The Miami football team finished with 98 yards offensively in a 40-10 loss to Clemson on Saturday. Clemson outgained Miami with 447 yards. Miami was particularly inept in the first half with -19 yards in the first quarter and eight in the half. The Miami defense kept them in the game. Miami pulled within 26-10 in the fourth quarter.
Clemson pulled away with two touchdowns in the final 4:40. The final Clemson TD came with 16 seconds left when the Tigers could have taken a knee to run out the clock. The Miami football team challenged some historical lows on Saturday. Miami finished with six first downs, 68 yards passing and 30 yards rushing.
Clemson got off to a fast start with TDs on their first two drives of the game. The Tigers had a 12-play 75-yard drive in 5:34 to take a 7-0 lead on a Davis Allen seven-yard TD reception from D.J. Uiagalelei. After a Miami punt, Clemson had a nine-play, 57-yard drive in 3:34 to extend their lead to 14-0.
The second drive was capped off by an eight-yard Uiagalelei run. Uiagalelei finished 22-34 for 227 yards, two TDs and one interception with 17 carries for 89 yards and a TD. Clemson running back Will Shipley finished with 17 carries for 61 yards and one TD. Jacurri Brown was 6-13 for 53 yards and 10 carries for 22 yards.
Will Mallory led Miami with four receptions for 43 yards. Miami finished with 24 carries for 30 yards rushing. Clemson ran 48 times for 207 yards. Shipley added three receptions for 14 yards. Shipley was averaging 106.7 yards from scrimmage per game before Saturday. Clemson dominated the stats.
Clemson was 14-19 on third down while Miami finished three for 11. Miami failed to convert their lone fourth down attempt. Clemson ran 84 plays to the 42 by Miami. Clemson had a 38:15-21:45 advantage in time of possession. Clemson was six for six in the red zone, while Miami went two for two.
Miami will conclude its season next week against Pittsburgh at 8:00 PM on the ACC Network. Miami needs a win to qualify for a bowl game. Pittsburgh defeated Duke 28-26 on Saturday to improve to 7-4. There are a lot of questions entering the regular season finale that begins with who will start at QB.