Instant halftime analysis: Clemson leads top-ranked FSU 10-3

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Will Watson continue to play in the second half?

TALLAHASSEE, FL – It appears the future has arrived, and it started in Doak Campbell Stadium.

Freshman quarterback Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
Fr. Quarterback
#4 6-3, 204
Gainesville, GA

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led two first half scoring drives and the Clemson defense overwhelmed the Florida St. offense as Clemson leads the top-ranked Seminoles 10-3 at intermission.

Player of the half: Deshaun Watson. Starter Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
Sr. Quarterback
#18 6-4, 231
Dublin, OH

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had three drives to begin the game, but the offense found a spark under the freshman. Watson led two scoring drives and finished the half 8 of 12 for 132 yards. He also carried the ball three times for eight yards.

Stat of the half:Clemson has 249 total yards, while Florida St. has tallied just 84 yards. FSU quarterback Sean Maguire is just 6 of 17 for 106 yards, but the ‘Noles have had trouble running the football. Florida St. has rushed 11 times for negative 22 yards.

What’s working for the Tigers: The defense. Clemson has harassed and hurried Seminole quarterback Sean Maguire, making the start in place of the suspended Jameis Winston. Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
RS Sr. Defensive End
#3 6-2, 236
Adairsville, GA

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has two of Clemson’s three sacks in the half, and as we mentioned above Florida St. is not having success on the ground.

What’s not working for the Tigers: Lakip missed a chip-shot field goal for the Tigers on the game’s second possession. It’s Lakip’s second miss in three games from close range. Clemson also allowed a long punt return and Bradley Pinion has failed to kick off through the back of the endzone.

Other thoughts

*This one appears to be on the shoulders of Watson. He came on for the game’s fourth drive, and while he had a few freshman moments he showed poise and seemed calm in the pocket.

*Beasley is now tied for third on Clemson’s all-time sacks list with William Perry with 25 sacks. The record is 28, held by Michael Dean Perry and Gaines AdamsGaines Adams
Defensive End
# 6-5, 260
Greenwood, SC

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*Clemson has never defeated a No. 1 team. The Tigers have played a top-ranked team four times, and three of those times were against Florida St.

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