Clemson sacks Auburn's upset bid

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On the flip side, Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant provided just enough offense, rushing for two touchdowns that proved to be the difference in the game. But after being checked by Clemson medical personnel, the 6-foot-4 junior was right back on the field.

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Bryant completed 19 of 29 passes for 181 yards, but it was his running ability that keyed the victory.

Clemson and Auburn meet in a few hours in Death Valley in the final scheduled installment of a series that's been riveting.

Kelly Bryant, given the unenviable task of replacing Deshaun Watson as Clemson's quarterback this season, lay on the field after being driven into the turf by Auburn defensive lineman Dontavius Russell - all 310 pounds of him.




Clemson scored a playoff-case-boosting nonconference win over an SEC team in which it allowed just six points, and it will continue its pursuit of a third straight playoff bid with a road trip to Louisville next week, where its defensive line will be faced with Heisman victor Lamar Jackson ... but also a vulnerable Cardinals offensive line.

Auburn got off to a strong start and controlled the game for much of the first half, but Auburn settled for field goals over touchdowns early - something it could ill afford to do against the defending national champions. "We played with a lot of effort. We ask all fans traveling to the area to be patient and plan for possible extended time getting into and out of town on game day".

Auburn's backfield will bring some heft, and the team has a new quarterback in Jarrett Stidham, who passed for more than 1,200 yards as a starter in four games for Baylor two seasons ago. "For us, that's what we've got to be able to do".

Ray-Ray McCloud: Deon Cain and Hunter Renfrow draw more attention at wide receiver, but McCloud was so solid Saturday as a pass-catcher. Last season, he rushed 209 times for 1,224 yards in just nine games. Auburn PK Daniel Carlson is the school's all-time scoring leader with 371 points and holds 12 Auburn kicking records.

Auburn's defensive players made it clear that they weren't going to let Saturday night's performance divide the team.

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