Trojans ready for showdown with No. 2 Clemson

(Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News)

TROY, AL (WSFA) - After a 57-17 drubbing over FCS opponent Austin Peay, a much tougher task awaits the Troy Trojans on Saturday - the No. 2 ranked Clemson Tigers.

"Big step up in competition as you know," said head coach Neal Brown. "Coach Swinney and his staff have done a tremendous job recruiting and when you look at them across the board, they're big, they're long, and they're fast. They're exactly what you would expect of the number two team in the country."

The Tigers won 43-19 in the two schools only meeting back in 2011. A game that saw the Trojans hold a 16-13 halftime lead.

However, this is a much different Clemson team.

"Offensively they are led by Heisman trophy front runner DeShaun Watson," Brown said. "Run-pass threat. You all know about him. No need for me to talk about him much."

"Gotta keep him in the pocket. Got rush our lane," said defensive end Rashad Dillard. "Can't allow him to have too much time back there because not only is he mobile, he can also step up in the pocket and make some great passes."

Despite the daunting challenge that awaits, the Trojans seem ready.

"For us, it's just the next one on the list," said offensive lineman Tyler Lassiter. "They get dressed the same way. They practice the same way. At the end of it all, there's two teams that play on Saturday."

"This is a game. It's 11 on 11. They got 11. We got 11," said quarterback Brandon Silvers. "We're just going out there. There's no big plays you have to make every time. Just routine plays."

It all goes down in Death Valley on Sept. 10. Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m. You can watch the game on WSFA 12 News.

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