Auburn almost pulled off one of, if not the biggest upset for of the kickoff weekend against No. 2 Clemson. Despite an opportunity late in the game, however, they could not seal the deal as Clemson walked away with a 19-13 victory.
Clemson was led by quarterback Deshaun Watson who completed 19-of-34 passes for 248 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Running back Wayne Gallman II averaged approximately 4 yards per carry, totaling 123 yards and scored one touchdown.
Wide receiver Mike Williams set a career high of 174 receiving yards with 9 receptions in his first game back after suffering a horrible neck injury in last season’s opener. He was hard to defend and actually kept Clemson above water to win this game along with their defense who forced a fumble in the third quarter in the red zone.
Auburn’s offense was a little perplexing as they trotted out with a three-quarterback rotation, using Sean White, Jeremy Johnson and JUCO transfer John Franklin III. Never have I seen anything like this with QB’s before and I probably won't see it again because of how the game could've been in their favor to win if they’d found a rhythm with one QB.
Auburn’s defense did a swell job in keeping Watson and company to a limit of two touchdowns. The Tigers defense forced a fumble, an interception and hurried the Clemson QB into making plays that were not up to snuff with the quality of their offense.
The game was determined by a Hail Mary heave by Sean White into end zone that ended up batted away by a Clemson defender.
Although Coach Mahlzan has no room for errors or losses, he can get a pass for this loss because Auburn wasn't supposed to be this close in points against Clemson. He has to make an immediate decision on a QB though or trouble could very well arise quickly.