12/29: Quick Reaction: Clemson Clobbers ND in Cotton Bowl 30-3

Dallas, TX – The phrase “a game of two halves” is commonly said, but the Cotton Bowl was a game of two quarters. 

The first quarter was a defensive slugfest – neither team could take control despite the numerous opportunities. Clelin Ferrell’s early tackle, forced fumble, and fumble recovery of Ian Book near midfield was the first big play of the game. 

Clemson scored three points off the turnover (40-yd Huegel field goal), and Notre Dame responded by marching to the nine-yard line before settling for a 28-yard Justin Yoon field goal. 

Derion Kendrick returned Yoon’s subsequent kickoff to the fifteen-yard line, where he fumbled the ball. The original ruling was that Notre Dame recovered the ball, but the booth and the big screen in “Jerry’s World” overturned the call and stated that the fumble was out of bounds before Notre Dame recovered the football. 

The call was made by the thinnest of margins – no one knows if it was indisputably out of bounds or not. It was the first in a series of lucky events for the Tigers. Notre Dame suffered various injuries on defense, 

With star cornerback Julian Love absent, Lawrence threw a 52-yard sideline touchdown to fellow freshman Justyn Ross early in the second quarter. The extra point was blocked, and the score was an easily surmountable 9-3 lead for Clemson. When the Tigers next drive ended in a missed 49-yard field goal by Greg Huegel, questions still lingered. 

Clemson’s defense held on long enough to let the offense gain momentum, or Notre Dame buckled under the weight of injuries. Either way you spin it, Trevor Lawrence took control of the game, erased the questions, and never looked back. 

Notre Dame was exposed in the middle of the field by Lawrence’s second touchdown throw to Ross – a 42-yard throw to put Clemson up 16-3 with less than two minutes in the half.

Despite the star power of Lawrence and the passing attack, the ferocious Tiger defense kept Notre Dame in check throughout the first half. For one last time, they stymied the Irish’s scoring hopes and gave Clemson 48 seconds to score. 

When Renfrow’s 32-yard catch had a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty attached to it, the Tigers took their final time-out. They had nineteen yards and nine seconds to work with. 

Tee Higgins dropped a wide open touchdown pass earlier in the game, but he redeemed himself with an incredible catch of a spinning tipped ball in the back of the end zone. 

What was a 9-3 lead with 4:56 left in the first half was now a 23-3 lead entering halftime. Originally a slugfest, the Cotton Bowl was close to becoming a blowout. 

The third quarter was similar to the first – the main difference was the scoreboard. 

The first four drives of the half were fruitless, as Clemson couldn’t extend their lead and Ian Book couldn’t put the offense on his shoulders and come back from the deficit. 

As Notre Dame neared the red zone, Ian Book’s third-and-22 pass was snatched by Nolan Turner, with the sideline erupting for the lightly recruited safety. Three plays later, Etienne broke Wayne Gallman’s Clemson single-season rushing record with a 62-yard rushing touchdown to give Clemson a 30-3 lead with two minutes left in the third quarter.

In an odd and controversial occurance on the last play of the third quarter, Isaiah Simmons’ strip and scoop for a touchdown was ruled ineligible for review because it was labeled forward progress. While the outcome of the game was virtually decided, it was an interesting sequence of events that elicited cheers and boos throughout the stadium.

The fourth quarter was mostly uneventful as the Tigers finished the last fifteen minutes of football to ensure that they would play in the national championship for the third time in four years. 

12/29: Cotton Bowl Halftime Report

Score: Clemson 23 Notre Dame 3

Key Events:

Derion Kendrick’s kickoff return was initially ruled a fumble inside the ten, but it was overturned by a sliver (out of bounds) and thus Notre Dame lost a chance to make a 3-3 tie a 10-3 lead.

The game was a defensive slugfest until Julian Love left the game with an injury – Trevor Lawrence took advantage of his absence and threw a 52-yard touchdown to Justyn Ross, the first of three first-half touchdown throws. Clemson’s last touchdown with two seconds remaining may have been the dagger for the Irish.

