No. 2 Clem­son routs Jack­son, Louisville

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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.

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 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.

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.

GARY B. GRAVES

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.

JAMIE RHODES-USA TO­DAY SPORTS

Clem­son quar­ter­back Kelly Bryant (2) runs the ball for a touch­down against Louisville dur­ing the sec­ond half at Papa John's Car­di­nal Sta­dium on Satur­day.

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