AUBURN, Ala. -- Here's a quick halftime breakdown:
Turning point: Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Jamie Harper, who made a spectacular diving catch for the 17-0 lead. Clemson had been controlling the game to that point, but that play seemed to really put some distance between the teams on the scoreboard.
Stat of the half: 37. That's how many rushing yards Auburn quarterback Cam Newton had. He entered the game ranked second in the conference and 16th in the nation with 120.5 rushing yards per game.
Best player in the half: Clemson's Parker. He's completed 16 of 24 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. He's been particularly good on third downs and has done a great job of helping the Tigers sustain drives and control the clock.