Positives:

Trevor Lawrence has moved within the pocket well, evading defenders multiple times to fire off a pass. Justyn Ross has played exceptionally well as his current favorite target, with five catches, 137 yards, and two scores at the half.

Clemson’s defense held on while Clemson’s offense established a rhythm and built a lead – now the Tigers can play with their ears pinned back and even more aggressively.

Areas for Improvement:

Clemson’s pass protection is not doing Trevor Lawrence any favors. Despite his two scoring touchdowns, he has taken major hits that could impact his play in the second half.

The Tigers have made several poor plays on special teams: a barely overturned fumble on a kickoff return, a missed 49-yard field goal, a blocked extra point, and a punting average of 38 yards per punt make for a discouraging special teams performance.

What to Watch:

Clemson’s last touchdown with two seconds left in the half gave the Tigers a major boost into halftime. If Notre Dame wants to close the 20-point lead, they will need to have Julian Love and others healthy, and gain offensive momentum fast.

12/27: Cotton Bowl Preview

Unless Oklahoma wins the national championship, an undefeated team will win the national championship for the first time in the CFP’s five-year history. Furthermore, if Clemson or Alabama wins the champion will be the first 15-0 FBS National Champion. Two of the three undefeated teams will face off in the infamous stadium known as “Jerry’s World” as the Cotton Bowl hosts Clemson and Notre Dame. 

Each team has faced adversity throughout the year, but this will be each team’s toughest test. Notre Dame has the signature win against a highly ranked opponent that Clemson does not have – a 24-17 win against Michigan in the season opener. On the other hand, Clemson played an extra game when they defeated Pittsburgh in the ACC Championship game.

To get the elephant out of the way – it is unlikely that Dexter Lawrence, Braden Galloway, or Zach Giella will play in the Cotton Bowl. Coach Swinney expressed his support for the trio as they tested positive for trace amounts of a banned substance likely found in dietary supplements (unmarked). Losing junior draft prospect Dexter Lawrence will hurt Clemson significantly in the Cotton Bowl, while losing current role players Giella and Galloway will hurt in 2019 as they will likely face a one-year suspension. While the suspensions are unfortunate, Clemson has depth at the defensive tackle position to handle the loss of Lawrence.

Both teams changed quarterbacks midstream from more run-centric players to more pass-centric players and subsequently transformed their offenses into complete threats. Both of senior quarterbacks lead their teams to signature wins (Notre Dame vs Michigan, Clemson at Texas A&M). Notre Dame’s junior Ian Book replaced Brandon Wimbush while Clemson’s true freshman Trevor Lawrence replaced Kelly Bryant. 

Notre Dame runs the ball slightly more than Clemson, and they tend to rely on one running back. Dexter Williams is Notre Dame’s starting running back, and he has averaged almost eighteen attempts per game in his eight games. Clemson utilizes more running backs than Notre Dame, as Etienne only carries the ball 13.5 times per game. 

 In the passing game, both teams are formidable but the storyline is flipped. Clemson passes more than Notre Dame and uses more receivers (eight WRs with ten or more catches), whereas Notre Dame relies on their three main wide receivers more often. What Notre Dame has that Clemson lacks is a true threat from the tight end in the passing game – Alize Mack has 34 catches on the year, which is almost double the seventeen catches Clemson’s tight ends have combined in 2018.

While both defensive and offensive lines for both teams are quality, Clemson holds the advantage in the trenches. Clemson’s incredibly deep defensive line will cause problems for any offensive line, especially one that is good but not elite like Notre Dame’s. 

The Irish have an excellent passing defense, but in order to take advantage of it they will have to make Trevor Lawrence uncomfortable in the pocket (see the first half of the Boston College game). While the Irish have two excellent defensive ends in Julian Okwara and Khalid Kareem, it takes more than two linemen to generate a pass rush for sixty minutes. 

