Kelly Bryant threw for 205 yards and a touchdown, while running for another score, improving the Tigers to 2-0 on the season. On the other side, Kellen Mond threw for a career-high 430 yards, as he found Rogers twice in the end zone. The receiver ended with 120 reception yards, as the Aggies out-gained the Tigers with 501 total yards.
Clemson led by as many as 15 points, before Texas A&M scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to make things interesting late. Their new head coach, Jimbo Fisher, was greeted with chants of his name the entire game, which he was very appreciative of. In a postgame interview, he says that he only wishes they could come away with the win. This was his first loss with the Aggies since signing a 10-year contract in the off-season.
The other test came late in the night and was failed by the 15th-ranked Michigan State Spartans, who fell to the unranked Arizona State Sun Devils, 16-13. Brandon Ruiz had the game-winning 28-yard field goal as time expired, helping Arizona State improve to 2-0 under new head coach Herm Edwards. The former ESPN analyst has quickly silenced any doubters of his hiring after he took an eight-year absence since being a coach in the NFL. His team blew past UTSA, 49-7, in his college coaching debut in Week 1.
After falling behind by 10 points, the Sun Devils scored 13 points in the fourth quarter, and Manny Wilkins was able to run down the clock deep in the red zone. Wilkins finished with 380 yards passing, as the Sun Devils improved to 10-0 against Big Ten teams at home.
The Spartans dropped down to 15 after a close win over Utah State at home in their season opener, and they may find themselves out of the top 25 after this one. Quarterback Brian Lewerke, who went to high school in Arizona, threw for 314 yards and a touchdown. He did have an end zone interception, as the Spartans dropped to 1-13 in regular season games out west.
On the other side, Arizona State could find themselves in the AP Top 25 when they visit San Diego State next week. The Spartans now head in to a bye week before they visit the Indiana Hoosiers in their Big Ten opener.