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Clemson vs. Syracuse: Tigers Hold on for the Win

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Clemson survives the trip to Syracuse with a 17-14 win.

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D.J. Uiagalelei passes during the second quarter.
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First, let me apologize for this article. I completely spaced it that this was a Friday night game. We’re (hopefully) launching a huge spacecraft mission in a few hours and I’ve been a little preoccupied. If you’re interested, the mission is called Lucy and will explore the Trojan asteroids that orbit along with Jupiter. You can read more on the NASA site: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/lucy/overview/index/.

Brian says I should just post an image of a dumpster fire. From the look of the box score. it sounds like he is right. The second quarter had scoring drives for the Tigers of 12 and 13 plays, 87 and 58 yards, and that is generally a sign of an offense putting things together. But, I see that the offense had multiple possessions that were 6 plays or less and less than 20 yards. So, I see I didn’t miss much on the offensive side of things. Defensively, Syracuse was putting up yardage on the ground. I have to wonder if they are really missing Bryan Bresee’s and Tyler Davis’ presence in the middle.

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Joseph Ngata pulls in a pass for a score.
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I picked up the action in the 4th quarter, and Syracuse mounted a good drive on their final possession with the score 17-14 Clemson. Starting at their own 7, they moved down the field to the Tiger 30. The Tiger defense forced a 4th down and Syracuse went for a potential game tying FG. The Orange kicker pulled it left and the Tigers survived.

So, things have not improved with the Tiger offense. I was hoping that we’d see some improvement by this point in the season, but I’m becoming more and more resigned that the offense is just off this year, and the coaches aren’t figuring out a way to get things going. Let’s hear your impression of the game and where the Tigers stand in the comments section below. As always, we’ll have reviews of the game over the next few days. Thanks for stopping by.