The biggest storyline in Saturday’s matchup between No. 3 Clemson and No. 14 Louisville was how 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson would fare against the Clemson defense. However, the game is also the first start in an ACC game for Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant, who performed well for much of the first half with his biggest play being a 79-yard touchdown pass to Ray-Ray McCloud.
McCloud made things easy for his quarterback, gaining more than five yards of separation from the Louisville defensive back. Once Bryant’s pass hit the mark, McCloud was off to the races, giving the reigning national champions a 16-7 lead.
Bryant was responsible for Clemson’s first points of the game, as he completed a 10-play, 79-yard drive with an 8-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.