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FINAL: Clemson 30, FSU 20

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Jordan Travis(247Noles)
Published: Oct. 30, 2021 at 1:47 PM EDT
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FINAL: Clemson 30, FSU 20

Clemson scores a defensive touchdown on FSU’s final play of the game. The Seminoles had plenty of chances to win but just too many critical errors in key spots.

They are 3-5 with four regular-season games left to play.

2:53 4th Quarter: Clemson 24, FSU 20

Clemson retakes the lead on a 21-yard rushing touchdown by Will Shipley. That was set up by two 15-yard penalties by the FSU defense. The first was a questionable pass interference call against Kevin Knowles, while the second one was a late hit out of bounds against DJ Lundy.

Clemson has scored more than 21 points in regulation against an FBS team for the first time this season.

7:39 4th Quarter: FSU 20, Clemson 17

Jermaine Johnson comes up with the strip-sack on Uiagalelei, then collects the fumble and scores. Huge play by the Georgia transfer. That’s the third forced turnover of the half by the FSU defense.

13:44 4th Quarter: Clemson 17, FSU 13

Jammie Robinson forces the fumble on the screen pass and Amari Gainer recovers it. Second turnover of the half forced by the FSU defense. They take over at their own 41.

On the first play after the turnover, Treshaun Ward fumbles the ball and gives it right back to Clemson. Brutal mistake there for the Seminoles, who have made a couple of key errors in critical spots today.

Clemson’s drive ends with a missed 30-yard field goal by Potter. That’s his third miss of the day after he missed just one field goal all year coming into this game.

End 3rd Quarter: Clemson 17, FSU 13

After the two teams combined for 21 points in the second quarter, they score none in the third. FSU was given great field position after the pick from Uiagalelei, but a couple of false starts derailed the drive.

Clemson has outgained Florida State 306 to 216 to this point.

6:03 3rd Quarter: Clemson 17, FSU 13

Uiagalelei’s pass on third down is picked off by true freshman Omarion Cooper. The ball was underthrown and into double coverage. That’s the first turnover of the game for either team

HALFTIME: Clemson 17, FSU 13

Clemson outgains Florida State 248 to 157. The Tigers rushed for 139 yards on 20 carries.

Jordan Travis is 5-of-7 for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns. DJ Uiagalelei is 12-of-18 for 109 yards and a touchdown.

3:41 2nd Quarter: Clemson 17, FSU 13

Clemson answers with an 83-yard TD drive. The Tigers have not scored more than 21 points in regulation against an FBS team all season. FSU’s defense has already allowed them to reach 17 with 3:41 left in the 2nd quarter.

8:14 2nd Quarter: FSU 13, Clemson 10

FSU answers the Clemson touchdown with a 75-yard catch and run from Travis to Lawrance Toafili on its first play of the drive. Toafili was wide open on a wheel route down the right sideline. He broke a tackle and then appeared to be brought down but landed on top of the defender and did not touch the ground.

That’s the longest pass play of the season for the Seminoles.

8:28 2nd Quarter: Clemson 10, FSU 6

Clemson goes 77 yards on 4 plays to take the lead. That was set up by a 63-yard run from Phil Mafah earlier in the drive. DJ Uiagalelei then connected on a goal line fade to Davis Allen from 11 yards out for the score.

0:19 1st Quarter: FSU 6, Clemson 3

FSU goes 10 plays and 75 yards for a touchdown capped off by a 1-yard screen pass to Jashaun Corbin for the score. FSU had a lot more success on the ground during that drive. PAT is blocked.

5:32 1st Quarter: FSU 0, Clemson 3

FSU’s defense allows a few first downs through the air but they get a stop on third-and-6. Akeem Dent tipped a pass at the line of scrimmage after pressure was dialed up. 47-yard field goal is good.

Pregame Notes

-Starting buck safety Sidney Williams is not on the field stretching with the rest of the secondary. Looks like he will be unavailable for the second straight week.

-Good news as FSU looks like it will have its desired starting five on the offensive line available this afternoon. That group includes LT Darius Washington, LG Dillan Gibbons, C Maurice Smith, RG Devontay Love-Taylor and RT Robert Scott. It will be only the third time all season that those five are all available.

-Mike Norvell and Dabo Swinney were seen chatting at midfield during pregame warmups. Norvell mentioned earlier in the week that there are no hard feelings toward the Clemson coach after last year’s game was canceled hours before kickoff.

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CLEMSON, S.C. (WCTV) - Florida State (3-4, 2-2 ACC) is back on the road Saturday for arguably its biggest test of the season, as the Seminoles take on the Clemson Tigers (4-3, 3-2 ACC) in Death Valley.

FSU is coming off a convincing 59-3 win at home against UMass last week, in which the Seminoles ran for 365 yards and saw five different players score touchdowns on the ground. Florida State’s average of 6.91 yards per rush in October leads the nation. The Seminoles’ season average of 5.90 yards per rush is also first in the ACC and fifth nationally. They are averaging 230.3 rushing yards per game, which is second in the ACC and 13th nationally.

The Seminoles are the first team in ACC history to win their next three games after starting a season 0-4. Although one of those wins came against one of the worst teams in all of college football in UMass, Florida State has looked much improved since the second half of the Louisville game.

Clemson, meanwhile, has undergone a stunning decline from being one of college football’s titans over the past several years to a middle-of-the-pack ACC team in 2021. Before the season, the idea that Florida State would have a chance to beat Clemson in 2021 was unthinkable, but now the Seminoles have a realistic chance to snap its five-game losing streak to the Tigers.

Clemson has yet to score more than 17 points in regulation against an FBS opponent. The Tigers rank 117th nationally in total offense at 321.3 yards per game.

However, they still boast one of the best defenses in the nation, which ranks 10th nationally in yards per play allowed. Clemson has the best defense Florida State will have faced yet this year. The Seminoles’ offense has been inconsistent this season, but Jordan Travis is as healthy as he has been all season and has been excellent over the past two weeks. He will need to have another big day for FSU to pull off the upset.

Clemson Memorial Stadium will also be the most hostile environment that Florida State will have seen this year. In fact, without full capacity crowds being permitted throughout the country last year, this might be the toughest environment that Florida State sees in a while.

Clemson is favored by 9.5 points. The game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN.

On this page will be a live blog of the action from Death Valley. Follow along for live updates. Also, be sure to follow Will Desautelle and WCTV Sports on Twitter for instant reaction and analysis throughout the game.

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