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Clemson wins home opener against Kent State 56-3

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CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Football season is here and to start it off, the Tigers went head-to-head with Kent State University.

The defending national champions faced off against the Golden Flashes at home on Saturday at the Clemson Memorial Stadium.

Prior to the game, Coach Dabo Swinney said he had confidence the team was prepared for the prime time kickoff.

"I really enjoy this time of year - game week. There's nothing better. Just excited to kick it off and see us play and see what the identity of this team is gonna be and how it's going to shape up as we go through the course of the season," Coach Swinney said. "I think it's going to be fun. We're as ready to play as you can possibly be for an opener. You can only bring them so far and then you've gotta go play. These guys they know exactly what it takes and they're excited to play."

The Tigers came out strong with three touchdowns in the first quarter alone. It wasn't until the second quarter that Kent State popped up on the scoreboard with a field goal.

The Tigers continued to dominate the game with five more touchdowns for a final score of 56-3.

"I told the team that I’ve been around the game of football for a long time, but I can’t remember a cleaner performance in an opening game than the one I saw today," said Coach Swinney after the game. "I’m just really proud of how the team showed up and played today. It was a complete performance. We played really well from start to finish. The best part was that we played 91 guys, and they all continued to play well throughout the entire game."

Ready they were. Clemson takes on the Auburn Tigers next Saturday at 7 p.m.

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