Hoping to learn from their mistakes in Week 1 against Troy, the Clemson Tigers stayed at home to host the FCS Division Wofford Terriers, who have been known to compete early and have become known for their grit and well disciplined football team. Many Clemson fans expected the game to be over by the middle of the third quarter, with the reserves logging plenty of snaps in the fourth quarter.
What the Tigers got was a Wofford scare, a game in which Wofford’s option attack rushed for over 200 yards against a plain, porous run defense and took advantage of a true freshman at safety early in the game to have a 24-24 tie at halftime. The Tigers were able to do just enough to hold on and escape with a 35-27 victory thanks to the offense’s new and improved big play ability, with key contributions from receivers Deandre ‘Nuke’ Hopkins and sensational freshman Sammy Watkins, coupled with a healthy dose of running back Andre Ellington.
Looking back, we will see just how each position grades out after Saturday, and what each position could do to improve a little more.