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Defense steps up for No. 3 Clemson vs. No. 13 Auburn


On 4th-and-3 at Clemson's 37, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn put the ball in Stidham's hands. Kelly Bryant completed 16 of 22 passes for 236 yards and a touchdown against an interception while Hunter Johnson added 39 yards in 5-for-6 passes.

Of course, Auburn's attack is predicated on powerful running, but there was little to no success to be had there either. Those scores were disappointing and testaments to Clemson's defense, though, as they came after a 15-play drive that stalled out at the 6-yard line and a fumble by Clemson wideout Ray Ray McCloud.

Maybe the emergence of Williams, who had just two rushes for 17 yards vs. the Boilermakers, will help take pressure off Jackson in the way that Brandon Radcliff did past year, and defensively, there were the positives of North Carolina's two possessions when it was a five-point game in the fourth quarter ending on downs and with a forced fumble.

CLEMSON | Auburn's defense did it's job - again, again and again.

While Bryant got back up off the deck to rally Clemson from an early 6-0 deficit, Clemson's defense kept Stidham on the deck for much of the night.

That Clemson defense has a big challenge Saturday, facing Lamar Jackson, Louisville's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback.

Williams is confident the offense can turn it around this season. Auburn crossed the 50 once in its final nine drives and finished with 20 total yards in the second half.


All eyes will be on Kelly Bryant as he faces his first major test as Clemson's starting quarterback, of course, and fellow Upstate natives C.J. Fuller and Tavien Feaster will also be key for the Clemson offense at running back, but Travis Etienne is a Clemson back to be reckoned with, too.

It just didn't matter, because Auburn couldn't convert field position into touchdowns.

That defense didn't have a great beginning, in part due to penalties.

Clemson reverted to its form earlier in the game, as it punted four times in the second half.

Hurricane Irma's impending impact in Florida has affected this week's ACC schedule, but Clemson officials said Friday that the marquee matchup against Auburn will not join the growing list of cancellations. PITTSBURGH 14: Trace McSorley threw for three touchdowns, including Saquon Barkley's 46-yard catch and run, and the Nittany Lions (2-0) rolled past the Panthers (1-1) in State College, Pennsylvania.

Lee Corso picked CLEMSON - I'm going with the Tigers, Clemson.

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