Notre Dame’s back seven is among the best in the nation, with Julian Love as an elite corner and Jerry Tillery as an elite linebacker. Their linebackers are capable of containing Clemson’s run game, and their secondary is a big reason why they boast an elite passing defense. This will be the Tigers’ toughest test on defense, as there is no weak link to exploit.

The pundits and bookies think that Clemson should win this game easily, and on paper it looks as if they should. Championship football is usually close though, and in that case special teams plays a vital role. The Tigers have been up and down on special teams this year, and they need an elite performance on special teams to win if the game is close.  

Oddshark’s projected score is Clemson 45.8 – Notre Dame 31, and Clemson is favored by 12.5 points. The over/under is 56.5, and sixty percent of the bets have been placed on the over. 

Prediction: Clemson 31 Notre Dame 17

No.1 Tigers Defeat Syracuse 47-21

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence(16) throws a pass under pressure from Syracuse defensive lineman Kingsley Jonathan(9) during their game against Syracuse, Oct 24, 2020; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson defensive lineman Bryan Bresee(11) pressures Syracuse quarterback Rex Culpepper(17) during their game against Syracuse, Oct 24, 2020; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

CLEMSON, S.C. —  Top-ranked Clemson improved to 6-0 on Saturday with a 47-21 victory over Syracuse. The win marked the 35th consecutive regular season game that the Tigers came out on top, which is the longest such streak in ACC history.

 

The Tigers’ defense forced a momentum-swinging strip-sack in the third quarter that was returned for a touchdown by Andrew Booth Jr. Clemson also had three interceptions, one each by Nolan Turner, Mike Jones Jr. and Jalyn Phillips. The Tigers allowed only 11 first downs to their 27.

 

Travis Etienne scored three rushing touchdowns on 16 carries and totaled 86 yards on the ground. Trevor Lawrence was 27-43 passing for 289 yards and two touchdowns en route to Clemson’s sixth straight game scoring 37 or more points. This is the first time in school history the Tigers have accomplished that feat to open a season.

 

Clemson got on the board just 83 seconds into the game when Lawrence found Cornell Powell for a 25-yard touchdown. Following a B.T. Potter field goal, Etienne added a 25-yard touchdown run to give the Tigers a 17-0 lead after the first quarter.

 

The Orange would respond with a touchdown early in the second quarter, but Lawrence later hit Davis Allen for a 17-yard score, which marked Allen’s third touchdown of the season. Syracuse returned a Lawrence interception 39 yards for a touchdown and the Tigers responded with another Potter field goal to give them a 27-14 lead as the first half expired.

 

The Orange made it a one possession game when quarterback Rex Culpepper hit wide receiver Nykeim Johnson on an 83-yard bomb to open the second half scoring.

 

Syracuse had possession with the potential to take the lead with a touchdown, but Bryan Bresee forced a fumble that Booth scooped up and returned 21 yards for his first career touchdown, increasing the Tiger lead to 34-21 as the third quarter came to a close.

 

Etienne’s second touchdown run of the game, this time for nine yards, gave the Tigers a 40-21 advantage that sealed the Orange’s fate. The score placed Etienne in the top-10 in FBS history for rushing touchdowns in a career (64).

 

Etienne recorded his third rushing touchdown of the game, capitalizing on a Mike Jones Jr. interception return that set the Tigers’ offense up on the Syracuse three yard line. The Clemson defense held firm as defensive back Jalyn Phillips recorded his first career interception and the Tigers closed out the 47-21 victory.

 

The Tigers will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 31, when they take on Boston College at Death Valley. Kickoff for that Halloween day matchup is slated for noon ET.

Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence Named Manning Award Quarterback of the Week

Miami defensive lineman Jaelan Phillips (15) sacks Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) during the 2nd quarter during ClemsonÕs game against the University of Miami at Clemson's Memorial Stadium Saturday, October 10, 2020. ACC Pool/Bart Boatwright/The Clemson Insider

NEW ORLEANS (October 22, 2020) – Trevor Lawrence, a junior at Clemson University, has been selected as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week. He earns the honor over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Facebook contest.

