Clemson captures third consecutive ACC Atlantic title as Tigers take down FSU
CLEMSON, S.C. (WACH) —
The No. 4 Clemson Tigers clinched their third consecutive ACC Atlantic Division title Saturday in front of the home crowd at Clemson's Memorial Stadium. The Tigers took down division foe, Florida State, 31-14 to do so.
Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant got the Tigers on the board first with a 2-yard run with 2:51 to go in the First Quarter, Clemson lead the Seminoles 7-0. Bryant finished the game with 19 carries for 60 rushing yards and 20-30, 151 yards passing.
The hot run game continued In the second quarter when freshman running back Travis Etienne gave the Tigers a 14-0 lead off a 28-yard score. Etienne lead the way in Clemson rushing yards Saturday (14 carries, 97 yards, 2 touchdowns).
Clemson lead FSU 17-0 at the half after Alex Spence kicked a 26-yard Field Goal towards the end of the second quarter.
The Seminoles started to show some life in the second half. With 1:13 to go in the third quarter, Jacques Patrick ran it into Clemson's end zone, shortening the Tigers' lead to 17-7. FSU scored against with 8:53 left in the fourth quarter when James James Blackman connected with Ryan Izzo for a 60-yard score, making it a three point (17-14) game.
Things continued to get interesting in this ACC rivalry match up. Later in the fourth quarter, Clemson turned the ball over as Kelly Bryant fumbled on a 2nd and 10 run. The Seminoles recovered but the Tigers quickly got the ball back as Clemson's Van Smith picked off FSU's Blackman, returning it for 38-yards to the Seminole 44.
After the back-to-back turnovers, Clemson added two more scores to seal the deal. Etienne added his second TD of the game on a 1-yard run and Adam Choice chipped in a 10-yard run for the score.
The win also secures the Tigers' spot in the ACC Championship game in December.
Up next, Clemson will host the Citadel next Saturday, November 18, in a non-conference match up.