Tigers put his­toric maul­ing on ’Canes

Loss is most lop­sided in pro­gram’s 90 years

The Washington Post Sunday - - WASHINGTONPOST.COM/SPORTS - BY TIM REYNOLDS

CLEM­SON 58, MI­AMI 0

mi­ami gar­dens, fla. — Clem­son looked very much like a na­tional ti­tle con­tender.

Mi­ami looked like a team that hit rock bot­tom.

Deshaun Wat­son threw for one touch­down and ran for an­other be­fore sit­ting out most of the sec­ond half and No. 6 Clem­son rolled to a 42-0 lead by half­time on the way to em­bar­rass­ing Mi­ami, 58-0, on Satur­day — the worst loss in the 90-year his­tory of Hur­ri­canes foot­ball.

“An awe­some win for our guys. A com­plete per­for­mance [in] all three phases,” Clem­son Coach Dabo Swin­ney said af­ter the Tigers en­joyed their big­gest road vic­tory mar­gin in 100 years. “It was one of those games where it just kind of all went our way. Our guys were ready to play. They were di­aled in.”

Wayne Gall­man rushed for 118 yards and an­other touch­down for the un­beaten Tigers (7-0, 4-0 ACC), who have won 35 con­sec­u­tive games against un­ranked op­po­nents. The Tigers scored touch­downs on five of their first six drives, knocked Mi­ami quar­ter­back Brad Kaaya out in the sec­ond quar­ter with what was be­lieved to be a con­cus­sion and out­gained the Hur­ri­canes 567 yards to 146.

“Got beat from top to bot­tom,” Mi­ami Coach Al Golden said. “They out­played us. They out­coached us. I just told the team it’s com­pletely my re­spon­si­bil­ity for not get­ting them ready to play. They just beat us soundly in ev­ery facet of the game, pe­riod.”

Stacy Co­ley had eight catches for 54 yards for Mi­ami (4-3, 1-2). There was boo­ing and a “Fire Golden” chant from the sparse crowd even be­fore the first quar­ter ended, and the stands were largely empty by the mid­point of the third quar­ter.

Un­til Satur­day, the worst loss in Mi­ami his­tory was a 70-14 de­feat to Texas A&M on Dec. 8, 1944. It was Clem­son’s largest win over a Foot­ball Bowl Sub­di­vi­sion op­po­nent since an 82-24 win over Wake For­est on Oct. 31, 1981. The Tigers had 33 first downs to Mi­ami’s six and held the Hur­ri­canes to 91 to­tal yards on their last 14 pos­ses­sions.

Clem­son marched 82 yards in eight plays for a touch­down to open the game, Kaaya had a pass in­ter­cepted near the end zone on Mi­ami’s en­su­ing drive, and what­ever hope the Hur­ri­canes had was soon gone. It was 21-0 af­ter the first quar­ter, two touch­downs in the fi­nal minute of the sec­ond quar­ter — in­clud­ing a 36-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn by Cor­drea Tanker­s­ley — made it 42-0, and the Tigers sub­sti­tuted lib­er­ally in the sec­ond half.

“I know I hit him pretty hard,” Clem­son de­fen­sive end Shaq Law­son said of the hit that knocked Kaaya from the game. “I think it was prob­a­bly the best hit I’ve had since I’ve started play­ing foot­ball.”

And the hits just kept on com­ing.

A bad day for Mi­ami got worse in the fourth quar­ter, when wide re­ceiver Rashawn Scott was down and ap­peared to be not mov­ing for sev­eral mo­ments. He even­tu­ally got to his feet.

MIKE EHRMANN/GETTY IMAGES

Deshaun Wat­son evades de­fen­sive line­man Ufomba Ka­malu to get off a pass for the No. 6 Tigers, who out­gained the Hur­ri­canes 567 to 146.

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