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The Notes: No. 2 Clemson 77, Louisville 16

November 4, 2018

Saturday afternoon, No. 2 Clemson hammered Louisville 77-16, giving Clemson their second consecutive blowout win over what was once a challenger in the ACC Atlantic Division. Here are some of the notes coming out of the win.

  • Prior to the game, Clemson completed "the most exciting 25 seconds in college football" for the 400th time in history. The Tigers have run down The Hill prior to every home game since 1942 with exception of the 1970-71 seasons, the first four games of 1972 and the first game of 1973.
  • On his 19th snap of the game, a four-yard reception by Amari Rodgers, tackle Mitch Hyatt broke center Dalton Freeman’s record (3,361 from 2009-12) for the most career snaps from scrimmage in Clemson history.
  • Hyatt made his 51st career start to add to his school record for career starts by an offensive lineman. It pulled him one start shy of kicker Chandler Catanzaro's school record of 52 career starts.
  • Clemson’s 77 points were the fourth-most in a game in program history, trailing only contests against Guilford (122-0 on Oct. 5, 1901), Furman (99-0 on Sept. 25, 1915) and Wake Forest (82-24 on Oct. 31, 1981).
  • Clemson reached the 70-point mark for the first time since a 73-7 win against South Carolina State on Sept. 6, 2014. It was Clemson’s first 70-point game against an FBS opponent since Oct. 20, 2007, when the Tigers defeated Central Michigan, 70-14.
  • Clemson reached the 70-point mark against an ACC opponent for only the second time in program history, joining the school’s 82-point output against Wake Forest on Oct. 31, 1981. It marks the sixth time in ACC history that a team has scored 70 points in a conference game.
  • The 61-point victory was Clemson’s largest in conference play in school history, surpassing its 60-point win at Wake Forest earlier this year.
  • Clemson has now scored 50 points in consecutive games for the first time since 2015 against Miami (58) and NC State (56).
  • Clemson tied a school record by scoring 40 points in a fourth consecutive game. Clemson has previously recorded four straight 40-point games three times (2009, 2012, 2013), with all three previous instances coming under Head Coach Dabo Swinney.
  • With 240 points in the last four games, Clemson broke the previous team record for points in a four-game span, set in 1900 (208). That four-game stretch in 1900 featured point totals of 39, 12 and 35 prior to a 122-0 win vs. Guilford.
  • Clemson has now outscored its last four opponents (all ACC opponents) by a margin of 240-36. Clemson’s differential of 204 points is the largest in four consecutive ACC contests in conference history, surpassing Florida State’s margin of 184 points in 2000.
  • Clemson has now won four consecutive games by at least 30 points for the first time in school history. The Tigers earned wins of 60, 34 and 49 points in their three most recent contests prior to the game against Louisville.
  • With 661 yards, Clemson reached 600 yards for the second time this season (698 at Wake Forest). It marks Clemson’s first time posting 600 yards on multiple ACC opponents since 2015 vs. North Carolina and NC State.
  • Clemson averaged a school-record 11.6 yards per play, breaking a record that had stood since 1903 (11.2 vs. Georgia Tech).
  • For the second time this season, Clemson set a school record in yards per carry. The Tigers rushed for 13.3 yards per carry, surpassing the program record of 11.8, set earlier this season at Wake Forest.
  • Clemson rushed for 492 yards, its most under Dabo Swinney and the fourth-most in team history. Clemson is 51-1 when rushing for at least 200 yards under Dabo Swinney.
  • Clemson has now reached 500 yards of offense in consecutive games for the first time this season and the first time since closing the 2016 season and opening the 2017 season with 500-yard games.
  • Clemson has now accrued 450 yards of offense in seven straight games for the first time since a 12-game streak spanning the final 11 games of 2015 and the opener in 2016.
  • Clemson outrushed Louisville, 492-81, and outrushed an opponent for the eighth time in nine games this season. The Tigers have now outrushed opponents in 19 of their 23 games since 2017 and are 19-0 when outrushing opponents in that time frame.
  • Clemson’s 411-yard rushing advantage is the program’s largest in single-game records dating back to 1954.
  • Clemson had three players (Travis Etienne, Tavien Feaster and Lyn-J Dixon) rush for 100 yards in the game. It marked the seventh time in team history and second time this season that Clemson had three different players rush for 100 yards in a single game. It marks the first time Clemson has accomplished the feat twice in one year.
  • Quarterback Trevor Lawrence was 8-12 for 59 yards with two touchdowns through the air.
  • Lawrence threw an interception on his seventh pass attempt of the day, his first interception since his fourth pass attempt against Georgia Tech on Sept. 22. It snapped a streak of 136 consecutive passes without an interception, only seven passes shy of Cullen Harper’s single-season school record of 143 in 2007.
  • Clemson won its fifth game with Lawrence as the starting quarterback to give him the school record for most wins as a true freshman starting quarterback.
  • Running back Travis Etienne amassed 153 yards on eight carries, including one for a touchdown.
  • The 100-yard rushing game was the sixth of Etienne’s career and his fifth of the season. Clemson has now posted a 37-2 record when producing a 100-yard rusher since 2011.
