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Clemson 31, Louisville 16

(AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)

By PETE IACOBELLI
AP Sports Writer

CLEMSON, S.C. - DJ Uiagalelei threw for a touchdown and ran for another and Will Shipley hurdled Louisville's M.J. Griffin on the way for a 25-yard score as No. 12 Clemson won its 39th straight at home, 31-16 over the Cardinals.

The Tigers (9-1, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) had wrapped up the ACC Atlantic Division - and its spot in the league title game next month - a week ago before their demoralizing, 35-14 loss at No. 20 Notre Dame.

But Uiagalelei and the Clemson defense got back on track to improve to 8-0 all-time over Louisville (6-4, 3-4). The Cardinals, who came in with a four-game win streak, played the second half without standout quarterback Malik Cunningham, who was hurt on the last play of the second quarter.

Uiagalelei completed 19 of 27 throws for 185 yards. Phil Mafah ran for 106 yards and Shipley 97 as the Tigers finished with 248 yards on the ground.

Clemson needed a fast start and got it. Uiagalelei led a 12-play, 75-yard scoring march on the opening drive that he ended with a nifty 11-yard run as the Tigers built a 10-0 lead.

Uiagalelei's 4-yard pass to freshman Antonio Williams with 32 seconds left before the half sent Clemson into the break up 17-7.

Williams had a career best 10 catches for 83 yards.

Louisville was held to 160 yards in the first half - and 61 came in the final half minute as the Cardinals moved to the Clemson 14 before the clock ran out.

Cunningham looked like he had the speed and a path to the end zone on the half's final play, but he stumbled cutting across the field and fell. Trainers came out as the team headed to the locker room and Cunningham spent a few minutes on the field before joining them.

Cunningham did not return due to a shoulder injury as Brock Domann took over at quarterback.

Shipley, the Tigers' tailback, put up a signature play in the third quarter with a straight-ahead, 25-yard burst as he hurdled Louisville safety Griffin to reach the end zone.

Mafah's 39-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter iced things with 2:13 left.

THE TAKEAWAY

Louisville: The Cardinals four straight wins to gain bowl eligibility was a solid step for the program. However, if Cunningham is significantly hurt, it could dent the positive vibes around a team that bounced back from an 0-3 ACC start.

Clemson: The Tigers will feel better about themselves after their decisive win over Louisville. But the offense still lost three fumbles (two by Shipley) and the defense was hit for several big plays that kept Louisville in this one much longer than necessary.

MISSING TIGERS

Clemson played without leading tackler in linebacker Trenton Simpson, starting offensive lineman Walker Parks and punt returner Will Taylor. All were announced out shortly before the kickoff. Starting defensive end Xavier Thomas re-injured the foot that kept him out of the first five games and he won't return this season.

November 12, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter LouClem
Clem TD 10:17 DJ Uiagalelei 11 yard TD run (B.T. Potter Extra Point) 0 7
Clem FG 2:25 B.T. Potter 19 yard field goal 0 10
Second Quarter LouClem
Lou TD 14:17 Tiyon Evans 16 yard TD run (James Turner Extra Point) 7 10
Clem TD 0:32 Antonio Williams 4 yard TD pass from DJ Uiagalelei (B.T. Potter Extra Point) 7 17
Third Quarter LouClem
Clem TD 10:32 Will Shipley 25 yard TD run (B.T. Potter Extra Point) 7 24
Lou FG 5:57 James Turner 22 yard field goal 10 24
Fourth Quarter LouClem
Clem TD 2:13 Phil Mafah 39 yard TD run (B.T. Potter Extra Point) 10 31
Lou TD 0:00 Braden Smith 31 yard TD pass from Brock Domann 16 31
Team Stats
  Louisville Clemson
First downs 17 26
  Rushing 5 16
  Passing 11 8
  Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Efficiency 3-14, 21% 4-13, 31%
4th down efficiency 2-4, 50% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 30-150 45-248
Passing Yards 250 191
Return Yards 53 24
Completions-Attempts-Int 23-37-1 20-28-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 5-38 2-16
Punts 6 5
Fumbles Lost 2-1 4-3
Penalties - Yards 6-65 4-25
Louisville Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Domann 13 23 175 1 1
M. Cunningham 10 13 75 0 0
B. Smith 0 1 0 0 0
Clemson Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Uiagalelei 19 27 185 1 0
A. Williams 1 1 6 0 0
Louisville Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Jordan 11 73 6.6 0
M. Turner 2 36 18.0 0
T. Evans 7 28 4.0 1
M. Cunningham 5 20 4.0 0
B. Domann 5 -7 -1.4 0
Clemson Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
P. Mafah 10 106 10.6 1
W. Shipley 19 97 5.1 1
D. Uiagalelei 15 32 2.1 1
C. Klubnik 1 13 13.0 0
Louisville Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Hudson 11 163 14.8 0
B. Smith 3 46 15.3 1
M. Ford 2 20 10.0 0
J. Jordan 2 10 5.0 0
A. Huggins-Bruce 1 8 8.0 0
T. Evans 2 2 1.0 0
M. Turner 2 1 .5 0
Clemson Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Williams 10 83 8.3 1
J. Briningstool 2 32 16.0 0
J. Ngata 2 30 15.0 0
D. Allen 1 14 14.0 0
B. Spector 1 11 11.0 0
E. Williams 1 9 9.0 0
D. Swinney 1 8 8.0 0
D. Uiagalelei 1 6 6.0 0
W. Shipley 1 -2 -2.0 0
Louisville Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Clemson Interceptions
Player Int Yards
B. Carter 1 1
Louisville Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Vassett 6 285 47.5
Clemson Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Swanson 5 205 41.0
Louisville Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Smith 3 35 11.7
Clemson Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Williams 2 23 11.5
Louisville Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Jordan 1 18 18.0
Clemson Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Louisville Missed FG
Player Length
Clemson Missed FG
Player Length




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