Deshaun Watson threw for 194 yards and two touchdowns, and Clemson overcame a scary injury for Mike Williams on its way to a 49-10 victory over Wofford on Saturday.
Williams was carted off the field after hitting the goalpost support on a 4-yard touchdown reception in the first half. The all-Atlantic Coast Conference receiver was taken to a hospital, and the school said he was standing up and had full use of all extremities.
Clemson opened with a win for the seventh straight season and improved to 30-0 against FCS opponents.
The Tigers struggled when they last faced the Terriers four years ago, departing with a 35-27 victory. This time, Clemson powered to a 35-0 lead with five minutes left before halftime.
Wayne Gallman had touchdown runs of 2 and 1 yard, and Tyshon Dye added a pair of 1-yard scoring runs. Zac Brooks, who missed last season with a foot injury, had a 25-yard touchdown run for Clemson.
Watson, coming off ACL surgery on his left knee last December, got off to a strong start. The sophomore hit his first five passes and had a second touchdown pass of 35 yards to Artavis Scott before stepping to the sidelines after one series of the second half.
Watson’s health is a major factor in Clemson’s chances for big things this season. The Tigers were picked to win the ACC this summer, with Watson voted the favorite for league player of the year. A season ago, Watson missed five games because of injuries to his right hand and left knee.
He had a problem-free summer, and it showed in the opener. Watson led the Tigers to touchdowns on their first five drives, completing 18 of 22 passes before spending most of the second half on the sidelines.
Gallman finished with 92 yards rushing, and touted freshman Ray-Ray McCloud led Clemson with eight catches for 80 yards. The Tigers outgained Wofford 533-213.
The lone bit of drama after Clemson’s fast start came right before halftime when the Terriers were at the Clemson 1 with a second left and the sellout crowd at Death Valley screaming for a defensive stop. Chase Nelson got into the end zone for Wofford’s only TD.
The Terriers received $275,000, plus $90,000 in tickets (3,000 at $30 apiece) for the trip to Death Valley.