Trevor Lawrence’s Career Day Propels #1 Clemson Past Georgia Tech 73-7

October 17, 2020 Atlanta – Clemson’s quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) gets off a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday, October 17, 2020. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

Trevor Lawrence’s Career Day Propels Clemson Past Georgia Tech 73-7

By Zachary Wagner

Junior quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw for a career best 404 yards and five first half touchdowns en route to leading the No. 1/1 Clemson Tigers (5-0, 4-0 ACC) to a 73-7 victory over ACC foe Georgia Tech. Lawrence has now passed for three or more touchdowns in four straight games dating back to The Citadel. The Clemson offense put up a whopping 671 total yards of total offense against the Yellow Jackets. 

Lawrence spread the ball around on the afternoon, as four different receivers recorded a touchdown reception from the quarterback. Amari Rodgers (2), Davis Allen (1), Cornell Powell (1), and Frank Ladson Jr. (1) all helped Lawrence to his career day. Lawrence also threw his first interception of the season in the first quarter, snapping a streak of 376 pass attempts without an interception. 

Amari Rodgers was the Tigers leading receiver, hauling in six receptions for 161 yards, including a 83-yard touchdown connection with Lawrence in the first quarter to give Clemson a 14-7 lead. Freshman wide receiver Ajou Ajou recorded his first collegiate receiving touchdown in the fourth quarter. 

Travis Etienne scored a second quarter rushing touchdown, passing Chandler Catanzaro’s Clemson record of career scoring of 404 career points. Etienne rushed the ball for 44 yards and caught twice for 29 yards. 

Freshman walk-on Hunter Helms entered the game in the fourth quarter and recorded his first collegiate touchdown pass to Kobe Pace to extend the Tiger lead to 66-7. 

The defense held the Yellow Jacket offense to 204 yards, the lowest yardage of the season for Georgia Tech.  Prior to the game, the Yellow Jacket offense had put up over 400+ yards in all four of their games. 

October 17, 2020 Atlanta – Clemson’s wide receiver Cornell Powell (17) celebrates after he made a touchdown pass over Georgia Tech’s defensive back Tre Swilling (3) during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday, October 17, 2020. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

Nolan Turner intercepted his second pass of the season and Myles Murphy and Mike Jones Jr. both forced fumbles. Both KJ Henry and Justin Mascoll recorded fumble recoveries. 

The XX points are the most scored by a Clemson offense since they scored 77 against the Louisville Cardinals in 2018. 

The Tigers will be back inside of Death Valley next weekend at Noon as the Syracuse Orange come to Memorial Stadium for the first time since the comeback victory led by Chase Brice in 2018. Kick is set for noon on ESPN or ACC Network. 

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