2. The kids showed up in the final two minutes of the first half
This was why Dabo Swinney made the change to Trevor Lawrence when he did. Kelly Bryant could’ve won this game for Clemson, but Lawrence’s arm, poise, and moxie- to go along with his skills – was the big difference in the pivotal second quarter.
Lawrence fired off a perfect pass to Justyn Ross for a 52-yard touchdown to take the lead for good early in the second quarter, and he found Ross on a 42-yard play with 1:44 to go to put the game away.
It was freshman to freshman in the biggest game of the year, and they looked like they were the coolest guys in the room.
Uo 16-3, with just 46 seconds to go in the half, Clemson could’ve sat on the lead with the ball on its own 20. Three Lawrence compilations later – including a big play to Hunter Renfrow – and everything was set up for a 19-yard strike to Tee Higgins.
Lawrence completed 27-of-39 passes for 327 yards and three touchdowns, ran for six yards, and now …