  • Clemson opened the scoring on a 10-yard touchdown run by Etienne, his 15th rushing touchdown of the season and 28th rushing touchdown of his career. Clemson improved to 35-0 when scoring first since 2015.
  • Etienne’s touchdown on Clemson’s opening drive marked the second time this season that Clemson scored on its opening drive, joining an opening drive score against NC State.
  • The rushing touchdown was Etienne’s 28th of his career, tying him with Terry Allen (28 from 1987-89) for eighth on the school's leaderboard for career rushing touchdowns.
  • It was Etienne’s 29th total touchdown of his career, tying him with Sammy Watkins (29), for eighth on the school's leaderboard for total touchdowns in a career.
  • Running back Tavien Feaster rushed six times for 101 yards with a career-high two rushing touchdowns.
  • Feaster scored a 70-yard touchdown run on his first carry of the game. It was his third touchdown run of the season and the 12th of his career.
  • The 70-yard touchdown run was Feaster’s longest rush since scoring on an 89-yard touchdown run at NC State in 2017.
  • Feaster’s 70-yard run also tied a 70-yard touchdown run by Etienne against Wake Forest for the longest play by the Tigers this season.
  • Feaster later added a three-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter.
  • On an 11-yard touchdown reception from Lawrence in the second quarter, wide receiver Tee Higgins became the first Clemson player to catch a touchdown in four straight games since Mike Williams posted two four-game streaks in 2016.
  • Wide receiver Amari Rodgers recorded his fourth receiving touchdown of the season on a three-yard pass from Lawrence in the second quarter.
  • Rodgers has now caught a touchdown pass in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.
  • Wide receiver Trevion Thompson recorded his first touchdown reception of the season, the second of his career, on a six-yard pass from quarterback Chase Brice.
  • Running back Lyn-J Dixon scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the season on a 55-yard run in the fourth quarter.
  • Dixon finished the contest with 116 yards on four carries.
  • Wide receiver Will Swinney recorded the first touchdown reception of his career on an eight-yard reception from Brice in the fourth quarter.
  • Swinney scored Clemson’s final touchdown in a game in which 10 different players recorded a touchdown.
  • Clemson scored 11 touchdowns on 15 drives, including touchdown streaks of four drives (twice) and three drives. Ten different Clemson players scored Clemson’s 11 touchdowns.
  • Wide receiver Hunter Renfrow caught a pass to extend his streak of consecutive games played with a reception to 37, moving past Jerry Butler for sole possession of the second-longest streak in school history. It pulled him within one game of Artavis Scott's team record of 38 from 2014-16.
  • Clemson recorded a season-high six sacks. Clemson has now registered at least five sacks in consecutive games for the first time since 2017 vs. Auburn and Louisville.
  • Clemson forced a three-and-out on Louisville’s opening drive on defensive end Austin Bryant’s fourth sack of the season on the third play of the drive.
  • In the second quarter, linebacker J.D. Davis recorded the first forced fumble of his career while notching his second sack of the season.
  • Linebacker Isaiah Simmons scored a pick-six on his first career interception, returning it 28 yards for a touchdown.
  • Simmons’ interception return for touchdown was Clemson’s first of the season and first since Ryan Carter’s 12-yard pick-six at South Carolina on Nov. 25, 2017.
  • With Simmons’ interception, Clemson has now forced a takeaway in 17 consecutive games, the program's longest streak since an 18-game stretch across the 2004-05 seasons.
  • Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence recorded a half-sack to give him 10.0 career sacks. He joined teammates Clelin Ferrell, Christian Wilkins and Austin Bryant with double-digit career sacks.
  • Lawrence later scored the first rushing touchdown of his career on a two-yard run in the third quarter. He scored the rushing touchdown one week after Christian Wilkins became the first Clemson defensive lineman to score a rushing touchdown in the two-platoon era.
  • Safety Tanner Muse recorded his team-leading and career-high second interception of the season in the third quarter.
  • Linebacker Kendall Joseph led the team with 10 total tackles. Joseph also matched his career high with 1.5 sacks.
  • Clemson led, 35-3, after the first half. It marked Clemson’s second 35-point half of the season, matching a 35-point second half against Wake Forest.
  • Clemson allowed a 25-yard Louisville field goal with 3:16 remaining in the first quarter. It marked the first points allowed by Clemson’s defense in the first half since a Syracuse field goal with 0:24 remaining in the second quarter on Sept. 29, a span of 103:08 of game play. Clemson shut out opponents in the first half of its three previous contests (at Wake Forest, vs. NC State, at Florida State).
  • Clemson did not allow a first-half touchdown and has not allowed a first-half touchdown in its last four games. Clemson has allowed only one first-half touchdown in its 12 home games since 2017.
  • After a sack-free game at Florida State last week, Clemson has now posted back-to-back games with zero sacks allowed for the first time since 2012 vs. NC State and Maryland.
  • Clemson’s captains for the contest were cornerback Trayvon Mullen, tight end Milan Richard, wide receiver Trevion Thompson and linebacker Jalen Williams.

The Notes: No. 2 Clemson 77, Louisville 16

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