Clemson, South Carolina (AP) — DJ Uiagalelei threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns, Will Shipley ran for two, No. 5 Clemson threw for Saturday’s 35-12 win over Furman China beat opponents in FCS 37-0.
It was a satisfying performance for Uiagalelei, who was quizzed on his ability to get the Tigers back to Championship form.
Things could be calmer this week after Uiagalelei guided the Tigers (2-0) to touchdowns in their first five games. Clemson led 21-3 at the start of the second quarter, remaining perfect among teams in the Football Championship Division.
It was Clemson’s eighth straight win, the longest among the Big Five; 35 straight at home and 32 straight on Furman.
Uiagalelei went 21 of 27 and his lone interception came late in the third quarter, giving Clemson a 23-point lead. He also received strong support from the home crowd, with the student zone chanting ‘Go DJ’ repeatedly during the first half.
Shipley’s TD runs were 1 and 17 yards, and the second had 15 touchdowns in 12 career games at Clemson.
Furman (1-1) blew a hole in Clemson’s defense, and the Tigers’ future opponents will certainly crumble in pre-game preparations. The Southern Conference Paladins had 384 yards after Clemson threw 237 at Georgia Tech in Game 1.
Furman: The Paladins found a way to play, but not close enough to the ACC preseason champion favorite. At least Furman went home with a $415,000 guarantee to play Death Valley.
Clemson: The Tigers are still a work in progress. A defense that looked so strong against Georgia Tech looked even more vulnerable against Furman. Clemson needs the next two weeks to clear things up before heading to Wake Forest 23 on September 24.
Poll results: Clemson dropped a spot in the standings last week after beating Georgia Tech 41-10 by 31 points. Who knows what will happen after the Tigers end their wait by blasting Furman.
DABOTRON: Clemson’s new video card debuted on Saturday. Scoreboard at Memorial Stadium East That’s 5x and 20x the resolution used in the last 10 seasons. The upgrade is one of $20 million in the first phase of the Tigers’ $68.7 million home upgrade. The video screen, the eighth largest in the NCAA, is nicknamed “Dabotron” by Ross Taylor, assistant athletic director for the school’s football communications department.
Furman starts the Southern Conference game next Saturday in East Tennessee.
Clemson hosts Louisiana Tech on Saturday night.