Clemson Tigers defeated Auburn Saturday night 19-13. This was a solid win to open up the season over SEC competition. The pre-season number 2 Tigers in most polls showcased that they are ready to make another championship run with good performances on offense and defense.
The Tigers Heisman candidate Deshaun Watson did not light up the scoreboard but did put up good numbers passing for 248 yards, including 174 to Mike Williams in his return from a neck injury in last season's opener.
Clemson receiver Mike Williams proved that he is all the way back and is a man amonst boys. If Williams continues to put up numbers like this Deshaun Watson's Heisman run may be in jepeordy for Williams will steal some of his votes.
Tigers running back Wayne Gallman was impressive carrying the ball 30 times for 123 yards. Gallman put in a workhorse type effort against an Auburn defense who was no slouch.
When you open the season on the road, especially against a Power 5 team, survival is simply the goal. Tigers did just that. There was certainly more ugly than pretty at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday night, but the defending ACC champions are 1-0. That’s more than a couple other preseason favorites (LSU and Oklahoma) could say after Week 1.
Watson: ''We knew they were going to be good. We knew we weren't going to come in here and blow these guys out.''