QB Lawrence, RB Etienne anchor Clemson’s high-octane offense
Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne are young, a bit raw and awfully talented.
Together, they anchor Clemson's high-octane offense and have helped the No. 2 Tigers get into in the College Football Playoff. Now, Lawrence, a freshman quarterback, and Etienne are hunting a national title.
"We've had goals set out for the season, obviously, to win championships," Lawrence said. "We want more than just the ACC championship."
No. 2 Clemson dominates AP All-ACC team again with 11 Tigers
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — No. 2 Clemson once again dominated the Associated Press All-Atlantic Coast Conference teams and individual awards released Tuesday.
The four-time defending league champions placed 11 players on the two teams as selected by a panel of 14 sports writers who cover the conference.
Five Tigers made the first team, and four were unanimous picks. Offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt was a unanimous pick for the second straight year.
Cotton Bowl Matchup
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Clemson (13-0, ACC, No. 2 CFP) vs. Notre Dame (12-0, Independent, No. 3 CFP), Dec. 29 (ESPN)
LOCATION: Arlington, Texas.
Clemson: Sophomore RB Travis Etienne has 1,463 yards rushing with 21 TDs. He ran for 156 yards and two TDs on only 12 carries in the ACC championship game against Pitt.
No. 2 Clemson clobbers Pitt 42-10 for 4th straight ACC title
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Exactly 10 years after being hired as head coach, Dabo Swinney made history with the Clemson Tigers.
Travis Etienne ran for 156 yards and two touchdowns, Trevor Lawrence threw two short scoring passes to Tee Higgins and No. 2 Clemson beat Pitt 42-10 on Saturday night on a rainy night to become the first team to win four straight Atlantic Coast Conference championship games.
AP All-America Watch: Star matchups for championship weekend
The Associated Press has been honoring college football's best with an All-America team since 1925. The full three-team AP All-America selections will be unveiled in December. The final All-America watch of the season features All-America matchups from each of this weekend's Power Five conference championship games.
Clemson RB Etienne leads ACC’s all-conference team
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — No. 2 Clemson placed five players on the Atlantic Coast Conference's all-league team.
Running back Travis Etienne received a league-best 174 points in results announced Monday and determined by a vote of 46 media members and the league's 14 head coaches.
Players received three points for a first-team vote, two for a second-team vote and one for a third-team selection.
No. 2 Clemson overcomes slow start to beat Duke 35-6
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson finished perfect in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a less than perfect performance that still ended with another blowout.
The No. 2 Tigers (11-0, 8-0, No. 2 CFP) beat Duke 35-6 on Saturday night, rebounding to win their six straight league game by at least 20 points after falling behind 6-0 and getting just one first down on their first three drives.
No. 2 Clemson keeps rolling with 77-16 win over Louisville
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence said one of No. 2 Clemson's main goals this year was to have fun.
Few teams in college football appear to be enjoying themselves as much as the surging Tigers.
Travis Etienne ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns and Lawrence, all 350 pounds of him, had a 2-yard scoring run in a 77-16 dismantling of Louisville on Saturday.
No. 2 Clemson goes for 4th straight win vs Florida State
No. 2 Clemson (7-0, 4-0 ACC) at Florida State (4-3, 1-2), noon ET (ABC)
Line: Clemson by 16½.
Series record: Florida State leads 20-11.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Clemson is looking for its third 8-0 start in the past four years and to keep on track for a fourth consecutive trip to the Atlantic Coast Conference title game. Florida State would like a signature victory in coach Willie Taggart's first season and beating the second-ranked Tigers would do it.
ACC rout: No. 3 Clemson tops No. 16 North Carolina St 41-7
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Trevor Lawrence came in wanting to leave little doubt about No. 3 Clemson's championship goals this season and about his ability to take the Tigers there.
He accomplished both Saturday in a 41-7 rout of No. 16 North Carolina State, helping Clemson dominate the showdown between the Atlantic Coast Conference's last remaining undefeated teams.
Etienne leads No. 4 Clemson past Wake Forest, 63-3
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — It didn't matter who took the handoffs for No. 4 Clemson. All those long touchdown runs added up to a historic day that would make their late teammate proud.
Three Tigers rushed for at least 125 yards apiece, and the team rolled up 471 yards rushing in a 66-3 rout of Wake Forest on Saturday.
No. 4 Clemson visits Wake Forest looking to remain atop ACC
No. 4 Clemson (5-0, 2-0 ACC) at Wake Forest (3-2, 0-1), 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Down 2 QBs, No. 3 Clemson rallies past Syracuse, 27-23
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Should No. 3 Clemson fulfill its championship aspirations this season, prepare to hear plenty about "The Drive."
With new starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence knocked out of the game, reserve Chase Brice — who was about sixth on the depth chart last January — guided a 94-yard, fourth-quarter scoring drive that ended with Travis Etienne's 2-yard touchdown run with 41 seconds and gave the Tigers a 27-23 victory against Syracuse on Saturday.
No. 2 Clemson’s plays amid storm for 38-7 win vs Ga Southern
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — A week of worry at No. 2 Clemson over a powerhouse storm ended in victory in front of a supportive full house at Memorial Stadium.
