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No. 2 Clemson plays home finale against Citadel

Heading into its final home game of the season, Clemson is 9-1 and ranked No. 2, putting the Tigers in line for its third consecutive College Football Playoff berth.

But this year's players won their coach over a long time ago.

"I knew coming in that it was going to be a different year and different type of team, with a lot of new faces," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "There have been a lot of challenges, but this team has been a lot of fun and whatever situation they've been in, they've somehow found a way to respond.

"And I love to see people respond in this world where there's so much criticism and analyzing of everything."

He'll get no such criticism from Brent Thompson, head coach of Saturday's opponent, The Citadel (5-5).

"I don't need to tell anyone that they're very, very good," Thompson said. "For us, a lot of it will come back to offense and trying to get first downs and move the ball and do what we can to keep our defense off the field."

Clemson still has plenty at stake, and the Tigers are taking nothing for granted against a .500 Football Championship Subdivision opponent.

The tiny military school in Charleston, S.C., knocked off South Carolina 23-22 just two seasons ago, and Swinney will be quick to share that information with his players.

"We'd better remind them -- I'll make darn sure they know," Swinney said. "And we won't prepare (for The Citadel) any different than we did for Florida State."

Last week, the Tigers clinched a third consecutive berth in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game, where they will face undefeated and No. 3 Miami on Dec. 2 in Charlotte, N.C.

The Citadel, a Southern Conference member coming off a 10-2 season a year ago, runs the triple-option offense and ranks among the national leaders in FCS with a ground game that averages 308.6 yards per game and 5.2 yards per carry.

The Bulldogs have four players with at least 479 yards rushing, and running back Grant Drakeford is averaging an eye-popping 9.9 yards per attempt.

But Clemson is among the national leaders in rushing defense, allowing only 112.7 yards per game.

"They've got a great defensive line," Thompson said. "And they've played Georgia Tech, so they have a great understanding of what it takes to defend the option.

"They've got their linebackers keyed into the right spots. They recover as well as anybody that you'll see, so you're not going to get them out of position too often."

Despite long odds, Thompson said he wants his team to embrace the opportunity.

"I love it," he said. "I love it for our players, I love it for our fans, I love it for the experience of it. It'll be an awesome game for our younger players to witness and see and be a part of."

Clemson has used a rejuvenated running game that includes quarterback Kelly Bryant to do much of their damage offensively this season. The Tigers are averaging 221 yards per game on the ground -- a 42-yard improvement over last year's national championship team.

By any measure, Bryant has done an impressive job of filling the shoes of Deshaun Watson.

"I wear a size 16, so I fill big shoes every day," Bryant said, laughing.

Bryant has taken the pressure in stride and come through in a big way, rushing for 608 yards and 10 touchdowns and passing for 1,924 yards and seven scores. He's 9-1 as a starter, and will become just the third first-year starter in program history to win 10 games in his first season if the Tigers top The Citadel.

"Offensively, their quarterback is probably one of the best players in the country," Thompson said. "We've got to do all we can do to try to keep him in front of us."

Clemson, which will finish its regular season with a game at rival South Carolina on Nov. 25, can secure a school-record seventh consecutive season with 10 or more victories by beating the Bulldogs. It also would give the Tigers an 80-14 record over the last seven years; only Alabama has a better record over that period.

And all this in a "rebuilding" year.

"We're embracing where we are in this journey. This was supposed to be a transition year," said Swinney, whose team has only six scholarship seniors. "But these guys didn't get the memo."

