WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Travis Etienne, Lyn-J Dixon and Adam Choice all eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark as the No. 4/4 Clemson Tigers amassed 698 total offensive yards en route to a 63-3 defeat of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field on Saturday afternoon. With the win, Clemson remained undefeated on the year at 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the ACC, while Wake Forest fell to 3-3 overall and 0-2 in conference play.
Between Etienne, Dixon, Choice and three other rushers, Clemson ran for 471 yards, the team’s most in a single game under head coach Dabo Swinney. Through the air, a balanced effort quarterbacked by Trevor Lawrence powered the Tigers. Lawrence completed 18 of his 21 pass attempts in the first half alone, connecting with nine different receivers to amass 173 yards and two touchdowns in the first 30 minutes. Chase Brice also added a scoring pass in the fourth quarter and ended his action with four completions on four attempts for 50 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, the Tigers held Wake Forest to 77 yards to Clemson’s 312 in the first half, with just three of those offensive yards coming on rushes for the Demon Deacons. For the whole game, Tre Lamar led the way with six solo tackles and two of Clemson’s three sacks.
Clemson’s 60-point margin of victory was the program’s largest in conference play in school history.The win was Clemson’s 14th win of 60 points or more in school history and the program’s first since a 66-point win against South Carolina State in 2014.Clemson gained 698 yards of offense, the fifth-most in a game in school history. Four of the program’s five highest single-game yardage totals have come under Head Coach Dabo Swinney.Clemson averaged 10.0 yards per play, the fourth-best single-game average in program history behind games in 1903 (11.2 at Georgia Tech), 1945 (10.7 vs. Presbyterian) and 1947 (10.4 vs. Presbyterian).Clemson eclipsed the 400-yard rushing mark for the first time since rushing for 416 against Miami (Fla.) on Oct. 24, 2015.Clemson’s 471 rushing yards represent the most in a single game under head coach Dabo Swinney, surpassing the previous high of 416 set in that contest against Miami.Clemson’s 471 rushing yards are the fourth-most yards on the ground in program history and the most since Oct. 31, 1981 when the Tigers amassed 536 rushing yards against Wake Forest.Clemson averaged 11.8 yards per carry, breaking the previous school record set on Oct. 17, 1903 against Georgia Tech (11.2).Clemson reached the 300-yard rushing mark for the second time this season (309 vs. Georgia Southern). Clemson reached the 300-yard rushing mark twice last year and has now posted multiple 300-yard rushing games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2006 (four) and 2007 (two).
The HIGHLIGHTS you need.-Three 100-yard rushers. First time since ‘06.-Five rush TDs of 50 yards or more.-School record 11.8 YPC.See for yourself. 👇 pic.twitter.com/VY2nIvTDWq— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) October 6, 2018
The HIGHLIGHTS you need.
-Three 100-yard rushers. First time since ‘06.-Five rush TDs of 50 yards or more.-School record 11.8 YPC.
See for yourself. 👇 pic.twitter.com/VY2nIvTDWq
— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) October 6, 2018
Doughnuts for the Dub.#WeWinWeDance pic.twitter.com/6P56dFI2fB— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) October 6, 2018
Doughnuts for the Dub.#WeWinWeDance pic.twitter.com/6P56dFI2fB
63 points is one thing, but the defense matched its season high with 12 tackles for loss, bringing its season total to 58 TFLs #ALLIN 🐅 pic.twitter.com/nCiECnaZjC— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) October 6, 2018
63 points is one thing, but the defense matched its season high with 12 tackles for loss, bringing its season total to 58 TFLs #ALLIN 🐅 pic.twitter.com/nCiECnaZjC
Yup.#ALLIN https://t.co/xNDUlUFNYb— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) October 6, 2018
Etienne’s 59-yard TD
Lawrence finds Justyn Ross for six
Photos by Carl Ackerman, David Platt and Madison Williams