Defense steps up for No. 3 Clemson vs. No. 13 Auburn

Greg McElroy: Auburn WRs must bounce back from 'very disappointing' Week 1 for Tigers to beat Clemson

In the end, Clemson would go on to cruise to victory.

Of course, Auburn's attack is predicated on powerful running, but there was little to no success to be had there either.

Until that score, Auburn held the upper hand for much of the half.

Auburn vs. Clemson live stream, start time, betting odds and TV information for Saturday's game between the two Tiger squads.

Auburn's defense looked to be the tougher unit to start the game, but just when it looked like it might score a knockout blow, Clemson turned the game around.

"It's frustrating but at the end of the day you just got to keep pushing and keep pushing and hope something happens", Golson said. All it took was a matchup with the Clemson defense to deflate the enthusiasm.

Williams is confident the offense can turn it around this season.

On the ground, Travis Etienne rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown in eight carries while Kelly Bryant added 77 yards and a touchdown in seven attempts.

All eyes will be on Kelly Bryant as he faces his first major test as Clemson's starting quarterback, of course, and fellow Upstate natives C.J. Fuller and Tavien Feaster will also be key for the Clemson offense at running back, but Travis Etienne is a Clemson back to be reckoned with, too.

Clemson had a pair of defensive pass interference calls in the first quarter that helped Auburn's offense stay on the field.

Clemson's defense was merely getting warmed up after a great first half, as it was in swarming, relentless form throughout the evening.

Auburn managed 20 total yards in the entire second half on six possessions, the tone being set by Tre Lamar's fourth-and-three sack around midfield in the third quarter.

Clemson reverted to its form earlier in the game, as it punted four times in the second half.

The Auburn Tigers (1-0) are coming from a 41-7 win over the Georgia Southern Eagles last week. Auburn ran Georgia Southern ragged to start its season 1-0, and a win in SC would send a message not just to the SEC, but to the college football world as a whole.

Auburn leads the series 34-14-2, but Clemson has won the three meetings.

"A lot of people are going to try to break us up between offense and defense, but the thing is we're the Auburn Tigers".

ESPN's College Gameday weighed in on the top-15 showdown between Clemson and Auburn in Death Valley tonight (7 p.m., ESPN).

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