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Syracuse Is Getting Crushed For Clock Management On Clemson's Winning Drive

Dino Babers standing on the Syracuse sideline with his hands behind his back.

SYRACUSE, NY - SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Dino Babers of the Syracuse Orange watches game action from the sideline during the second half against the South Florida Bulls on September 17, 2016 at The Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. South Florida defeats Syracuse 45-20. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

No. 3 Clemson just escaped at home against Syracuse. The Tigers trailed 16-7 at halftime and 23-13 in the fourth quarter, and had to come back using third-string quarterback Chase Brice.

The Tigers won the game on a 94-yard touchdown drive in the final minutes. The running game did most of the damage, though Brice did connect on a big fourth-and-6 throw.

Clemson's offensive line wore down Syracuse, and the Orange defense seemed gassed in the second half. Travis Etienne rushed for 203 yards and Adam Choice and Tavian Feaster combined for an additional 102.

On Clemson's game-winning drive, Syracuse did not use one of its three timeouts to stop the clock once the Tigers got down near the goal line. In doing so, they left themselves only 41 seconds to have to drive the length of the field once Clemson scored.

The curious clock management drew plenty of criticism.

Would Syracuse have won if they called a timeout or two? Impossible to know, because Clemson's defense at that point was able to pin its ears back with the lead and use its impressive defensive line to rush the QB.

Still, Syracuse didn't exactly give itself much of a chance.