Clemson got on the board first thanks to a long scamper from Kobe Pace.
His second career rushing touchdown capped off a five-play, 82-yard drive, which took one minute and 42 seconds.
Pace, who was stuffed on a fourth-and-1 on Clemson’s opening drive and called for a false start penalty, redeemed himself with a 59-yard touchdown run to give Clemson the game’s first score.
B.T. Potter drilled the extra point, giving Clemson a 7-point lead.
On the drive, Pace had one carry for 59 yards and one reception for eight yards.