Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Paul Finebaum Was "Mortified" By Auburn's Performance at Clemson

Paul Finebaum Was

A 33-yard pass to McCloud (who beat Davis again) set the ACC Tigers up at the Auburn 34-yard line, and three plays later, Bryant bounced off a would-be tackler and ran in for a 27-yard touchdown. "There are a couple plays we should have made down the road that would have put us in better shape and given our offense more field position to work with". "Being able to make those plays helped out the offense and special teams".

Auburn took the opening kickoff and drove the ball 75 yards to strike first blood in the battle of the Tigers.

Seven Clemson players recorded sacks, led by four for 13 yards from defensive end Austin Bryant. Clemson averaged almost 40 points and more than 500 yards a game on the way to its first national title in 35 years. Once more, Clemson's defense held strong and limited Auburn to a second field goal.

There will surely be a lot of soul-searching on the Plains this week after Auburn put forth the worst offensive performance in Malzahn's 12-year college coaching career in its 14-6 loss at Clemson.

Coming into the 2017 season, we knew that Clemson's defense would be good, it was simply a matter of how good. "That's what he's (Bryant) been in practice. We thought he'd do that - it's one thing to think it, it's another to see it".

Clemson's first drive of the second half was more of the same. After reaching the Clemson 37-yard line, Auburn attempted to convert a fourth-and-3 from the Clemson 44-yard line.

Clemson sacked Stidham 11 times, leading the sophomore to take up for his offensive line in postgame comments to reporters.

Auburn's 117 total yards is the fewest by a Power 5 conference team thus far this season and a mark of futility surpassed by only two Power 5 teams (Notre Dame, Rutgers three times) last season. Next is a trip to Louisville where the Tigers will face Heisman victor Lamar Jackson.

"He's getting better and improved a lot last week", Swinney said. "It's a different animal next week going against the Heisman Trophy victor - it's like playing against 12". The good news for Clemson is that as well as its defense is playing, the offense doesn't need to do anything spectacular.

This WBRC video catches the moment where the two met and briefly chatted with each other before the game began. The Tigers still shut down Auburn's offense. In all, nine players finished with a tackle for a loss. In addition to his total tackles, O'Daniel amassed 1.5 sacks, two tackles for loss and one quarterback hurry.

Those two drives were all Clemson mustered against Auburn. "We can not let this loss defeat us for the next game".

Zach Lentz is a Clemson University alumnus who got his start working with the Tigers basketball team from 1999-2004.

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