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Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant has taken a lot of criticism this season simply because, well, he’s not Deshaun Watson.

But the junior quarterback is off to a terrific start against No. 7 Miami’s turnover-minded defense. Bryant showed no signs of nerves in the biggest game of his career, completing his first 15 passes for 164 yards and running for an 11-yard touchdown to help the top-ranked Tigers take a 21-0 lead over Miami at halftime.

The 15 straight completions to start the game are an ACC championship game record.

Bryant was placed in the unenviable position of replacing national championship winner and three-year starter Deshaun Watson as Tigers' signal caller. But he broke the Clemson mark for wins (10) for a first-year starter while helping the Tigers earn the No. 1 ranking in the country.

"There (were) a lot of questions for me, but I don't feel like I tried to put any pressure on myself," Bryant said last week. "I just tried to go out there and just tried to create my own game."