Tigers put historic mauling on ’Canes
Loss is most lopsided in program’s 90 years
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.
Deshaun Watson evades defensive lineman Ufomba Kamalu to get off a pass for the No. 6 Tigers, who outgained the Hurricanes 567 to 146.