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Oct 27, 2018

FINAL || Clemson 59 • Florida State 10



Photos by Carl Ackerman, David Platt, Dawson Powers, and Madison Williams.


  • The 49-point victory by Clemson was the largest home defeat suffered by Florida State, surpassing a 44-point home loss to Southern Miss on Nov. 14, 1981. It matched Florida State’s largest margin of defeat at any location in school history, equaling a 49-point loss at Florida in 1973.
  • Clemson’s 59 points were the most ever scored by any opponent at Florida State.
  • Clemson has now scored 40 points in three straight games for the first time since the final game of 2014 and the first two games of 2015. It represents Clemson’s first time doing so in a single season since a four-game span in games 8-11 of the 2013 season.
  • Clemson played all 72 available players in the victory. Clemson has played all 72 players on the travel roster in each of its three ACC road games this season.
  • Clemson has now scored 163 points in its last three games, the team’s most points in a three-game span in ACC play since scoring 163 against Duke, Maryland and NC State in 2012.
  • Clemson has won its last three games by margins of 60, 34 and 49 points. Clemson has now won three straight games by at least 34 points for only the second time in school history and the first time since the first three games of the 2000 season.
  • Clemson held Florida State to -21 rushing yards, breaking the mark for fewest rushing yards allowed by the Tigers in ACC play set at North Carolina on Nov. 4, 1989 (-6). The -21 rushing yards tied for the second-fewest rushing yards allowed in a game in school history, trailing only a rushing performance of -29 yards by Furman on Sept. 7, 1996.
  • Quarterback Trevor Lawrence completed 20-37 passes for a career-high 314 yards and tied his career high with four passing touchdowns.
  • With his third touchdown pass of the day, Lawrence recorded his 15th passing touchdown of the season to break Deshaun Watson’s school record for passing touchdowns by a true freshman. During the contest, Lawrence also broke Watson’s school record for passing yards by a first-year freshman (1,466).
  • Defensive tackle Christian Wilkins recorded the first rushing touchdown of his career on a one-yard touchdown plunge in the second quarter.
  • Wide receiver Hunter Renfrow extended his streak of consecutive games played with a reception to 36, tying Jerry Butler for the second-longest streak in school history. Renfrow tallied four catches in the game, moving into eight in program history for career receptions with 163.
  • Linebacker Tre Lamar recorded his first career interception, picking off Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois in the second quarter. With Lamar’s interception, Clemson forced a takeaway in a 16th consecutive contest, the program’s longest streak since an 18-game stretch across the 2004-05 seasons.
  • Clemson has now opened a season 8-0 for the seventh time in program history and the third time in the last four years (1948, 1981, 2000, 2011, 2015, 2016 and 2018). Clemson earned conference titles in five of the previous six seasons in which it opened 8-0.
  • Clemson has now won the first eight games of a season for the fourth time under Head Coach Dabo Swinney (2011, 2015, 2016 and 2018). All other coaches in Clemson history have combined for three 8-0 starts, including one each by Frank Howard, Danny Ford and Tommy Bowden.
  • Clemson has now won four consecutive games against Florida State for the first time in series history. Clemson’s four-game winning streak against the Seminoles surpassed the Tigers’ previous longest in series history, beating a three-game streak from 2005-07.
  • Clemson became the first school to defeat Florida State in ACC play in four consecutive years. Miami previously accomplished the feat prior to joining the ACC.
  • Clemson earned its 12th all-time victory against Florida State.
  • Clemson defeated the Seminoles in Tallahassee for the fifth time in history (1976, 1989, 2006, 2016 and 2018) and has now won back-to-back games in Tallahassee for the first time in series history.
  • Clemson bucked a series trend that had seen the home team win 13 of the last 16 games between the two programs prior to Saturday. Of the three previous wins by the visiting teams, two of those squads went on to win the National Championship (Florida State in 2013, Clemson in 2016).
  • Head Coach Dabo Swinney pushed his all-time record against Florida State to 6-5.
  • Clemson secured its 18th victory in its last 19 true road games.
  • Clemson earned its 25th victory in its last 28 games away from home, including neutral site contests.
  • Clemson earned its seventh consecutive victory in the state of Florida, dating back to a 40-6 win against Oklahoma in the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando. Clemson won in the state of Florida for the first time since winning the national championship in Tampa to conclude the 2016 season.
  • Clemson won the 26th of its last 27 games against ACC Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Clemson defeated an ACC foe for the 30th time in its last 32 opportunities, including conference championship games, dating back to 2015.
  • Clemson has now won 59 of their last 61 when leading at halftime.
  • Clemson improved to 80-2 since 2011 when leading after three quarters.
  • Clemson recorded a 25-14 advantage in first downs and is now 81-2 when recording more first downs than their opponent since 2011.
  • Clemson won the turnover margin, 2-1, and now has a 42-3 mark when winning the turnover margin since 2011.
  • Clemson extended its winning streak in Saturday games to 24 to extend the longest Saturday winning streak in school history. The 24-game streak is the longest of any school in the country.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Freshman Trevor Lawrence threw for four touchdowns as No. 2/2 Clemson rolled its way to a 59-10 victory over Florida State on Saturday afternoon, marking the first time in program history that the Tigers posted back-to-back wins at Doak Campbell Stadium. With the win, Clemson retained its undefeated status, moving to 8-0 (5-0 ACC) on the season, while the Seminoles fell to 4-4 overall and 2-4 in conference play.