Lawrence set career-highs in passing yards and touchdowns, while playing just one second-half series, completing 24-of-32 passes for 404 yards and five touchdowns as he led the Tigers to a 73-7 ACC win over Georgia Tech on the road.

The Cartersville, Ga., native, was named the ACC Quarterback of the Week for the third time this season. He posted his first career 400-yard passing game, the 10th by a Clemson quarterback all-time. It represented the first game with at least five passing touchdowns by a Clemson quarterback since Deshaun Watson’s six-touchdown performance against South Carolina in 2016. In September, Lawrence was named to the 2020 Allstate AFCA Good Works team.

Clemson’s 52 points were its most in a first half against an ACC opponent, breaking its previous record of 49 against Wake Forest in 1981. They will return home on Saturday when they take on Syracuse at Death Valley. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT on ACC Network.

Lawrence won this week’s award over Virginia Tech’s Hendon Hooker and Grayson McCall of Coastal Carolina. Hooker completed 11-of-15 passes for 111 yards and one touchdown while also rushing for a career-high 164 yards and three touchdowns as the Hokies rolled to a 40-14 ACC victory over Boston College. McCall completed 17-of-24 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for a touchdown, as he directed a final drive for the Chanticleers to set up a game-winning field goal with four seconds to go in a 30-27 Sun Belt road win over No. 21 Louisiana.

 

While the Manning Award selected 30 quarterbacks for its preseason Watch List, additional quarterbacks are expected to be added to the Watch List later in the season. Ten finalists will be selected and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the College Football Playoff National Championship.

 

In its first 16 years, the Manning Award has recognized the top names in college football. It has honored quarterbacks from 12 different schools and from four different conferences. The Big 12 Conference (Kyler Murray, Baker Mayfield, Vince Young, Colt McCoy and Robert Griffin III) and the Southeastern Conference (Joe Burrow, Johnny Manziel, Cam Newton, JaMarcus Russell and Tim Tebow) lead the way with five Manning Award honorees each, while and the Atlantic Coast Conference (Deshaun Watson twice, Matt Ryan and Jameis Winston) has had four Manning Award winners. LSU (Burrow and Russell) joins Oklahoma (Murray and Mayfield) and Texas (McCoy and Young) as the only schools with two different winners.

 

All the Manning Award winners follow in the footsteps of the Mannings themselves. In college, Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning combined for over 25,000 passing yards and 201 touchdowns while playing in 10 bowl games and earning four bowl MVP awards. Archie was the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft, while both Peyton and Eli were selected No. 1 overall.

Athletics Announces Updated Football Gameday Designations

CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson Football’s Military Appreciation Day and Senior Day celebrations will take place on Nov. 28 during the game against Pittsburgh. Military Appreciation Day represents a day of gratitude and recognition for those who have served with several presentations throughout the game. The football program recognizes its seniors with a solo run down the Hill for Senior Day.

 

Oct. 24 will serve as Clemson’s annual breast cancer awareness game, as well as feature additional in-stadium and game program recognition for IPTAY members.

 

P.A.W. Journey, Clemson football’s life and professional preparedness program will be recognized during the Oct. 31 contest against Boston College. Oct. 25-31 is designated as P.A.W. Journey Week.

 

Homecoming, Parents Weekend and Hall of Fame Day will not take place in 2020.

Lawrence, Rodgers Win ACC Weekly Honors

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence(16) looks to make a pass during their game against Virginia, Oct 3, 2020; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

CLEMSON, S.C. — The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today that quarterback Trevor Lawrence (Quarterback of the Week) and wide receiver Amari Rodgers (Receiver of the Week) have earned ACC Player of the Week honors for their performances in Clemson’s 73-7 victory against Georgia Tech on Saturday.

