Clemson has major issues at quarterback.
For the second game in a row, the Tigers benched DJ Uiagalelei for rookie Cade Klubnik while hoping for a spark in a game they were tracking.
Two weeks ago, Clemson was losing to Syracuse in the third quarter when they moved from Uiagalelei to Klubnik. The move worked and Clemson picked up a 27-21 win.
On Saturday in South Bend, Clemson was shut out by Notre Dame 14-0 and moved from Uiagalelei to Klubnik late in the third quarter. On his first pass attempt of the match, Klubnik was intercepted, setting up an easy touchdown for the Fighting Irish.
Notre Dame took a 21-0 lead.
On the ensuing possession, the Tigers sent Uiagalelei back into the game. He then moved the ball upfield as his Tigers were desperate, but then threw a pick six to put his team down 28-0.
Dabo insisted after the Syracuse game that Uiagalelei was the team’s starting quarterback. He streamlined the bench like a great player having a day off. But it marked two straight games for Clemson where Uiagalelei had to be benched.
Swinney must realize at this point that Uiagalelei can’t get the team to where they want to be.