Clemson continued its dominant run through the ACC on Saturday afternoon, putting together another record breaking performance in the process.
The Tigers destroyed Louisville 77-16, a week after dismantling Florida State 59-10 and handing the Seminoles their worst home loss in school history.
The 77 points Clemson scored was its most against an FBS team since Clemson scored 82 against Wake Forest in 1981. It was also the second-most points Clemson has ever scored in an ACC game.
The victory improves No. 2 Clemson to 9-0. The Tigers can clinch the ACC Atlantic title and a spot in the ACC title game with a win next week at Boston College.
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“That was a good experience for our team, and it was a lot of fun,” Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said. “We’re 9-0, but we’re not satisfied. We want to win our division, and we’ll have that opportunity next week. We’ve worked all year to get to this point, so we’ll enjoy this win and get back to work on Monday.”
The Tigers were completely dominant from the opening minutes, jumping out to a 14-0 lead less than three minutes into the game and never looking back.
Clemson had 10 different players score a touchdown, including defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, who scored on a 2-yard rushing touchdown. Dabo Swinney’s son Will Swinney, who is a walk-on holder and backup receiver, also scored. Will Swinney caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Chase Brice midway through the fourth quarter. Clemson played 94 players in the victory.
“I’ve been doing this a long time, and the focus of this group is special. They’re so committed to what we’re doing and what we want to accomplish,” Swinney said. “They prepare and practice the right way and believe in what they do. As coaches, we’re doing everything we can to help them get what they want to achieve. They want to be remembered forever, not just remembered.”
Trevor Lawrence passed for only 59 yards as Clemson did most of its damage on the ground.
The Tigers rushed for 492 yards with Travis Etienne leading the way with 153 and a touchdown on only eight carries. Lyn-J Dixon added 116 yards and a touchdown on four carries, while Tavien Feaster had six carries for 102 yards and a score. Adam Choice rushed for 43 yards on only three carries.
Clemson’s four scholarship running backs finished with 413 yards on 21 carries for an average of 19.7 yards per rush.
“The running backs are a veteran group, and they support each other,” Swinney said. “Travis is awesome, and we truly have the type of depth that you need to have to produce a championship-caliber team. You have to give credit to the offensive line, too. We challenged the offense to run the ball today, and it was just a great day for those guys.”
Star of the game: Travis Etienne needed only eight carries to top the 150 yard mark, finishing with 153 and a touchdown while averaging 19.1 yards per attempt.
Play of the game: Clemson’s second possession was one play as Tavien Feaster burst through the line of scrimmage for a 70-yard touchdown run to give the Tigers a 14-0 lead less than three minutes into the game.
Stat of the game: 492-81: Clemson outrushed Louisville 492 to 81 and averaged 13.3 yards per carry compared to 2.3 by Louisville.
Clemson has hit its stride: For the second consecutive week Clemson completely dominated its opponent, scoring at will.
The Tigers have tons of depth: Clemson had 10 different players score a touchdown and played 94 players, including several walk-ons.
A ton has changed in two years: Clemson had to hang on late to top Louisville 42-36 two years ago. The Tigers could have named the score on Saturday.
Who: Clemson at Boston College
When: 8 pm Saturday, Nov. 10
Where: Chestnut Hill, Mass.