OFFICIAL GATOR BOWL THREAD: NO.22 CLEMSON vs. Kentucky

CUTrevor 2023-12-29 10:06:20


1-2-3-4! 1-2-3-4!


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Hill Billy 2023-12-29 10:08:18


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AggieDave 2023-12-29 10:09:07


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Hill Billy 2023-12-29 10:10:00


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AggieDave 2023-12-29 10:10:46


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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 10:17:25


Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! I had a nice one with my family but picked up a bad cold from one of my nieces or nephews, so I didn't make the drive down from Maryland.

I will have live play by play and coverage right here as usual, though! Chris is in the press box, and the Boltons are down on the field for photos. I will also have post-game interviews, notes and highlights as usual.

PERSONNEL UPDATE: All the players who were supposed to play are available and ready to go today! As I reported before, Trotter, Wiggins, Collins, Jones, Pride and Helms will be out. Antonio Williams is back!



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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 10:18:56


Beautiful football weather! Sunny with a high of 55 degrees! We got lucky. The East Coast got pounded with rain a couple days ago!

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Thexoach 2023-12-29 10:33:25


Officials had to separate Coach Nick Eason and Kentucky Coaches. Some of the Kentucky players approached the Clemson side of the field and were jawing at the Clemson players and Coach Nick Eason wasn't having any of it. 

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:04:17


The Walk of Champions! I’ll have video in a bit.






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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:05:14


Upper deck is empty but still a lot of Orange!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:06:22


Tigers will get the ball first. They’ve been on defense first every time in their 4-game win streak.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:07:19


Nice return by Ship to the 38!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:07:46


Mafah runs 8 yards for a first down!

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Thexoach 2023-12-29 11:08:03

First penalty on the day is a personal foul against Kentucky. A continuation of the chippiness from pregame warmups

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:08:23


Complete to Stellato for another first down at the Kentucky 29!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:11:43


Big 3rd and 11 coming up

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Thexoach 2023-12-29 11:12:08

7 plays

39 Yards
3:37

Clemson 3
Kentucky 0

The wind literally died down on that field goal and now the flags are swirling again. Go figure

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:12:48


Complete to Briningstool to the 22 but Tigers will bring Weitz out on 4th and 3.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:13:18


ITS GOOD!!!


TIGERS LEAD 3-0 IN 1ST.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:17:24


McCloud almost gets a sack but Leary throws it away

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Thexoach 2023-12-29 11:17:54

Clemsons defensive pressure got to Leary on that 2nd set of sequence on their drive. !st and 10 Tigers at the 14 yard line


9:38 to play

Clemson back on offense leading 3-0

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:17:58


Nice open field tackle by Woodaz! Big 3rd and 7 coming up!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:18:17


Incomplete! Tigers force a punt!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:22:54


Big 3rd and 5 coming up after a low snap and completion to Randall

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:23:42


Complete to Briningstool for a first down! Nice catch on a high throw by Cade

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:24:21


Ugh pass by Cade broken up at the last second. 3rd and 7 coming up

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:24:54


Ugh incomplete to Brown. Tigers will punt for first time.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:30:07


Big 3rd and 2 coming up!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:31:02


Good grief Davis runs 43 yards to the Tigers’ 22 on a busted run fit.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:31:40


Ugh Cats score on a jet sweep for 22 yards. Barion Brown, the WR and dangerous return man I wrote about.


TIGERS TRAIL 7-3 IN 1ST.

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Thexoach 2023-12-29 11:32:07

5:00 minutes to play 1st quarter

4 plays 
73 yards
2;14

Kentucky Scoring Drive

Kentucky 7
Clemson 3

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:34:01


Ship runs for 6 yards on first down.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:34:30


Ship runs again to make it 3rd and one.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:34:43


Ship powers for the first down!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:35:20


Ugh Cade pressured and misses his outlet screen to Mafah.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:36:17


Ugh 3rd and 10 coming up.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:36:47


Cade is pressured under the pocket but makes a great throw to Randall on the sideline for a first down! Great catch!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:39:02


Ugh catch is overturned on review. Said Randall didn't have possession before going out of bounds. Hell of an effort! Tigers will have to punt again.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:41:14


Nice coverage by the freshman Lewis! Big 3rd and 10 coming up.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:41:59


Woodaz gets pressure on a linebacker blitz, and the Tigers force a 3 and out!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:42:34


Tigers take over at their 34.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:49:24


That's the end of the quarter.



