Despite stacked odds Brice, Etienne rally Tigers past Syracuse

By Eric Sprott
Courtesy The Journal

CLEMSON — Prior to practice last Tuesday evening, Chase Brice was Clemson’s third-string quarterback.

On Saturday afternoon, the redshirt freshman from Grayson, Ga., found himself tasked with trying to keep the third-ranked Tigers’ hopes of making a fourth straight run to the College Football Playoff alive against Syracuse.

In the aftermath of Kelly Bryant’s decision to transfer, and following a game-ending injury to newly anointed starter Trevor Lawrence late in the second quarter, Brice delivered in the face of overwhelming odds — with no shortage of help from Travis Etienne — to help lead Clemson back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit for a 27-23 win over the previously unbeaten Orange at Memorial Stadium.

“There were a lot of things going on this week, and it was obviously a very emotional week for our team,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said. “As coaches, we knew that today was going to say a lot about our team and

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