Being that it was Halloween, maybe the Clemson Tigers decided to go out and give its fan base a genuine scare.
Having said that, no Trevor, no problem. Multiple starters out on both sides of the ball, no problem. After spotting Boston College an 18 point lead late in the second quarter, this Clemson team did not panic, kept pushing, and came away with a dramatic 34-28 comeback win.
DJ Uiagalelei: It is hard to have a better first start than the one DJ had. He hit on 73% of his passes, threw for over 340 yards and had 3 total touchdowns. Outside of some out routes to his left, his accuracy was off the charts and the moment was never to big for him. With it now being confirmed that Lawrence won’t be back for Notre Dame I can not wait to see what he does in South Bend….. Stock Up
“I mean I’ve been down before in high school, played in big games and stuff like that,” Uiagalelei said. “I mean, being down 18, it’s not really a lot of points. I mean that’s only like a three-possession game. I’ve been down 25 points before, after halftime.”
Offensive Line: One of this groups better performances on Saturday. They still have some room to improve but there was running room on the interior against BC and there has been very little of that in many of the previous games. Pass protection was excellent. DJ was sacked once but that one was on him….. Stock Up
Wide Receivers: Frank Ladson was out with a hip pointer. Jospeh Ngata is still not quite all the way back. That meant Amari Rodgers at the boundary and Brannon Spector getting the start in the slot. This was Cornell Powell’s day though. A career high 11 catches and more than 100 yards. Superb effort when his team needed it most. Now he just needs have more of these outings….. Stock Up
Backup Running Backs: Watching the Tigers play, you would never know how deep the team is at running back. When Travis Etienne comes off the field there is a noticeable drop off in production. Lyn-J Dixon just hasn’t progressed the way most assumed he would. He still runs to stiff at times and is to quick to bounce outside instead of having patience for the holes to open up. Behind him, outside of Darien Rencher, is a lot of talent but a lot of youth. Those guys just don’t have the pass protections down yet….. Stock Down
Tight Ends: On a day when a freshman was making his first career start, Davis Allen and Braden Galloway combined for just one catch. After being such an integral part of the passing attack through the first half of the season, these guys were MIA against BC….. Stock Down
In other action from around the country…..
Coastal Carolina: The Chants have absolutely earned a shoutout after their 51-0 dismantling of Georgia State that now has them ranked No. 15 in the AP Poll. Coastal held the Panthers to just 106 total yards and just 5 first downs. It was absolute domination….. Stock Up
Michigan: Captain Khaki Pants and his Fightin’ Harbaugh’s never disappoint. Michigan State QB Rocky Lombardi lit up the Wolverines defense for 323 passing yards and three touchdowns as Sparty knocked off Michigan in The Big House….. Stock Down
North Carolina: The ACC is gonna ACC I guess. UNC already had an inexplicable loss to lowly Florida State coming into the weekend and knew they had no margin for error. Still that Tarheel defense stunk it up against UVA. After falling behind 41-24 late in the third quarter, the Heels made a valiant effort at a comeback but fell just short in a 44-41 loss. North Carolina just had no answer for the Cavs running game and gave up over 200 rushing yards and more than 4 YPC. This is a team that was ranked No. 5 just a few weeks back….. Stock Down
Dan Mullen: It sure seems like Mullen was the catalyst to the ugly brawl that took place between Florida and Missouri. At the very least he sure wasn’t trying to help ease tensions.
Then after the fight was broken up he comes back out and does this. After he had already gone into the tunnel. Mullen is what we like to call the Wal Marter of the Week award winner…… Stock Way Down