INSTANT RECAP: No. 3 Clemson 14, No. 13 Auburn 6

INSTANT RECAP: No. 3 Clemson 14, No. 13 Auburn 6”

No. 3 Clemson got an enormous early-season home win as it mounts a national title defense, topping No. 13 Auburn 14-6 on Saturday night at Death Valley. That includes his time as offensive coordinator (2009-11) and head coach (2013-present). With 11:47 left in the third quarter, Clemson had all the points it would need.

Auburn's Jarrett Stidham completed his second pass of the game for 23 yards to Nate Craig-Myers.

The 38 rushing yards were also a low mark in the Malzahn era. "But their receivers were not very good last week, if anything very disappointing". We'll get better. We've got to be able to run the football. "We've just got to come out and help them more". He made enough plays to keep Auburn's offense off the field.

The visiting Tigers led 7-6 at the half. The Auburn Tigers' defense stepped up at every turn, forcing two fumbles in the game but the offense couldn't take advantage of Clemson's mistake.

Williams drew a 15-yard penalty for the hit, which clearly at least flirts with stepping over the line of acceptable conduct. Both of visitors' scoring drives did. Bryant stayed on the field for several minutes. Auburn reached the red zone merely twice and did not tread into Clemson territory on any of its final nine possessions. "The last drive before the half was a thing of beauty. I don't know. We'll find out".

"Can they (Auburn) run the ball?" he asked. That was just what we needed and just what he needed early in the season to have some adversity, have to battle, have to grit it out.

Offensively, Clemson football averages 56.0 points and 665.0 total yards, 312.0 in passing and 353.0 in rushing per game.

Tre Lamar: Clemson's sophomore linebacker had a big sack in the third quarter. "They kept us in the game. We just have to execute a lot better".

Stidham was brought to the Plains for the goal of revitalizing the offense and winning big games such as this. Defensively, it'll be up to the defensive front to take advantage of an Auburn offensive line that had some bad moments against Georgia Southern, and see if Stidham can handle the biggest road environment of his career. Clemson sacked Stidham 11 times, recorded 14 tackles for loss and generally made gaining positive yards by air or by land a more hard task for the former five-star recruit than Auburn coaches ever thought it would be when they landed him on the transfer market previous year.

"A lot of people are going to try to break us up between offense and defense, but the thing is we're the Auburn Tigers. I promise you that", Malzahn said.

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