Clem­son hands Florida State worst home loss

The Standard Journal - - NATIONAL SPORTS - By Bob Fer­rante

TAL­LA­HAS­SEE, Fla. — No At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence team had ever knocked off Florida State for four straight years.

Clem­son spent the week mak­ing sure it would be the first.

Tigers Quar­ter­back Trevor Lawrence of Cartersville fame threw four touch­down passes, and No. 2 Clem­son handed Florida State its worst home loss in pro­gram his­tory with a 59-10 vic­tory on Oc­to­ber 27, a real trick over a treat ahead of Hal­loween.

“This was an awe­some ac­com­plish­ment for our se­niors,” 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.”

Florida State routed Clem­son 51-14 in 2013, a vic­tory that was part of the Semi­noles’ un­de­feated run to the na­tional ti­tle. But since then, the Tigers have been the class of the ACC — and owned their ri­valry with Florida State.

“I’m def­i­nitely hon­ored,” de­fen­sive tackle Chris­tian Wilkins said. “Just speaks vol­umes of our pro­gram and the spe­cial guys we have, the spe­cial group of se­niors we have.”

Lawrence com­pleted 20 of 37 passes for 314 yards be­fore stay­ing on the side­line for good late in the third quar­ter. Amari Rodgers had six catches for 156 yards and two touch­downs, and Tee Hig­gins also had two TD re­cep­tions.

Clem­son (8-0, 5-0) scored 28 points in the sec­ond quar­ter and opened a 45-0 lead be­fore Florida State got on the board on Ricky Aguayo’s 35-yard field goal with 4:35 left in the third quar­ter.

The Tigers moved to 8-0 for the sev­enth time in school his­tory, in­clud­ing the third time in the last four sea­sons. Clem­son also recorded backto-back wins in Tal­la­has­see for the first time.

Florida State (4-4, 2-4) couldn’t get out of its own way, suf­fer­ing its most-lop­sided 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’s can’t be tol­er­ated,” Florida State coach Wil­lie Tag­gart said. “You quit, you don’t play.”

De­fen­sive end Brian Burns, who had a tackle and a quar­ter­back hurry, agreed with Tag­gart’s as­sess­ment.

“Most def­i­nitely,” Burns said. “The ef­fort level wasn’t there. The en­ergy wasn’t there.”

Florida State had not al­lowed 30 points in 11 straight games, dat­ing to the 2017 loss at Clem­son. But that streak was snapped less than a minute into the third when Lawrence con­nected with Rodgers on a 58-yard catch and run.

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 mi­nus21 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.

/ AP-Mark Wallheiser

Clem­son quar­ter­back Trevor Lawrence throws in the first half of the game against Florida State in Tal­la­has­see, Fla., on Satur­day.

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