Clem­son hands Florida State his­toric 49-point de­feat

The Island Packet (Sunday) - - Sports - 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 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 Stadi- um.

“I felt like we had some guys that quit on our foot-

ball 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.

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MARK WALLHEISER AP

Clem­son wide re­ceiver Amari Rodgers runs past Florida State de­fen­sive end Wal­ven­ski Aime af­ter a re­cep­tion.

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