Clemson Tigers football

No. 1 Clemson powers past No. 7 Miami 42-17


Travis Etienne rushed for 149 yards and two scores, including a 72-yard burst down the left sidelines as the Tigers opened 4-0 for a sixth straight season.


Etienne, the two-time ACC player of the year who returned for his senior season, became college football’s all-time leader with a score in his 39th career game.


But perhaps Clemson coach Dabo Swinney’s desire to smother the ‘Canes led to a horrendous mistake as the half ended.


Miami rushed off the field in celebration while the reduced crowd at Death Valley – less than quarter of its 81,500 capacity – sat stunned.


Any Miami “mo” quickly disappeared in the third quarter with three straight three-and-outs, including tailback Jaylan Knighton getting stuffed for no gain on fourth-and-short on the Hurricanes’ 34.


They seemed to lose their poise at times with 15 penalties, including two for targeting on safety Amari Carter and linebacker Keontra Smith.






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