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Simmons, Tigers were definitely awake against FSU

Second-ranked Clemson received a wake-up call in Chapel Hill two weeks ago when North Carolina took the game to the wire and the Tigers narrowly escaped Chapel Hill with a win.

The Tigers seemed fully awake on Saturday as they blasted Florida State 45-14 to remain unbeaten. The offense played with a renewed rhythm and the defense held standout Seminole tailback Cam Akers to a measly 34 yards on nine carries.

In the mind of linebacker Isaiah Simmons, the wake-up call in Chapel Hill came at the right time.

“It wasn’t even just the younger guys, everybody had a completely different focus,” Simmons said following Saturday’s win over the Seminoles.