Halftime: Orange Team Leads White Team at Clemson Spring Game

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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