Live updates, commentary: Miami-Clemson, 2017 ACC Championship

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The most important Hurricanes game in more than a decade is here.

Seventh-ranked Miami (10-1, 7-1 ACC) and top-ranked Clemson (11-1, 7-1) in the ACC Championship for a spot in the College Football Playoff. The winner is assuredly will be in the top four.

Keep it here for full coverage:

Clemson 38, Miami 3 (3:32 4Q)

Michael Badgley: 22-yard field goal.

 

Injury

Michael Jackson appeared to have hurt his left arm or shoulder.

Attendance, Clemson QB change

About 80 percent Clemson fans in a sold-out crowd of 74,372.

Hunter Johnson in at QB.

END 3Q: Clemson 38, Miami 0

Clemson 38, Miami 0 (1:01 3Q)

Again, for Miami: bad things coming from good.

RJ McIntosh ripped the ball out of CJ Fuller’s grip, and instead of falling on it, Michael Pinckney lost the fumble. It was a loss of 14 for Clemson, but Deon Cain scored on a 27-yard reception on the next play.

Miami  interception 

DeeJay Dallas opened the drive in the Wildcat. He gained 26 yards on his first three carries, until Miami ran a double-reverse, Dallas to Lawrence Cager to Malik Rosier. He overthrew Braxton Berrios deep behind coverage.

Rosier threw an interception on the next play, a tipped ball by Dexter Lawrence. Lawrence stunted on backup left guard Corey Gaynor and was alone in front of Rosier.

Clemson 31, Miami 0 (3:17 3Q)

An 11-yard touchdown by Tavien Feaster was the longest rush allowed by Miami tonight.

A holding call (4:52 3Q) 

Miami fans got loud for a holding call on Clemson.

It was the first holding call on an opposing offensive line since Florida State (Oct. 7).

Miami interception (6:30 3Q) 

Darrell Langham tipped a pass into the hands of Clemson’s Ryan Carter. Yeeeowch.

Clemson punt  (7:57 3Q)

Miami’s defense is not at fault tonight.

Miami fumble (10:00 3Q)

Jeff Thomas was open after running a crisp route and made an 18-yard catch. But cornerback Ryan Carter punched the ball from his grip. Dorian O’Daniel recovered.

Clemson 24, Miami 0 (10:14 3Q)

Miami’s defense held the Tigers to a 16-yard drive, but Alex Spence tacked on a 46-yard field goal.

Miami punt (12:50 3Q) 

UM began the second half with the ball. Malik Rosier gained 16 yards on a quarterback keeper, but he was sacked on third down. Romeo Finley committed a 15-yard facemask penalty on the punt return, putting Clemson across midfield.

Things looked promising for a moment.

Injury note: Chad Thomas returned.

Halftime video report

HALF: Clemson 21, Miami 0

Miami gained 64 yards in the first half and was 2-of-8 on third down. Clemson gained 231 and was 7-of-10.

The good news for the Hurricanes: they stopped the Tigers’ final three third-down attempts of the half, and quarterback Kelly Bryant (15-of-20, 164 yards) missed his final four pass attempts after completing his first 15 (an ACC Championship record).

Miami posted his lowest first-half yardage total since FSU (57).

Miami  punt (1:00 2Q) 

Travis Homer downed a punt at the 1-yard line. Good execution by UM and Zach Feagles.

It was a punt from the Clemson 44, on fourth-and-7, with a minute left in the first half. That’s a call to be questioned.

Chad Thomas, Trajan Bandy injury updates 

Chad Thomas left the game with an apparent left leg injury. He walked off the field, and tried to wave off a trainer who directed him to the UM injury tent.

A source on the sideline spotted Trajan Bandy in tears and said Bandy was hugged by Manny Diaz. He’s sitting apart from the safeties, wearing a towel around his neck, as Ephraim Banda is coaching them up. Looks like he may be out.

Miami punt (4:19 2Q)

MIami’s second-most productive drive of the night. It went for nine yards.

Clemson punt (yes, really; 5:44 2Q)

Clemson converted its first seven tries on third down before Miami got a stop.

Kelly Bryant converted his first 15 passes (for 164 yards), breaking the ACC Championship record Deshaun Watson set in 2015. Watson hit his first 13 throws.

Derrick Smith made a nice play to get off a block and make a tackle in the flat, but was burned on a third-down conversion of 18 yards.

Miami punt (10:24 2Q) 

Good news: Zach Feagles’ punt was high and far. A 49-yarder led to a fair catch.

Bad news: Rosier was wild on a third-down rollout. Jeff Thomas was open on the sideline and didn’t have a chance to catch it.

Good news: Miami converted its first third-down try (1-for-4) with a Rosier sneak.

Bad news: Miami is deep in a hole here.

Good news: Darrell Langham is jogging off his foot injury.

Langham injured

Darrell Langham went down grabbing his left foot after a reception by Michael Irvin II.

Clemson 21, Miami 0 (12:49 2Q)

The Tigers have tied their own record for the largest lead in an ACC title game.

Miami forced Clemson into third-and-goal from the 1, stopping Adam Choice twice for no gain. But Choice sliced in off the left tackle for a touchdown.

