By Lee Lance.
By Lee Lance.
Coming in to today’s game with Florida State, many Clemson fans and many media alike would have said that if the Tigers could hold the Seminoles to 16 points and 300 yards of offense, then the Tigers had a shot.
Add into the mix that most said if Harper had 100+ yards then Clemson would be in good shape too, but that didn’t happen. Harper ran for a career high 126 yards to give Clemson to help give the Tigers that shot.
Well, the Tigers had a shot, but that was it. The Tiger’s defense held the Noles to just three first downs in the first half and just three points, but the Tiger’s offense could only manage ten points of their own in the half.
Factor into things that the Tigers held the ball for 20 minutes to FSU’s ten, and you really have to wonder how they let this one slip by. Add into that, the fact that Clemson ran 47 plays to the Seminole’s 18 in the first half, and any Tiger fan could see where this was going to end up.
Leap forward to the second half. Clemson comes out with a 10-3 lead but FSU drives the second half’s opening drive 52 yards and makes a 39 yard field goal to cut the lead to 10-6.
On the next drive, Clemson would move the ball 59 yards on 11 plays, but that drive stalled and would be capped off with a missed 38 yard field goal attempt by Catanzaro.
Clemson got life back on the next Seminole drive when Da’Quan Bowers intercepted a tipped pass by EJ Manuel at the Nole’s 49 yard line. On the next play, though, Kyle Parker was intercepted in the endzone by Xavier Rhodes.
Florida State then took the ball 85 yards on 12 plays, ending it on an eight yard run by Manuel for the touchdown and Hopkins drilled the extra point to give the Seminoles the 13-10 lead.
After trading punts, the Tigers started a drive at their own 20 yard line and took it 68 yards on just nine plays, setting up a 29 yard field goal that Catanzaro nailed to tie the game at 13-13 with just 53 seconds left.
Clemson then kicked off to the Noles who got a 19 yard return out of Greg Reid to put the Seminoles at the 29 yard line to start the drive.
The Noles quickly marched the ball straight to the Tiger’s 37 yard line, where Dustin Hopkins lined up and nailed a 55 yard field goal with zero showing on the clock, ending the game and shattering the small hope that the Tigers could get back in the hunt for a trip to Charlotte’s ACC Championship game.
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