No. 7 Miami Hurricanes Fall To No. 1 Clemson 38-3 In ACC Championship
By David Villavicencio, HurricaneSports.com // December 2, 2017
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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA (HurricaneSports.com) – The University of Miami fell in its first appearance in the ACC Championship Game, dropping Saturday’s matchup to Clemson, 38-3.
In a game that figured to have College Football Playoff implications, the No. 1 Tigers (12-1, 7-1 ACC) made the most of every opportunity that presented itself at Bank of American Stadium and proved to be too much for No. 7 Miami (10-2, 7-1 ACC).
The Tigers showed why they were the top-ranked team in the country entering the game, engineering a 10-play, 68-yard scoring drive on their opening possession that ended in a four-yard touchdown run by Travis Etienne. Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant was a major contributor on the opening drive, completing all four of his pass attempts for a total of 48 yards while adding 11 yards on three rushes to help the Tigers take a 7-0 lead less than five minutes into the game.
After punting on fourth-and-six from the UM 29, the Canes caught a break. Clemson punt returner Ray-Ray McCloud fumbled a Zach Feagles punt that was recovered by Miami’s Trent Harris that gave Miami the ball at the Clemson 37 with a fresh set of downs.
Harris’s fumble recovery gave him the honor of wearing Miami’s turnover chain for the first time this season, becoming the 16th different Hurricane to cause a turnover in 2017.
The momentum would be short-lived, as the Canes could not enter the red zone and senior kicker Michael Badgley’s 46-yard field goal attempt missed wide left.
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