For the second year in a row, the Syracuse Orange appeared to be taking down the mighty Clemson Tigers. Then, the Tigers woke up.
The Orange had all the momentum late in the game but just completely lost the ability to move the ball on offense, make smart clock decisions or stop Clemson.
To their credit, the Tigers scratched an clawed their way back from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, finally coming through in a huge way with a 13-play, 94-yard drive that culminated with a Travis Etienne two-yard touchdown run.
Speaking of Etienne, he was the star of the game for the Tigers, finishing with 203 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
During game, Clemson lost starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence to an upper-body injury after he was blasted on a scramble down the left sideline. After a very rough start, backup Chase Brice was key to the team’s huge 27-23 win.
After Clemson finally took the lead late in the fourth quarter, the defense sealed the win with a kiss.
— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) September 29, 2018
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Syracuse melting down in the end.
Watching Syracuse blow this pic.twitter.com/xw8YEa9Wdd
— Dylan DeSimone (@DylanADeSimone) September 29, 2018
Didn't take a single TO on the Clemson Scoring drive wanting clock.
1st play on their drive Unnecessary roughness penalty. 2nd play RT doesnt see the snap allowing a huge sack. I mean Syracuse did not plan to win this ball game today.
— Freddy Cohol (@Hombrevender) September 29, 2018
Syracuse's approach to clock management today. pic.twitter.com/9Ire5wx3ne
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 29, 2018
Clemson’s fans rushed the field after the game, which seemed a bit over the top to many.
Clemson fans just stormed the field after narrowly escaping an unranked Syracuse team?! Interesting 🤔
— Mike Powell (@MLEPowell17) September 29, 2018
Clemson fans rush the field after coming back to beat Syracuse…at home. This is a school that has won a national championship recently. pic.twitter.com/wBCQ7K2Gfg
— MrG (@mrgalati) September 29, 2018
Clemson fans just rushed the field after a win against unranked Syracuse… at home pic.twitter.com/4R12PImRE7
— Matt Jones (@wxmattjones) September 29, 2018
It’s worth mentioning that Clemson fans rush the field after every home win. That doesn’t make it less funny in instances like this, though.
The Tigers sure didn’t look like the No. 3 team in the nation on Saturday. If anything, Syracuse just ran out of steam.