Big Moments: Clemson’s BT Potter missed an 47-yard field goal, and Texas A&M responded by kicking a 32-yard field goal to take the lead (instead of running a fake field goal with the kicker as a lead blocker a la Alabama).
Trevor Lawrence sparked Clemson’s previously struggling offense by rolling out to his left near the sideline, flipping his hips, and throwing a 30-yard touchdown strike to two Clemson players in the same end zone space (Ross caught the score).
Amari Rodgers made his debut with a roar from the crowd after his ACL tear during Spring.
What Went Well: Due to a combination of Clemson’s solid pass defense, A&M’s run-first game plan, and Kellen Mond’s inaccuracy, the Aggies haven’t seriously threatened the Tigers through the air. Conversely, Trevor Lawrence and the stable of receivers have made NFL level throws and catches on the regular.
Areas to Improve: Clemson’s rushing defense has struggled as the linebackers have missed several tackles in addition to allowing A&M to convert on a 4th-and-1 rushing play. The Aggies game plan has been focused on stopping Etienne and they have largely succeeded.
What to Watch For: What makes matters worse for the Aggies is that Clemson gets the ball back to start the second half after the late touchdown to end the half. A&M’s double digit deficit could increase, forcing Mond to throw the Aggies back in the game in order to have a chance.