Clemson’s CFP hopes crash as Tigers fall to South Carolina

Clemson had its nation-leading 40-game residence profitable streak snapped on Saturday, shedding to rival South Carolina 31-30 in a mistake-filled efficiency that successfully eliminates the Tigers from School Soccer Playoff competition for a second straight season.

The house profitable streak was an ACC document, and it was the longest since Nebraska gained 47 in a row from 1991 to 1997. Equally as gorgeous is the way in which Clemson blew a 23-14 halftime lead.

Based on ESPN Stats & Data analysis, Clemson had been 60-0 at residence below Dabo Swinney when main by 9 or extra factors at halftime.

South Carolina, in the meantime, has overwhelmed back-to-back ranked opponents, defeating Tennessee final week and now Clemson, its first win within the rivalry sport since 2013.

Swinney stated South Carolina “flat out earned” the victory.

“Today just wasn’t our day. It was their day,” Swinney stated. “That’s football. You’ve got to take the good with the bad. It’s an incredibly disappointing day, but we won seven in a row. You can’t lose sight of that. We lost two home games since Florida State in 2013. So it’s a bad day, but we’ll show back up Monday and keep moving forward.”

The No. 8 Tigers went into the sport with an outdoor likelihood at making the playoff, however the reality is, this workforce hardly regarded like a playoff contender all season. As soon as once more, quarterback DJ Uiagalelei struggled, going 8-of-29 for 99 yards and one landing with one interception as South Carolina harassed him all sport lengthy. The one factor Clemson had going for it on offense was operating again Will Shipley, who ran for 132 yards and a rating.

However with the sport on the road late, South Carolina managed to pin Clemson deep a number of occasions and Uiagalelei didn’t get a lot happening offense.

Clemson had yet another likelihood to get the ball again late, however Antonio Williams fumbled a punt with 2 minutes, 5 seconds left. South Carolina recovered and held on for the win. Clemson managed 86 complete yards within the second half.

The Tigers had three turnovers in all and allowed South Carolina quarterback Spencer Rattler to make a number of large performs within the passing sport all through. Rattler threw for 360 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions.

“We’ve had a lot more good days than bad days. We’re not entitled for it to always go our way,” Swinney stated.

Not like different video games this season through which Uiagalelei struggled, Swinney elected to stay with him and didn’t flip to backup Cade Klubnik.

Clemson offensive coordinator Brandon Streeter stated there was by no means a powerful consideration to modify quarterbacks within the sport.

Swinney famous discipline place and different errors labored towards Uiagalelei. The Tigers did have three drops within the sport, their second most in a sport this yr.

“Couple bad decisions, a couple missed throws. That’s football,” Swinney stated. “When you get in a rhythm, it’s really good, and sometimes it’s tough sledding when it’s not clicking for you.”

When requested whether or not there can be an open quarterback competitors headed into the ACC championship sport, Swinney stated he was not going to get into it.

Swinney should now discover a solution to get his workforce centered on what’s forward: the ACC title sport towards North Carolina on Saturday. That is the primary time since 2012 that each groups enter the championship sport off a loss, taking some luster off this matchup.

Clemson didn’t win the ACC final yr, so the Tigers may have a chance to win a title. Although he has defended Uiagalelei at each flip, there will probably be legit questions he should reply about his quarterback state of affairs shifting ahead.

“We’re 10-2. We’re not 2-10. It’s a tough day and a painful day,” Swinney stated. “We all know how important this game is, but it’s absolutely our responsibility to help them push through, pick them up, get some wind back in their sails. It’s always about what’s next. A lot of people, their season is over with, but for us, we’ve got a championship game this week and an opportunity to be on top of the ACC, and that’s always been a goal for us.”