With four touchdowns against Florida State, Lawrence broke Deshaun Watson’s school record for single-season passing touchdowns by a true freshman, recording 16 so far this year. Lawrence finished the game with a career-high 314 passing yards, connecting on 20-of-37 passes. The receiving duo of Amari Rodgers and Tee Higgins combined for four touchdowns and 218 yards, including a career-high 165 receiving yards by Rodgers. On the other side of the ball, the Clemson defense forced seven three-and-outs by Florida State and totaled 14 tackles for loss, including five sacks.

Clemson drew first blood at the 13:19 mark in the second quarter when Lawrence found Higgins on a seven-yard lob to put the Tigers up 7-0 on the Seminoles. The touchdown was the first of two Lawrence to Higgins touchdowns as the duo connected on a 3-yard pass just six minutes later to give Clemson the 14-0 advantage.

On the following drive, linebacker Tre Lamar hauled in his first interception of the season, returning the ball 43 yards to the Florida State 30. Four plays later, defensive tackle Christian Wilkins barreled into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown run and the first rushing touchdown of his career. Lawrence continued to orchestrate Clemson’s offensive domination, feeding Garrett Williams on a 2-yard touchdown run as time expired in the first half. Clemson’s 28 points in the second quarter were the most points in a quarter since Sept. 12, 2015 when the Tigers pinned 28 second-quarter points on Appalachian State.

It was the Amari Rodgers show in the third quarter as the sophomore recorded his first and second touchdowns of the game for 58 and 68 yards, respectively. All of Rodgers receiving touchdowns this season have eclipsed the 40-yard mark. A field goal by B.T. Potter and a 5-yard connection from Chase Brice to T.J. Chase made the score 52-3, Clemson, heading into the final 15 minutes of the game.

Adam Choice became the third Tiger to rush for a touchdown on the day, punching the ball into the end zone on a 15-yard run. With 20 rushing yards against Florida State, Choice joined Travis Etienne and Tavien Feaster as the only current Tigers to have rushed for at least 1,000 career yards. Florida State recorded its first touchdown of the game with 4:43 remaining in the fourth quarter for the final score of the game.

The Tigers return to Death Valley to host Louisville on Saturday, November 3 for IPTAY Day. Kickoff is slated for 12 p.m.


is now the school record holder for passing touchdowns by a true freshman (16).


Photos by Carl Ackerman, David Platt, Dawson Powers, and Madison Williams.


Photos by Carl Ackerman, David Platt, Dawson Powers, and Madison Williams.