Tigers Maul Bulldogs
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney talks about the Tigers 59-0 win over SC State, Florida State and Louisville and reactions to his response to Colin Kaepernick
Joe Cook, wltx 9:19 PM. EST September 18, 2016
CLEMSON (WLTX) - Buddy Pough and his South Carolina State team in Death Valley today taking on the Clemson Tigers to cap off three straight road games for the Bulldogs.
SC State president James Clark put a special touch on this game as he became the first college president to lead the formation flight over Memorial Stadium before kickoff.
But it would be the Tigers who would still the headlines as they scored early and often in this one.
In the first quarter Deshaun Watson finds Mike Williams out of Lake Marion for 22 yards
that would lead to Watson finding Ray Ray McCloud for a seven yard score and the Tigers grab a quick 7-0 lead.
Clemson would back with the ball looking for more as Wayne Gallman would score from three yards out and it's 14-0.
Nick Schuessler got some time at QB for the Tigers in the first quarter as well. He went deep to Diondre Overton for a score to give Clemson a 28-0 lead.
The Tigers defense matched their offense with playmaking as well. Jadar Johnson out Orangeburg-Wilkinson nabbed an interception and returned it 41 yards to set up a Greg Huegel field late in the first quarter. Clemson also recovered a fumble in the endzone for their first defensive score of the year. Denzel Johnson was credited with the score.
In the second quarter Watson would connect with McCloud for a 36 yard for McCould's second touchdown of the game. He had four catches for 60 yards. Watson finished with three touchdown passes on an efficient 12-15 passing for 152 yards.
Clemson led 31 at the end of the first quarter and they had a huge 45-0 lead halftime. They would go to win 59-0 and improve to 3-0. It's their first shutout since October 24, 2015 when they shutout Miami 58-0.
The Tigers have a short week as they will be at Georgia Tech on Thursday.
South Carolina State travels to Florida A&M next Saturday to open their MEAC slate.
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