Fans have gotten their money’s worth for this half of football, but not in the way that Clemson fans were wanting. Four turnovers in the first half and several special teams errors on both sides have created a game where you never know what is going to happen next.


The Good:


Clemson’s front seven has showed up ready to play. Dexter Lawrence is physically dominant and the linebackers are playing instinctively. The linebackers have channeled their inner wide receiver as they have picked off two passes and are snuffing out most of the screens before they develop.


Most of Clemson’s wide receivers have helped the offense move the chains by making defenders miss and gaining yards after the catch. Hunter Renfrow came through in the clutch by snagging a 34 yard touchdown in the left corner. Artavis Scott showed his ability to make plays in space and his willingness to fight for extra yards. Mike Williams has been solid when called upon.


Clemson’s screen game is potent, both its quick bubble screens and its slow tunnel screens are making up for the lack of running today.


Greg Huegel has performed with two crucial field goals so far in the first half.


The Bad:


Clemson’s offensive line has not looked like the stalwart it was last year, instead allowing penetration and preventing the Tigers from establishing the run game. Troy’s defensive line (UNC transfer Junior Gnonkonde particularly) has challenged Clemson all day long.


Jordan Leggett probably could have a touchdown catch right now, but it looks like he didn’t finish the route in the endzone costing Clemson a touchdown.


Troy converted a fourth and one out of their jumbo package into a 66 yard touchdown on a sweep play.


The Ugly:


Special Teams has been an issue for both teams, as Troy has mishandled multiple snaps and Clemson has had lackluster punting.


Ray Ray McCloud was performing excellently, capping it off with a seventy five yard punt return – that he fumbled at the one yard line in celebration and cost the Tigers a touchdown.