Courtesy of Clemson Athletics
CLEMSON, S.C. – Featuring a balanced attack from its offense, Clemson accumulated 376 yards total and scored touchdowns on five of its first six drives in a 35-12 win against Furman in the home opener at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Quarterback DJ Uiagalelei completed 21-for-27 passes for 231 yards and added 36 yards rushing. Clemson rushed for 147 yards on 28 carries, led by Will Shipley, who ran for two more scores for the second-straight game.
Uiagalelei spread the ball among his receivers, as Beaux Collins, Brannon Spector, Joseph Ngata, Antonio Williams, and E.J. Williams all recorded at least three receptions.
The victory was Clemson’s 19th straight in home openers. The win extended Clemson’s longest winning streak in home openers all-time, ahead of its 17 from 1944-60. The Tigers also ran their home unbeaten streak to a nation-leading 35 in a row.
Clemson’s defense held Furman to 12 points, forced two turnovers and recorded two fourth-down stops. The unit registered nine tackles for loss, upping its total two 19 in two games in 2022. Trenton Simpson and Keith Maguire led the Tigers with eight tackles each, while fellow linebacker LaVonta Bentley had seven stops, including 2.5 for loss.
Clemson started the game strong with a touchdown on its first three possessions. On the first drive, DJ Uiagalelei found Beaux Collins for a 40-yard pass over the middle, and three plays later, Uiagalelei found Joseph Ngata in the red zone to put Clemson on the one-yard line. Will Shipley finished the job and pushed his way in for a touchdown, capping a seven-play 75-yard drive.
Furman’s Axel Lepvreau kicked a 30-yard field goal on their first possession, but the Tigers had a quick response. The Tigers again marched 75 yards, this time on 11 plays, on a drive that took 5:23. Uiagalelei drifted right and threw a short two-yard pass to Jake Briningstool for a touchdown to cap the drive.
On Clemson’s next possession, Shipley rushed for his second touchdown of the game to give the Tigers a 21-3 advantage with 9:10 to play in the half. On Furman’s ensuing drive, Clemson’s Malcolm Greene stripped the ball from Ryan Miller and Fred Davis II recovered the fumble for the Tigers’ first takeaway of the game.
With about three minutes left in the first half, Furman quarterback Tyler Huff connected with Ryan Miller for a 25-yard touchdown pass to cut the Clemson lead to 21-9. Clemson responded as Uiagalelei led the Tigers 75 yards in just 1:27, finding the end zone again with 26 seconds left in the half as Kobe Pace finished the drive with a one-yard rushing touchdown. Clemson entered halftime leading 28-9.
Clemson opened the second half with a strong defensive stand and turnover when Barrett Carter came up with his first career interception.
Starting the drive at Clemson’s 48-yard line, Shipley took the Tigers’ all the way to Furman’s 11-yard line as he rushed for 41 yards over three carries. Two plays later, Beaux Collins caught a pass from Uiagalelei at the right edge of the end zone to give Clemson a 35-9 lead with 10:08 to play in the third.
Furman would add a field goal with 48 seconds to play in the third quarter, and a scoreless fourth quarter resulted in the 35-12 final score.
Clemson’s next game will be played in prime time when the Tigers host the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on Saturday, Sept. 17 as part of Family Weekend. Kickoff at Memorial Stadium is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on ACC Network. Tickets for the contest remain available at ClemsonTigers.com.