The Clemson Tigers held the Orange and White Game to wrap up the spring practice season on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Fans got a chance to see a new offense under coordinator Garrett Riley with sophomore quarterback Cade Klubnik at the helm. Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney broke up the teams with first-team offense vs. first-team defense.
The Klubnik-led White team racked up 174 total yards but trailed the Orange team 10-7 after back-to-back turnovers in the second quarter.
A ton of Tigers didn’t suit up today, including running back Will Shipley.
Here are highlights from a sun-splashed first half inside Death Valley:
— Klubnik threw for 146 yards on 15-of-23 passing with two interceptions and no touchdowns for the White team.
— Neither offense didn’t push the ball deep down the field very often, but they did utilize the tight ends in the middle of the field.
— Klubnik held the ball too long on several snaps, allowing the defense to get a couple of sacks.
— Freshman Chris Vizzina and Hunter Helms combined for 45 passing yards on 4-of-13 for the Orange team in the first half.
— Tight end Jake Briningstool led all pass-catchers with 56 yards on three receptions, including a long of 22 yards.
— Liam Boyd nailed an impressive 51-yard field goal to put the Orange on the board 3-0. The Asheville, N.C., native redshirted last year.
— Toriano Pride Jr. broke up a deep pass from Klubnik to Cole Turner. He got beat at first on a Klubnik roll out but Pride made up for it.
— Khalil Barnes had a big hit on a screen pass on the second drive. Coaches have had a lot of good things to say about the early enrollee this spring.
— Linebacker Barrett Carter got credited with a sack when he was shot out of a cannon and closed on Klubnik before he could get rid of the ball. The play was immediately whistled dead.
— On the White’s second possession, Mafah broke a tackle and went 19 yards down to the Orange 2, and he took it in for a score on a tempo call for a short touchdown that put the White team up 7-3.
— That play capped the best drive of the game: 10 plays, 75 yards.
— Freshman sensation Peter Woods had his first tackle in a Clemson uniform in front of fans when he stuffed a 3-yard run in the first quarter. He added two more tackles in the first half.
— Ray Mickens thwarted a fourth-down attempt near the goaline for the Orange team when the safety picked off a tipped pass for a turnover.
— Klubnik threw another interception on his next pass when cornerback Nate Wiggins tipped a pass and Andrew Mukuba came up with it. Mukuba returned the pick to the White 2.
— Domonique Thomas ran it in on the next play to put the Orange team up 10-7. He was tough to bring down between the tackles as he rushed for 61 yards in the first half.
— Swinney said during the broadcast that Klubnik has added 20 pounds since he arrived on campus last year.
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