No one is surprised Clemson rolled over S.C. State on Saturday in Death Valley. However, the nearly 80,000 that were on hand were glad to see it.
After struggling to find any offensive rhythm in the first two weeks of the season the third-ranked Tigers got things going early and often against the Bulldogs in a 59-0 victory.
The offense totaled 555 yards, while the defense held S.C. State to 102 total yards while pitching the shutout. The Tigers had five sacks, while the Bulldogs were 3-for-13 on third down.
Quarterback Deshaun Watson, who apologized earlier this week for having a bad attitude, came out focused as he completed 12 of 15 passes for 152 yards and three touchdowns. Watson found wide receiver Ray McCloud on touchdowns of seven and 36 yards, while hitting Deon Cain on another that covered 17 yards.
In all, Watson, Nick Schuessler and Kelly Bryant threw touchdown passes. It marked the first time since 2010 the Tigers had three different quarterbacks toss a touchdown pass in a single-game.
Schuessler threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to freshman Diondre Overton, while Bryant hit Trevion Thompson for a seven-yard score in the third quarter.
Freshman running back Tavien Feaster had a four-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Running back Wayne Gallman also had a three-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
The Tigers (3-0) led 45-0 at the break, the most points scored by a Clemson team in one half since they did the same at Duke in 2012. Clemson scored 31 points in the first quarter, the most points ever in the first quarter by a Clemson team.
Clemson will travel to Georgia Tech on Thursday to open up ACC play. The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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