October 14, 2017

Syracuse upsets No. 2 Clemson as QB Kelly Bryant leaves with concussion

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Clemson lost a lot more than a quarterback Friday night.

The Carrier Dome turned into the Carrier of Doom for the No. 2-ranked Tigers as upstart Syracuse knocked out quarterback Kelly Bryant in the first half, then flashed its high-speed skill in the second half en route to a 27-24 upset that could derail the Tigers’ hopes of a third consecutive ACC title and trip to the College Football Playoff.

Bryant, who started the game after suffering an ankle injury last week against Wake Forest, suffered what was believed to be a concussion late in the first half and did not return.

Clemson will have two weeks to ponder its fate — the Tigers have a bye week before hosting Georgia Tech on Oct. 28.

Clemson slipped to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in the ACC, while unranked Syracuse moved to 3-3 and 2-1.