INSTANT RECAP: No. 3 Clemson 14, No. 13 Auburn 6

Steve Levy

According to a report by Scott Keepfer for Greenville Online, Clemson's matchup with No. 12 Auburn that is set for 7 p.m. Saturday remains unchanged. "What a tough, gritty game". "Two good teams battling it out", Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "The last drive before the half was a thing of beauty". Jackson was responsible for 525 total yards of total offense and six touchdowns in his team's 47-35 victory over conference rival North Carolina. Clemson sacked Stidham 11 times, recorded 14 tackles for loss and generally made gaining positive yards by air or by land a more hard task for the former five-star recruit than Auburn coaches ever thought it would be when they landed him on the transfer market previous year. They're always on the attack, looking to get offenses on their heels, and looking to surprise. The Tigers appeared to be missing the explosiveness of Kam Martin, who curiously didn't get any carries, and Kerryon Johnson, who was out for the game after injuring his hamstring in Week 1.

Auburn's defensive players made it clear that they weren't going to let Saturday night's performance divide the team. Bryant threw a 20-yard pass to wide receiver Deon Cain, then connected with McCloud on a 29-yard pass that McCloud snagged over his shoulder in traffic.

Bryant continued to roll early in the second half and led Clemson on a lengthy scoring drive, capped off by a 27-yard run that showcased his athletic ability in the open field to put Clemson up 14-6. Quarterback Jarrett Stidham was sacked 11 times.

Clemson is built SEC-tough, with SEC parts.

Clemson's new starting quarterback had an easy way for the third-ranked Tigers to keep winning the next several years - recruit more Bryants. "There was definitely a lot of adversity, and being able to experience that adversity very early on in the season, we're fortunate for that".

After that crushing series, Clemson saw the game out to victory and move to 2-0 on the season.

Where: Papa John's Stadium; Louisville, Ky.

Auburn turned in a dominant defensive effort in last week's 41-7 rout of Georgia Southern, and although Clemson represents a much bigger offensive threat, Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele expects his unit to be up to the challenge. He didn't get help, as Auburn's offensive line was overwhelmed by the nation's top defensive line, and Kamryn Pettway - returning from a Week 1 suspension - rushed 22 times for 74 yards.

He passed for 317 yards and four touchdowns in a 58-6 win over Calhoun the week before, when he made his opponent pay for a pregame tweet.



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