Lawrence throws 5 TDs, No. 1 Clemson rolls previous Georgia Tech

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Trevor Lawrence disregarded the primary interception he has thrown this season and handed for a career-high 404 yards and 5 touchdowns as No. 1 Clemson overwhelmed Georgia Tech 73-7 on Saturday.

Lawrence accomplished 24 of 33 passes. All of his scoring passes got here within the Tigers’ dominant first half. Clemson led 52-7 at halftime and stored including to the lead within the second half, even with second- and third- (and possibly fourth-) stringers on the sector.

Lawrence left the sport after Clemson’s first possession of the second half.

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Clemson (5-0, 4-Zero Atlantic Coast Convention) outgained Georgia Tech 671-204. The Tigers compiled an equally lopsided 29-7 benefit in first downs.

The second-longest streak of passes with out an interception in ACC historical past ended late within the first quarter when Zamari Walton picked off a go by Lawrence.

Underneath stress from Georgia Tech’s go rush, Lawrence overthrew Powell. Walton ended Lawrence’s streak of 367 passes with out an interception.

It was Lawrence’s first interception since Oct. 19, 2019 at Louisville. North Carolina State’s Russell Wilson set the ACC document with 379 consecutive passes with out an interception from 2018-19.

In any other case it was among the best video games of Lawrence’s profession. His earlier excessive was 4 landing passes. He handed that mark within the first half, connecting for 2 scoring passes with Amari Rodgers.

Georgia Tech (2-3, 2-2) supplied its followers an early thrill when freshman quarterback Jeff Sims threw a 59-yard scoring go to Jalen Camp within the first quarter for a 7-7 tie. The Yellow Jackets’ upset hopes pale shortly.

Lawrence answered with an 83-yard scoring go to Rodgers on the Tigers’ subsequent play, and the Yellow Jackets by no means recovered. The lengthy go sparked a string of 66 consecutive factors scored by the Tigers.

Rodgers had six catches for 161 yards. He additionally had a 16-yard TD reception.

Sims misplaced a fumbled shotgun snap to open Georgia Tech’s subsequent possession, his first of two misplaced fumbles. Sims additionally threw an interception.

The Tigers took benefit of a Georgia Tech protection which was centered on stopping Travis Etienne and the Clemson operating recreation. Etienne had a 2-yard scoring run within the second quarter to turn out to be Clemson’s all-time scoring chief, however a lot of the scoring was supplied by Lawrence’s passes.

Lawrence had a 34-yard scoring go to tight finish Davis Allen and likewise threw TD passes to Cornell Powell and Frank Ladson.

Nyles Pickney, a 300-pound defensive sort out, had a 1-yard scoring run in an influence bundle. Cez Mellusi added a 5-yard scoring run within the third quarter after Taisun Phommachanh changed Lawrence.

Georgia Tech’s protection had no higher luck towards Clemson’s backups. Freshman Hunter Helms threw a 35-yard landing go to Ajou Ajou and had one other scoring drive capped by Kobe Tempo’s 7-yard scoring run.

Etienne had 11 carries for 44 yards and a landing and two catches for 29 yards.

THE TAKEAWAY

Clemson: The Tigers confirmed spectacular poise in avoiding a letdown following final week’s much-anticipated win over Miami. Clemson made a formidable case for its No. 1 rating with the dominant win. Lawrence performed like he was compiling a spotlight movie for his Heisman Trophy marketing campaign.

Georgia Tech: In a recreation seen as a measuring stick for the second 12 months of coach Geoff Collins’ program, the outcomes have been discouraging. Clemson beat the Yellow Jackets 52-14 to open final season in Collins’ debut, and this loss was extra lopsided. After defending the ball in final week’s win over Louisville, the Yellow Jackets had three turnovers. Sims accomplished 6 of 13 passes for 81 yards with one landing and one interception.

PROBLEM SOLVED

After having all three of its field-goal makes an attempt blocked in final week’s win over then-No. 7 Miami, Clemson fastened the issue on B.T. Potter’s 30-yard area aim within the first quarter.

UP NEXT

Clemson returns dwelling to play Syracuse on Saturday.

Georgia Tech performs at Boston Faculty on Saturday.

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