Backup QB Cade Klubnik rallies Clemson past Syracuse

Clemson benched DJ Uiagalelei during its battle of unbeaten ACC teams with Syracuse on Saturday.

On came true freshman Cade Klubnik – the number 1 QB recruit in the country – and he led the Tigers back from a double-digit deficit to a victory over the Orange, 27-21.

The win was the 38th straight home victory for Clemson, an ACC mark.

As much as Klubnik provided a spark after the Tigers had turned the ball over four times while falling behind, 21-10, Syracuse hurt itself with a series of penalties. The Orange committed 8 of their 10 penalties in the second half.

The game-winning touchdown came on a 50-yard run by Will Shipley.

Shipley and Phil Mafah accounted for more than 266 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns.

Coach Dabo Swinney said after the game Uiagalele was till his quarterback. Time will tell if that holds.

Story originally appeared on Touchdown Wire