Clemson, the #11 ranked team in the country had a close call at Louisville, defeating the Cardinals, 20-17.
The Tigers were led by Deshaun Watson who threw for 199 yards on 21 of 30 passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Watson also ran for 54 yards on 12 carries. Clemson also saw a great performance from running back Wayne Gallman, who ran for 139 yards on 24 carries.
Louisville’s bad luck continued, losing their third straight game to start the season. The Cardinals started their third different quarterback of the season after giving Lamar Jackson and Reggie Bonnafon both a shot. This time Kyle Bolin got the nod and threw for 238 yards on 19 of 34 passing with two interceptions. Its fair to say that Clemson still has issues at the position and those will continue until they find a permeant starter.
Clemson got on the board early with a 32-yard Watson pass to Hunter Renfrow. Then Louisville followed that up with points on back-to-back possessions, giving them the 10-7 lead in the third quarter. The Tigers would hit a field goal and then Watson hit Jordan Leggett for a 25-yard TD to give Clemson a 17-10 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Tigers would go up 10 points on a 27-yard Greg Huegel field goal, with Louisville returning the kickoff for a 100-yard touchdown. That would be the end of the scoring for both teams with the Cardinals throwing a late interception to seal the deal for Clemson.