CLEMSON FOOTBALL

Tiger 'O' has record day in victory

BY DANNY KELLY
danny@theitem.com
Posted 11/27/18

CLEMSON - In Clemson's 56-35 win over archrival South Carolina on Saturday at Clemson Memorial Stadium, the Tiger offense was clicking on all cylinders - to say the very least.

The Tigers hung 744 total yards of offense on the Gamecocks, 358 …

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CLEMSON FOOTBALL

Tiger 'O' has record day in victory

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CLEMSON - In Clemson's 56-35 win over archrival South Carolina on Saturday at Clemson Memorial Stadium, the Tiger offense was clicking on all cylinders - to say the very least.

The Tigers hung 744 total yards of offense on the Gamecocks, 358 rushing and 393 passing, which was the most total yards ever put up on South Carolina by Clemson and the third highest total in team history.

"Just an amazing performance offensively," Swinney said. "You know, last week, we stunk it up the first half (against Duke); poor on third down, we got a little cough syrup shoved down our throat. But I tell you, we picked up in the second half and we carried right into this week. Just unbelievable, one of the best games I've ever been around offensively; 744 yards and really left some on the table."

Just how dominant were the Tigers? Clemson recorded a school record three touchdown drives of 95 yards or more, scoring on drives of 95, 97 and 98 yards. That's 290 yards of offense on three possessions.

It was Clemson's first time posting multiple drives of 95 yards or more since having two against Wake Forest on Oct. 7, 2006.

Clemson also scored 27 or more points in a 12th straight game for the first time in school history, adding to its existing school record. The Tigers scored eight touchdowns to move their season total to 74. The 2018 team is now one touchdown shy of the 2016 team, which scored 75 touchdowns, for the most total touchdowns in a season in school history.

Clemson true freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence had the best game of his brief career, completing 27 of his 36 passes for 393 yards. That was a career high for Lawrence and the most passing yards ever given up by the Gamecocks to Clemson. Lawrence also tossed a touchdown in the win.

"I thought Trevor was just amazing," Swinney said.

Clemson sophomore running back Travis Etienne also turned in a solid performance, rushing the ball 28 times for 150 yards and two scores. Etienne broke the single-season Clemson rushing touchdown record of 17 with his 2-touchdown performance, bringing him to 19 on the season.

"Travis set the record for touchdowns in a season tonight," Swinney said. "I'm really happy for him."

Graduate student running back Adam Choice also had a good night with 56 yards on seven carries and three touchdowns.

Clemson also set a school record for the most rushing touchdowns in a season with 42.

Sophomore wide receiver Tee Higgins caught the lone receiving touchdown for Clemson and had six receptions for 142 yards.

"Tee was amazing," Swinney said. "Tee had just some incredible plays."

Graduate student wide receiver Hunter Renfrow also contributed with five catches for 80 yards.

"Renfrow just, I mean, wow," Swinney said. "That's all I can say. He's just so much fun to watch. You talk about a special young man, a special player."