The undefeated Clemson Tigers clash with Atlantic Coast Conference rival Florida State in Tallahassee, Florida.
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Fourth Quarter – Clemson 59, Florida State 10
4:43 – James Blackman hit Keyshawn Helton for a 73-yard touchdown and Florida State’s first touchdown of the game. If the score stays the same, the 49-point loss will tie for the worst loss in Florida State program history.
13:50 – If the game ended now, it would be the worst margin of defeat for Florida State in program history. It’s also the most points Clemson has ever put up against FSU. Even with Clemson having many of its backup players in the game, the points continue to come. Some former players are taking to Twitter to show their support for Clemson. There was also a fan reading a book in the stands.
Third Quarter – Clemson 52, Florida State 3
2:10 – It seemingly doesn’t matter who’s back at quarterback for Clemson in this game. Chase Brice entered the game for Trevor Lawrence and helped drive the Tigers down the field, capping the drive with a 5-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Chase. The dismantling continues.
4:35 – Florida State avoided the shutout with a field goal from Ricky Aguayo to cap a 10-play, 57 yard drive. It isn’t much, but it’s something. At the rate this game is going, Florida State is approaching its worst margin of defeat at home in program history.
7:50 – Trevor Lawrence just threw an absolute dime to Amari Rodgers for a 68-yard touchdown. The ball hit Rodgers in stride deep down the field and Rodgers was able to get into the endzone untouched. Lawrence now has over 300 yards passing on the day and four passing touchdowns. This game is a prime example of why Clemson is the No. 2 team in the country.
10:18 – Clemson capitalized on another huge error by Florida State. On a Clemson punt, Florida State’s returner decided to field the bouncing ball and fumbled it. Clemson recovered the fumble, and despite a red zone stand by the Seminoles defense, Clemson was able to put more points on the board with a 24-yard field goal from B.T. Potter.
14:12 – Well, that didn’t take long. Just two offensive plays into the second half, Trevor Lawrence connected with Amari Rodgers on a 58-yard score. Rodgers was simply too fast for Florida State to catch. After a scoreless first quarter, Clemson has since put up 35 points in just under 16 minutes of game time.
Second Quarter – Clemson 28, Florida State 0
1:07 – The optimism from Florida State fans on Twitter before the game has quickly turned into dread. After a quiet first quarter from both teams, Clemson has scored four touchdowns in the second quarter. This scoring drive took only 1:41 to span 73 yards and was capped by a 2-yard touchdown run by fullback Garrett Williams. Clemson’s defense is built to play with a lead, and that’s exactly what the Tigers have.
3:34 – Christian Wilkins can do it all. The defensive lineman, who normally feasts on opposing quarterbacks, scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. Earlier in the drive, there was drama after Florida State’s Hamsah Nasirildeen was ejected for targeting after a hit on Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The Tigers are cruising right now in Tallahassee.
7:49 – Tee Higgins and Trevor Lawrence connect again. So far on the day, Higgins has five catches for 41 yards and two touchdowns. On the scoring drive, Clemson did a great job of getting into a groove with the run and pass, with some tempo mixed in. Florida State finds itself in familiar territory — letting an opposing team get out to an early lead. On Clemson’s previous drive, it appeared that Dabo Swinney was giving Travis Etienne an earful on the sideline. On this drive, Etienne had runs of 10 and 15 yards to help Clemson move the chains.
13:19 – The Trevor Lawrence and Tee Higgins connection is alive, once again. Earlier in the scoring drive, which spanned 69 yards on 8 plays, Clemson missed a field goal. Kicker Greg Huegel appeared to hurt his foot on the attempt that sailed wide right. Huegel was run into on the play by Florida State’s Asante Samuel, who was called for a personal foul on the play. Given new life, Clemson scored the first touchdown of the game three plays later.
First Quarter – Clemson 0, Florida State 0
It’s been a relatively tame game so far. Neither offense has done much to sniff the endzone. An interesting pregame article from the Tallahassee Democrat showed that Florida state was the biggest home underdog in more than three decades.
Florida State’s wide receivers are making a lot of mistakes. Drops have plagued the Seminoles. If defense and punts are your thing, you’re probably loving this game so far.
Injuries continued to mount for Clemson in the early portion of the game. According to ESPN, guard Sean Pollard was in the locker room for treatment of some type of hand injury. The Tigers already were without starting center Justin Falcinelli, who was replaced by redshirt junior Gage Cervenka in the lineup. Cervenka, an Emerald High product, was making his first career start.