Clemson fell 27-24 in a heartbreaker to unranked Syracuse in an Atlantic Division showdown, on Friday night in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.
The game was marked by lackluster offensive performance and defensive struggles.
Quarterback Kelly Bryant exited the game in the second quarter following an apparent concussion. The injury led to the first significant playing time for Tiger backup quarterback Zerrick Cooper.
Throughout the season Hunter Renfrow has cemented himself as the premier target for the Clemson offense. The junior wide receiver entered the game with 29 catches for 282 yards.
Renfrow gave the Tigers a chance with big receptions in a hostile road environment.
He extended his streak to 21 straight games with a reception while amassing five catches for 64 yards. He also became the leading receiver in yards for Clemson tied with Deon Cain at 346 for the season.
Early in the game Renfrow had catches for 14 and 15 yards to set up Tigers’ scoring drive to tie the game at seven.
Later in the game Bryant threw a screen pass to Ray Ray McCloud that he fumbled at the Syracuse 19. Renfrow was at the right place at the right time again as he fell on the ball and secured it in the red zone.
The Palmetto State native hauled in one of the best catches of the year, in the third quarter. Zerrick Cooper rolled out and threw to Renfrow on the sideline who dove getting his hands underneath the ball for a first down which led to an Alex Spence field goal.
In the Tigers final drive Cooper again found Renfrow for a first down to move the Tigers into Syracuse territory. Cooper attempted to find Renfrow again on third down and the ball sailed high and incomplete.
Despite the loss, Renfrow again proved himself as an elite receiver in college football. Regardless of who plays quarterback, Hunter Renfrow’s steady hands are always a sure bet.