Clemson hands on to win, 19-13.
Deshaun Watson throws a 16-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow in the back corner of the end zone to give Clemson a 19-6 lead with 9:59 to play.
The scoring drive was 10 plays and covered 75 yards and took 3:57 off the clock.
Carlson makes a 32-yard field goal to cut Clemson’s lead to 13-6 with 13:46 to play in the game.
That is the end of the third quarter. Clemson lead 13-3. Th Tigers with just 33 total yards in the third quarter.
Clemson’s defense stands tall and hold Auburn out of the end zone.
Clemson extends its lead to 13-3 as Greg Huegel drills a 40-yard field goal with 10:36 to play in the third quarter. The scoring drive was seven plays and covered 22 yards. It took 2:11 off the clock.
Greg Huegel kicked a 30-yard field goal with seven seconds left in the first half to give second-ranked Clemson a 10-3 lead at the break.
Huegel’s kick capped an 8-play, 64-yard drive which was kept alive by an Auburn pass interference penalty on third-and-six from the Clemson 27. Javaris Davis was called for the infraction on a pass throw to wide receiver Mike Williams.
Clemson answered Auburn’s long scoring drive with one of its own. Running back Wayne Gallman capped the13-play, 84-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run with 7:34 to play in the second quarter. Clemson leads 7-3.
Auburn strikes first as kicker Daniel Carlson nails a 53-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead with 12:58 to play in the second quarter. That was Carlson’s second career field goal of 50 plus yards.
The scoring drive was 12 plays and covered 44 yards and took 4:51 off the clock.
It was a very uneventful first half for Clemson as the game is tied 0-0 after one quarter. Here are the first half stats.
First Quarter Team Stats –
Total yardage: Clemson 85, Auburn 19
Rushing yards: Clemson 45, Auburn 10
Passing yards: Clemson 40, Auburn 9
First downs: Clemson 4, Auburn 1
Total plays: Clemson 20, Auburn 11
Third-down conversions: Clemson 2-5, Auburn 1-3
Individual stats –
Watson: 4-9, 30 yards
Gallman: 8 carries, 36 yards
Scott: 2 catches, 27 yards
— Mike Williams was not targeted at all in the first quarter.
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is 3-for-8 to start the game for 35 yards. Not a good start for the Heisman candidate.
Clemson won the toss and will receive the football.
Clemson’s captains are Jay Guillermo, Carlos Watkins, Deshaun Watson and Ben Boulware.
Here is the weather for tonight’s game.
The Temperature is 82 degrees one hour before kickoff with 60 percent humidity. Sky is clear and wind is light.
The Eagle Flight will fly from the flagpole in the northeast corner at 16:00 mark on the pregame clock.
Here are some lineup changes for tonight’s game.
Auburn wide receivers Ryan Davis and Darius Slayton will start the game. At linebacker Deshaun Davis, Tre’ Williams and Darrell Williams will start the game.
Clemson and Auburn are both on the field for warm ups and the Tiger Band is playing. We are less than an hour away. It is weird seeing Clemson fans wearing white instead of orange.
Clemson kicks off the 2016 football season at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium tonight. The Tigers enter the game ranked No. 2 in the country, the highest preseason-ranking in the program’s history.
This is the second time in the last three years Clemson has opened a season with a true road game, the first time that has happened since opening up with back-to-back road openers in 1968 and ’69.
The game is scheduled to kickoff at 9 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN.
About Auburn: Auburn is 95-26-2 (.780) all-time in season openers. It has won nine of its last 10 and is 3-0 under head coach Gus Malzahn. Auburn’s 95 wins to open a season is second only to Alabama’s 97 in SEC history.
Auburn’s offense: Sean White will get the start at quarterback for the home Tigers, but expect to see Jeremy Johnson and John Franklin III get into the game at some point as well. Though he struggled some last season, White was the first Auburn quarterback since Dameyune Craig in 1997 to throw for 250 or more yards in three consecutive games.
Auburn’s defense: Auburn returns one of the best defensive lines in the SEC. It is led by defensive end Carl Lawson and defensive tackle Montravius Adams, who has 107 career tackles. At least seven different defensive backs had an interception for Auburn last year. However, opponents averaged 220 yards per game through the air and completed 60 percent of their passes. Kevin Steele, the defensive coordinator at Clemson from 2009-’11, is now the new DC at Auburn, its third defensive coordinator in four years.
Series record: Auburn leads 34-13-2
First meeting: Auburn won 34-0 at Auburn in 1899
Last Meeting: Clemson won 26-19 in 2012 (Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic)
Last Auburn win: at Auburn in 2010, 27-24, in overtime
Streak: Clemson has won two straight in the series
Stat worth noting: Clemson has not won at Auburn since 1950, a 41-0 Clemson victory. Clemson went onto the Orange Bowl that year and beat Miami to finish the season 9-0-1.
Second stat worth noting: Clemson is 9-13-2 all-time when opening a season with a true-road game.
Third stat worth noting: Clemson has not won a true-road game since 1985 … a 20-17 victory at Virginia Tech. David Treadwell made a 36-yard field goal with no time on the clock after he missed from 41 yards. Virginia Tech was called for running into the kicker on the missed kick and Treadwell was true on his second opportunity to win the game.
Third stat worth noting: Clemson is just 2-9-1 in its last 12 true-road games to open a season. The Tigers have lost three straight dating back to 1996 and five of their last six since 1974.
Here is another stat: Clemson’s No. 2 ranking in the Associated Press Poll matches Maryland’s from 1952 as Auburn’s highest-ranked regular season non-conference opponent since the AP Poll started in 1936. Clemson also ties Maryland as Auburn’s highest ranked opening game opponent in program history.
Clemson injury report for Auburn
Austin Bryant, DE, foot
Adrian Baker, CB, knee
Brian Dawkins, Jr, DB, knee
Chandler Reeves, OL, knee
Xavier Kelly, DE, Foot
Clemson in Openers
Clemson has won 24 of its last 31 openers. In the last 16 years the Tigers are 11-5 in the first game of the season. All four of Clemson’s recent losses in the opener have been against top 25 teams. In 2002, 2003 and 2014 the Tigers lost to Georgia to open the season. Alabama defeated Clemson in 2008 in the first game.
Five Straight Away Games
The Tigers open the season on the road at Auburn and that will be Clemson’s fifth straight game away from home. Last season the Tigers finished the regular season at South Carolina and then played in Charlotte for the ACC Championship. The Orange Bowl victory was next leading to the national championship game in Arizona.
Watson Has Top Winning Percentage
Deshaun Watson has the top winning percentage in history for Clemson quarterbacks. Watson is 18-2 as a starter. One of those losses came against Georgia Tech when Watson left the game early with a torn ACL.
Clemson Well Represented in Herbie Awards
Clemson players were well represented in ESPN’s annual Herbie Awards. DeShaun Watson won the 4000/100 award while Hunter Renfrow won the Unsung Hero award. Mike Williams was a finalist for the Welcome Back award while Ben Boulware made the finalist list for the Throwback Player. Watson was also a finalist for the Ultimate Game Changer and Ultimate Herbie awards.
Open and Close with SEC
For the fourth time in the last five years Clemson will open and close the regular season against SEC teams.
Back to the Plains
Clemson will return to the Plains to play Auburn for the first time since 2010. Clemson jumped out to an early lead but lost the game to the eventual champs in overtime in 2010.
Record Number of Returning All-ACC Players
Clemson had a record 17 players make the All-ACC team in 2015. A record 11 return for the 2016 season.