TIGERS TRAIL 7-3 AFTER ONE.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:49:44


Ugh Tigers go 3 and out. Nice drive to start the game but 3 punts since.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:49:59


Nice punt by Swanson!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:51:30


Big 3rd and 8 coming up!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:51:49


Carter tips the pass! Tigers force another 3 and out!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:54:05


Tigers take over at their 41.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:54:25


19 yard run by Mafah to the Cats' 40!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:55:10


Complete to Stellato for another first down at the Cats' 27!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:55:50


Ugh false start by Tyler Brown makes it 1st and 15.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:56:11


Screen to Mafah goes for just a couple.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:57:14


Nice pass to Briningstool for 1st and goal at the one! He almost dove across the goal line.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 11:59:44


TD MAFAH!!!



TIGERS LEAD 10-7 IN 2ND.







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Thexoach 2023-12-29 12:02:17

5 plays

59 yards
3:02 time of possession

10:17 to play 2nd quarter

Clemson 10
Kentucky 7

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Thexoach 2023-12-29 12:10:20

7:44 to play 2nd quarter


4 plays
75 yards
2:33 time of possession

Kentucky 14
Clemson 10

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 12:11:44


Good grief Cats answer with a TD on 4 plays and a PI by Lewis. 2 long pass plays.



TIGERS TRAIL 14-10 IN 2ND.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 12:14:40


Cade and Mafah run for a first down!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 12:16:10


Ugh Cade sacked to make it 3rd and 13. Cats are getting too much pressure on Cade so far!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 12:16:28


Tigers will have to punt again after a short completion to Briningstool.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 12:24:14


Big 3rd and 8 coming up!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 12:24:45


Ugh big completion to Barion Brown for a first down at midfield.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 12:25:20


SACK CARTER!!! 3rd and 15 coming up with 1:42 left in the half! Tigers need to score before half. Cats get the ball first in the 2nd half.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 12:26:57


Tigers force a punt! They have 1:36 before half with no timeouts. Need to at least get 3 here!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 12:29:18


Ship runs for a first down, but the clock is under a minute.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 12:31:34


Ugh Walker gets a piece of Cade's jersey to keep him from running for a first down. Tigers will have to punt on 4th and 5.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 12:32:33


Cats take a knee to end the half. They will get the ball first after the break.



TIGERS TRAIL 14-10 AT THE HALF.

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Thexoach 2023-12-29 12:55:44

Not the way you want to start the 2nd half. Kentucky returns the 2nd half kickoff for a TD


Kentucky 21
Clemson 10

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 12:56:44


Good grief Brown returns the kickoff for a TD. His 3rd of the season. I wrote in my preview how dangerous he is on kicks and punts! He scored their first TD on the jet sweep.



TIGERS TRAIL 21-10 IN 3RD.



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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:01:10


Completion to the freshman TE Patt-Henry for 25 yards!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:01:24


Cade runs for 13 more to the Cats' 38!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:01:45


Ugh Cade is pressured and called for grounding to make it 2nd and 17.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:02:15


Ugh 3rd and 17 after an incomplete pass.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:02:47


Good grief Cade is sacked and the Tigers will have to punt. Pass protection has been terrible today! Kentucky only had 27 sacks this season.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:06:50


Good grief these refs are terrible. Missed a face mask on the sack. Also missed an OPI on Kentucky's long TD pass earlier.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:07:24


Nice tackle by Barnes makes it 3rd and 5.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:08:06


Ugh completion for a first down.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:09:52


Holding makes it 1st and 20.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:10:44


Good grief another first down pass on 2nd and 20 with Lewis in coverage.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:11:42


