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No. 3 Clemson blows out Jackson and No. 14 Louisville, 47-21

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Kelly Bryant had time to read the defense, allowing the Clemson quarterback to make good decisions and crisp throws. Heisman Trophy-winning counterpart Lamar Jackson didn't get that same luxury for Louisville.

That stark difference paid off with a decisive victory for the third-ranked Tigers.

While Clemson held Jackson in check for most of the game, Bryant accounted for three touchdowns as the Tigers routed No. 14 Louisville 47-21 on Saturday night in an Atlantic Coast Conference showdown.

Clemson's first-year starting QB completed 22 of 32 passes for 316 yards, all career highs. Bryant also rushed for 26 yards including an 8-yard TD to get the defending national champions started; they never let up against the 2016 Heisman winner.

''All I was trying to do was do my job. Nothing more, nothing less,'' said Bryant, who also rushed for a 1-yard TD. ''We could have done better, but I did everything the coach wanted me to do.''

Jackson passed for 317 yards and three TDs, but most of that came with things already in hand for Clemson (3-0, 1-0 ACC). The Tigers' Dorian O'Daniel returned an interception 44 yards for a TD and a 26-7 third-quarter lead, and they sacked Jackson four times.

Jackson had TD passes of 11 yards to Charles Standberry, 36 yards to Jaylen Smith and 8 to Dez Fitzpatrick. But the junior struggled to throw and run all night for Louisville (2-1, 1-1 ACC). The Cardinals were outgained 613-433, saving face somewhat with a 14-point fourth quarter.

Jackson carried 17 times for 64 yards and broke the ACC career record for rushing yards by a QB, which turned out to be a footnote on a night that belonged to Kelly and Clemson.

''We just didn't play our game today,'' said Jackson, who was 21-of-42 passing with a 78-yard completion. ''We came out, we weren't scoring points. The offense did a horrible job tonight.''

Credit Clemson's defense making things difficult. Jackson was off in missing his first four attempts, but having just 118 yards passing through three quarters was the biggest example of how effectively Clemson disrupted him and Louisville's offense.

''We had lot of guys make plays,'' said Tigers coach Dabo Swinney, whose team won its 11th straight road game. ''We got a lot of contributions from a lot of guys. That's a happy locker room in there. We settled in and really played good football.''

Travis Etienne's 81-yard run capped Clemson's scoring.

THE TAKEAWAY

Clemson: After three wins over the Cardinals by 15 combined points, the Tigers left no doubt this time. Questions about the offense after a 14-6 win over Auburn were effectively answered with their second 40-point effort in three games, this time against a ranked opponent. Bryant had time to find receivers that were frequently open, particularly on the long TD against busted coverage that sapped all the energy in the hostile environment dressed in black.

''(With) Kelly, we told him just do your thing,'' said receiver Ray-Ray McCloud, who had seven catches 115 yards, including a 79-yard TD pass from Bryant while wide open. ''He went out there and put on one of his best performances.''

Clemson's defense yielded 433 yards, but it didn't matter after doing its best work in the first three quarters.

Louisville: A game-tying drive in the first quarter was the Cardinals' only bright spot on a night nothing worked. As bad as things were for Jackson, it's much worse for their defense. They yielded at least 500 yards for the second time in five games dating back to last season and failed badly in their quest to not only avenge last year's 42-36 loss to the Tigers, but prove they could be an ACC contender.

''We got beat in all phases,'' coach Bobby Petrino said. ''It's disappointing to me because I really felt like we would be in the game and compete.''

EJECTION

Clemson safety Tanner Muse was ejected in the first quarter for targeting with a helmet-to-helmet hit on Jackson, a play that led to Louisville's game-tying touchdown.

Jackson ran for 10 yards and was being tackled by Tigers defensive end Austin Kelly before Muse's hit from the left side. The sophomore was immediately flagged and the play was upheld upon review, adding a 15-yard penalty along with Muse's ejection. Jackson followed with an 11-yard TD pass to Standberry on the next play to help Louisville tie the game at 7.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Clemson: The Tigers' impressive start continues, and could move them closer to the top.

Louisville: This blowout loss could possibly drop the Cardinals out of the Top 25.

UP NEXT

Clemson: The Tigers host Boston College on Sept. 23.

