No. 2 Clemson routs Jackson, Louisville
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.
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
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.
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.
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.