WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence stated he is labored this offseason on being affected person and taking what the protection is giving him as a substitute of on the lookout for the large play.
It paid off Saturday evening.
Lawrence accomplished 22 of 28 passes for 351 yards and mixed for 3 touchdowns, and the No. 1 Tigers continued their domination of Wake Forest with a 37-13 victory within the season opener for each groups.
“Do not attempt to do do a lot,” Lawrence stated. “Simply belief it and undergo my progressions.”
Travis Etienne ran for 102 yards and a landing for Clemson, which improved to 70-5 for the reason that begin of the 2015 season underneath coach Dabo Swinney.
“I knew it was in all probability going to get just a little sloppy, however that is going to make our group higher. However Trevor was superb. He actually was,” Swinney stated.
The Heisman Trophy hopeful seemed in strong type in opposition to the Demon Deacons.
After going three-and-out with a foul 16-yard sack on the primary drive, Clemson scored on its subsequent three possessions, together with a pair of quick walk-in touchdowns by Lawrence to take a 17-0 lead. On each events, the Demon Deacons bought out on the pretend handoff to Etienne, permitting Lawrence a free path to the tip zone.
Clemson has now outscored Wake Forest 152-19 during the last three seasons, holding the Demon Deacons to only one landing. The Tigers have gained 12 straight in opposition to the Demon Deacons.
Etienne averaged practically 6 yards per carry and repeatedly picked up yards after preliminary contact by breaking tackles.
“As he is gotten stronger it has come just a little simpler for him,” Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott stated. “He has the most effective contact steadiness of any man I’ve ever coached.”
Lawrence accomplished 22 of 28 passes and unfold the ball round to eight totally different receivers within the first half alone as Clemson took a 27-0 lead.
Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman was 11 of 21 for 182 yards passing and was sacked 4 instances earlier than being changed within the fourth quarter. Taylor Morin was a shiny spot for Wake Forest, ending with 9 catches for 93 yards and a landing.
“They got here out robust like they at all times do they usually performed higher than us tonight,” Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson stated. “That quarterback and that tailback are particular gamers. Disillusioned with the outcome, however I feel there are plenty of positives to construct on.”
The sport was performed in entrance a close to empty stadium, except about 50 members of the family of Demon Deacon upperclassmen to adjust to North Carolina state COVID-19 guidelines.
Wake Forest’s faculty’s band and cheerleaders have been stationed on the aspect hill behind one of many finish zones, socially distanced from one another. Wake Forest confirmed its followers cheering just about on the scoreboard whereas ambient crowd noise was pumped in.
“It was just a little bizarre however we’re simply so glad to be taking part in,” Lawrence stated. “We have been simply excited to play particularly as a result of it was up within the air on whether or not we have been going to play.”
Each groups wore stickers on the again of their helmets supporting the battle in opposition to racial injustice. Clemson gamers had a alternative of 4 decals: “Love,” “Black Lives Matter,” “Equality” and one which included a number of sayings together with “Put an finish to racism.” Wake Forest gamers wore “Black Lives Matter” on the again of their helmets.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons actually struggled with tackling. Clawson did not start full-contact practices till about three weeks in the past as a result of he did not be ok with risking gamers’ well being till he was positive there’d be a season. It isn’t straightforward to sort out Etienne anyway, however Wake Forest might want to do a greater job of wrapping up.
Clemson: The Tigers misplaced Tee Higgins to the NFL draft and Justyn Ross to a season-ending harm, however their new wave of receivers seems decently gifted. It is nonetheless unclear who’ll emerge because the chief of this group. Amari Rodgers led the way in which in opposition to Wake Forest with 5 catches for 90 yards, however dropped a large open go behind the tip zone earlier than colliding with the goalpost. “I feel he took his eyes off the ball on the final second,” Elliott stated.
Former Wake Forest star and present NBA participant Chris Paul was visitor picker on ESPN’s Faculty GameDay and selected his Demon Deacons to win. He did not get that one proper, however did predict Lafayette upsetting No. 23 Iowa State.
The Tigers seemed very very similar to the No. 1 group within the nation.
Clemson: Hosts The Citadel on Saturday in house opener.
Wake Forest: Visits ACC foe N.C. State Saturday.
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