D.J. Uiagalelei had arguably his best game of the season Saturday night in Clemson’s 30-24 victory over Louisville.

Uiagalelei completed 18-of-30 passes for 220 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also ran for another score despite battling an apparent leg injury throughout the game.

According to Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and offensive coordinator Tony Elliott, they could see a change in Uiagalelei’s approach before the game even started.

“When he started the game, he had a different look in his eye,” Elliott said after the win. “You could tell … It looked like the D.J. we all anticipated seeing. Just happy he was able to come out and will his team to a win.”

Uiagalelei’s 220 passing yards were a season high. This was the fourth game this season where he eclipsed a 60 percent completion percentage. His passer efficiency rating of 143.6 was by far his best of the season so far.

“I think he’s just kinda gotten through kind of the storm he was going through and man I’m proud of him,” Swinney said. “It’s a tough position, especially to play at Clemson. And I just love his mental toughness, I love his work ethic. He made some big time plays.”


Clemson is suddenly in position to salvage what has been a disappointing year so far. The Tigers are still alive in the ACC Atlantic going into Week 11. Wake Forest and NC State, who are currently atop the division, play each other next weekend.

Meanwhile, Clemson will host UConn in its nonconference finale at 12 p.m. ET.