LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Second-ranked Clemson’s offense racked 613 total yards, while the defense held Louisville’s Lamar Jackson in check as much as one team can in a 47-21 victory over No. 14 Louisville Saturday at Papa John’s Stadium in Louisville, Ky.
The Tigers (3-0, 1-0 ACC) had a lot of heroes in the victory. Kelly Bryant was the Tigers’ MVP, but there were plenty of others who contributed to the 26-point victory, which was Clemson’s 11th straight on the road.
Running back Tavien Feaster
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said after the game they will have to look at the film and talk about whether or not they will give running back Tavien Feaster an opportunity to start next week against Boston College.
Feaster rushed for 92 yards on just 10 carries. He also caught one pass for 7 yards. Overall, he did well in pass protection, though he did miss on one block which led to a sack and ended a potential scoring drive in the third quarter.
However, Feaster set the tone in the running game as he helped spark Clemson to a 297-yard rushing performance.
Wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud
McCloud showed off his explosiveness, as he caught seven passes for 115 yards and one touchdown. His double move on a Louisville defender allowed him to connect on a 79-yard touchdown pass with Bryant. That helped stake Clemson to a 19-7 lead at the break. All of his catches and his yards came in the first half.
Punter Will Spiers
Spiers was the silent MVP in this game. Swinney called him a big weapon in the post-game press conference as the freshman flipped the field with a 51.8-yard average, including a long of 64 yards. He nailed three kicks inside the 20, including two at the 5-yardline.
How do you follow up a 14-tackle performance? You record six tackles and take an interception 44 yards for a touchdown. That is what Dorian O’Daniel did on Saturday as he helped a Clemson defense contain Jackson all night. Though Jackson ended the game with 381 total yards and three touchdowns, he got 201 of those in the fourth quarter when the game was already out of reach.