The quarterbacksCole Stoudt had a monster day, Chad Kelly had a forgettable one and Tajh Boyd's was boring.
Stoudt completed 16 of 24 passes for 304 yards with four touchdowns and an interception.
Kelly started off well by completing 6 of 7 throws for 43 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 31 yards. But a knee injury on his final carry forced him to the sidelines for the rest of the afternoon. An MRI on Sunday will show whether or not it's an ACL tear.
Boyd didn't play a single down.
"That was a decision we made way back. We really made the decision coming into this last week [not to play Boyd]," Dabo Swinney said. "We really wanted to kind of taper him back. I think we all know what Tajh can do…I really wanted to see Chad and Cole take their teams and really compete."
Defensive backsBashaud Breeland didn't play. He rolled an ankle earlier this week during practice. His White teammates were Jadar Johnson, Dante Stewart, Martin Jenkins and Travis Blanks.
Darius Robinson, Ronald Geohaghan, Garry Peters and Robert Smith played for the Orange squad.
Both teams accumulated over 250 yards through the air. The Orange had three touchdowns through the air. The White had four.
A few things should be kept in perspective: the defenses ran only a couple of different coverages, an already short-handed position group was split in half and it was without its best cover cornerback.
"It's still a work in progress. We're still competing outside at the corners. So there are enough guys out there. Between [current roster players] and the guys that are coming in, we'll find a couple of them by the time we get to fall camp," Venables said.
Swinney offered his take on the current cornerbacks.
"I think we're in decent shape...between Breeland and Peters, Darius Robison and Martin Jenkins, it gives us some flavor there, a little seasoning. We've got some experience," Swinney said. "All four of those guys have played for us and we've won with all four of those guys.
"We need them to get better. I don't have any doubt that they're going to do that, because of the competition amongst that group. And, then, we've got some really good players coming in here, to add to it."
Safety is a concern for the head coach.
"At safety, we don't have anybody that's started a game, at safety," Swinney said.
Big BattleSwinney gave a positive review of Battle's performance on Saturday.
"I thought he did some things. He showed me some good things today. He had a good block one time, switching off. Then, he goes and makes a tackle on the interception," Swinney said. "Those are the things you love to see out of a young player. He's starting to develop some kind of a motor."
The young skillJordan Leggett had a solid afternoon. He caught seven passes for 97 yards and scored a touchdown. Germone Hopper had five catches for 13 yards.
Swinney said Leggett is "as cool as a cucumber."
"Nothing fazes him. He just gets it. He's one of those guys that has great instincts, picks things up very well. I don't have any doubt that he'll be a factor for us," Swinney said.
Health, wealth and happinessThree knee injuries that looked pretty serious all occurred during the first quarter.
First was Kalon Davis'. Then Sam Cooper went down. Kelly was the last of the three.
"I think everybody else [other than Kelly] was OK. Sam Cooper is the other one that I've got to confirm that," Swinney said. "Initially, they felt like [Cooper] wasn't as serious. But don't really know, 100 percent."