Top-ranked Clemson handled its business in The Dome at Syracuse on Saturday night. Despite close matchups in recent years with the Orange, the Tigers completely controlled the game.
Clemson (3-0, 2-0 ACC) showed out defensively while harrassing Syracuse (1-2, 0-1) and sophomore quarterback Tommy DeVito. The Tigers finished the game with eight sacks and lived in the Orange backfield.
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Higgins showed up to New York ready to show out. He led Clemson wide receivers in both receptions and yards.
The junior wide receiver finished the game with seven catches for 150 yards including a 58-yard catch. Higgins continues to improve his draft stock while contributing to the Tiger victory.
The Clemson defense showed out and continued to establish itself as a force to be reckoned with. DeVito will hear the footsteps of junior nickelback Isaiah Simmons in his dreams tonight.
Simmons led all Tigers with 11 total tackles, including eight solo tackles and a pair of sacks. He has cemented himself as the leader of a young defense and leads by example with his intensity and ability to cover virtually the entire middle of the field.
The freshman running back had only carried the ball six times before his big break on Saturday night. With less than a minute remaining in the contest, Mellusi broke free for a 57-yard touchdown run.
Mellusi deserves a helmet sticker because he showed flashes of what may be around the corner for Clemson fans after he scratched and clawed to make the travel squad.
The Clemson defense has a tendency to bump things up to an extra level after the offense makes a mistake. This trend continued in the third quarter Saturday after Lawrence threw his first interception and Goodrich answered with an interception of his own on the following play.
Davis totaled six tackles in Saturday night’s game and made a huge impact at the point of attack for the Tigers. The freshman defensive tackle also sacked DeVito 1.5 times. His emergence surprised many but Davis has shown clearly why he deserves to start at tackle.