Clemson football faced a tough challenge against the fourth-ranked Florida State Seminoles. However, despite their valiant efforts, the Tigers were defeated 31-24 in overtime. The loss dashed Clemson’s hopes of a run in the 2023 College Football Playoff.
The game started positively for the Tigers as Jonathan Weitz, a former walk-on kicker, hit a field goal to take an early 3-0 lead. Clemson’s offense showed promise, with quarterback Klubnik effectively distributing the ball to various receivers without causing turnovers. Running back Will Shipley also contributed with a touchdown catch to give the Tigers a 17-7 halftime lead.
However, Florida State’s high-octane offense around quarterback Jordan Travis posed a challenge for Clemson’s defense. Travis and his wide receivers, including Keon Coleman and Johnny Wilson, consistently made big plays throughout the game. The Tigers’ defense had difficulty controlling them, leading to three consecutive scoring drives for the Seminoles and the score tied at 17-17 heading into the third quarter.
Although Klubnik improved and led a touchdown drive to give Clemson a 24-17 lead, the momentum shifted in Florida State’s favor in the fourth quarter with a crucial turnover. The Tigers’ defense managed to force punts, but the offense failed, resulting in a missed field goal attempt by Weitz that could have given Clemson the lead.
This loss spells the end of Clemson’s hopes of making an appearance in the 2023 College Football Playoff. The team will now focus on the upcoming game against Syracuse and aim to recover and finish the season on a positive note.
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