 

Clemson has earned a total of 532 weekly honors since 1968. The two selections this week give Clemson seven Player of the Week honors this season.

 

Lawrence earned his third ACC Quarterback of the Week honor through Clemson’s first five games. Including Rookie of the Week honors earned as a freshman in 2018, Lawrence’s 10 career selections now tie Deshaun Watson for second-most in school history and pull him within one of Sammy Watkins (11) for the most by a Clemson player all-time.

 

Against Georgia Tech, Lawrence completed 24-of-32 passes with career highs in passing yards (404) and passing touchdowns (five). He posted his first career 400-yard passing game, the 10th by a Clemson quarterback all-time. It represented the first game with at least five passing touchdowns by a Clemson quarterback since Deshaun Watson’s six-touchdown performance against South Carolina in 2016.

 

Rodgers’ selection is the first of his career. He becomes the ninth different Clemson player to earn ACC Receiver of the Week honors since 2011, joining Sammy Watkins, DeAndre Hopkins, Martavis Bryant, Artavis Scott, Mike Williams, Jordan Leggett, Tee Higgins and Diondre Overton.

 

On Saturday, Rodgers recorded his third career 100-yard receiving game, finishing with a career-high 161 yards on six receptions. He caught two touchdowns in the contest to register his second multi-touchdown game of the season.

ACC Announces Game Times & Networks for Oct. 31

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference and its television partners announced the following football game times and networks for the week of Oct. 31.

 

Saturday, Oct. 31

Boston College at Clemson, Noon, ABC

Wake Forest at Syracuse, Noon, ACC Network

Notre Dame at Georgia Tech, 3:30 p.m., ABC

Virginia Tech at Louisville, 4 p.m., ACC Network

Charlotte at Duke, 7 p.m., RSN

North Carolina at Virginia, 8 p.m., ACC Network

No. 1 Clemson’s High-Powered Offense Shines in 73-7 Victory over Georgia Tech

October 17, 2020 Atlanta - Clemson's wide receiver Amari Rodgers (3) runs with the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday, October 17, 2020. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)
ATLANTA —  Clemson piled up 52 points in the first half behind five touchdown passes from quarterback Trevor Lawrence in the top-ranked Tigers’ 73-7 win over Georgia Tech (2-3, 1-3 ACC) on Saturday. Clemson (5-0, 4-0 ACC) upped its school-best road winning streak to 14 games and its ACC-record regular season winning streak to 34 games. 


Clemson’s 52 points were its most in a first half against an ACC opponent, breaking its previous record of 49 against Wake Forest in 1981. Lawrence was 22-27 passing for 391 yards and five touchdowns in the first half alone. Lawrence finished with a career-best 405 yards through the air. 


Wide receiver Amari Rodgers found the end zone twice and recorded the third 100-yard game of his career in a career-high 161 yard performance. Running back Travis Etienne recorded a touchdown on 11 rushing attempts for 44 yards. He has now scored a touchdown in 40 of his 48 career games. 


The Tiger defense forced three turnovers and totaled four sacks. This marked the 11th straight and 27th of its last 28 games that Clemson recorded multiple sacks. 


Clemson opened the scoring when Lawrence found Cornell Powell for a five-yard touchdown. The Yellow Jackets responded with a 59-yard touchdown pass to even the score at seven apiece. 


The Tigers came back on the first play of their ensuing possession with an 83-yard bomb from Lawrence to Rodgers to start their run of 66 unanswered points. The play was the longest of Clemson’s season and the second-longest connection between the pair.


After a 4th down stop by the Tiger defense, Lawrence delivered a 34-yard touchdown pass to Davis Allen for his second career touchdown reception and second in as many weeks to give Clemson a 24-7 advantage. 


Defensive tackle Nyles Pinckney got in on the scoring with a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. The Tigers would add three more second quarter touchdowns, scored by Frank Ladson, Jr., Etienne and Rodgers before entering halftime with a commanding 52-7 lead. Etienne’s three-yard rushing touchdown gave him 408 career points which broke Chandler Catanzaro’s school record of 404. 


