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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.
Kelly Bryant in the first quarter...
Passing: 9-9, 124 yards
Rushing: 19 yards, 1 TD
— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) December 3, 2017
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."