CLEMSON GAMEDAY UPDATE: Tigers beat The Citadel 49-0

CLEMSON GAMEDAY UPDATE: Tigers beat The Citadel 49-0
Winston-Salem native K.J. Henry (5) leads the Clemson defense on to the field for pregame drills before the Tigers face Wake Forest in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 at Truist Field in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Walt Unks/Winston-Salem Journal) (Source: Walt Unks)

CLEMSON, S.C. (WIS) - Clemson will welcome The Citadel to Memorial Stadium on Saturday for the Tigers' home opener.

Dabo Swinney and his players are coming off a 37-13 win over Wake Forest and are looking to capture their 17th straight win over the Bulldogs.

We’ll have game notes and scoring updates here throughout the afternoon.

FIRST QUARTER

Clemson wasted little time getting things going. After Trevor Lawrence’s first five throws of the day, Clemson had a 14-0 lead. If you’re The Citadel, this is not how you want to start the day.

Within three minutes of possession, the Tigers have posted 119 total yards.

Meanwhile, the Clemson defense has shown that assignment football is not a problem for them. They’ve already recorded one defensive score and held The Citadel to just 11 yards, even after beating Clemson in time of possession by two minutes.

SECOND QUARTER

We didn’t have to wait long to see D.J. Uiagalelei.

After a good punt return inside the 10 by Etienne, the freshman scored on a 1-yard run to score his first collegiate touchdown. He’s going to be a handful as a 6-foot-4, 250-pound quarterback for opposing defenses when he takes the field.

He showed that in a 61-yard drive that he finished off with a 6-yard draw play for his second touchdown.

The Tigers outgained the Bulldogs 129-25 in the quarter and only needed about six minutes in the period to do so.

THIRD QUARTER

Clemson and the officials agreed to go with a running clock to finish out the contest, but The Citadel declined the option.

It might be easy to understand why from a competitive standpoint, but this one is fairly out of reach and would probably be better served with a running clock.

There has been a couple of bright spots for The Citadel in the quarter. The Bulldogs have managed to come away with two turnovers so far. However, turnovers are only helpful if you can put points on the board and the Bulldogs haven’t been able to do so.

FOURTH QUARTER

The Citadel’s best chance to put points on the board came with 12:49 to go in the fourth, but Colby Kintner’s kick missed left and the Bulldogs remained scoreless.

From an offensive standpoint, however, the Bulldogs posted 103 yards in the quarter, which was their best showing of the day.


SCORING SUMMARY

FIRST QUARTER

CU: 17-yard pass from Lawrence to Ladson (Potter kick good) - 7-0 (12:36)

CU: 44-yard pass from Lawrence to Rodgers (Potter kick good) - 14-0 (9:41)

CU: 2-yard touchdown run by Lawrence (Potter kick good) - 21-0 (2:00)

CU: 17-yard fumble return by Skalski (Potter kick good) - 28-0 (1:51)

SECOND QUARTER

CU: 1-yard run by Uiagalelei (Potter kick good) - 35-0 (13:00)

CU: 54-yard touchdown pass from Lawrence to Ladson (Potter kick good) - 42-0 (9:55)

CU: 6-yard touchdown by Uiagalelei (Potter kick good) - 49-0 (5:31)

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