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FINAL: Clemson 31, Syracuse 14

September 30, 2023
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Clemson will seek its first conference win of 2023 and attempt to hand Syracuse its first loss of the 2023 campaign when the Tigers face the Orange on Saturday, Sept. 30. Kickoff at the JMA Wireless Dome in Syracuse, N.Y., is scheduled for noon ET.

Clemson is 14-4 under Dabo Swinney — and 13-3 since 2015 — against undefeated opponents that are 4-0 or better. Those figures include handing undefeated Syracuse its first losses in both 2018 and 2022.

Clemson has not lost consecutive games in a single season since November 2011. Clemson's 158 consecutive games played without consecutive losses in the same season are the program's longest streak in school history and the nation's longest active streak. Clemson will attempt to extend that streak Saturday following a hardfought overtime loss to No. 4/3 Florida State a week ago. In all, Clemson is 32-8 in games following a loss under Dabo Swinney, including season openers following a loss in the previous season finale.

Saturday's game will be the 12th all-time meeting between the two orange-adorned programs. Clemson is 9-2 against Syracuse all-time and is looking to make the Orange the 19th program against which the Tigers have earned at least 10 wins all-time.

FINAL: Clemson 31, Syracuse 14

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Good afternoon! We are about ready to tee it up for Syracuse as Clemson looks to get their first win in ACC play today.
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Syracuse gets the ball to start the game. Here we go.
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Garrett Schrader got blasted on the run play and fumbled and Clemson recovered.

But they are reviewing it for targeting from Justin Mascoll.
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TD Clemson. Great job by Cade Klubnik to make a play on the run, keeping his eyes downfield. He connects with Troy Stellato for a 14-yard reception. 10:03 to play in the first. XP is good and the Tigers take a 7-0 lead, cashing in on the takeaway.

Solid start for Dabo Swinney's group. Get a turnover and score.
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TJ Parker is getting after it early with two sacks on the last Syracuse drive. The Orange will punt and Clemson will get the ball with solid field position after the kick catch interference penalty. 8:08 to play in the first -- Tigers up 7-0.
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Clemson is forced to punt after Phil Mafah is stopped short of the line to gain. 6:44 to play in the opening quarter. Clemson leads 7-0.
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Xavier Thomas recovers a fumble and it takes two plays for Clemson to take advantage. Will Shipley scores from 2 yards out. 5:53 to play in the second quarter -- Tigers up 14-0. What a start for the visitors.
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Timeout Clemson. Syracuse with a 37-yard completion from Garrett Shrader. Tigers trying to bow up and get a stop. 3:22 to play in the second -- Clemson leads 14-0.
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Touchdown Syracuse. Some poor tackling the last few plays for the Tigers on this last series. Garrett Shrader to Dan Villari from 27 yards out. Orange are back in it, trailing 14-7 with 2:26 to play in the first quarter.
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END 1Q: Clemson 14, Syracuse 7

Tigers near midfield as we head to the second quarter in Upstate New York.
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Jeremiah Trotter Jr. hasn't played well thus far. He's reaching on his attempts to tackle.
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Cade Klubnik is sacked on 3rd down and the Tigers will punt.

13:34 before the half. Clemson leads 14-7.
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Clemson calls timeout. They face 4th and 2 currently on a long 14-play drive that has taken up 6 minutes. This is a huge play coming with a chance to go up two scores.
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Adam Randall hasn't seen much action since early in the game. Freshman Misun Kelley and Troy Stellato have spent time outside recently.
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Leon Lowery sacks Klubnik -- man, that hurts. A long drive coming away with nothing.
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A 57-yard FG attempt by Syracuse is no good. Not sure about the call there from Dino Babers.

Clemson will have solid field position with 3:25 to play before the half, leading 14-7.
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Cade Klubnik connects with Beaux Collins on a double move for a 47-yard TD reception. What a beautiful throw and solid protection up front.

Clemson leads 21-7 with 2:23 to play before the half.
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HALFTIME: Clemson 21, Syracuse 7

Tigers will get the ball to start the second half. A missed field goal from Jonathan Weitz ends the first 30 minutes. Overall, a solid first half. Clemson forced 2 turnovers which have led to 14 points and the defense has looked okay outside of some poor tackling.
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Clemson comes out of the halftime locker and hits a big play to Tyler Brown. Klubnik's confidence is growing before us today. The drive fizzles out inside the 20 though but Jonathan Weitz connects on a 38-yard field goal to extend the Tigers' lead.

Clemson 24, Syracuse 7, 11:03 3Q
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Jeremiah Trotter sacks Garrett Shrader. The defensive line has been getting after the Cuse all day long. 5 sacks on the day. Clemson gets the ball back with 1:17 to play in the third.

Tigers in control leading 24-7.
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END 3Q: Clemson 24, Syracuse 7

Tigers with the ball trying to go get more points as we head to the final quarter.
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They are looking at the previous play to ensure Jake Briningstool fumbled, which it looks like to me. Syracuse recovered and will have the ball if it stands.

We are just getting going in the fourth quarter. Tigers lead 24-7.
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Touchdown Syracuse. LeQuint Allen catches a perfectly thrown by Garrett Shrader for a 6-yard TD. We've got a ball game.

12:23 left in the contest. Clemson leads Syracuse 24-14.
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Another questionable play call. They had two successful runs and for some reason elected to throw a pass out wide.
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Timeout Clemson. They didn't have enough guys on the field and so Dabo Swinney gives the offense a breather. Important play coming here with 3rd and long on deck.
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Third down Tyler Brown. 1st down Clemson. 7 catches for 135 yards today. What a play.
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Jeremiah Trotter makes up for the dropped INT. Tigers with the ball back with 6:45 to play in the game, up 24-14.
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Phil Mafah scores from 32 yards out in one play off the takeaway. 3 turnovers = 21 points and that may be the exclamation point on this game.

Clemson 31, Syracuse 14, 6:38 4Q
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FINAL: Clemson 31, Syracuse 14

Tigers get to 3-2 and use a stifling defense that forced multiple turnovers and some big plays offensively as Clemson put up nearly 400 yards of offense. Most complimentary game of the year so far.

Wake Forest on deck next Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on the ACC Network. It will be Homecoming and the Breast Cancer Awareness Game. Thanks for following along today, guys!
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