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CIT
0 Pass
1 Rush
2 YDS
0:00 POS
+2 YD
1ST & 10 CIT 20
11:59
18-C.Jackson to CIT 22 for 2 yards (6-D.O'Daniel). Penalty on CIT 23-T.Carter Illegal crackback block by offense 10 yards enforced at CIT 22.
Kickoff
Kickoff
11:59
39-C.Groomes kicks 63 yards from CLE 35. 18-C.Jackson to CIT 20 for 18 yards (53-R.Upshaw).
CLEM
5 Pass
1 Rush
57 YDS
2:17 POS
PAT Good
Kickoff
12:04
41-A.Spence extra point is good.
+13 YD
2ND & 6 CIT 13
12:29
2-K.Bryant complete to 18-T.Chase. 18-T.Chase runs 13 yards for a touchdown.
+4 YD
1ST & 10 CIT 17
12:56
2-K.Bryant complete to 17-C.Powell. 17-C.Powell to CIT 13 for 4 yards (5-M.Pierce).
+18 YD
2ND & 4 CIT 35
13:22
2-K.Bryant complete to 5-T.Higgins. 5-T.Higgins to CIT 17 for 18 yards (23-T.Carter).
+6 YD
1ST & 10 CIT 41
13:42
2-K.Bryant complete to 26-A.Choice. 26-A.Choice to CIT 35 for 6 yards (24-A.Spann).
+10 YD
3RD & 4 CLEM 49
14:10
2-K.Bryant complete to 5-T.Higgins. 5-T.Higgins to CIT 41 for 10 yards (24-A.Spann).
+6 YD
2ND & 10 CLEM 43
14:16
26-A.Choice to CLE 49 for 6 yards (38-N.Dawkins).
No Gain
1ST & 10 CLEM 43
14:23
2-K.Bryant incomplete. Intended for 5-T.Higgins.
Scoring Summary
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 11:59
41-A.Spence extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
28
Touchdown 11:59
2-K.Bryant complete to 18-T.Chase. 18-T.Chase runs 13 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
57
yds
02:17
pos
0
27
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:51
41-A.Spence extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
21
Touchdown 0:51
2-K.Bryant complete to 13-H.Renfrow. 13-H.Renfrow runs 12 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
68
yds
02:17
pos
0
20
Point After TD 5:38
41-A.Spence extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
14
Touchdown 5:38
9-T.Etienne runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
49
yds
01:42
pos
0
13
Point After TD 8:13
41-A.Spence extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 8:13
2-K.Bryant complete to 8-D.Cain. 8-D.Cain runs 53 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
75
yds
01:49
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 3 12
Rushing 2 2
Passing 0 10
Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Conv 1-5 3-3
4th Down Conv 0-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 44 250
Total Plays 19 26
Avg Gain 2.3 9.6
Net Yards Rushing 44 55
Rush Attempts 17 8
Avg Rush Yards 2.6 6.9
Net Yards Passing 0 195
Comp. - Att. 0-2 14-18
Yards Per Pass 0.0 10.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 2-20 3-25
Touchdowns 0 4
Rushing TDs 0 1
Passing TDs 0 3
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 2-35.5 0-0.0
Return Yards 45 0
Punts - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 2-45 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-0
Kicking 0/0 4/4
Extra Points 0/0 4/4
Field Goals 0/0 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
The Citadel 5-5 00--0
2 Clemson 9-1 217--28
0 PASS YDS 195
44 RUSH YDS 55
44 TOTAL YDS 250
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Allen 19 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 1 -100.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
34.5% 458 3 7 75.4
D. Allen 0/2 0 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Allen 19 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
128 582 8
D. Allen 4 11 0 9
B. Berry 42 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
43 150 2
B. Berry 2 6 0 5
C. Jackson 18 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
79 483 1
C. Jackson 2 4 0 2
G. Drakeford 29 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
57 555 2
G. Drakeford 1 -1 0 -1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
G. Drakeford 29 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 20 0
G. Drakeford 0 0 0 0
R. Webb 22 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 270 3
R. Webb 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
A. Spann III 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
A. Spann III 5-0 0.0 0
W. Wilmore 3 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
W. Wilmore 3-0 0.0 0
M. Pierce 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
M. Pierce 3-0 0.0 0
K. Buffalo 9 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
K. Buffalo 2-1 0.0 0
N. Dawkins 38 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
N. Dawkins 2-0 0.0 0
T. Carter 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Carter 1-0 0.0 0
K. Allen 68 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
K. Allen 1-1 0.0 0
A. Stokes 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
A. Stokes 0-1 0.0 0
R. Hubbs 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
R. Hubbs 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
G. Russell 93 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 35.5 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
33 37.1 0
G. Russell 2 35.5 0 45
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Jackson 18 FB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 18.0 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
17 24.0 18 0
C. Jackson 1 18.0 18 0
Q. Washington 33 LB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 27.0 27 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 19.9 27 0
Q. Washington 1 27.0 27 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Bryant 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
77.8% 195 3 0 223.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.1% 2119 10 5 134.2
K. Bryant 14/18 195 3 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Etienne 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 34 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
84 651 10
T. Etienne 4 34 1 20
K. Bryant 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
153 619 10
K. Bryant 1 11 0 11
A. Choice 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
47 248 5
A. Choice 1 6 0 6
T. Feaster 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
90 552 4
T. Feaster 1 2 0 2
C. Fuller 27 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
39 184 3
C. Fuller 1 2 0 2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Cain 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 75 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
43 532 5
D. Cain 2 75 1 53
R. McCloud 21 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 28 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
37 386 1
R. McCloud 2 28 0 15
T. Higgins 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 28 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 111 0
T. Higgins 2 28 0 18
H. Renfrow 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 26 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
46 451 1
H. Renfrow 3 26 1 12
T. Chase 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 13 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 24 1
T. Chase 1 13 1 13
D. Overton 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 148 0
D. Overton 1 11 0 11
A. Choice 26 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 37 0
A. Choice 1 6 0 6
Ca. Smith 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 24 1
Ca. Smith 1 4 0 4
C. Powell 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 57 1
C. Powell 1 4 0 4
D. Greenlee 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 32 0
D. Greenlee 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Skalski 47 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
J. Skalski 4-2 0.0 0
D. O'Daniel 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 2 0.0
D. O'Daniel 4-0 0.0 0
C. Ferrell 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
C. Ferrell 2-0 0.0 0
T. Muse 19 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
T. Muse 1-0 0.0 0
C. Wilkins 42 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Wilkins 1-0 0.0 0
A. Bryant 7 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 1.0
A. Bryant 1-0 0.0 0
T. Higgins 5 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Higgins 1-0 0.0 0
V. Smith 23 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
V. Smith 1-0 0.0 0
J. Foster 35 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Foster 1-0 0.0 0
N. Pinckney 44 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
N. Pinckney 1-1 0.0 0
Ju. Davis 36 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
Ju. Davis 0-1 0.0 0
A. Huggins 67 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
A. Huggins 0-1 0.0 0
JD. Davis 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
JD. Davis 0-2 0.0 0
J. Robinson 50 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Robinson 0-1 0.0 0
T. Mullen 1 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 2 0.0
T. Mullen 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Al. Spence 41 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 4/4
SEASON FG XP
5/9 32/33
Al. Spence 0/0 0 4/4 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CIT 25 4:54 10 35 Downs
8:07 CIT 27 0:42 3 24 INT
5:38 CIT 25 2:21 5 -6 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:51 CIT 25 0:39 3 6 Punt
11:59 CIT 20 0:00 1 2
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:02 CLEM 40 1:49 6 60 TD
7:20 CIT 49 1:42 6 49 TD
3:08 CLEM 31 2:17 8 69 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:16 CLEM 43 2:17 7 57 TD