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Oct 19, 2019

FINAL: Clemson 45, Louisville 10

Tigers Trounce Louisville 45-10, Extend Win Streak to 22

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LOUISVILLE – No. 3/2 Clemson extended its school-record win streak to 22 games on Saturday afternoon, defeating  Louisville 45-10 at Cardinal Stadium. The Tiger defense forced three turnovers and totaled six sacks in the win in holding Louisville to just 263 yards. The Tigers racked up 551 yards offensively behind another big day from junior running back Travis Etienne.

Etienne continued his stellar play against the Cardinals, rushing for 192 yards on 14 attempts including a 49-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. It gave him 443 yards on 28 carries and three touchdowns on the ground in three career games against Louisville. 

It marked the first time Etienne rushed for 100+ yards in back-to-back games since a three-game streak in 2018 against South Carolina, Pittsburgh, and Notre Dame. 

Trevor Lawrence completed 20-29 passes and threw three touchdown passes. Lawrence has now thrown for a touchdown in 17 consecutive games. Justyn Ross, Joseph Ngata  and Cornell Powell each hauled in a touchdown reception.

Isaiah Simmons led the defense once again, as the linebacker registered eight total tackles, two sacks and one pass breakup. Justin Foster tallied a career-best two sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss and K’Von Wallace recorded his second interception of the season. Clemson returns home for an Oct. 26 game against the Boston College Eagles at 7:30 p.m. The game is designated as Homecoming, with tickets available at



  • Clemson has now scored 40 points in consecutive games for the second time this season, joining back-to-back contests at Syracuse and vs. Charlotte.
  • Clemson entered the game having scored 42, 47 and 77 points in its last three meetings with Louisville. Another 40-point performance Saturday represented the first time Clemson has scored at least 40 points in four straight games in a series with an ACC opponent.
  • Clemson is now averaging 42.3 points per game against Louisville in six all-time meetings, Clemson’s highest all-time average against an opponent presently in a Power Five conference.
  • Clemson has now produced 500 yards of total offense in back-to-back games for the first time since a two-game stretch last season against these same two teams (Florida State and Louisville).
  • Clemson rushed for 298 yards and improved to 60-1 when rushing for 200+ yards under Head Coach Dabo Swinney.
  • Clemson also surpassed 200 passing yards and pushed its record under Swinney to 46-0 when both passing and rushing for 200 or more yards in both categories in his tenure.
  • Six different players (Joseph Ngata, Justyn Ross, Cornell Powell, Travis Etienne, Darien Rencher and Chez Mellusi) scored touchdowns for Clemson, including three receiving and three rushing.
  • Clemson has now rushed for multiple touchdowns in eight consecutive games for the first time since a nine-game streak to open the 2018 season.
  • Clemson outgained Louisville in passing yards, 253-107, and has produced more passing yards than its opponent in 10 consecutive games, dating to last season, for the first time since an 18-game streak across the 2015-17 seasons.
  • Clemson held Louisville to 263 total yards and has now held opponents below 300 yards of total offense in seven straight games for the first time since an eight-game stretch in 1956.
  • By holding Louisville to 107 passing yards, Clemson held a fifth consecutive opponent below 200 passing yards for the first time since the final four games of the 2017 season and the 2018 season opener. During Clemson’s current run of four consecutive College Football Playoff berths since 2015, Clemson has held opponents below 200 passing yards 40 times, second-most in the country, with a 39-1 record in those contests.
  • Clemson forced three takeaways. The back-to-back games with at least three takeaways mark Clemson’s first such stretch since forcing three takeaways against Auburn and Troy in each of the first two games of the 2016 season.
  • Clemson recorded multiple sacks in a 15th consecutive game for the first time since the 2012-13 seasons. It represents Clemson’s fourth multi-sack streak of 15 games or more since 1980 (18 from 1991-92, 17 from 1998-99, 15 from 2012-13).



  • Clemson won its 22nd consecutive game, dating to the start of the 2018 season, to extend the longest winning streak in school history and second-longest winning streak in ACC history.
  • Clemson won a 16th consecutive ACC regular season game for the second time in school history (20 from 1981-84). 
  • Clemson earned its sixth win against a Power Five opponent this season. Clemson’s six Power Five wins this season are the most in the country.
  • Clemson opened a season 7-0 for the eighth time in school history, joining the 1948, 1981, 2000, 2011, 2015, 2016 and 2018 campaigns.
  • Clemson pushed its all-time record against Louisville to 6-0. It marks the fifth time all-time (and the second time against a school presently in the FBS) that Clemson opened a series against an opponent with six consecutive wins. The Tigers previously won each of their first six all-time contests in series with The Citadel, Furman, Newberry and Virginia.
  • Clemson has now won 15 consecutive games when ranked lower in the AP Poll than in its previous contest. Clemson is now 23-4 under Swinney when playing a game at a lower AP ranking than in its previous contest, including season openers in which Clemson opened lower than it finished the prior season.
  • Clemson won its 10th straight true road game, pulling Clemson within two games of the school-record 12-game streak from 2015-17.
  • Clemson earned its 22nd victory in its last 23 true road games and collected its 35th victory in its last 38 games away from home.
  • Clemson has now won 65 of its last 69 games overall dating to 2014 and has now won 39 of its last 41 games against ACC teams.
  • Clemson has now won 31 of its last 32 games against ACC Atlantic Division teams.
  • Clemson has now won 68 of its last 70 games against unranked teams.


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