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ACC: Clemson Defense Leads Way in 45-14 Win Over FSU

CLEMSON, S.C. – Behind four takeaways from the Tigers’ defense, the No. 2/2 Clemson Tigers defeated the Florida State Seminoles 45-14 at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

“Disappointing loss,” FSU head coach Willie Taggart said. “I thought we had a good week of practice, had a good game plan, and we didn’t play the way we wanted to do, the way thought we should and would play

With the win, Clemson (6-0, 4-0 ACC) became just the 15th FBS program to reach 750 all-time wins, and the first Atlantic Coast Conference team to reach the mark.

Florida State (3-3, 2-2 ACC) was held to 253 yards of total offense. Tamorrion Terry and Khalan Laborn each scored second-half touchdowns for FSU, which lost for the first time in three games.

Lawrence threw for a touchdown in a 16th consecutive game, completing 17-25 passes for 170 yards and three touchdowns.

Lawrence also rushed for his fifth touchdown of the season in the first quarter to put the Tigers up 14-0. Justyn Ross added two touchdown receptions in the second quarter, finishing with 61 receiving yards on five catches.

Clemson outgained the Seminoles 367-63 in total yards in the first half, with 174 of the Tigers first half yards coming on the ground.

Travis Etienne surpassed 3,000 rushing yards in his Clemson career on the afternoon, finishing with 127 rushing yards and a three-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter.

Amari Rodgers added a 29-yard touchdown on a double-reverse to open the scoring in the second half.

James Blackman and Alex Hornibrook took turns at QB for FSU. The two combined for 150 yards on 17-of-35 passing, but also combined for three interceptions that the Tigers converted into 14 points.

Hornibrook’s 64-yard touchdown pass to Terry midway through the third quarter put the Seminoles on the board. Laborn followed up a little while later with a 40-yard scoring run that marked the redshirt sophomore’s first collegiate touchdown.

The Tiger defense intercepted the Seminoles three times, including Derion Kendrick with his first career interception, which he returned 38 yards for a pick-six. Isaiah Simmons le the way for the defense with eight total tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.

The Seminoles have another road date against a ranked conference opponent next week at No. 19 Wake Forest.

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