After coming out to an awful start which put them in a 17-0 hole, Clemson has responded with a score of their own against Florida State. Everything that could have gone wrong for the Tigers did for most of the first quarter including two turnovers that set up Seminoles touchdowns. Led by quarterback Tajh Boyd, the Tigers were able to get a drive going of their own that lasted for 11 plays for 65 yards. The drive finished with a touchdown pass from Boyd to his big time wide receiver Sammy Watkins which got the Tigers on the board 17-7.
The game opened up with a strip by defensive back Lamarcus Joyner on the first play of the game after Boyd completed a pass to Stanton Seckinger. Joyner along with linebacker Tevlin Smith made the hit and ripped the ball out that was recovered by the Noles.
They wasted little time as it took just three plays before Jameis Winston found Kelvin Benjamin for a touchdown on a great pass and catch in the corner. After a short Clemson drive, the Seminoles forced a punt and got the ball back and had a drive that lasted 16 plays before ending in a 39 field goal which put them up 10-0.
After a few plays into the next drive, Joyner came up big again as he was able to force a fumble on a sack of Boyd. The fumble was scooped up by defensive end Mario Edwards who was able to score it. Clemson tried to challenge the play but to no avail. The Tigers have responded and enter the second quarter finally engaged and ready to compete in this game, but do it from a 17-7 deficit.