Chez Mellusi, Kobe Pace and Ajou Ajou would add second half touchdowns. Pace’s was the first of his career and came on Hunter Helms’s first career touchdown pass. Ajou’s touchdown marked the first of his career. The Tigers defense closed out the game as Clemson cruised to its sixth consecutive victory over the Yellow Jackets.


Clemson will return home next Saturday, Oct. 24, when the Tigers take on Syracuse at Death Valley. Kickoff for that game is scheduled for noon ET.

Lawrence Earns Second ACC Quarterback of the Week Honor of 2020

Miami defensive lineman Jaelan Phillips (15) sacks Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) during the 2nd quarter during ClemsonÕs game against the University of Miami at Clemson's Memorial Stadium Saturday, October 10, 2020. ACC Pool/Bart Boatwright/The Clemson Insider

CLEMSON, S.C. — The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today that quarterback Trevor Lawrence has been named ACC Co-Quarterback of the Week for his performance in Clemson’s 42-17 win against Miami on Saturday.

Lawrence’s selection represents his second ACC weekly honor of the season, joining his selection following the team’s season opener at Wake Forest. Including Rookie of the Week honors earned as a freshman in 2018, Lawrence now joins Anthony Simmons, C.J. Spiller, Sammy Watkins, Tajh Boyd and Deshaun Watson as the only players in Clemson history to earn at least nine career ACC weekly selections.

Against Miami, Lawrence completed 29-of-41 passes, both season highs, for 292 yards with three touchdown passes. He also rushed eight times for 34 yards with a rushing touchdown. He finished the game with a pass efficiency rating of 154.7 and has exceeded a 150 passer rating in all four games this season.

With three touchdown passes in the game, Lawrence tied Russell Wilson (76) for fifth-most career passing touchdowns in ACC history. It was Lawrence’s 17th career game with three or more passing touchdowns, passing Deshaun Watson for sole possession of the second-most such games in school history.

 

ACC Announces Game Times & Networks for Oct. 24

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference and its television partners announced the following football game times and networks for the week of Oct. 24.

 

Saturday, Oct. 24

Syracuse at Clemson, Noon, ESPN or ACC Network – network designation after games of Oct. 17

NC State at North Carolina, Noon, ESPN or ACC Network – network designation after games of Oct. 17

Florida State at Louisville, Noon, RSN

Notre Dame at Pitt, 3:30 p.m., ABC

Virginia Tech at Wake Forest, 3:30 p.m., RSN

Georgia Tech at Boston College, 4 p.m., ACC Network

Virginia at Miami, 8 p.m., ACC Network

 

In addition, the North Carolina at Florida State game on Saturday, Oct. 17 will now kick off at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. The game had previously been scheduled for 7 p.m. on ESPN.

 

Top-Ranked Tigers Stifle No. 7 Miami’s Offense in 42-17 Victory 

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) rolls out of the pocket against Miami during the 2nd quarter during ClemsonÕs game against the University of Miami at Clemson's Memorial Stadium Saturday, October 10, 2020. ACC Pool/Bart Boatwright/The Clemson Insider

Clemson wide receiver Amari Rodgers (3) and quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) congratulate tight end Braden Galloway (88) after he scores during the second quarter of the game against Miami Saturday, Oct 10, 2020; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

CLEMSON, S.C. — No. 1 Clemson (4-0, 3-0 ACC) extended its longest home winning streak in school history to 25 with a 42-17 victory in its first clash with Miami (3-1, 2-1 ACC) in Death Valley since 2010. In addition, the Tigers increased their FBS-record Saturday winning streak to 47. Clemson’s defense kept the Hurricanes offense in check all night, allowing only 210 yards, while the offense piled up 550.

 

Trevor Lawrence was 29-41 passing for 292 yards and three touchdowns and Travis Etienne ran for 149 yards and two scores and caught a game-high eight passes for 73 yards. In the process, he extended his school-record for 100-yard rushing games to 19 and became the first non-kicker in ACC history to score 400 points.

