Rapid reaction: Clemson out-lasts Florida State with key second-half touchdowns
Clemson surpassed 21 points vs. an FBS opponent for the first time on Saturday.
The result? The Tigers’ first ACC win by more than a field goal in nearly a month. Clemson defeated FSU 30-20 on Saturday to move to 5-3 on the season.
Clemson’s defense was the primary reason for the Tigers’ success, as it held FSU to under 300 total yards on the day. Florida State ran the ball 34 times for just 68 yards in the game.
Florida State had a chance to win this one, taking a late fourth quarter lead on a scoop-and-score with under 8 minutes remaining in the game. However, Clemson was able to drive down the field and re-take the lead on a Will Shipley touchdown run.
FSU didn’t score an offensive touchdown in the the second half. On its final three drives, Florida State ran 11 total plays that gained -14 yards.
Shipley was Clemson’s best offensive player in the game, rushing the ball 25 times for 128 yards and 2 touchdowns. Justyn Ross was Clemson’s leading receiver with 6 catches for 85 yards.
Clemson faces Louisville on the road next week as the Tigers look to clinch bowl eligibility.