CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Clemson wanted to leave no doubt in the ACC Championship Game Saturday at Bank of America Stadium.
The top-ranked Tigers did exactly that against No. 7 Miami.
Clemson scored the first three times it touched the football, while quarterback Kelly Bryant completed an ACC record 15 straight passes to start the game. The Tigers also converted their first seven third downs while racing to a 21-0 lead.
The Tigers came out and took the opening drive 68 yards on 10 plays, capped off by a 4-yard Travis Etienne touchdown and a 7-0 lead with 10:36 to play in first quarter. Clemson was 3-for-3 on third down, including a 13-yard completion to Renfrow on the first set of down.
Bryant ran it from 11 yards out on the Tigers’ second possession, which capped a 71-yard scoring march that took 3:07 off the clock for a 14-0 lead with 3:02 to play in the first.
Adam Choice made the score 21-0 with 12:49 to play in the half. This time running back Adam Choice rumbled in from a yard out following a 16-yard punt by Zach Feagles to give the Tigers the ball at the Miami 41.
Clemson finished the first half with 231 yards and was 7-for-10 on third down, while Miami was held to 64 total yards, three less than the Tigers’ rushing total of 67 yards.
Bryant finished the half 15-of-20 for 164 yards. He also ran for 13 yards on seven carries and scored on his 11-yard run. Etienne had 23 yards on six carries.
Clemson has now outscored Miami 79-0 dating back to the 2015 game between the two schools.
Miami quarterback Malik Rosier was just 6-for-12 for 27 yards, while rushing for nine yards on five carries.