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Records fall when Tigers dominate Wake Forest to go 11-0




by David Hood
Senior Writer

  Travis Etienne is free for yards in the first half

Travis Etienne is free for yards in the first half

CLEMSON – The records continue to fall and Clemson continues to dominate.

Trevor Lawrence rushed for a career-high four touchdowns and Travis Etienne recorded his sixth straight 100-yard rush when No. 3 Clemson dominated Wake Forest 52-3 on Smurf Day 52-3 It's raining Saturday night. Lawrence finished the day completing 21 of 27 passes for 272 yards and four touchdowns. Etienne carried the ball 16 times for 121 yards and a score. Tee Higgins caught four passes for 64 yards, but three of his receptions went for a touchdown.

The victory is a record for the school's 22nd consecutive home win. The Tigers also won their 26th consecutive game, dating to the 2018 season opener. To date, there are only 21 winning streams of 26 games or more in the 150-year history of college football, including just three such streaks since 2000. here.

Clemson scored 50 plus points in four straight games, tying 2016 to Louisville for the longest streak in ACC history.

Clemson opens season 11-0 for the fifth time in program history, joining 11-0 starts in 1948, 1981, 2015 and 2018. This is Clemson's 6th game with 50-plus points this season , most on FES at @ESPNStatsInfo. Clemson joined Nebraska in 1972 and the Army in 1944 as the only teams in the AP poll (since 1936) to win four straight games with at least 45 points.



Wake gained only 105 yards of total offense, 11th consecutive game The Tigers held an opponent below 300 yards of total offense in a game.

Wake entered the game ranked 13th in total offense, averaging 487 yards per game. The last time the Demons' Demons were held below 300 yards was a 63-3 loss to Clemson last season (249). The last time they were held below 200 yards was against Clemson in 2016 (197). The only time in the Dave Clawson era that the Deacons were kept below 100 yards happened in the first game of his term when they only won 94 in a loss to Louisiana-Monroe. Three running plays led to Wake Forest's rebellion to open the game, and Dom Maggio's 59-yard shoe overtook the cover.

Returning to point Amari Rogers stepped back, gathered at the point, and went 53 yards up the right side line to the 28-yard Wake line. Three plays later, Lawrence hit Tee Higgins on a 14-yard field goal to take a 7-0 lead just over three minutes into the race.

The next play from Demons of Demons made things worse. Quarterback Jamie Newman started the drive by throwing a pass to the sideline that was easily intercepted by top safety Tanner Muse who went beyond the Wake 41-yard line. Four plays later, Etienne broke through the middle and bent over two defenders on the line, and Clemson led 14-0 at the 9:55 mark of the first quarter.

Clemson's turnover put Wake's first score. Will Spiers' punter the ball slipped through his hands and the ball was recovered by the Deacons demons deep into Clemson territory, putting a 30-yard field goal by Nick Sacba, making it 14-3 late in the first quarter.



Clemson forced another Wake rebellion and turned the next possession into a 10-play 60-yard field goal. Etienne represented 34 of those yards, and the drive ended with a goal 36 yards from B.T. Potter. With 8:45 left in the first half, Clemson led 17-3.

Clemson forced another Wake Forest rebellion and took on his own 20 with 2:19 left to play at halftime. A 23-yard pass to Dionder Overton on the third down helped create a 25-yard touchdown run by Etienne a few plays later. Lawrence and Higgins completed the six-sided drive as they connected in a 14-yard lobby in the end zone for a 24-3 lead.

Demons of demons picked up speed, but Newman dropped his receiver on the third play of the device, and it was captured by A.J. Terrell. Terrell returned the shot 37 yards down the sideline to Wake 30 and the Tigers had a last chance with 20 seconds left on the clock.

It took only seven seconds for Lawrence to find the wide open Higgins again – this time along the mail route – for a 30 yard touchdown that put Clemson 31-3 at halftime.

The Tigers continued to score after the break, continuing with nine 60-yard games to open the second half. Facing the 3rd goal in Wake Up 10, Lawrence sat patiently in his pocket and waited for freshman receiver Frank Ladson to blink in the back of the end zone. Lawrence fired a frozen rope, which Leydson grabbed with two hands for the score and a 38-3 Clemson lead.

After another Wake rebellion, the Tigers took just six games to cover 86 yards for the score. A slip pass that Lynn-J. Dixon turned into a 55-yard gain, and nine in Wake Forest turned into a 9-yard run for Dixon. With 7:05 left in the third quarter, Clemson led 45-3. The Tigers took out the starters at that point.

Clemson added a 21-yard pass from Chase Brice to Joseph Ngata early in the fourth quarter for a 52-3 lead.


Clemson departs next week, then travels to rival South Carolina after two weeks to finish the regular season.



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