Tiger Defense Fuels 40-10 Victory Over Miami on Senior Day – Clemson Tigers Official Athletics Site


CLEMSON, SC – A strong defensive display and extended offensive attack gave No.9 Clemson (10-1, 8-0 ACC) a 40-10 Senior Day win over Miami (5-6, 3-4 ACC) at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. . The win extended Clemson’s national-leading and ACC-record home winning streak to 40 games, and Clemson became only the third FBS program to have 12 consecutive 10-win seasons, alongside Florida State (14 from 1987-2000) and Alabama ( 14 from 2008-21).

The Tigers defense held the Hurricanes to just 98 total offensive yards (68 passes, 30 rushing), Miami’s third-lowest offensive effort in school history and the lowest since November 27, 1965. Clemson recorded five sacks. Jeremiah Trotter Jr. led Clemson with a total of nine tackles, a broken pass and a sack.

Clemson produced a balanced attack on offense with 207 total rushing yards and 240 total passing yards for 447 total yards. DJ Uiagalelei proved a double threat as he led Clemson for 89 yards and threw for 227 yards. Clemson distributed the ball to 12 different receivers during the game. Clemson counted 27 first downs from just six for Miami and converted on 14 of 19 third downs.

The Tigers started quickly, scoring touchdowns on their first two possessions and holding Miami in the first quarter with no first down. The Tigers’ first offensive possession Clemson went 75 yards on a 12-play scoring drive to take a 7-0 lead with 9:26 in the first quarter when Uiagalelei Davis hit Allen for a 7-yard score. Uiagalelei then ended the next drive with an eight-yard rushing touchdown to give Clemson a 14-0 advantage.

Clemson’s defense continued the Tigers’ momentum as RJ Mickens flipped Miami’s pass and Jalyn Phillips intercepted the ball to hand the ball to Clemson on the Miami 27-yard line. Clemson’s offense was capitalized when Uiagalelei threw a three-yard touchdown pass to wide-open senior Luke Price, the first touchdown of his career. BT Potter secured another three points for Clemson with a 32-yard field goal to go 24-0 at halftime. Clemson allowed just eight offensive yards and a first down in the first half, holding the canes in five possessions on four three-and-outs.

A Toriano Pride Jr. sack gave Clemson a 26-3 lead on a safety after a Clemson fumble deep in Miami territory. Miami scored their first touchdown of the night in the fourth quarter, making the score 26-10 with 1:45 left in the game.

A 49-yard catch-and-run by Jake Briningstool put Will Shipley in position, then ran the ball from three yards for his 13th rushing touchdown of the season and increased Clemson’s lead to 33-10.

On Miami’s subsequent possession, Trenton Simpson forced a Miami fumble and Tré Williams’ recovery gave Clemson the ball at Miami’s 36-yard line. Cade Klubnik then came in as quarterback and led another touchdown drive, with Kobe Pace smacking in to make the score 40-10 after the extra point.

Clemson will wrap up the regular season next week in a sold-out contest at Memorial Stadium against rival South Carolina. This game is scheduled for a midday kickoff on ABC. Clemson then meets Coastal Division champion North Carolina on Saturday, December 3 at 8 p.m. in the 2022 ACC Championship game in Charlotte, NC.