Clemson Football Extends The Longest Active Home Game Winning Streak
By Makenna Biehl
The Clemson Tigers have advanced to 2-0 after facing The Citadel Bulldogs this past Saturday with a score of 49-0. The Tigers defense dominated the field, only allowing the Bulldogs 162 total yards, while the offense put up 405 yards of total offense with seven touchdowns. Clemson quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, completed 8-of-9 passes for 168 yards and connected with Frank Ladson Jr. (2) and Amari Rodgers (1) for three touchdown passes on the afternoon. The junior also extended his streak of games with a rushing touchdown to four games with a one-yard touchdown scramble in the first quarter.
The win over the Citadel marked Clemson’s 31st consecutive regular-season win, passing the 2013-15 Florida State Seminoles for the longest winning streak in ACC history. Since the 2014 season, Clemson has posted a staggering 42-1 record inside of Memorial Stadium. This past weekend’s victory gave the Tigers a 23-game home winning streak, the longest active home winning streak in the nation. Along with keeping up a record-breaking win streak, the Tigers also pulled off their first shutout since their 31-0 win over Ohio State at the 2016 Fiesta Bowl.
The last loss the Tigers suffered inside of Death Valley was when they faced the Pitt Panthers in Week 10 of the 2016-17 season. Pitt pulled off the stunning win, knocking off Clemson with a last-second field goal to secure the 43-42 win over Deshaun Watson and the Tigers. Clemson would later win its first National Championship in over 30 years, and the rest is history.
Since that fateful day in Memorial Stadium in November of 2016, Clemson has won the last 23 home games by an average of 34 points a game. The biggest scare the Tigers have had at home in the previous three years was against the Syracuse Orange. A last-minute rushing touchdown from Travis Etienne secured the win for the Tigers, 27-23.
The Clemson Tigers have next weekend off before hosting the Virginia Cavaliers in Death Valley on October 3rd.