CLEMSON — Clemson backup quarterback Taisun Phommachanh figured to be in Saturday’s game against Connecticut early in the first half.
But it wasn’t with a lopsided score as expected.
Phommachanh came in with Clemson holding a slim 10-7 advantage on UConn at Memorial Stadium. He threw a 33-yard pass and then ran for a 3-yard touchdown to put the Tigers ahead by 10.
Phommachanh played only that series, however, because of apparent shoulder injury, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney told the ACC Network at halftime.
Clemson starter D.J. Uiagalelei, who has struggled most of this season as the Tigers have gone 6-3, went back in after Phommachanh’s touchdown-leading drive and immediately threw an interception.
The Tigers had to convert three times on fourth down during their opening drive to get a 49-yard field goal. The second possession stalled after first-and-goal at the 10, but they pulled off a fake field goal for a 10-7 lead.
After Phommachanh’s TD drive, Clemson seized control and rolled to a 44-victory. Uiagalelei finished with 241 passing yards but was just 21-for-44. He now has eight touchdowns and seven interceptions for the season. Two were returned for scores.