Trevor Lawrence Shines as No. 3 Clemson Beats Wake Forest in Blowout

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistNovember 16, 2019

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) scrambles out of the pocket while defended by Wake Forest's Ja'Corey Johns (41) Clemson's during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)
Richard Shiro/Associated Press

Trevor Lawrence and the No. 3 Clemson Tigers cruised to a 52-3 victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Lawrence suffered a brief injury scare during the first half after a hit to the head. He remained in the game, however.

The sophomore star had an efficient day, completing 21 of 27 pass attempts for 272 yards and four touchdowns.

         

Notable Performances

Clemson

QB Trevor Lawrence: 21-of-27, 272 yards, four touchdowns

RB Travis Etienne: 16 carries, 121 yards, one touchdown; three catches, 37 yards

WR Tee Higgins: four catches, 64 yards, three touchdowns

           

Clemson Finishes Conference Slate in Dominant Fashion

Clemson's strength of schedule has been a major talking point, but the Tigers had little trouble in one of their toughest tests.

Wake Forest has been ranked in the Top 25 on a few occasions in 2019, with its most recent appearance lasting until a 36-17 loss at Virginia Tech last week.

Still, the Demon Deacons have been a respectable squad. And Clemson faced little resistance.

Dabo Swinney's team was ready to play in all three phases. The defense forced a three-and-out on the game's opening drive, Amari Rodgers provided terrific field position with a 53-yard punt return, and Lawrence and Co. needed just three plays to find the end zone.

The Tigers came up with an interception on the first play of the Demon Deacons' second drive. That set the table for Travis Etienne, as the star running back carried the offense 41 yards to the end zone on four attempts.

Through the first five minutes and five seconds of the game, the Tigers offense ran just seven plays...and scored two touchdowns. At that point, the rout was on.

Clemson has scored 40-plus points in nine of its 11 games, including six in a row since a 21-20 victory over North Carolina on Sept. 28. 

The defense has continued to dominate. The Tigers have not allowed more than 14 points in a game since they faced the Tar Heels, allowing an average of 9.7 points over their last six contests.

Clemson has won 21 consecutive ACC games since October 2017. 

        

What's Next

Clemson (11-0) will be off until Nov. 30, when it hits the road for a clash against the South Carolina Gamecocks. That in-state rivalry game will mark the final regular-season contest for the Tigers.

Wake Forest (7-3) will return home to host the Duke Blue Devils on Nov. 23.

Related

    Spiller tells Etienne to block out noise

    Clemson Football logo
    Clemson Football

    Spiller tells Etienne to block out noise

    robertmacraetci
    via The Clemson Insider

    Top Players from the 2020 Senior Bowl 🏆

    Justin Herbert, Jordan Love among @nfldraftscout's winners of the game ➡️

    Clemson Football logo
    Clemson Football

    Top Players from the 2020 Senior Bowl 🏆

    Matt Miller
    via Bleacher Report

    Justin Herbert Wins Senior Bowl MVP as North Beats South 34-17

    College Football logo
    College Football

    Justin Herbert Wins Senior Bowl MVP as North Beats South 34-17

    Megan Armstrong
    via Bleacher Report

    Notre Dame Recruit Landen Bartleson Arrested on Burglary Charges

    Brian Kelly says incoming freshman CB is no longer with program following arrest

    College Football logo
    College Football

    Notre Dame Recruit Landen Bartleson Arrested on Burglary Charges

    Megan Armstrong
    via Bleacher Report