NCAAF Game Recap - Charlotte at Clemson
Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

Char
10
Clem
52
F
SMiss
7
Ala
49
F
ND
17
UGA
23
F
LSU
66
Vand
38
F
MiaOH
5
OHSt
76
F
Aub
28
TxAM
20
F
Tenn
3
Fla
34
F
Utah
23
USC
30
F
Mich
14
Wisc
35
F
OkSt
30
Tex
36
F
UCF
34
Pitt
35
F
Oreg
21
Stan
6
F
UCLA
67
WaSt
63
F
AF
19
Boise
30
F
OD
17
UVA
28
F
Wash
45
BYU
19
F
Cal
28
Miss
20
F
Colo
34
AzSt
31
F
SMU
41
TCU
38
F
Hou
31
Tul
38
F
FLInt
31
LaTec
43
F
MSU
31
NW
10
F
ULMon
20
IASt
72
F
Elon
7
Wake
49
F
WestMI
33
Syr
52
F
BC
30
Rut
16
F
UConn
3
Ind
38
F
Mor
21
Army
52
F
CoCar
62
UMass
28
F
ULLaf
45
Ohio
25
F
CenCt
29
E Mi
34
F
Troy
35
Akr
7
F
BGSU
20
Kent
62
F
SoAl
3
UAB
35
F
Wyo
21
Tuls
24
F
App
34
UNC
31
F
Lou
24
FlaSt
35
F
Temp
22
Buff
38
F
SCar
14
Mizzu
34
F
KY
13
MisSt
28
F
C Mi
12
MiaFL
17
F
NMSt
52
NM
55
F
WVU
29
Kans
24
F
W&M
7
ECU
19
F
Hamp
27
Lib
62
F
Wagn
7
FlAtl
42
F
GASt
34
TxSt
37
F(2OT)
SIU
28
ArkSt
41
F
Bayl
21
Rice
13
F
Ball
23
NCSt
34
F
UTSA
3
NorTx
45
F
SJSU
31
Ark
24
F
Nev
37
UTEP
21
F
Neb
42
Ill
38
F
SacSt
20
Fres
34
F
Toled
41
ColSt
35
F
UtSt
23
SDSU
17
F
C Ark
16
Hawaii
35
F

Sep 21, 2019, 7:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Charlotte (2-2)

0

3

7

0

10

(1) Clemson (4-0)

17

21

7

7

52

No. 1 Clemson blasts Charlotte 52-10 for 19th straight win
Sun Sep 22, 2019 12:23 AM

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was happy with the final score. He was even more pleased with how many of his players contributed to the top-ranked Tigers 19th straight victory.

Quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw touchdown passes in little over a quarter while reigning Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year Travis Etienne had his first scoring run of the season Clemson's 52-10 win over Charlotte on Saturday night.

"There were just a lot of good things," Swinney said.

For him, it was watching a school-record 111 people in Tiger uniforms running onto the field in the blowout win. Swinney played five quarterbacks. Nine running backs had carries. All of them, Swinney said, have a special moment in their lives.

"You got a lot of guys who can say they played for the Tigers," Swinney said. "No one can take that away from them. That's cool."

And there were no sideline beefs or bad feelings from starters like Lawrence or Etienne - Heisman Trophy contenders coming into the season - watching others take their playing time.

"I think it's just the culture that we have," co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott said.

Scott asked Tee Higgins, who had a 58-yard touchdown catch on Clemson's first series, if he wanted to go back in. But Higgins wanted the backups to get experience.

"It's just very unique in the year 2019 to be at a place where your stars aren't worried about their stats," Scott said.

Lawrence and the Tigers (4-0) put the first matchup between these two teams away in a hurry. After Lawrence's touchdown pass to Higgins, K'Von Wallace scored on a 66-yard interception return to give Clemson a 14-0 lead in the first five minutes. Lawrence came out of the game after throwing a 3-yard touchdown pass to Cornell Powell on the first play of the second quarter.

Charlotte (2-2), which had been averaging 47 points a game, had no chance to rally against Clemson's defense.

The 49ers were stuffed on a fourth-and-short on their 48 at one point. When Charlotte got inside the Clemson 10, the Tigers rallied to hold the 49ers to their only first-half points on Jonathan Cruz's 24-yard field goal. Clemson already led 31-0 by then.

The Tigers scored on every drive of the first half.

Clemson extended its program record for consecutive wins after breaking the old mark a week ago at Syracuse.

The most exciting moments may been at halftime when a fake Clemson team ran down the hill - copying Clemson's traditional entrance - to the crowd's cheers as part of a movie based on ex-Tigers player Ray Ray McElrathbey, who took in and raised his younger brother Fahmarr while on scholarship.

The second half could have used a little movie magic to spice things up.

This marks the fifth straight season the Tigers have opened 4-0.

