Dominant Defense Leads #3 Clemson To 14-6 Win Over #13 Auburn

Arnold Nichols
September 10, 2017

Bryant's playmaking ability with his feet opened up the passing game for Clemson, though not a strong one, as Byrant completed 19 of 29 passes for 181 yards.

Of course, Auburn's attack is predicated on powerful running, but there was little to no success to be had there either. "We got in a rhythm and got some tempo going". Those scores were disappointing and testaments to Clemson's defense, though, as they came after a 15-play drive that stalled out at the 6-yard line and a fumble by Clemson wideout Ray Ray McCloud.

Auburn redshirt sophomore RB Kamryn Pettway ran for 74 yards on 22 carries in a 14-6 loss to Clemson.

Stat of the game: 11 - Clemson's defense managed 11 sacks. Bryant appeared to be just fine.

Defense as advertised: Clemson's defense believed it was ready to step up early in the season with the offense breaking in several new starters.

Upon returning, Bryant brought the Clemson offense to life.


Aside from Kam Pettway's 79 yards rushing, Auburn's running game was virtually nonexistent as he was the only Auburn player in double-digits rushing.

Next up for Louisville is defending national champion Clemson and its dominant defensive front. They also forced a pair of turnovers - one of which set up the offense in the red zone - but Auburn was never able to get the ball into the end zone, settling for two field goals on their first three possessions.

That defense didn't have a great beginning, in part due to penalties. Despite allowing 284 yards, Auburn kept Clemson scoreless until the very last minute of the first half and notched a few sacks themselves. Clemson spent time this offseason trying to avoid pass interference calls but struggled doing so early on in Saturday's game.

With Auburn's defense keeping the game from getting out of hand, there was indeed an opportunity for coach Gus Malzahn's side to turn the contest on its head late. Auburn ran Georgia Southern ragged to start its season 1-0, and a win in SC would send a message not just to the SEC, but to the college football world as a whole.

Auburn was well aware of the pass protection issues it had to address after allowing eight tackles for loss with three sacks in its win over Georgia Southern last week.

Lee Corso picked CLEMSON - I'm going with the Tigers, Clemson.

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