Another Clemson Championship

Clemson Championship

Another Clemson Championship

The buildup to a showdown between ACC divisional champions #1 Clemson and #7 Miami was more interesting than the game. The reigning national champions had their foot to the pedal from the opening kickoff. It didn’t come off until late in the game when “gentleman coach” Dabo Swinney knew he had locked in another Clemson championship.

Clemson’s quarterback, Kelly Bryant started the game completing all of his first 15 passes. The previous ACC Football Championship record of 13 was owned by Deshaun Watson.

Bryant finished the game going 23/29 for 252 passing yards, 1 TD and a quarterback rating of 163.7.  Bryant also added 7 yards on the ground on 9 runs.

Swinney test drove his depth at quarterback with Hunter Johnson and Zerrick Cooper both seeing playing time.

Ray Ray McCloud led the Tigers receiving corps with 6 grabs and 100 yards. Hunter Renfrow and Deon Cain, who delivered the only receiving touchdown in the game were key to Clemson moving the ball on offense.

Clemson’s stable of running backs, including Travis Etienne, Tavien Feaster and Adam Choice helped keep the Miami defense on the field with key gains.

Alex Spence demonstrated a little known or seen asset of the Tigers as he delivered a 45 yard FG.

Overall, Clemson had 331 yards of total offense while Miami was held to 214, well below their usual 400 plus this season. The Tigers had 255 yards passing and the Hurricanes had 111. The Canes led in rushing with 104 yards while the Tigers only had 77. Time of possession for Clemson was 34:06 and for Miami it was 25:54.

Another Clemson Championship

Miami’s Malik Rosier went 14/29 with 110 passing yards and rushed for 19 yards on 10 carries.

The Hurricanes running attack saw DeeJay Dallas pick up 44 yards on 6 carries and Travis Homer net 41 yards on 14 carries.

Miami’s leading receiver was Braxton Berrios with 7 grabs and 57 yards.

Michael Badgley had the sole score on a 29 yard field goal.

The ACC Football Coach of the Year, Miami’s Mark Richt said, “Obviously, it didn’t go well at all. It just shows they’re the class of our league and they’re the measuring stick.”

Richt has brought the Miami program a long way in a very short time in the rebuilding process. It’s obvious as he continues to add depth and experience that the Hurricanes will also become a measuring stick within the ACC.

Miss the game? Here are the highlights.

Or, if you have 18:34 to spare, here’s the condensed game.

Another Clemson Championship

With the ACC Football Championship performance Clemson elevated themselves in the eyes of the College Football Playoff committee. The Tigers have been ranked as the top team in the playoffs and will face off, once again with Alabama. Alabama bumped Ohio State, a conference champion, out of contention for one of the top 4 spots in the playoffs.

Clemson and Alabama fans will head to New Orleans to watch their teams knock heads for the third year in a row. This time it won’t be for the championship as the winner of the Sugar Bowl will head to Atlanta to face the winner of the Rose Bowl for the national title.

Oklahoma and Georgia are headed to Pasadena in what appears to be an offense versus defense shoot out.

As for Clemson and Alabama, these teams are solid on both sides of the ball and it promises to be the game to watch New Year’s Day.

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