Clemson makes clutch goal line stand to beat Louisville, stay alive in ACC race
Clemson needed a goal line stand in the game’s final minute, but it came away victorious vs. Louisville for the seventh consecutive time.
The Tigers won 30-24 in a game that included minor injuries to both quarterbacks, explosive plays on offense and key moments on special teams.
Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei perhaps had his best game of the season, completing 18-of-30 passes for 220 yards, 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.
Louisville’s Malik Cunningham was the star of the show for the Cardinals. He threw for 174 yards and rushed for 134 more, also scoring twice on the ground. It was his 4th and 1 pass on the sideline that put Louisville in position to take the lead in the final minute.
But over and over again, Clemson’s defense came up clutch vs. Cunningham at the goal line. James Skalski made the game-clinching stop for the Tigers.
“We don’t make it easy,” coach Dabo Swinney said to the broadcast after the game. He took time to complement both Cunningham’s play and his team’s perseverance on the road.
Clemson is now 6-3 and officially has bowl eligibility. It’s also possible for the Tigers to still win the ACC Atlantic depending on how Wake Forest and North Carolina State finish the season.
Clemson hosts UConn next week at 12 p.m. ET.