While Auburn’s upset of Alabama may have stolen the show, Clemson put on one of the most dominant performances of Rivalry Week, crushing No. 24 South Carolina on the road, 34-10.
Recapping the weekend on his Herbstreit and Fitzsimmons podcast, ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit gave some love to the Tigers.
Herbstreit said he expected South Carolina to put up a fight, especially with Clemson having the ACC Championship game to look forward to next week. Instead, the Tigers jumped out to an early lead and didn’t waver until the game was out of reach.
“I thought this was one that was sneaky for Clemson with the big ACC championship game,” Herbstreit said. “I thought maybe they knew they could beat South Carolina. On the road, I thought it might be a little closer than the way they played. To their credit, if they kept their foot on the accelerator, it would have been 50-something to nothing.”
Herbstreit said he was particularly impressed with the play of Tigers quarterback Kelly Bryant. Bryant had caught some heat in recent weeks for his struggles throwing deep passes, but against South Carolina, Bryant excelled, completing 23 of 34 passes for 272 yards and 2 touchdowns.
“ Kelly Bryant is the key,’ Herbstreit said. “He threw the ball really well, very accurately and coming into that game he was throwing a lot of short passes but I think against South Carolina, especially in this ACC Championship, the ability to get the ball thrown down the field will be a big part of it.”
Clemson’s ability to focus on each week has become a hallmark of Dabo Swinney’s tenure. Following the domination of South Carolina, Herbstreit believes the Tigers will be riding high for their showdown with Miami.
“Just a complete domination, and now they come in with a ton of momentum.”
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