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FINAL: Clemson 48, Florida Atlantic 14

September 16, 2023
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Clemson is 45-15-1 all-time in night games at Memorial Stadium. That includes a 21-3 record under the Death Valley lights in Dabo Swinney's tenure. Clemson has not lost a prime-time game at home since October 2013.

Clemson is one of two teams in the country to rank in the Top 10 in both total offense (550.5 yards per game, 7th) and total defense (223.5, T-8th). Clemson's defense vaulted into the Top 10 after surrendering only 73 yards and four first downs a week ago. After two games, Clemson ranks ninth in the nation in pass defense (118.0 yards per game) following a season in which the Tigers ranked 76th nationally at 231.7 yards allowed per game in 2022.

Offensively, Clemson's productivity has been built on balance, where the Tigers join Florida State, Georgia Tech and Oregon as the only teams in the country to rank in the Top 25 in both rushing offense and passing offense per game. The Tigers also lead the nation with 33.0 first downs per game. 


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FINAL: Clemson 48, Florida Atlantic 14

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Lawton Swann
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Hello everyone! I hope you all are well. I"m a bit under the weather, but I'll do my best to keep the chat moving on Twitter etc.

I'm sure Brandon will be in here as well!!

Here's the Twitter Community: https://twitter.com/i/communities/1692654209454276828
1bstockdale
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Good evening everyone! Y'all ready for a night game in Death Valley? We're about to get kicked off between the Tigers and Owls of Florida Atlantic here shortly around 8:05. More to come!
1bstockdale
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Clemson has won the toss and deferred until the second half. Here we go.
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Nate Wiggins pick six. Touchdown Tigers.

7-0 Clemson, 13:35 to play first quarter, just getting going in Death Valley.
Tyreese Ingram
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Antonio Williams was taken down at an awkward angle. I hope he's OK.
1bstockdale
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Tigers force a three-and-out but FAU missed a touchdown. Nonetheless, we'll get to see Cade Klubnik and the offense up for their first drive of the game here coming up.

Clemson 7, FAU 0 1st Q
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Cade Klubnik throws a 30-yard TD strike on a deep ball to freshman Tyler Brown. Klubnik was perfect on all passes on the drive.

A 9 play, 79 yard drive that took up 3:52 on the clock. XP is no good. Clemson leads Florida Atlantic 13-0.
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FAU tries to roll the dice with a fake punt but Clemson was ready for it. Khalil Barnes makes the tackle short of the line to gain.

Tigers take over inside FAU territory at the 40, leading 14-0.
1bstockdale
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31-yard field goal from Robert Gunn is wide left.

Tigers can't capitalize on the good field position. Clemson still holding on to a 13-0 lead midway first quarter.
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Freshman Khalil Barnes immediately gives the Tigers the ball back on the INT. Perfect read on the out route.
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Great play action fake from Klubnik out of that two back set we've seen. He throws it to Jake Briningstool for a 7-yard TD reception. XP is good.

Clemson 20, FAU 0, 1:20 to play 1Q.
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END 1Q: Clemson 20, FAU 0

A perfect start so far for the Tigers in Death Valley. FAU with the ball when play resumes in the second stanza.
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Clemson goes fast and Phil Mafah scores on the 19-yard TD run off the right side.

Adam Randall with a key catch on the drive. Tigers are rolling here with 12:19 to play before the half, leading 27-0.
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Fumble recovery by Khalil Barnes did not stand and FAU retains possession.
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Touchdown Cade Klubnik on the 1-yard quarterback sneak.

Clemson 34, FAU 0, 3:25 before the halftime break.
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HALF: Clemson 34, FAU 0

A complete first half for the Tigers and a lot of balance from the offense tonight. Defensively, the Tigers are flying around with Nate Wiggins and Khalil Barnes all over the football.
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Two straight three-and-outs for the Clemson offense. Not what Tiger fans were looking for.

FAU with the ball, trailing 34-0 with 12 minutes to play in the third.
1bstockdale
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And now Tyler Brown fumbles the punt and FAU recovers inside Clemson territory.

Sloppy start to the third quarter for Clemson.
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For the second straight week, Wade Woodaz comes up with an interception. This one ends an FAU drive where the Owls elected to go for it.

Clemson leads 34-0 with 8 minutes to play in the third.
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Cade Klubnik to Tyler Brown on the 2-yard slant for the score. The freshman from Greenville is going to be a problem for opponents going forward, I will say that.

Clemson 41, FAU 0, 2:56 3Q
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END 3Q: Clemson 41, FAU 0
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Touchdown FAU. Michael Johnson Jr. punches it in on the QB keeper to break the shutout. A 15-play drive that takes up almost 6 minutes.

Clemson 41, FAU 7, 12:07 to play in the contest.
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Hunter Helms in at quarterback on that last series. Dominique Thomas punches it in from 2 yards out to make it 48-7 Tigers with 8 minutes to play in the contest. Tigers closing in on a 2-1 start.
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Haynes appears to have injured himself on his last carry.
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FAU with the late touchdown to make it 48-14 with 1:03 left.

Dabo Swinney is not happy with the officials and you could hear him say, "That's 100 percent on you, ref" on the TV broadcast.
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FINAL: Clemson 48, FAU 14

Tigers move to 2-1 with a strong performances on defense with turnovers and an offense that is continuing to take steps in the right direction. Of course, it's human nature to take the foot off the gas in the 2nd half but lots the Tigers can still learn from.

The showdown with Florida State looms next Saturday at noon.
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