Like the bulls in the streets of Pamplona, Clemson’s running backs ran over every Demon Deacon in their way Saturday in a 63-3 win over Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, their largest margin of victory ever in an ACC game. It’s also the Tigers’ 10th straight win over the Demon Deacons and gives them a 6-0 overall record and 3-0 ACC mark going into their off week.
The Tigers expanded a 7-0 first quarter lead to 28-0 at the half and delivered the dagger on their first play of the second half, a 70 yard touchdown run by Travis Etienne.
Etienne also had a 59 yard scoring jaunt for the Tigers’s first score, and a three yard touchdown run, part of a 167 yard rushing day for him.
The Tigers lived off the explosive play all day. Besides the two bit Etienne Runs, Trevor Lawrence tossed touchdown passes of 55 yards to Justyn Ross and 20 yards to Tee Higgins, Adam Choice broke off a career best 69 yard touchdown sprint and freshman Lyn-J Dixon popped a career high 65 yard scoring run and later added a 52 yard scoring scamper.
Clemson finished with 17 chunk plays and averaged 10 yards per snap. The Tigers rolled up 698 yards in total offense with 471 of that coming on the ground, a season’s high. Dixon and Choice also eclipsed the 100 yard rushing mark with Dixon gaining 163 yards and Choice 128. That’s the first time in school history the Tigers had three rushers in a game with over 120 yards.
Co-OC Jeff Scott comments on the play of the offense
RB Travis Etienne said the backs ran in CJ Fuller’s memory
That’s the first time since a 2006 win over Louisiana Tech that Clemson produced three 100 yard rushers in the same game. The Tigers averaged 11.8 yards per carry, the highest in the program’s history.
Oh, and the Tigers played defense, too. Wake was held to 249 yards, and 95 of that came on two plays. The Deacons managed only 74 yards thru the air and averaged just 3.2 yards per snap. The defense had 12 tackles for loss and 3 sacks.
DC Brent Venables on stopping Wake’s running game
Next up for Clemson will be NC State in two weeks at Death Valley. The Wolfpack went to 5-0 today with its 28-23 win over Boston College. State also has next weekend off.
Dabo Swinney postgame press conference
Here’s my postgame Periscope recap
Clemson postgame https://t.co/UcJMKAT2BI
— SportsTalk (@sportstalksc) October 7, 2018