Clemson Opens Home Schedule With 49-0 Shutout Win Over The Citadel

Clemson defensive lineman Bryan Bresee (11) celebrates after tackling The Citadel quarterback Brandon Rainey (16) during the third quarter of their game Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020.

Clemson Opens Home Schedule With Shotout 49-0 Win Over The Citadel

By: Zachary Wagner

Clemson (2-0, 1-0 ACC) scored 49 points in the first half, the most under Head Coach Dabo Swinney since he took over in 2008, en route to rolling over The Citadel (0-2) inside of Memorial Stadium 49-0. The Citadel Coach turned down Coach Swinney’s option to use a running clock in the second half. Clemson held the Citadel to just 162 yards of total offense and accumulated 405 yards on the afternoon. 

Trevor Lawrence continued his stellar season, showing why he is one of, if not the best, quarterback in the nation. The junior completed 8-of-9 passes on the day for 168 yards and three touchdown passes. Lawrence also added a rush touchdown, giving the quarterback a rushing touchdown in four straight games. 

Travis Etienne recorded 68 yards on eight attempts. It marks the first time the senior didn’t score a touchdown in a game in the last 10 games. Amari Rodgers caught one pass for 44-yards and a touchdown, connecting with Lawrence on a beautiful downfield ball.

Frank Ladson Jr. had himself a coming out game, hauling in three receptions for 87 yards and two touchdowns. It was the first two touchdowns on the 2020 campaign for the sophomore wideout.

The Clemson defense shut out the Bulldogs, holding them to just 162 yards of total offense. In the first quarter, Myles Murphy recorded his first forced fumble and James Skalski scooped the ball up and scored from 10-yards out. It marks the first turnover for the Tiger defense on the season.

Other players of note:

DJ Uiagalelei – 8-of-11 175 yards

EJ Williams – 3 receptions, 58 yards

Jake Venables – 5 tackles, 1 TFL

Myles Murphy – 2 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 forced fumble

Ragen Upshaw Jr – 4 tackles, .5 sacks

Clemson will take next week off before welcoming 2019 ACC Coastal Division Champion Virginia to Memorial Stadium on October 3rd. 

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