SU loses heartbreakingly, AGAIN! Clemson wins 17-14
SYRACUSE, NY (AP) – DJ Uiagalelei had 181 yards and one touchdown, Kobe Pace rushed for 76 yards and another score, and Clemson held off Syracuse 17-14 on Friday night.
Clemson (4-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), after a week off, played their first game as an AP unranked team since November 22, 2014, a 28-0 win over Georgia State , and held on for the win after Syracuse kicker Andre Szymt missed a 48-yard field goal attempt with 38 seconds left.
Syracuse (3-4, 0-3) entered the game after two ACC losses decided in the last game of each game, and it seemed possible again one night. door.
Clemson had allowed just five offensive touchdowns this season, the second in the nation. Syracuse got one in the second quarter and a stunner in the middle of the fourth when Garrett Shrader hit Trebor Pena for 62 yards just over two minutes after BT Potter’s 40-yard field goal gave the Tigers a lead. seemingly insurmountable from 17-7.
Uiagalelei, who completed 21 of 34 assists, guided Clemson on a 13-game, 58-yard streak that broke a 7-7 tie with time out in the second quarter. He scored the drive with three pretty finishes – a 17 yards to Davis Allen on a fourth and 5 play, an 11 yards down the left side of Ajou Ajou at the Syracuse 13 and a 6 yards down the middle for Justyn Ross to put in. spot Kobe Pace’s 2-yard touchdown run with nine seconds left for a 14-7 lead.
Clemson took a 7-0 lead six minutes into the second quarter aided by a personal foul called against Syracuse linebacker Mikel Jones. Uiagalelei tacked on a 10-meter run, then hit Joseph Ngata in the right corner of the end zone. Ngata caught the ball falling back with one foot inside the line.
Syracuse tied at 7 – all just over three minutes later behind Tucker, who drilled a big hole and sprinted down the left side before being shot down at 2 after gaining 39 yards. By that time, Clemson had run 23 plays for 95 yards and Tucker had nine carries for 126. Shrader scored unscathed in the next play, just the second rushing touchdown allowed this season by the Tigers.
Tucker entered the game second nationally with 791 yards rushing, second at 131.8 yards per game and was the nationwide leader in all-purpose yards (165.83). He needs 52 yards to reach 1,000. Syracuse’s last setback to hit the 1,000-yard mark was Jerome Smith, who ran for 1,254 yards in 2012.
Syracuse wasted the only scoring threat in the first quarter after Tucker smashed a 54-yard run down the Clemson 19’s right side. After Clemson coach Dabo Swinney called a time-out, Shrader was intercepted by Tyler Venables just inside the 10-yard line on the next play. It was the only turnover of the match.
Szymt became the program’s all-time top scorer with his extra point after the Orange’s first touchdown. That gave him 335 points, one more than Nate Trout’s mark, established in 1999.
TRIBUTE TO FLOYD
Professional Football Hall of Fame Floyd Little, one of Syracuse’s biggest tailbacks, was honored at halftime as part of Floyd Little Life and Legacy Day. Little was a three-time All-American in the mid-1960s and played nine seasons for the Denver Broncos. He died on New Years Day from cancer. MILESTONES Clemson coach Dabo Swinney led his 179th career ACC game, passing Al Groh (Virginia and Wake Forest) for fourth in conference history.
Take it away
Clemson: The Tigers entered the game just outside the Top 25 AP with the 27th most votes. They must skip No.16 in Wake Forest and No.22 in North Carolina State, both unbeaten in the ACC game, if they hope to attempt a seventh straight league championship. To do this, the offensive will have to improve. The Tigers entered the game averaging just over 21 points.
Syracuse: Tucker proved to be a special back again and Shrader got hot late but still only finished 17 of 37 for 191 passing yards. Shrader has only run for six yards on seven carries after registering monster numbers in the previous two games (178, 137). The Orange couldn’t do anything offensively on a possession in the third quarter that started near midfield and scored on big plays, not hard practice.
Clemson travels to Pittsburgh on October 23. Syracuse is at Virginia Tech on October 23.