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Clemson Football

The Notes: #2 Clemson 35, Duke 6

November 18, 2018

  • Clemson scored 27 or more points in an 11th straight game for the first time in school history, surpassing a 10-game stretch with 27 or more points during the 2012 season.
  • Including the 459 yards gained against Duke, Clemson has now produced only the seventh 5,500-yard season in school history; all seven 5,500-yard campaigns have been produced under Dabo Swinney.
  • Clemson has now held opponents to 20 or fewer points in six straight games for the first time since games 6-11 of the 2010 season.
  • Clemson held Duke without a touchdown and has now held opponents without an offensive touchdown in eight consecutive quarters. The last touchdown allowed by Clemson’s defense came in the fourth quarter against Louisville on Nov. 3.
  • WIth five touchdowns against Duke, Clemson how has 66 touchdowns this season, moving past the 2017 Tigers (62) for fifth-most in a season in school history.
  • Clemson has now won six consecutive games by 20 or more points for the first time since the final five games of the 1989 season and the 1990 season opener. The two six-game streaks are tied for the longest in school history.
  • Clemson outrushed Duke, 208-104, and has now outrushed opponents 10 times this season. The Tigers have now outrushed opponents in 21 of their 25 games since 2017 and are 21-0 when outrushing opponents in that time frame.
  • Clemson is now 52-1 when rushing for at least 200 yards under Swinney.
  • Clemson exceeded 200 yards both passing and rushing. Clemson is a perfect 39-0 when both passing and rushing for at least 200 yards under Swinney.
  • Clemson did not allow a sack and has allowed only one sack in the last four games.
  • Quarterback Trevor Lawrence completed 21-38 passes for 251 yards with two passing touchdowns and no interceptions.
  • Lawrence also added a career-long 19-yard rush in the third quarter.
  • On his second touchdown pass of the game, Lawrence broke Kyle Parker's school record for touchdown passes by a freshman (20). Lawrence already held the school record for touchdown passes by a true freshman.
  • Lawrence is now tied with Woodrow Dantzler (21 in 2001) and Charlie Whitehurst (21 in 2003) for seventh on the school's leaderboard for touchdown passes in a single season.
  • On a seven-yard reception from Lawrence on the game’s first drive, wide receiver Hunter Renfrow caught a pass in his 39th consecutive game, breaking Artavis Scott's team record of 38 consecutive games with a reception from 2014-16.
  • Renfrow made his 43rd career start to break Terry Smith's school record for career starts by a wide receiver (42 from 1990-93).
  • Running back Tavien Feaster recorded his fifth rushing touchdown of the season on a two-yard run in the second quarter. The rushing touchdown was the 14th of his career.
  • Wide receiver Justyn Ross recorded his sixth receiving touchdown of the season in the second quarter on a 19-yard pass from Lawrence.
  • Wide receiver T.J. Chase caught Lawrence’s second touchdown pass of the game, a 10-yard reception in the third quarter. It was Chase’s second touchdown reception of the season and of his career.
  • The touchdown pass to Ross was Lawrence’s 20th touchdown pass of the season. Lawrence’s 2018 campaign marks only the 10th season with 20 or more passing touchdowns in school history.
  • Running back Travis Etienne gained 81 yards on nine carries with two rushing touchdowns.
  • With his second touchdown of the game, Etienne notched his 17th rushing touchdown of the year, tying Clemson's record for rushing touchdowns in a single season, held jointly by Lester Brown (1978), James Davis (2006) and Wayne Gallman (2016).
  • Etienne’s second touchdown tied him with Fred Cone (31) for seventh on the school’s leaderboard for total touchdowns in a career.
  • The second touchdown was Etienne’s 18th total touchdown of the season, tying him with Travis Zachery (18 in 2000) and DeAndre Hopkins (18 in 2012) for second-most in a season in school history, trailing only C.J. Spiller’s 21-touchdown season in 2009.
  • With the performance, Etienne moved into the Top 10 in rushing yards in a single season in school history. His 1,157 rushing yards this season rank 10th in a year program history.
  • Tackle Mitch Hyatt made his 53rd career start to break kicker Chandler Catanzaro's school record for career starts.
  • Defensive tackle Christian Wilkins made his 41st career start to break Jim Stuckey's school record for starts by a defensive tackle, set from 1976-79. (Note: Wilkins has also started at defensive end in his career but is currently listed at tackle).
  • Hyatt and Wilkins both played their 54th career game to tie for fifth-most in program history.
  • Clemson recorded four sacks as a team, marking the fourth consecutive game Clemson has registered at least four sacks, the team’s first such stretch since 2014 against Louisville, Boston College, Syracuse and Wake Forest.
  • Defensive end Clelin Ferrell recorded 2.0 sacks.
  • Ferrell’s second sack of the game gave him a new career-high 10.5 sacks and made him the first Clemson player with double-digit sacks in a single season since Carlos Watkins (10.5) in 2016.
  • Ferrell recorded at least 2.0 sacks for the third time this season and for the fifth time in his career.
  • Safety Tanner Muse recorded his second sack of the season, the second of his career.
  • Wilkins pushed his career sack total to 14.0 with his fourth sack of the season in the third quarter.
  • On his second PAT attempt, kicker Greg Huegel joined Chandler Catanzaro (207) as the only players in school history to attempt 200 career PATs.
  • Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence recorded a career-high two passes broken up.
  • Captains for the contest were defensive end Austin Bryant, center Justin Falcinelli, defensive end Clelin Ferrell and kicker Greg Huegel.
  • Clemson hosted Duke for the first time since 2008. In that game, then-interim head coach Dabo Swinney's Tigers outgained the Blue Devils, 466-168, and earned a 31-7 victory.
  • Clemson held Duke without a first-quarter touchdown on offense. Clemson is the only FBS team in the country to not allow an offensive touchdown in the first quarter this season.
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