Louisville: The Cardinals host Kent State on Sept. 23, looking to bounce back against a Golden Flashes team that Clemson routed 56-3 on Sept. 2.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:27
92-G.Huegel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
47
21
Touchdown 6:27
9-T.Etienne runs 81 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
27
yds
01:10
pos
46
21
Point After TD 7:37
45-B.Creque extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
40
21
Touchdown 7:37
8-L.Jackson complete to 87-D.Fitzpatrick. 87-D.Fitzpatrick runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
27
yds
04:13
pos
40
20
Point After TD 11:56
92-G.Huegel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
40
14
Touchdown 11:56
26-A.Choice runs 39 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
21
yds
01:43
pos
39
14
Point After TD 13:45
45-B.Creque extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
33
14
Touchdown 13:45
8-L.Jackson complete to 9-J.Smith. 9-J.Smith runs 36 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
-12
yds
01:15
pos
33
13
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:16
92-G.Huegel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
33
7
Touchdown 2:16
2-K.Bryant runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
12
plays
8
yds
05:14
pos
32
7
Point After TD 8:57
92-G.Huegel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
26
7
Touchdown 9:09
8-L.Jackson incomplete. INTERCEPTED by 6-D.O'Daniel at LOU 44. 6-D.O'Daniel runs 44 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
93
yds
02:20
pos
25
7
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:34
92-G.Huegel 49 yards Field Goal is Good.
13
plays
40
yds
02:43
pos
19
7
Missed Point After Touchdown 4:06
92-G.Huegel extra point is no good. Team penalty on CLE Holding declined.
plays
yds
pos
16
7
Touchdown 4:06
2-K.Bryant complete to 34-R.McCloud. 34-R.McCloud runs 79 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
32
yds
01:25
pos
16
7
Field Goal 7:02
92-G.Huegel 31 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
-10
yds
03:20
pos
10
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:22
45-B.Creque extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 4:22
8-L.Jackson complete to 80-C.Standberry. 80-C.Standberry runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
47
yds
01:58
pos
7
6
Point After TD 9:45
92-G.Huegel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 9:45
2-K.Bryant runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
21
yds
03:55
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 25 21
Rushing 13 7
Passing 12 13
Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Conv 9-17 5-16
4th Down Conv 1-1 2-3
Total Net Yards 578 411
Total Plays 81 69
Avg Gain 7.1 6.0
Net Yards Rushing 297 116
Rush Attempts 48 27
Avg Rush Yards 6.2 4.3
Net Yards Passing 281 295
Comp. - Att. 23-33 21-42
Yards Per Pass 8.5 7.0
Sacked - Yards Lost 4-35 4-22
Penalties - Yards 8-50 2-10
Touchdowns 6 3
Rushing TDs 4 0
Passing TDs 1 3
Other 1 0
Turnovers 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 0 1
Punts - Avg 4-51.8 8-43.8
Return Yards 83 108
Punts - Returns 3-9 1-3
Kickoffs - Returns 2-30 5-105
Int. - Returns 1-44 0-0
Kicking 7/9 3/3
Extra Points 5/6 3/3
Field Goals 2/3 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
3 Clemson 3-0 712141447
14 Louisville 2-1 7001421
281 PASS YDS 295
297 RUSH YDS 116
578 TOTAL YDS 411
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Bryant 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.8% 316 1 0 162.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.7% 733 2 1 148.4
K. Bryant 22/32 316 1 0
H. Johnson 15 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 0 0 0 100.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
85.7% 39 0 0 132.5
H. Johnson 1/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Etienne 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 98 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 179 2
T. Etienne 6 98 1 81
T. Feaster 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 92 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
19 176 1
T. Feaster 10 92 0 26
A. Choice 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 47 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 84 2
A. Choice 4 47 1 39
C. Fuller 27 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 34 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
21 94 2
C. Fuller 10 34 0 7
K. Bryant 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 26 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
44 162 5
K. Bryant 18 26 2 14
R. McCloud 34 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
R. McCloud 1 0 0 0
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
R. McCloud 34 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 115 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 220 1
R. McCloud 7 115 1 79
H. Renfrow 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 71 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 149 0
H. Renfrow 4 71 0 40
D. Overton 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 48 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 56 0
D. Overton 2 48 0 33
D. Cain 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 29 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 126 1
D. Cain 4 29 0 11
T. Thompson 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 30 0
T. Thompson 1 16 0 16
C. Fuller 27 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 24 0
C. Fuller 1 11 0 11
M. Richard 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 81 0
M. Richard 1 11 0 11
T. Higgins 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 26 0
T. Higgins 1 8 0 8
T. Feaster 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 7 0
