3 things we learned in their victory over Auburn

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That includes his time as offensive coordinator (2009-11) and head coach (2013-present). While Jarrett Stidham was 14 of 24 for 185 yards last week against Georgia Southern, Saturday he was only 13 of 24 for 79 yards. Bryant, a factor with his feet all night, led Clemson in rushing yards with 59 yards on the ground.

The 38 rushing yards were also a low mark in the Malzahn era. "He's a good quarterback; he's going to have a very good year".

Overall, Clemson should not be expected to repeat as national champions.

"They're defending national champs and their defense is one of the best ones in college football", Malzahn said. "And for a young guy like K'Von to get his first start at safety.it was just a great challenge for our defense but at the end of the day we just won in the trenches".

Auburn, a trendy preseason pick to topple Alabama in the Southeastern Conference, had the chance to open a big lead early before Death Valley got rocking.

The No. 3-ranked Tigers improved to 2-0 with a 14-6 win over No. 13 Auburn (1-1) - that other team from Alabama - in a Saturday night contest at Clemson. Both of visitors' scoring drives did. Once more, Clemson's defense held strong and limited Auburn to a second field goal. Auburn went 6-of-17 on third down. Those drives ended with punt, punt, half, punt, downs, punt, punt, punt and punt. Clemson entered victory formation as the game was then under one minute. That tied the school record for sacks in a game.

I can't guarantee this, but if Auburn struggles offensively in its first three SEC games at Missouri and at home against Mississippi State or Ole Miss, Malzahn will be calling plays October 14 at LSU.

"We like to tell people we're cousins", Austin said. "We've got to keep it going".

"It kind of starts with me because I'm the one person that has the ball in my hands every play". With a punishing defensive line and a QB who's getting more comfortable by the week, Clemson's ready. Clemson lacks depth at defensive end, but the starting front four with Bryant, Christian Wilkins, Dexter Lawrence and Clelin Ferrell is as good as any in the country. "I was fine", Bryant said after the game. "It's not like we had a bad game". "This just shows we were the most prepared team".

One pivotal call was peculiar not only in that it was a slow developing play-action pass on fourth-and-three, but of the dynamics between Malzahn and Lindsey before it.

Clemson also did not seem to respect Stidham as a run threat, which, to some extent, hurt Auburn's running game. Auburn quarterback, Jarrett Stidham had no time to stand in the pocket and survey the field. In the worst offensive performance of the Malzahn era at Auburn, that proved enough. "There's a lot of formations and adjustments and unbalanced quick huddles, their personnel groupings, motion shifts - there's a lot going on". I understand that this program has become known for their ability to throw the football, but, Bryant is most unsafe with his legs.