By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The No. 1 Clemson Tigers blew out No. 7 Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship game. The Tigers won 38-3 on Saturday night at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Clemson has won this game for the past three seasons. The last non-Clemson to win this game was the Florida State Seminoles in 2014.
The past two seasons that the Tigers have won this game, they locked up its spot in the College Football Playoff. With this latest win, the school is expected to be in the CFP for the third straight year; this time as the No. 1 overall team.
Clemson will look to win back-to-back College Football Playoff National Championships. The Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tigers in last year’s CFP National Championship game.
Tigers quarterback Kelly Bryant went 23 of 29 for 252 passing yards. He also had a touchdown.
“It’s great to see all the work I’ve been putting in in the off-season just to be in this moment right now,” Bryant said. “It’s special ’cause we had a lot of questions going into the season, a lot of guys that left last year. But, you know, just having the guys around me, the coaches believe in me, just been really great to see.
“I’m just trying to do my job, like Coach Dabo said, be the best version of Kelly B that I can be.”
Travis Etienne had six carries for 24 rushing yards and a touchdown. Tavien Feaster had four carries for 22 rushing yards and a touchdown. Adam Choice had seven carries for 21 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Ray-Ray McCloud had six receptions for 100 yards. Hunter Renfrow had five receptions for 45 yards. Deon Cain had three receptions for 39 yards and a touchdown.
Tigers kicker Alex Spence also made a field goal.
Hurricanes quarterback Malik Rosier went 14 of 29 for 100 passing yards. He also had two interceptions.
DeeJay Dallas had six carries for 44 rushing yards. Travis Homer had 14 carries for 41 rushing yards.
Braxton Berrios had seven receptions for 51 yards. Jeff Thomas had two receptions for 20 yards. Michael Irvin II had three receptions for 18 yards.
Hurricanes kicker Michael Badgley made a field goal.
“The biggest thing to start out with is to just get rested,” Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt said about the school’s upcoming Bowl game. “The guys are going to get a chance to get a little bit of a break from football. We have to finish strong academically, obviously. Then we’ll do some running and lifting and things like that, but not carrying the pads and pounding and things like that. Just going to give them a nice break a well-deserved break physically from the game itself.
“That will be the big thing. That will help us get us healthy as we can. We know there’s some guys we’re just not going to get back, which is a shame. I don’t even know if there’s anybody out there right now that has been out that we might get back, but we’ll get guys healthier and more rested, which will be helpful. The other thing I just want to mention is, you know, this team did something that’s never been done before here at the U. This whole rise is a learning process. Certainly tonight, we’ll learn some things, we’ll understand a little bit better what it might take to become a champion in this league.”
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