In order to shorten the humiliation, the coaches agreed to shorten the game clock to twelve minute quarters (because running clocks are saved for rare circumstances), and the famous SC State 101 Band left the stadium after their performance.
The Tigers opened up with a mercifully slow four minute drive for a touchdown that ended with a HB toss on fourth and goal to Tavien Feaster for his first career touchdown. Also of note, Cannon Smith recorded a 22-yard catch.
The next SC State drive saw them gain nineteen yards on six plays but only four came from their own effort – fifteen came from an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Clemson.
Clemson then marched down the field with 41 yards rushing from Tyshon Dye and a 27-yard rush by Kelly Bryant, topped off by a seven-yard touchdown pass from Bryant to Trevion Thompson to put the Tigers up 59-0.
SC State then went three and out and then Clemson’s backups embarked on an eight play, 46-yard drive that ended on downs. Another SC State drive ended in a three and out capped by a sack from freshman linebacker and kickoff specialist backup James Skalaski. Amir Trapp fumbled on the punt return but recovered it. Then Tucker Israel entered the game by throwing passes, primarily to AD Dan Radakovich’s son Grant Radakovich. That drive ended a punt downed on the Bulldog’s thirteen.
SC State then had their best drive of the day for six plays and thirty-seven yards including a 20 yard run by LeBron Morris, but this ended how every other SC State drive did, with zero points.
Three quarterbacks threw touchdowns (Watson, Schuessler, and Bryant) for the first time since 2010 against Presbyterian. Five quarterbacks played with Tucker Israel and James Barnes rounding out the bunch.
This was exactly what Tiger fans needed, and a nightmare for SC state. Up next is a Thursday night trip to Georgia Tech, and a home date with Louisville that could give Clemson Game Day. This game concluded at 2:58 PM and kickoff was at noon, making for one of the shortest games I can remember in Clemson football history.