GAMEDAY College Football

Clemson 49, South Carolina State 7

(AP Photo/Edward M. Pio Roda)

By PETE IACOBELLI
AP Sports Writer

CLEMSON, S.C. - Will Shipley's not too young to see how much No. 6 Clemson needed a strong offensive showing.

The five-star freshman tailback had 80 yards rushing and two touchdowns as the Tigers cranked up their offense with a 49-3 win over South Carolina State.

The dominant performance followed a dreadful one in a 10-3 loss to No. 2 Georgia last week, a game in which Clemson was held without a touchdown for the first time since the 2017 season.

"It was very important for us to come out firing on all cylinders," the 19-year-old Shipley said. "This definitely gave us confidence, and we're definitely stepping in the right direction."

Quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei ran for two scores and threw for a third and Clemson gained 504 yards after managing just 180 - and only 2 rushing - against the SEC's Bulldogs.

"I just wanted to come out and prove myself, play a great game," Uiagalelei said. "I'm ready to get better and better."

Uiagalelei and the Tigers (1-1) had touchdowns on all four of their first-quarter possessions and pulled away for their 36th straight win over teams from the Football Championship Subdivision.

Uiagalelei began the rout with a 4-yard scoring burst. Shipley and Kobe Pace added scoring runs before Uiagalelei closed the surge with an 11-yard pass to receiver Justyn Ross. It was Ross' first touchdown catch since 2019, after he missed last season due to spinal surgery.

Clemson coordinator Tony Elliott said Uiagalelei still has work to do to improve his rhythm with his pass-catchers.

"As the quarterback continues to do that, the game will slow down," Elliott said.

South Carolina State (0-2) of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference had little chance of slowing the Tigers.

Clemson continued its dominant history for the Tigers over their instate rival, improving to 5-0 alltime by a combined score of 287-23.

The result was a welcome showing after last week's struggles against the more powerful Georgia Bulldogs.

Uiagalelei was sacked seven times and often overthrew receivers when he wasn't getting hit. Clemson's tailbacks finished with 2 yards rushing in the 10-3 defeat, leading to a week of coaches' challenges and grinding on the details they messed up in the opener.

The Tigers' offense certainly looked like it made positive strides, no matter how much of mismatch this game was.

Uiagalelei went 14 of 24 for 171 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also rushed for scores of 4 and 5 yards.

Shipley had touchdown runs of 7 and 13 yards. Pace had 68 yards rushing, including a 1-yard scoring rush.

South Carolina State was shutout in two of the previous four games at Clemson. But the Bulldogs ended the Tigers chance at hold them scoreless for a third time when they recovered a Michael Dukes fumble and drove for a 27-yard field goal from Dyson Roberts right before halftime.

Bulldogs coach Buddy Pough said his team got manhandled early.

"That first quarter was ugly," he said. "I thought later on, we were able to make some plays and look like we belong."

Otherwise, Clemson's defense had another stout showing. While the Tigers didn't score any touchdowns against Georgia, the Bulldogs' only TD was off a Uiagalelei interception.

Clemson held South Carolina State to 123 yards and four first downs the first two quarters.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter SCStClem
Clem TD 11:38 D.J. Uiagalelei 4 yd run (B.T. Potter kick) 0 7
Clem TD 7:20 Will Shipley 7 yd run (B.T. Potter kick) 0 14
Clem TD 3:21 Kobe Pace 2 yd run (B.T. Potter kick) 0 21
Clem TD 2:21 Justyn Ross 11 yd pass from D.J. Uiagalelei (B.T. Potter kick) 0 28
Second Quarter SCStClem
Clem TD 6:43 D.J. Uiagalelei 5 yd run (B.T. Potter kick) 0 35
SCSt FG 0:19 Dyson Roberts 27 yd FG 3 35
Third Quarter SCStClem
Clem TD 9:39 Will Shipley 13 yd run (B.T. Potter kick) 3 42
Clem TD 3:52 Lyn-J Dixon 14 yd pass from Taisun Phommachanh (B.T. Potter kick) 3 49
Team Stats
  South Carolina State Clemson
First downs 9 26
  Rushing 4 14
  Passing 5 11
  Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Efficiency 2-16, 13% 8-13, 62%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 34-103 36-242
Passing Yards 132 262
Return Yards 4 135
Completions-Attempts-Int 10-27-1 23-39-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--2 0-0
Punts 11 3
Punts-Average 40.8 43.7
Fumbles Lost 0-0 6-1
Penalties - Yards 10-70 5-35
Time of Possession 33:52 26:08
South Carolina State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Fields, Jr. 10 24 132 0 1
Q. Hill 0 3 0 0 0
Clemson Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Uiagalelei 14 24 171 1 1
T. Phommachanh 7 10 75 1 1
H. Helms 2 5 16 0 0
South Carolina State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Flowers 11 53 4.8 0
Q. Hill 6 32 5.3 0
C. Fields, Jr. 5 15 3.0 0
T. Walker 5 5 1.0 0
D. Anthony 6 4 0.7 0
A. James 1 -6 -6.0 0
Clemson Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
W. Shipley 8 80 10.0 2
K. Pace 7 68 9.7 1
L. Dixon 4 27 6.8 0
D. Uiagalelei 5 23 4.6 2
W. Taylor 5 20 4.0 0
D. Rencher 4 14 3.5 0
M. Dukes 2 7 3.5 0
T. Phommachanh 1 3 3.0 0
South Carolina State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
W. Vereen 4 96 24.0 0
K. Flowers 2 20 10.0 0
R. Bailey 2 10 5.0 0
H. Massey 1 8 8.0 0
K. Ellis 1 -2 -2.0 0
Clemson Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Ross 3 52 17.3 1
J. Ngata 3 51 17.0 0
B. Collins 3 36 12.0 0
D. Allen 2 24 12.0 0
D. Collins 2 18 9.0 0
A. Ajou 2 16 8.0 0
L. Dixon 1 14 14.0 1
T. Stellato 1 12 12.0 0
W. Swinney 2 11 5.5 0
F. Ladson Jr. 1 11 11.0 0
E. Williams 1 10 10.0 0
D. Swinney 1 4 4.0 0
M. Dukes 1 3 3.0 0
South Carolina State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Durant 2 0
Clemson Interceptions
Player Int Yards
R. Mickens 1 37
South Carolina State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
D. Roberts 11 449 40.8
Clemson Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Swanson 2 84 42.0
W. Spiers 1 47 47.0
South Carolina State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Bailey 1 4 4.0
Clemson Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
W. Taylor 3 53 17.7
W. Brown 1 -2 -2.0
South Carolina State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Clemson Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
W. Shipley 2 47 23.5
South Carolina State Missed FG
Player Length
Clemson Missed FG
Player Length
B. Potter 58




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