Ugh Brown with another long run on a toss to the Tigers' 25.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:12:45


WHEW! Face mask negates the 32-yard run. It's about time the refs called something! Perhaps a make up call for the missed face mask on the 3rd down sack of Cade.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:13:47


3rd and and 31 coming up!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:14:04


Tigers force a punt!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:18:53


Riley calls a flea flicker, and Cade runs for about 12 yards and a first down!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:20:43


Completion to Briningstool for another first down at the Cats' 40!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:21:45


Ugh sack makes it 2nd and 17. Pass protection has been terrible! Cats had 27 sacks all season and 6 today.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:23:07


Good grief false start makes it 3rd and 23! Tigers almost get to field goal range and then go backwards.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:24:44


Completion to Stellato gives Dabo a decision on 4th and 5 at the Cats' 35. It would be a 52 yarder, and the wind is blowing hard, so I would go for it even though Weitz has made his last 4 kicks including 3 long ones against the Gamecocks.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:27:10


OFFSIDES!! Looked like Ship got the first down on the second effort anyway. First down Tigers!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:28:08


Completion to Stellato for about 8 more. 2nd and 2 at the Cats' 22.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:28:36


Ship runs for another first down at the 20!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:29:00


Complete to Randall to the 5! First and goal!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:30:50


Ship runs to the one to end the quarter! He thinks he broke the plane and wants a review. As it stands, it will be 3rd and goal at the one to start the 4th.



TIGERS TRAIL 21-10 HEADED TO THE 4TH.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:34:45


TD MAFAH!!! Tigers will go for 2 to make it a 3-point game. Nice way to start the 4th!


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Thexoach 2023-12-29 13:36:04

14 plays

70 yards
6:35 time of possession

Kentucky 21
Clemson 16

14:56 to play 4th quarter

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:37:16


Ugh Cade can't find an open receiver and throws incomplete on the conversion.




TIGERS TRAIL 21-16 IN THE 4TH.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:38:41


Big 3rd and 8 coming up!

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Thexoach 2023-12-29 13:38:42

TURNOVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Clemson ball

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Thexoach 2023-12-29 13:39:17

XT has been fighting all day and he finally got it

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Thexoach 2023-12-29 13:40:27

Just like that Clemson turns the ball right back over to Kentucky

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:40:45


SACK FUMBLE!!! Forced by XT and recovered by Mascoll, a couple seniors! Tigers take over at the Cats' 25!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:42:08


GOOD GRIEF Cade gets hit as he throws and is intercepted in the end zone. Just like the 4 losses, a catastrophic turnover in the red zone on 1st down! Tigers were already in field goal range too. Cats take over at their 20.

Also, Cade limped off the field and is in the injury tent. Helms is in the portal, so it will be either grad transfer Paul Tyson or freshman Christopher Vizzina if Cade can't play. Stupid transfer portal! They could win with Helms, but I don't know about the other two.



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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:46:57


Huge 3rd and 4 coming up at the Cats' 38!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:47:59


INT CARTER!!! What a play! He tipped the pass and caught it! Glad he's coming back next season! Tigers take over at the Cats' 38, and Cade is back on the field.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:49:35


Tyler Brown finally makes a play! 12 yard reception for a first down at the 25!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:50:47


Tyler runs for another first down to make it first and goal at the 7!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:51:07


Ugh Cade had Briningstool wide open for a TD but waited too long.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:51:45


Good grief Cade runs for no gain. 3rd and goal at the 7.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:53:31


Good grief Cade almost fumbles for another catastrophic turnover in the red zone! Weitz puts it right down the middle. He's made his last 5 attempts.



TIERS TRAIL 21-19 WITH 7:00 LEFT.


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Thexoach 2023-12-29 13:54:11

7 plays

26 yards
3:08 time of possession

Kentucky 21
Clemson 19

Wouldnt it be fitting if Jonathan Weitz ended his career with a game winner in the Gator Bowl

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Thexoach 2023-12-29 13:57:22

The 3rd turnover in 5 minutes for Kentucky. Clemson ball as Khalil Barnes knocked it loose and Carter recovered it

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:58:07


FUMBLE!!! Forced by Barnes and recovered by Carter!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 13:58:56


TD MAFAH!!! His 3rd of the game goes for 29 yards and gives the Tigers their first lead of the half!

