Clemson blows out Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Clemson held 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson in check for most of the game, quarterback counterpart Kelly Bryant accounted for three touchdowns, and the third-ranked Tigers routed No. 14 Louisville 4721 on Saturday night in an Atlantic Coast Conference showdown.
Jackson passed for 317 yards and three TDs, but most of that came with things already in hand for Clemson (3-0, 1-0 ACC). The Tigers' Dorian O'Donnell returned an interception 44 yards for a TD and a 26-7 third-quarter lead, and they sacked Jackson four times. Bryant, meanwhile, won the QB battle with TD runs of 8 and 1 yards sandwiched around a 79-yard scoring pass to wide-open Ray-Ray McCloud in the second quarter.
Jackson had TD passes of 11 yards to 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.
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
HOW THE AP TOP 25 FARED
No. 1 Alabama (3-0): beat Colorado State 41-23.
Next: at Vanderbilt, Saturday.
No. 2 Oklahoma (3-0): beat Tulane 56-14. Next: at Baylor, Saturday.
No. 3 Clemson (3-0): beat No. 14 Louisville 47-21.
Next: Boston College, Saturday.
No. 4 Southern Cal (2-0): vs. Texas. Next: at California, Saturday.
No. 5 Penn State (3-0): beat State 56-0.
Next: at Iowa, Saturday.
No. 6 Washington (2-0): vs. Fresno State. Next: at Colorado, Saturday.
No. 7 Michigan (3-0): beat Air Force 29-13. Next: at Purdue, Saturday.
No. 8 Ohio State (2-1): beat Army 38-7. Next: vs. UNLV, Saturday.
No. 9 Oklahoma State (3-0): 59-21.
Next: vs. No. 20 TCU, Saturday.
No. 10 Wisconsin (3-0): beat BYU 40-6. Next: vs. Northwestern, Saturday, Sept. 30.
No. 11 Florida State (0-1):
Next: vs. NC State, Saturday.
No. 12 LSU (2-1): lost to Mississippi State 37-7.
Next: vs. Syracuse, Saturday.
No. 13 Georgia (3-0): beat Samford 42-14. Next: vs. Mississippi State, Saturday. Georgia beat Pittsburgh did not play:
No. 14 Louisville (2-1): lost to No. 3 Clemson 47-21.
Next: vs. Kent State, Saturday.
No. 15 Auburn (2-1): beat Mercer 24-10. Next: at Missouri, Saturday.
No. 16 Virginia Tech (3-0):
Next: vs. Old Dominion, Saturday.
No. 17 Miami (1-0): did not play.
Next: vs. Toledo, Saturday.
No. 18 Kansas State (2-1): lost to Vanderbilt 14-7.
Next: vs. Baylor, Saturday, Sept. 30.
No. 19 Stanford (1-1): at San Diego State. Next: vs. No. 25 UCLA, Saturday.
No. 20 TCU (3-0): beat SMU 56-36. Next: at No. 9 OKlahoma State, Saturday. No. 21 Washington State (3-0): beat Oregon State 52-23.
Next: vs. Nevada, Saturday.
No. 22 South Florida (3-0):
Next: vs. Temple, Thursday.
No. 23 Tennessee (2-1): lost to No. 24 Florida 26-20.
Next: vs. UMass, Saturday.
No. 24 Florida (1-1): beat No. 23 Tennessee 26-20.
Next: at Kentucky, Saturday.
No. 25 UCLA (2-1): lost to Memphis 48-45. Next: at No. 19 Stanford, Saturday. beat beat East Illinois