Lawrence went 7 of 9 for 94 yards before spending the final three quarters watching his teammates complete the blowout.

Etienne played about a half and had his first touchdown in three games. Backup runner Lyn-J Dixon also had a scoring run.

Charlotte, which revived football in 2013, fell to 0-5 against Power Five opponents and 0-3 against ranked teams. That count doesn't include a 73-0 defeat by Clemson's "B" team in 1948. Charlotte shut down its football program after that 1948 season before playing again in 2013.

Tailback Benny LeMay ran for 81 of Charlotte's 153 yards against a Clemson defense that had yielded just 75 yards rushing per game this season.

"They have a great team and they have superior athletes," LeMay said. "That's one thing we knew was going to be a factor in the game."

THE TAKEAWAY

Charlotte: The 49ers have posted some strong numbers on offense that could keep them competitive in Conference USA play. But first-year coach Will Healy has some work ahead to keep up with teams like Clemson.

Clemson: The Tigers did what they were supposed to against Charlotte. You can bet, though, that the coaching staff will seize on every mistake or missed assignment this week as Clemson prepares to get back to ACC play.

MOVIE TIME

Clemson defensive lineman K.J. Henry acknowledged how strange it was as halftime grew closer to see a few dozen players in Tiger uniforms standing atop the hill at Memorial Stadium, just as he and his teammates do at every home game. "It was really interesting. You don't see that a lot," Henry said. "You saw the fake Dabo Swinney up there, getting everybody excited. It was funny."

HEAD TO YOUR ROOM

Dabo Swinney said his son, Will, just tried to make too much happen when he muffed a punt in the third quarter. Will Swinney catches everything back there, his dad-coach said. "It was just a classic example of trying to do too much," Dabo Swinney said.

UP NEXT

Charlotte returns home to start Conference USA play against Florida Atlantic on Saturday.

Clemson goes to North Carolina on Saturday.

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Passing

Char Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
C. Reynolds 16 6 37.5 0 43 11 1 19.8
B. Kean 3 2 66.7 0 20 15 0 85.4
Clem Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Lawrence 9 7 77.8 2 94 58 0 149.8
C. Brice 7 5 71.4 1 85 37 0 151.8

Rushing

Char Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
B. LeMay 18 81 4.5 16 0
A. McAllister 8 36 4.5 18 0
Clem Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Etienne 11 61 5.5 18 1
L. Dixon 8 58 7.3 18 1

Receiving

Char Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Dollar 1 15 15.0 15 0
I. Finger 2 14 7.0 9 0
Clem Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Rodgers 1 0 0.0 0 0
J. Ngata 3 62 20.7 37 1

Fumbles

Returning

Char KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
M. Elder 2 5.0 0 10 0 - 0 0
Clem KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Rodgers 0 - 0 0 1 20.0 0 20
L. Rudolph 1 1.0 0 1 0 - 0 0

Punting

Char Punt Yds Avg LgPu
C. Bowler 8 324 40.5 53
Clem Punt Yds Avg LgPu
W. Spiers 1 64 64.0 64
A. Swanson 1 30 30.0 30

Takeaways

Char Int Yds InTD
M. Osborne 1 0 0
Clem Int Yds InTD
K. Wallace 1 66 1

Team Stats Comparison

Char Clem
Points For 10 52
Total Yards 216 466
Rushing Yards 153 235
Passing Yards 63 231
Passing Completions / Attempts 8/19 17/25
Turnovers 1 2
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 1/1
First Downs 11 27
Penalties - Yards 11/106 5/42
Time Of Possession 27:27 33:33
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 4/14 5/9
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 8/40 2/47

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Char Clem
Clem 1:25 TD Tee Higgins 58 yd pass from Trevor Lawrence (B.T. Potter kick) 0 7
Clem 4:36 TD K'Von Wallace 66 yd interception return (B.T. Potter kick) 0 14
Clem 9:57 FG B.T. Potter 22 yd FG 0 17
2nd Quarter Char Clem
Clem 0:04 TD Cornell Powell 2 yd pass from Trevor Lawrence (B.T. Potter kick) 0 24
Clem 6:29 TD Travis Etienne 2 yd run (B.T. Potter kick) 0 31
Char 10:33 FG Jonathan Cruz 24 yd FG 3 31
Clem 13:36 TD Lyn-J Dixon 1 yd run (B.T. Potter kick) 3 38
3rd Quarter Char Clem
Clem 5:09 TD Joseph Ngata 37 yd pass from Chase Brice (Steven Sawicki kick) 3 45
Char 10:07 TD Chris Reynolds 8 yd run (Jonathan Cruz kick) 10 45
4th Quarter Char Clem
Clem 8:48 TD Michel Dukes 24 yd run (Steven Sawicki kick) 10 52

Game Information

Stadium: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, South Carolina
Attendance: 81,500
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