T. Feaster 1 7 0 7
W. Swinney 16 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 0 0
W. Swinney 1 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
S. Johnson 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
S. Johnson 1-0 1.0 0
D. O'Daniel 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
D. O'Daniel 1-0 0.0 1
A. Huggins 67 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
A. Huggins 1-0 1.0 0
C. Wilkins 42 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
C. Wilkins 1-0 1.0 0
D. Lawrence 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
D. Lawrence 1-0 1.0 0
J. Skalski 47 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Skalski 1-0 0.0 0
N. Turner 24 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
N. Turner 1-0 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
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Huegel 92 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 5/6
SEASON FG XP
2/4 14/15
G. Huegel 2/3 49 5/6 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
W. Spiers 48 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 51.8 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
11 46.5 3
W. Spiers 4 51.8 3 64
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Etienne 9 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 15.0 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 15.0 21 0
T. Etienne 2 15.0 21 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. McCloud 34 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 3.0 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 4.4 15 0
R. McCloud 3 3.0 15 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
L. Jackson 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 317 3 1 132.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59.8% 1088 8 1 151.0
L. Jackson 21/42 317 3 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
L. Jackson 8 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 64 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
57 303 3
L. Jackson 17 64 0 30
M. Williams 29 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 35 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
19 184 0
M. Williams 6 35 0 14
R. Bonnafon 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
20 72 1
R. Bonnafon 4 17 0 7
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Samuel 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 100 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 161 0
T. Samuel 2 100 0 78
Ja. Smith 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 79 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 379 2
Ja. Smith 5 79 1 36
D. Fitzpatrick 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 38 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 211 4
D. Fitzpatrick 2 38 1 30
M. Williams 29 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 36 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 71 0
M. Williams 3 36 0 19
C. Standberry 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 34 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 61 1
C. Standberry 4 34 1 11
S. Dawkins 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 28 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 129 0
S. Dawkins 4 28 0 12
M. Crum 83 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 41 0
M. Crum 1 2 0 2
R. Bonnafon 7 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 26 0
R. Bonnafon 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Hearns 99 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 2.0
J. Hearns 2-0 2.0 0
K. Pass 30 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Pass 1-0 0.0 0
J. Greenard 58 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
J. Greenard 1-0 1.0 0
L. Iakopo 21 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
L. Iakopo 1-0 1.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Creque 45 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 3/3
SEASON FG XP
5/5 10/10
B. Creque 0/0 0 3/3 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. King 28 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 43.8 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
12 43.2 1
M. King 8 43.8 1 58
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
S. Dawkins 5 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
5 21.0 31 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 23.8 31 0
S. Dawkins 5 21.0 31 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Ja. Smith 9 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 3.0 3 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 3.0 3 0
Ja. Smith 1 3.0 3 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:40 CLEM 21 3:55 11 21 TD
8:53 CLEM 23 2:25 6 8 Punt
4:14 CLEM 9 2:49 8 31 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:50 CLEM 40 2:53 9 31 FG Miss
10:22 CLEM 45 3:20 8 -10 FG
5:31 CLEM 10 1:25 5 32 TD
3:17 CLEM 20 2:43 13 49 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CLEM 25 3:15 7 36 Punt
8:57 LVILLE 7 0:00 1 -58
7:30 CLEM 34 5:14 12 66 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:39 CLEM 21 1:43 5 21 TD
7:37 CLEM 25 1:10 5 75 TD
4:57 CLEM 38 1:58 3 7 Punt
1:11 CLEM 5 0:39 2 6 End of game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 LVILLE 31 1:06 3 9 Punt
9:45 LVILLE 25 0:42 3 2 Punt
6:20 LVILLE 5 1:58 8 95 TD
1:14 LVILLE 5 1:09 4 12 End of quarter
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:52 LVILLE 25 1:17 3 4 Punt
6:51 LVILLE 21 1:07 5 4 Punt
4:06 LVILLE 25 0:41 4 14 Punt
0:23 LVILLE 20 0:13 3 14 End of quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:29 LVILLE 20 2:20 6 14 INT
8:57 LVILLE 25 1:17 3 7 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CLEM 46 1:15 5 -12 TD
11:50 LVILLE 15 4:13 12 85 TD
6:07 LVILLE 22 0:58 3 -3 Punt
2:47 LVILLE 9 1:31 7 86