Bryant, making his second career start, led Clemson on an 88-yard touchdown drive at the end of the first half to stake Clemson to a 7-6 halftime lead, and followed that gem with a 79-yard touchdown drive to open the third quarter. But after being checked by Clemson medical personnel, the 6-foot-4 junior was right back on the field. Expect Malzahn and offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey to throw more on first down than Auburn has in the past, loosen up the defense deep downfield and with intermediate passes over the middle, and then shut the door late with Pettway and the running game.
That Clemson defense has a big challenge Saturday, facing Lamar Jackson, Louisville's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback. He completed 14 of 24 passes for 185 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception - not bad numbers, but nothing to crow about against 2016's No. 68-ranked pass defense.
Auburn was well aware of the pass protection issues it had to address after allowing eight tackles for loss with three sacks in its win over Georgia Southern last week.
The offensive line appeared overwhelmed, quarterback Jarrett Stidham never found a rhythm and the receivers had no luck gaining separation from Clemson's cornerbacks.
On Clemson's biggest drive, Bryant passed for 69 yards, scrambled for 9 more and scored on a designed draw to give the Tigers a 7-6 advantage.
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Holby also assaulted the 15-year-old, as did Powers about two weeks into what the chief described as 'Jasmine's nightmare '. Then on Tuesday, the men headed to a nearby town for lunch, leaving her unattended for the first time since her abduction.
Offensively, Auburn football averages 41.0 points and 535.0 total yards, 184.0 in passing and 351.0 in rushing per game.
Austin Bryant finished with four sacks. "No matter what adversity they're going through, they're going to get through it", he said. "We settled in and really just played dominant football defensively", Swinney said. "For the most part we were on top of things and everyone knew their assignments". "We are going to go out there and win games, and that is what this team is destined to do". "For us, that's what we've got to be able to do".
Hunter Renfrow may not be welcomed should he try to visit the state of Alabama. Auburn PK Daniel Carlson is the school's all-time scoring leader with 371 points and holds 12 Auburn kicking records.
Auburn gave the defending champions a hard time in last season's 19-13 loss at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
According to the ESPN broadcast Saturday night, it only took two weeks of action for Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn to assume play-calling duties again.