Clemson's offense couldn't be stopped out of the gates as they scored three first-quarter touchdowns to go up 21-0.
The defending national champion Tigers dominated from the outset, scoring on their first three possessions to set the tone in front of 80,121 at Clemson's Memorial Stadium. Five plays later the Tigers added a second C.J. Fuller touchdown from 2 yards out - finishing off a 7-play, 89-yard drive that put the Tigers up 35-3.
Defensively, Kent State football gave up 386.5 total yards, 196.8 in passing and 189.8 in rushing per game.
Clemson Trolls Ohio State Marching Band In A Major Way
The junior, who had thrown just 22 passes in his career for Clemson (1-0) in mop up duty, showed he could both run and pass. With the game firmly in hand, coach Dabo Swinney also got a chance to put his two freshmen quarterbacks in the game.
The Hawkeyes would score on their first play from scrimmage following Zaleski's whiff, giving them a 14-3 lead that they carried into halftime. And he showed the "swag" that coach Dabo Swinney promised to fans skittish about Watson's departure. They gained just 119 yards. Their quarterbacks completed one pass for 1 yard.
And here we have the Clemson marching band, which made a decision to spend halftime of its game against poor Kent State by trolling Ohio State, for some reason. The Tigers had 4 players register a rushing touchdown and had over 300 yards on the ground for the first time since 2015.
The 31-0 score is, of course, significant, as it was the score by which Clemson destroyed Ohio State in last year's Fiesta Bowl to earn a spot in the national championship game.
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