season, Jim Grobe’s Wake Forest team beat a Tommy Bowden Clemson squad 12-7 in Winston-Salem.
The last time Clemson and Wake Forest met in a AP Top 25 matchup was 1950. Clemson won that game 13-12.