Freshman Jayron Kearse had already turned the game decisively in Clemson's favor with an interception and fumble-causing tackle, both of which led to touchdowns and helped the Tigers open up a 28-7 lead.
The only question remaining was what Clemson would do with its upper-hand opportunity.
The Tigers answered affirmatively on their final possession of the first half, after taking the ball at their own 13 with 55 seconds remaining.
What followed was what Dabo Swinney saw as Clemson's offense at its finest.
Propelled by the pin-point passing of Tajh Boyd, who completed six straight passes to five different receivers, the Tigers made the most of their quick-face attack and set the wheels in motion for what would become a 59-10 rout.
First came quick, clock-stopping sideline passes to Mike Williams, Germone Hopper and Sammy Watkins, which moved the Tigers 30 yards to their own 43. Boyd then went back to Williams for a 22-yard gain, hit Martavis Bryant for 12 yards, and then found Adam Humphries open for a 25-yard catch-and-run that ended just short of the goal line.
On first-and-goal, Boyd took care of the final yard himself, as he found a gap between Brandon Thomas and David Beasley and following pulling guard Tyler Shatley through the hole for the touchdown and a 35-7 halftime lead.
The score capped the game-deciding second-quarter surge and the Tigers were off and running for their eighth victory of the season and their eighth straight win away from home.
"That was our offense at its best," said Swinney. "It was the tempo-setter for the rest of the game."