4 quick things I learned from Auburn vs. Clemson

11 September, 2017, 00:15 | Author: Julian Swanson
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Auburn relied nearly exclusively on a less than fully healthy Kamryn Pettway and the bulky running back put forth a yeoman's effort in his return to the field.

Clemson fans probably breathed a sigh of relief, then, when Bryant came back out with the first-team offense.

Venables pulled through in a major way. Quarterback Kelly Bryant scored from the 3 with the extra-point giving Clemson a one-point lead at the half.

I thought he played great.

And of course, Clemson's defensive line made it so its corners didn't have to cover for very long. And while Clemson made a stake as the best team in the ACC after a big nonconference win, while they got a nice nonconference win over No. 13 Auburn, Bryant's heart should be worth a lot more to Clemson as 2017 wears on.

On the first, after converting a fourth-and-1 from the 5-yard line, Auburn handed to Pettway twice for 3 yards and pitched to H-back Chandler Cox for no gain before settling for a field goal.

Auburn was held to 117 total yards.

Clemson (2-0) used 11 sacks defensively to stifle the Auburn (1-1) offense on their way to a 14-6 win in Death Valley. Dorian O'Daniel had 1 ½.

"I never doubted myself". On the TD, Bryant deftly received the snap, pivoted to his left and darted up the middle to put Clemson up 7-6 heading into the half, but Bryant was just getting started.

This performance needn't raise too many alarms about the state of Auburn's offense.

"They really found their rhythm in the first quarter when we really couldn't on offense", he said.

Clemson scored a playoff-case-boosting nonconference win over an SEC team in which it allowed just six points, and it will continue its pursuit of a third straight playoff bid with a road trip to Louisville next week, where its defensive line will be faced with Heisman victor Lamar Jackson ... but also a vulnerable Cardinals offensive line. All it took was a matchup with the Clemson defense to deflate the enthusiasm. And with that going on, Clemson got what it needed to win from Kelly Bryant on offense: The junior quarterback completed 19 of 29 for 181 yards and rushed 19 times for 59 yards and two TDs.

Auburn has a high-powered rushing attack with Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson.

Clemson was chock-full of familiar faces in town for Saturday night's showdown. "Not who played well and who didn't", senior linebacker Tre' Williams said. Also in attendance was Clemson basketball alum Jaron Blossomgame, who is now with the San Antonio Spurs.

Clemson routed Kent State 56-3. Swinney had dubbed him "questionable" earlier in the week.

On its final possession, Stidham was sacked three times in a row, including a third-down stop by Austin Bryant to force a punt with under four minutes left.

Of course, Auburn's attack is predicated on powerful running, but there was little to no success to be had there either. Roof was a bright spot for the defense, as he recorded two tackles (both for a loss) and two sacks.

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