October 12, 2019 / 11:44 PM / a month ago

No. 2 Clemson starts quickly, crushes Florida State

Quarterback Trevor Lawrence passed for 170 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a fourth as No. 2 Clemson jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 45-14 victory against Florida State on Saturday in Clemson, S.C.

Oct 12, 2019; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers wife receiver Justin Ross (8) makes a reception while being defended by Florida State Seminoles defensive back Asante Samuel Jr. (26) during the first quarter of the game at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

After escaping with a 21-20 victory against North Carolina two weeks ago that dropped the Tigers from No. 1 to No. 2 in the polls, Clemson (6-0, 4-0 ACC) eliminated all suspense in short order against a Seminoles team looking for its third straight victory.

It was the 21st consecutive victory for Clemson, extending the nation’s longest active winning streak.

Clemson’s fifth consecutive victory against the Seminoles (3-3, 2-2) also was the 750th in program history, making Clemson the 15th FBS team to reach that milestone and the first in the ACC.

Clemson scored touchdowns on four of its first five possessions, with Lawrence tossing a touchdown pass to Travis Etienne and two scoring passes to Justyn Ross while adding an 8-yard touchdown run.

Lawrence finished 17 of 25 and was intercepted once. Etienne had 127 yards on 17 carries. The Tigers amassed 552 yards, the third time this year Clemson has topped 500 yards.

Clemson held the Seminoles to 253 total yards and 10 first downs.

Florida State running back Cam Akers, who entered the game second in the ACC in rushing with an average of 116.4 yards per game, had 34 yards on nine carries.

Clemson added two touchdowns in the third quarter — a 29-yard run by wide receiver Amari Rodgers and a 38-yard interception return by Derion Kendrick, before Florida State finally got on the scoreboard when quarterback Alex Hornibrook connected with wide receiver Tamorrion Terry for a 64-yard touchdown with 2:02 left in the third quarter.

Clemson’s Steven Sawicki converted the first field goal of his career, a 26-yarder early in the fourth quarter. Florida State running back Khalon Laborn, who paced the Seminoles with 69 yards on eight attempts, added a 40-yard touchdown run with 2:41 remaining.

James Blackman started at quarterback for Florida State, and he and Hornibrook were a combined 17 of 35 for 150 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.

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