CLEMSON, SC (AP) — DJ Uiagalelei threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third as No. 9 Clemson ended an undefeated ACC regular season and won its 40th home win over Miami 40-10 on Saturday.
The Tigers (10-1, 8-0 ACC) have won at least 10 games in 12 straight seasons and — for one half — produced their most dominant performance on either side of the ball.
Clemson scored touchdowns on three of his first four possessions while Miami (5-6, 3-4) were stuffed by the Tigers’ defense.
Uiagalelei connected with Davis Allen on a 7-yard TD pass, then ran in from 8 yards to lead 14-0 in under 11 minutes.
After intercepting safety Jalyn Phillips, Clemson again found the end zone on Uiagalelelei’s 2-yard throw at Luke Price.
Miami had no answers. Freshman Jacurri Brown, who ignited the Hurricanes to a 35-14 win over Georgia Tech last week, was pursued by Clemson’s defenders and missed the goal when he managed to throw the ball.
The Hurricanes totaled just 8 yards in the first two quarters and a season-low 98 for the game.
In the second half, Miami used Clemson’s sloppy play to tighten things up. A fourth-quarter fumble by Uiagalelei was returned to the Tigers 10, and backup Jake Garcia threw a 1-yard score to Kahlil Brantley to level things down to 26-10.
But that’s as close as the hurricanes could come. They need a win over Pitt next week to make the postseason in coach Mario Cristobal’s debut season.
Uiagalelei completed 22 of 34 throws for 227 yards and one interception. He also led the Tigers in rushing with 89 yards.
THE TAKE AWAY
Miami: The Hurricanes were overwhelmed early on by Clemson on offense and defense. “The U” will likely have to hit the recruitment path and transfer portal equally hard this off-season to progress in the ACC.
Clemson: The Tigers looked as good in the first half as they have all year. Then as bad as possible in the second half. Clemson has been chasing consistency all season and still hasn’t found it as they face an ACC title matchup with dynamic North Carolina in two weeks.
Clemson starts on defensive tackle Bryan Bresee missed his fourth game of the season, this last one due to illness. Bresee missed a win against Louisiana Tech following the death of his sister Ella in September. He also didn’t participate in wins against North Carolina State and Boston College earlier this season after being diagnosed with a kidney infection.
Miami wraps up the regular season at home to Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Clemson finishes at home and is aiming for his eighth straight win over rival South Carolina on Saturday.