High noon: Tigers post mid-day mauling of Miami

High noon: Tigers post mid-day mauling of Miami

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High noon: Tigers post mid-day mauling of Miami

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Clemson tight end Jordan Leggett (16) reacts after a reception against Miami during the 2nd quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson tight end Jordan Leggett (16) reacts after a reception against Miami during the 2nd quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson (90) bears down on Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya (15) to sack him during the 2nd quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The hit knocked Kaava out of the game.

Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson (90) bears down on Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya (15) to sack him during the 2nd quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The hit knocked Kaava out of the game.

Clemson safety Beau Brown (49) sacks Miami quarterback Malik Rosier (12) during the 3rd quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson safety Beau Brown (49) sacks Miami quarterback Malik Rosier (12) during the 3rd quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson safety Beau Brown (49) reacts after sacking Miami quarterback Malik Rosier (12) during the 3rd quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson safety Beau Brown (49) reacts after sacking Miami quarterback Malik Rosier (12) during the 3rd quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson safety Beau Brown (49) sacks Miami quarterback Malik Rosier (12) during the 3rd quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson safety Beau Brown (49) sacks Miami quarterback Malik Rosier (12) during the 3rd quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson safety Beau Brown (49) reacts after sacking Miami quarterback Malik Rosier (12) during the 3rd quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson safety Beau Brown (49) reacts after sacking Miami quarterback Malik Rosier (12) during the 3rd quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney acknowledges the Clemson fans after the Tigers 58-0 win over Miami Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney acknowledges the Clemson fans after the Tigers 58-0 win over Miami Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney acknowledges the Clemson fans after the Tigers 58-0 win over Miami Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney acknowledges the Clemson fans after the Tigers 58-0 win over Miami Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson (90) sacks Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya (15) during the 2nd quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The hit knocked Kaava out of the game.

Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson (90) sacks Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya (15) during the 2nd quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The hit knocked Kaava out of the game.

Clemson linebacker Dorian O'Daniel (6) brings down Miami defensive back Artie Burns (1) during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson linebacker Dorian O’Daniel (6) brings down Miami defensive back Artie Burns (1) during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson linebacker Dorian O'Daniel (6) brings down Miami defensive back Artie Burns (1) during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson linebacker Dorian O’Daniel (6) brings down Miami defensive back Artie Burns (1) during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson running back Zac Brooks (24) celebrates with tight end Jordan Leggett (16) after scoring against Miami during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson running back Zac Brooks (24) celebrates with tight end Jordan Leggett (16) after scoring against Miami during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson running back Zac Brooks (24) scores against Miami during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson running back Zac Brooks (24) scores against Miami during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Miami linebacker Jermaine Grace (5), left, and defensive back Dallas Crawford (25) try to bring down Clemson running back Wayne Gallman (9) during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Miami linebacker Jermaine Grace (5), left, and defensive back Dallas Crawford (25) try to bring down Clemson running back Wayne Gallman (9) during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney reacts after a defensive stop against Miami during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney reacts after a defensive stop against Miami during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Miami linebacker Jermaine Grace (5), left, and defensive back Dallas Crawford (25) try to bring down Clemson running back Wayne Gallman (9) during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Miami linebacker Jermaine Grace (5), left, and defensive back Dallas Crawford (25) try to bring down Clemson running back Wayne Gallman (9) during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson defensive tackle Kevin Dodd (98) hits Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya (15) during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson defensive tackle Kevin Dodd (98) hits Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya (15) during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is all smiles after quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) connected with tight end Jordan Leggett (16) for a TD against Miami during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is all smiles after quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) connected with tight end Jordan Leggett (16) for a TD against Miami during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney hugs quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) after a Tigers TD against Miami during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney hugs quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) after a Tigers TD against Miami during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson defensive back Jadar Johnson (18) intercepts a pass intended for Miami running back Joseph Yearby (2) during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson defensive back Jadar Johnson (18) intercepts a pass intended for Miami running back Joseph Yearby (2) during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is all smiles after quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) connected with tight end Jordan Leggett (16) for a TD against Miami during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is all smiles after quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) connected with tight end Jordan Leggett (16) for a TD against Miami during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson tight end Jordan Leggett (16) scores on a 34 yard reception against Miami during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The TD was Leggett's 5th TD in 5 consecutive games.

Clemson tight end Jordan Leggett (16) scores on a 34 yard reception against Miami during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The TD was Leggett’s 5th TD in 5 consecutive games.

Clemson tight end Jordan Leggett (16) celebrates with wide receiver Ray Ray McCloud (34) after scoring on a 34 yard reception against Miami during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The TD was Leggett's 5th TD in 5 consecutive games.