 

Sheridan Jones, Derion Kendrick and Kane Patterson all had interceptions while the pass-rush totaled five sacks, which marked the 10th straight game the Brent Venables-led unit got to the quarterback multiple times.

 

Clemson opened the scoring with a 10-play, 75-yard drive, culminating in a screen-pass to Braden Galloway that went for a 24-yard touchdown, his first of the season. Clemson controlled the ball for 12:31 of the first quarter and ran 25 plays to Miami’s six. This advantage amounted to a 157-10 difference in yards gained.

 

Clemson extended their lead to 14-0 on the first play of the second quarter with a two-yard Etienne touchdown rush. The score marked his 39th game with a touchdown, which broke the FBS record for most career games with a touchdown held previously by Florida’s Tim Tebow and Louisiana Tech’s Kenneth Dixon.

 

After a blocked B.T. Potter field goal attempt, Miami got their first points on the board with a successful 42-yard field goal. The Tigers responded with a 70-yard drive that again ended with a Galloway touchdown reception, this time for 11 yards.

 

The Hurricanes scored their first touchdown of the game as the first half expired when another blocked field goal attempt by Potter was scooped up and returned 48 yards to the end zone to cut Clemson’s lead to 21-10.

 

After the two teams traded turnovers, Etienne broke off a 72-yard touchdown run down the left sideline for the first points of the second half. Lawrence added a three-yard touchdown scamper of his own to give the Tigers a 35-10 lead heading into the final frame.

 

Miami converted a 4th-and-goal from the 7-yard line to score their first offensive touchdown of the game and bring the score to 35-17 with 8:31 remaining in the contest. Lawrence and the Tigers’ offense answered with a seven-play, 65-yard drive, capped off by a 22-yard strike to Davis Allen for a touchdown. Clemson’s defense held and the Tigers improved to 4-0 on the season.

 

Clemson will hit the road for the first time since the season-opener next week, when the Tigers face Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Oct. 17. Kickoff for that game is scheduled for noon ET.

Three Tigers Collect ACC Weekly Honors

Clemson corner back Andrew Booth Jr.(23) makes a on-handed interception on pass intended for Virginia wide receiver Lavel Davis Jr.(81) during their game, Oct 3, 2020; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

CLEMSON, S.C. — The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today that cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. (Defensive Back of the Week), linebacker Baylon Spector (Linebacker of the Week) and offensive lineman Cade Stewart (Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week) have earned ACC Player of the Week honors for their performances in Clemson’s 41-23 victory against Virginia on Saturday.

Clemson has earned a total of 529 weekly honors since 1968. The three selections this week join Trevor Lawrence’s selection as ACC Quarterback of the Week from the team’s season opener at Wake Forest to comprise Clemson’s four weekly honors this season. Today’s weekly honors are the first in the careers of all three players.

Booth recorded three solo tackles, two pass breakups and a highlight-reel one-handed interception that was selected as the No. 1 play on SportsCenter’s Top 10 on Saturday night. At 6-foot-0, his interception and two breakups all came in coverage against Virginia targets listed at 6-foot-7.

Spector recorded a career-high 14 tackles, shattering his previous high of six from last year’s Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State. (Note: Spector was initially credited with 13 tackles prior to a stat correction on Sunday morning to amend a misidentified jersey number.) He also earned Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance. His selection is the second ACC Linebacker of the Week honor for Clemson since 2018, joining Butkus Award winner Isaiah Simmons’ selection against Syracuse last year.

Stewart graded out at 94 percent with four knockdowns, according to Clemson’s coaching staff. He centered an offensive line that paved the way for Clemson’s 466 yards in the game, including quarterback Trevor Lawrence’s second 300-yard passing game of the season. He becomes the first Clemson center to earn the honor since Justin Falcinelli following Clemson’s 2018 win against South Carolina.