Eight years ago Wofford came to Death Valley and gave Clemson more than it bargained for before losing by a touchdown. While the Terriers this year are a very good FCS team with a chance to win the Southern Conference, Clemson is a national elite and had no interest in toying with the Terriers. The Tigers scored 28 points in the first 15:12 of the game and took care of their business 59-14 for their 24th straight win. The Tigers are now 34-0 all-time versus FCS opponents.
Clemson improved to 9-0 with its second straight 59 point performance, the fourth time this season the Tigers have scored in the 50s. Now, the Tigers will wait on the first CFP committee ranking to be released Tuesday night for their first indication where they stand in the playoff picture.
Click HERE for my game recap from Death Valley
Some of the key takeaways from Clemson’s win
- Not a lot of analysis needed here. Obviously Clemson’s overwhelming talent advantage stood out with the stars doing their thing in limited action.
- Trevor Lawrence was 12-16 for 218 yards and 3 touchdowns; Travis Etienne rushed for a career best 212 yards and 2 touchdowns on 9 carries, an average of 23.6 yards per rush. It’s his third career game of over 200 rushing yards, a Clemson record, and he now owns the school record for rushing touchdowns with 49. And Etienne is over 1000 rushing yards on the season with 1102; Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross combined for 9 catches for 124 yards and 2 touchdowns.
- The Tigers finished with a season high 702 total yards, 419 on the ground. They did not have a negative yardage play and averaged 11 yards per play. The defense held Wofford to 256 yards and only 139 on the ground. The Terriers came in averaging 362 rushing yards per game.
- Jake Venables registered 3.5 tackles for loss and the Tigers had 10 as a team. Isaiah Simmons also had interception, his first of the season.
- Dabo Swinney said no new injuries came out of the game and they held out Xavier Thomas (concussion) and Denzel Johnson (ankle) though both could have played. And he said backup corner Mario Goodrich did not play because he was late for a team meal Friday night.
- Final Stats
Here’s what the Tigers were saying after the win