Clemson tight end Jordan Leggett (16) celebrates with wide receiver Ray Ray McCloud (34) after scoring on a 34 yard reception against Miami during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The TD was Leggett’s 5th TD in 5 consecutive games.

Clemson tight end Jordan Leggett (16) celebrates with offensive tackle Joe Gore (73) after scoring on a 34 yard reception against Miami during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The TD was Leggett's 5th TD in 5 consecutive games.

Clemson tight end Jordan Leggett (16) celebrates with offensive tackle Joe Gore (73) after scoring on a 34 yard reception against Miami during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The TD was Leggett’s 5th TD in 5 consecutive games.

Clemson tight end Jordan Leggett (16) celebrates with wide receiver Charone Peake (19) after scoring on a 34 yard reception against Miami during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The TD was Leggett's 5th TD in 5 consecutive games.

Clemson tight end Jordan Leggett (16) celebrates with wide receiver Charone Peake (19) after scoring on a 34 yard reception against Miami during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The TD was Leggett’s 5th TD in 5 consecutive games.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney waves at fans as the team arrives at Sun Life Stadium for their game against the University of Miami Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney waves at fans as the team arrives at Sun Life Stadium for their game against the University of Miami Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson linebacker B.J. Goodson (44) hugs his family as the team arrives at Sun Life Stadium for their game against the University of Miami Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson linebacker B.J. Goodson (44) hugs his family as the team arrives at Sun Life Stadium for their game against the University of Miami Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Apparently the Miami players did all their talking before Saturday’s game.

Because once it was under way, Clemson dominated the conversation.

The Tigers scored the first four times they had the ball and built a 42-0 halftime lead en route to a 58-0 domination of the Hurricanes Saturday afternoon.

On a sun-drenched day, Clemson rained on Miami’s parade early and often, extracting the life out of Sun Life Stadium quickly and efficiently.

While the offense was marching up and down the field with surgical precision, the defense was both suffocating and unforgiving, sacking quarterback Brad Kaaya three times and knocking him out of the game with a concussion.

In short, the Tigers were what Miami coach Al Golden thought they were.

“Deep, strong, physical, and they outplayed us,” Golden said. “We got one quarterback knocked out and the other one knocked around.”

Even with Kaaya – the league’s passing leader – in the game, it wasn’t going to be Miami’s day; with a freshman backup replacing him, there was little hope for the Hurricanes.

Chants of “Fire Golden” began when the Tigers went ahead 28-0, and by halftime the only thing left for debate was whether or not the much-maligned Miami coach would still be gainfully employed when the teams emerged from the locker room.

He was, but by that point there were hardly enough Miami fans remaining in the stands to roar their disapproval.

In essence, Clemson won the game long before kickoff. The two teams butted heads during warm-ups, engaging in some verbal exchanges that even typically soft-spoken cornerback Cordrea Tankersley couldn’t avoid.

“I was one of the ones – it got a little antsy,” said Tankersley, who believed the altercation stemmed from what he called “field position.”

“We always do our workouts and stuff on that side of the field, and they were kind of getting in our way and stuff and they were looking at us the wrong way and it escalated from there,” Tankersley said. “After that, it was kind of a wait-til-12-o’clock kind of deal.”

When high noon struck, Miami was doomed.

“It was just words going back and forth, but we got in the locker room and Coach (Dabo) Swinney said to let our play do the talking,” said safety Jayron Kearse. “And we obviously did that.”

At the height of their success not so long ago, the Hurricanes had a 58-game winning streak at the Orange Bowl; on Saturday, 58 had a completely different meaning. Clemson’s 58-point margin of victory was the most lopsided loss in Miami history, topping a 56-point loss against Texas A&M in 1944.

The 58-point margin of victory also matched Clemson’s largest ever in an ACC game, tying the Tigers’ 82-24 win over Wake Forest in the 1981 national championship season.

This team, winners of 10 straight games and 16 of its last 17, appears intent on contending for championships of its own.

Saturday’s victory pushed the sixth-ranked Tigers to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in league play heading into next week’s game at N.C. State, and the Clemson offense is rolling via whichever means necessary.

It was, in the words of co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott, “one of those games that only comes every once in a while where everything goes right.”

All was right in Clemson’s world, to be sure.

The Tigers rushed for 416 yards one week after passing for 420, marking the first time in history that a Clemson team has done both in the same season.

This team did it in consecutive games, which leads one to believe there could be more in the Tigers’ tank.

“I’ve never beaten anybody like this in my life, even in high school,” Tankersley said. “I guess it got personal. We wanted to show the world what we were capable of.”

Mission accomplished.

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) races 63 yards against Miami during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) races 63 yards against Miami during the 1st quarter Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

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