The Tigers (3-0) got a career-best 162 yards rushing and two touchdowns from Travis Etienne to defeat Georgia Southern 38-7 on Saturday, capping an unusual week for Clemson — the only major college team in the Carolinas and Virginia that did not call off or move its game away from home because of Florence.
Clemson says running back CJ Fuller is transferring
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson's one-time starting running back C.J. Fuller is leaving the Tigers.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Wednesday Fuller would graduate this spring and then find a new school to finish his football career.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The No. 1 Clemson Tigers (12-1, 8-1 ACC) cemented their place in the College Football Playoff for a third straight year with a dominant, 38-3, victory over the No. 7 Miami Hurricanes (10-2, 7-2 ACC) in the ACC Championship Game Saturday night.
Led by quarterback Kelly Bryant (23-29 for 252 yards, one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdowns) and a stifling defense, the Tigers played their best game of the season, as they outgained the Hurricanes 331-214.
COLUMBIA — As much as they grumbled and apprehensively adjusted to playing Wofford’s offense last week, perhaps it was the best thing for South Carolina.
Fourth-ranked Clemson doesn’t run that triple-option system, but in terms of the Gamecocks staying in their gaps and playing fundamental defensive football, they need to be at their best just as they were against the Terriers.
Clemson vs. The Citadel: By the Numbers; The Good, The Bad, The Wacky; Player of the Game
By the Numbers
Death Valley record for Clemson’s senior class (2016 loss to Pittsburgh)
Total offense for the Citadel (308.6 rushing yards per game average coming in)
Clemson quarterbacks with touchdown passes (Kelly Bryant 3, Zerrick Cooper 1, Hunter Johnson 1)
Yards on a fourth-quarter Citadel pass from Jordan Black to Raleigh Webb.
Touchdowns in a season for Travis Etienne, breaking C.J. Spiller’s school freshman record (2006)
Travis Etienne sets new Clemson record, The Citadel avoids a shutout
CLEMSON — For 11 years, no one could pass C.J. Spiller: he of the prolific Clemson career, he of the Tigers’ freshman record for touchdowns in a season with 10 in 2006.
Then came Travis Etienne, and as of Saturday, there is a new record.
Etienne, the Tigers’ dominant freshman running back from Jennings, La., tied Spiller’s record in the first quarter of Clemson’s 61-3 drubbing of The Citadel, then broke it in the third.
CLEMSON—The accolades keep pouring in for Clemson’s true freshman running back Travis Etienne.
Only three days removed from a dominant performance in the Tigers’ 31-14 victory over Florida State -- in which he rushed for 97 yards and two scores, adding a 16-yard reception and 45 yards on kickoff returns for a team-high 159 all-purpose yards — Etienne was named the ACC Rookie of the Week.
No. 4 Clemson wins ACC Atlantic with 31-14 victory over FSU
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Travis Etienne always dreamed of helping his team win a title. It didn't take very long for the freshman to turn that dream into reality at Clemson.
Etienne ran for 97 yards and two touchdowns to lead the fourth-ranked Tigers to a 31-14 victory over Florida State that clinched the team's third straight ACC Atlantic Division title and a trip to the league championship game.
Clemson vs. Syracuse: By the numbers; The Good, The Bad, The Wacky
By the numbers
2 for 11
Clemson on third down
Touchdown passes for Syracuse QB Eric Dungey (6 allowed by Clemson coming in)
37 and 52
Yards on touchdown runs by Tavien Feaster and Travis Etienne
Clemson’s ACC record vs. Syracuse
1 for 3
Clemson’s Alex Spence on field goal attempts
Big-play touchdown runs from Tavien Feaster and Travis Etienne. Tanner Muse with a fumble return for a touchdown. Decent pressure on the quarterback, particularly by Clelin Ferrell.
Clemson QB Bryant out of the game with injury
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant came out of the game after Travis Etienne's 1-yard, third-quarter touchdown run for the second-ranked Tigers against Wake Forest on Saturday.
Bryant went into the team's medical tent on the sidelines after trainers were examining his lower leg. He came out of the tent and remained with teammates on the sideline, but did not go back into the game. Backup Zerrick Cooper took over with the Tigers ahead 21-0.
ACC’s early surprises include Marshall, Ishmael, Etienne
ATLANTA (AP) — Much has changed in one year for some of the early surprises playing significant roles in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
At this time last year, TaQuon Marshall, who began his career as a running back, was no higher than third on Georgia Tech's list of quarterbacks.
Steve Ishmael was playing in the shadows of other Syracuse wide receivers for the third straight season.
Travis Etienne was Clemson's final commitment in the 2017 signing class.
Bayou Tiger: Etienne spurns home-state LSU to run at Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson freshman Travis Etienne defied the wishes of many in his home state of Louisiana and chose the Tigers in South Carolina instead of lining up at LSU.
He defied the wishes of many LSU fans in his home state, but it looks like he made the right decision for him.
"Clemson really sold me," Etienne said. "It was closer than you could imagine (with LSU). I'm just glad I came here."