If you weren’t paying attention to college football on a Friday night, you missed the defending champions getting taken down. Even if you watched, you might not have seen a huge sample of class.
No. 2 Clemson fell in a stunning 27-24 defeat at the hands of unranked Syracuse. One of the major factors was Tigers QB Kelly Bryant being knocked out of the game with a concussion shortly before halftime.
After the game, Orange LB Zaire Franklin revealed how good of a sport Swinney was after the disappointment.
All class from Dabo. pic.twitter.com/LPSR3DijUr
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) October 14, 2017
Syracuse WR Steve Ishmael — who entered the week with an FBS-leading 729 receiving yards — caught 6 passes for 77 yards, including a go-ahead 30-yard TD in the third quarter that made the score 24-17. Clemson would tie the game three plays later behind Travis Etienne’s 52-yd TD run.
However, kicker Cole Murphy put the Orange up for good with his 30-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, the only score of the final period, as Syracuse prevailed.
The loss snaps Clemson’s 11-game winning streak, the longest active stretch in the nation. The Tigers will look to replicate what they did last year, when they rebounded from their one loss against Pittsburgh to win the national championship.
The upset follows No. 3 Oklahoma’s 38-31 loss to Iowa State in Week 6.
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