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Thexoach 2023-12-29 14:00:13

1 play 

29 yards
7 seconds

Touchdown Tigers with a 2 point conversion

6:45 to play

Clemson 27
Kentucky 21

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 14:00:20


TYLER BROWN 2-POINT CONVERSION!!!



TIGERS LEAD 27-21 WITH 6:45 LEFT.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 14:06:33


Good grief 60 yard completion to Brown puts Cats back in the lead. He has a hat trick too today!




TIGERS TRAIL 28-27 IN 4TH.

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Thexoach 2023-12-29 14:09:39

What a return for Shipley who got injured on the play

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 14:11:27


Ship returns the kick 60 yards to the Cats' 37!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 14:12:14


Ugh Ship is hurt at the end of the play and is helped off. Hope it's not serious, but that may clinch his decision to return to Clemson next season!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 14:13:07


Ugh Ship is carted to the locker room. Huge 3rd and 8 coming up!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 14:16:02


Ugh Dabo will have another big decision on 4th and 5 from the 35. Exact same situation as before. He went for the first down and got it.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 14:17:25


Dabo runs Weitz out for a 52-yard attempt! It would be a career long. He's made his last 5 attempts. Knock on wood!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 14:18:47


IT'S GOOD!!! Career long and Gator Bowl record for Weitz! He's made 6 straight! What a story after missing the game winner from 29 yards against FSU in his first game.



TIGERS LEAD 30-28 IN 4TH.




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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 14:20:35


Good grief another coverage bust by the Tigers! 72-yard completion to the tight end Dingle, who missed their last few games with an injury. Ridiculous! Neither offense scored for most of the second half, but in the last 5 minutes, they've combined for about 34 points!



TIGERS TRAIL 35-30 WITH 2:39 LEFT.


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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 14:21:26


Here we go. Tigers have all 3 timeouts and plenty of time. Knock on wood!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 14:22:00


Completions to Randall and Briningstool give the Tigers a first down at their 46!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 14:23:54


Ugh 3rd and 10 coming up.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 14:24:14


First down Randall!!! What an effort after the catch!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 14:25:43


Penalty makes it 1st and 5 at the Cats' 37 with a minute left!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 14:26:39


Good grief Cade is almost sacked and gets called for grounding. Another break down by the OLine! That will make it 3rd and 16.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 14:29:06


Complete to Antonio! He gets out of bounds to stop the clock and make it 4th and 2 with 44 seconds left!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 14:29:19


First down Mafah!!!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 14:29:39


Complete to Antonio at the Cats' 17!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 14:30:45


Complete to Briningstool! First and goal at the 3! Dabo uses one of their two timeouts with 21 seconds left!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 14:31:52


TD MAFAH!!! His 4th of the game! Tigers will go for 2 with 17 seconds left!

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 14:32:52


Completion to the redshirt freshman Sapp in the end zone for the 2-point conversion!




TIGERS LEAD 38-35 WITH 17 SECONDS LEFT.



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Thexoach 2023-12-29 14:34:26


Clemson 38
Kentucky 35

12 plays
68 yards
2 pt conversion

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 14:34:27


Gunn kicks it out of the end zone! HUGE with Barion Brown returning.

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 14:35:20


Neither offense scored for the first 23 mins of the second half, and they have combined for 41 points in the last 7 mins!

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Thexoach 2023-12-29 14:35:49

Are you serious. I-95 and I-75 will be a Tiger Party Going home tonight. Interception Tigers ball and thats your ballgame


Clemson 38
Kentucky 35

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CUTrevor 2023-12-29 14:36:14


INT LEWIS!!! 2 is a good number for him!



TIGERS WIN 38-35!!!


I'll have post-game interviews, highlights and notes posted in a bit!



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