UM’s defense has been on the field for 11:17 so far. The offense: 5:54, with all of 22 yards to their credit.

Another woeful note for UM: the Hurricanes allowed six rushing touchdowns all year entering this game. Clemson has three already.

END 1Q: Clemson 14, Miami 0

It is the largest first-quarter lead in the 14-year history of the ACC Championship game.

The game is told in two stats: Kelly Bryant is 9-for-9, 124 yards and a rushing touchdown.  Malik Rosier is 3-for-6, 8 yards.

Norton, McCloud back

Both injured Hurricanes returned to the game.

Miami punt (1:35 1Q) 

And not a good one.

Zach Feagles, under pressure from Clemson, produced a 16-yard punt.

Miami is asking a lot of its defense tonight.

Clemson 14, Miami 0 (3:02 1Q)

Kelly Bryant’s 11-yard scramble put Clemson up two scores. Miami is in deep trouble early.

It happened after Miami nearly forced another turnover, but wound up surrendering a huge gain.

Sheldrick Redwine forced a fumble after a catch over the middle by Ray Ray McCloud. The ball bounced downfield, and Malek Young had it in his hands. He dropped it, and Clemson’s Milan Richard dove on it. The ball went from the Clemson 33 to the Miami 27, a gain of 40 yards.

McCloud, Norton shaken up (3:24 1Q)

Trajan Bandy is still out of the game, and Miami has more injury issues.

Linebacker Zach McCloud was shaken up and was apparently favoring his left shoulder. A few plays later, defensive tackle Kendrick Norton needed help off the field with an apparent lower leg or foot injury.

Miami missed field goal (6:09 1Q)

Michael Badgley, Miami’s only first-team All-ACC selection, missed his first try. He was wide left from 46 yards.

No points off a turnover. Seen this movie before.

The score remains 7-0 Tigers.

Turnover Chain Pt. I (8:39 1Q)

A Miami punt turned into a Miami chain.

Clemson returner Ray Ray McCloud tripped over the  sliding foot of his teammate, Tee Higgins, and Trent Harris pounced on the ball.

It was only the second lost fumble for Clemson in its five ACC Championship appearances.

The offense nearly had a huge gain. Travis Homer gained four yards but Tyree St. Louis lost five on a false start. Malik Rosier had Jeff Thomas open deep downfield on a rollout, but the ball had too much air under it and Clemson safety K’Von Wallace broke it up.

Trajan Bandy update (10:36 1Q)

He is out of the UM medical tent and has his helmet on. Jogging lightly. He took a place on the bench with the UM defense.

Clemson 7, Miami 0 (10:36 1Q)

Travis Etienne powered his way up the middle for a 4-yard touchdown after a 10-play, 68 yard drive on which Miami allowed a pair of third-down conversions.

Clemson got to midfield when Kelly Bryant converted a third-and-6 to Hunter Renfrow for 14 yards. Renfrow later was wide-open for a 23-yard floated pass from Bryant, which put the Tigers at the 15.

Bryant rushed for 8 and 3 to get to the 4. He’s a confident runner.

Trajan Bandy injured (13:35 1Q)

Miami came out in nickel, with Trajan Bandy starting.

Bandy, who had three tackles on the first four plays (including special teams), was shaken up. He apparently had trouble with his left foot or leg. He limped off gingerly at 13:35 of the first quarter. He was replaced by fellow true freshman Derrick Smith, who had some trouble lining up properly. Sheldrick Redwine had to help him.

Coin toss

Miami, as it usually does in 2017, won the toss and defers.

The weather

It’s 52 degrees and clear.

The intro

The anthem

Playoff update

Third-ranked Oklahoma is in, having destroyed TCU 41-17 in the Big 12 title game.

Sixth-ranked Georgia is in, having put a hurting on second-ranked Auburn 28-7 in the SEC championship.

Pregame photos, video 

Arrived on the scene.

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More of the quiet before the crazy.

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2017 ACC CHAMPIONSHIP LINKS

[James expects 20,000 Miami fans in Charlotte]

[Photos, videos of Miami arriving in Charlotte]

[Jimbo leaves FSU: Richt, Swinney react]

[UM rising as FSU, UF struggle; UM bowl possibilities]

[Elder: It’s us against the world]

[Richt’s comments the day before the game]

[The story of Clemson 58, Miami 0 | Fans look back]

[Richards out for the season after new injury]

[Diaz ignores coaching carousel, thankful to be a Cane]

[Walton reportedly turning pro]

[Clemson is loaded with NFL prospects]

[Miami No. 7, Clemson No. 1 in latest CFP rank]

[Richt named ACC Coach of the Year]

[Angry Hurricanes — and coaches — might help vs. Clemson]

[Offense trying to bounce back from poor performance]

[Clemson rolling, Miami reeling entering title fight]

[One Miami player makes All-ACC, Diaz not Broyles finalist]

[Herndon out for the season]

[UM football, hoops could pull off a rare feat]

[Odds, rankings and notes entering championship week]

[Porter: Rosier must grow quickly from loss]

[5 takeaways from Miami-Pitt w/ video]

[What players, coaches said afterward]

 

 

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