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Clemson defense overwhelms Miami in dominant win

Matt Mynes // Photo Editor

Clemson linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Jr. (54), defensive tackle Tyler Davis (13) and defensive end K.J. Henry (5) celebrate vs. Miami in Memorial Stadium on Nov. 19, 2022. 

With dominant performances on both sides of the ball, No. 9 Clemson cruised in a 40-10 victory over Miami in Death Valley on Saturday, clinching a perfect ACC regular season record for the Tigers. 
The first half featured 228 total yards on offense for the Tigers, which far surpassed the Hurricanes’ 8 yards. The Tigers scored on four of their first six possessions in the first half and entered the break with a 24-0 lead.
The first drive of the game featured a 7-yard touchdown pass by quarterback DJ Uiagalelei to an open Davis Allen in the back of the end zone. That offensive momentum out of the gate carried over for the Tigers, as the junior signal-caller found his speed early to score an 8-yard rushing touchdown on the second drive of the day.
Late in the first quarter, Uiagalelei was 9-for-11 with 82 passing yards.
It wasn’t just the consistent performance of the offense but the physicality of the defense that helped Clemson shut out Miami in the first half. 
The Clemson defense held Miami to a -0.6 yards per rush in the first half, and much of that had to do with the efficiency of Clemson’s defensive line, which was back in full form despite the absence of starting defensive tackle Bryan Bresee.
As for the rest of the Tigers’ front seven, linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Jr. had a dominant day, picking up nine total tackles and one sack. However, the Clemson secondary was racking up some big plays throughout the entire game. Notably, Clemson safety R.J. Mickens deflected a pass from Miami quarterback Jacurri Brown, which allowed safety Jalyn Phillips to make the interception to set up the Tigers with great field position. 
By the game’s end, Clemson picked up 447 yards on offense, 207 of which came on the ground. Uiagalelei led the team with 89 rushing yards. It was the California native’s agility and versatility on the field that bailed the Tigers out of some untimely turnovers in the second half. 
Even with some wobbles on offense in the second half, Clemson had a 13-point lead going into their last drive of the game. Running back Kobe Pace was finally back in action following an ankle injury, and he scored a 1-yard rushing touchdown to close out the final seconds of the game. 
This win gave Clemson its 40th consecutive home victory and moved its record to 10-1 on the season. The Tigers are looking to extend their historical record next week when they face their rival South Carolina at home.

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