Clem­son hands FSU blowout loss

The Bradenton Herald (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY BOB FERRANTE

Trevor Lawrence threw four touch­down passes, and No. 2 Clem­son handed Florida State its worst home loss in pro­gram his­tory with a 59-10 vic­tory on Satur­day.

Lawrence com­pleted 20 of 37 passes for 314 yards be­fore stay­ing on the side­line for good late in the third quar­ter. Tee Hig­gins and Amari Rodgers each had two touch­down re­cep­tions.

Clem­son (8-0, 5-0 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence) has won four straight in the se­ries for the first time. It’s also the first time Florida State has lost four con­sec­u­tive games to an ACC pro­gram (Mi­ami pre­vi­ously achieved that

I FELT LIKE WE HAD SOME GUYS THAT QUIT ON OUR FOOT­BALL TEAM AND THAT CAN’T BE TOL­ER­ATED. YOU QUIT, YOU DON’T PLAY. Florida State coach Wil­lie Tag­gart

feat be­fore join­ing the league).

“This was an awe­some ac­com­plish­ment for our se­niors,” Clem­son coach Dabo Swin­ney

said. “This was some­thing they re­ally wanted to do … be that first ACC se­nior class to go 4-0 on these guys.”

The Tigers moved to

8-0 for the sev­enth time in school his­tory, in­clud­ing the third time in the last four sea­sons. They were dom­i­nant in the sec­ond quar­ter, scor­ing four touch­downs on con­sec­u­tive drives.

Florida State (4-4, 2-4) couldn’t get out of its own way, suf­fer­ing its most­lop­sided de­feat at home – sur­pass­ing a 58-14 loss to South­ern Miss in 1981. It was also the most points al­lowed by the Semi­noles at Doak Camp­bell Sta­dium.

“I felt like we had some guys that quit on our foot­ball team and that can’t be tol­er­ated,” Florida State coach Wil­lie Tag­gart said. “You quit, you don’t play.”

Deon­dre Fran­cois com­pleted 17 of 36 passes for 180 yards and an in­ter­cep­tion for the Semi­noles be­fore de­part­ing due to in­jury. James Black­man came in and had a 73-yard touch­down pass to Keyshawn Hel­ton.

Florida State was oned­i­men­sional on of­fense, rush­ing 35 times for -21 yards. Clem­son forced the Semi­noles to punt 12 times, in­clud­ing Florida State’s first five posses­sions.

“Our de­fense set the tempo for the day right out of the gate,” Swin­ney said.

Florida State had not al­lowed 30 points in 11 straight games, but that streak was snapped less than a minute into the third quar­ter when Lawrence con­nected with Rodgers on a 58-yard catch and run.

THE TAKE­AWAY

Clem­son: The Tigers have cruised the last three weeks by a com­bined 163-20.

Florida State: Florida State is 0-5 against ranked teams since the start of the 2017 sea­son. Four of those losses are by dou­ble dig­its, in­clud­ing a 31-14 loss at Clem­son last fall.

UP NEXT

Clem­son: Hosts Louisville next Satur­day.

Florida State: Vis­its No. 22 North Carolina State next Satur­day, the sec­ond of three straight ranked op­po­nents on the sched­ule. FSU also plays at No. 3 Notre Dame on Nov. 10.

MARK WALLHEISER AP

Clem­son de­fen­sive end Xavier Thomas (3) and Al­bert Hug­gins sack Florida State quar­ter­back Deon­dre Fran­cois dur­ing the sec­ond half on Satur­day in Tal­la­has­see. Fran­cois com­pleted 17 of 36 passes for 180 yards and an in­ter­cep­tion be­fore de­part­ing due to in­jury.

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