NCAAF Game Recap - Clemson at Louisville
Sat Oct 19, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

Tenn
13
Ala
35
F
LSU
36
MisSt
13
F
Clem
45
Lou
10
F
OHSt
52
NW
3
F
WVU
14
Okla
52
F
Wisc
23
Ill
24
F
Mich
21
PSU
28
F
Fla
38
SCar
27
F
KY
0
UGA
21
F
Aub
51
Ark
10
F
Oreg
35
Wash
31
F
AzSt
3
Utah
21
F
Boise
25
BYU
28
F
Kans
48
Tex
50
F
Bayl
45
OkSt
27
F
Temp
21
SMU
45
F
Minn
42
Rut
7
F
Tuls
13
Cin
24
F
Mizzu
14
Vand
21
F
Purd
20
Iowa
26
F
ULMon
7
App
52
F
SoAl
13
Troy
37
F
ULLaf
37
ArkSt
20
F
UCLA
34
Stan
16
F
Marsh
36
FlAtl
31
F
Pitt
27
Syr
20
F
UNLV
27
Fres
56
F
Kent
38
Ohio
45
F
Hou
24
UConn
17
F
IASt
34
TxTch
24
F
GATec
28
MiaFL
21
F OT
NCSt
24
BC
45
F
C Mi
38
BGSU
20
F
Toled
14
Ball
52
F
NIU
24
MiaOH
27
F
OreSt
21
Cal
17
F
TCU
17
K St
24
F
CoCar
27
GaSo
30
F(2OT)
NM
10
Wyo
23
F
Buff
21
Akr
0
F
SoFL
3
Navy
35
F
SMiss
30
LaTec
45
F
UNC
41
VaTec
43
F(5OT)
Duke
14
UVA
48
F
Ind
34
MD
28
F
Char
14
W Ky
30
F
OD
14
UAB
38
F
MidTN
30
NorTx
33
F
Rice
27
UTSA
31
F
Maine
44
Lib
59
F
WestMI
27
E Mi
34
F
Tul
17
Mem
47
F
ECU
28
UCF
41
F
Colo
10
WaSt
41
F
SDSU
27
SJSU
17
F
Army
21
GASt
28
F
UTEP
17
FLInt
32
F
TxAM
24
Miss
17
F
FlaSt
20
Wake
22
F
Ariz
14
USC
41
F
Nev
10
UtSt
36
F
AF
56
Hawaii
26
F

Oct 19, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(3) Clemson (7-0)

3

14

7

21

45

Louisville (4-3)

0

3

0

7

10

Lawrence leads No. 3 Clemson to 45-10 rout of Louisville
Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:07 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Because Clemson's Trevor Lawrence isn't prone to mistakes, the two early interceptions he threw against Louisville were a bit puzzling.

He put both miscues behind him to guide the Tigers to another rout.

Lawrence threw three touchdown passes, Travis Etienne rushed for 192 yards and a score and No. 3 Clemson beat Louisville 45-10 on Saturday for its 22nd consecutive victory.

Darien Rencher and Chez Mellusi added rushing touchdowns for the Tigers (7-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who missed first-quarter chances to build a big lead when Lawrence was intercepted twice near the goal line.

Lawrence settled down to hit Joseph Ngata and Justyn Ross with second-quarter touchdowns for a 17-3 halftime lead. Both passes were almost in the same spot near the goalpost stanchion, high enough for his receivers to snag over defenders.

Lawrence, who had thrown one interception in his previous three games, said he wanted to "really just show the guys I still got confidence to throw it, and I'm still going to try to make all the throws even though I had made two really bad plays. The guys were confident in me and had my back."

Lawrence's 10-yard pass to Cornell Powell made it 31-3, and he finished 20 of 29 for 233 yards. He also rushed 10 times for 47 yards.

Etienne had his most productive rushing game since he ran for a career-high 205 yards against Georgia Tech in the opener.

Dominant as Clemson appeared, coach Dabo Swinney said Louisville made his team work for the win.

"They really played us tough," Swinney said. "We knew this was a game we were going to have to eventually knock them out because they were not going to give up."

The Tigers were on point defensively as they posted six sacks and three takeaways and kept Louisville (4-3, 2-2) out of the end zone until Javian Hawkins' 3-yard TD late in the game. Clemson outgained Louisville 551-263 and improved to 6-0 all-time against the Cardinals.

Hawkins had 129 yards on 26 carries, but Louisville never got closer than 10-3 after winning its previous two games.

"We just didn't make enough plays," first-year Louisville coach Scott Satterfield said. "The bottom line is they out-executed us and we didn't execute when we needed to. We were not able to get any kind of momentum in that game."

EJECTION

Clemson cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. was ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct late in the third quarter after punching Louisville's Trennell Troutman as he lay on the ground. The players tussled as Troutman ran downfield to cover a Louisville punt before Booth threw him to the turf around the Clemson 20.

The scuffle continued and Booth threw a punch with his right hand as he straddled Troutman. Players from both teams swarmed them, and there was more pushing and shoving.

Swinney said he apologized to Satterfield and expressed disappointment in Booth. He added that there "will be consequences" for his player.

"That's not who we are," the coach said, "and that's not who he is."

INTERESTING NUMBERS

After winning the first three meetings by 15 total points, Clemson has won the past three by 26, 61 and 35. ... Etienne has rushed 28 times for 443 yards and three touchdowns in three meetings against Louisville. ... Cardinals quarterbacks Evan Conley and starter Micale Cunningham each were 4 of 11 with an interception.

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Clemson will retain its top-five spot with a decisive win after a slow start.

THE TAKEAWAY

Clemson: After initially looking like they'd have to work to get past Louisville, the Tigers dialed in on both sides of the ball for another blowout since their one-point escape at North Carolina. They rushed for 298 yards and held the Cardinals to just 107 yards passing. The Tigers have scored over 40 points in two straight games.

Louisville: The Cardinals' hopes of following up their win over Wake Forest with a huge upset never materialized despite hanging in with defense early on. They couldn't take advantage of those initial interceptions and eventually faded against the ACC's top defense and one of its best offenses.

UP NEXT

Clemson hosts Boston College on Oct. 26.

Louisville hosts Virginia on Oct. 26.

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Passing

Clem Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Lawrence 29 20 69.0 3 233 61 2 98.8
C. Brice 3 2 66.7 0 20 16 0 85.4
Lou Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. Cunningham 11 4 36.4 0 63 38 1 18.4
E. Conley 11 4 36.4 0 44 19 1 11.2

Rushing

Clem Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Etienne 14 192 13.7 49 1
T. Lawrence 10 47 4.7 20 0
Lou Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Hawkins 26 129 5.0 25 1
H. Hall 3 15 5.0 7 0

Receiving

Clem Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
A. Rodgers 3 78 26.0 61 0
J. Ross 5 55 11.0 25 1
Lou Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Fitzpatrick 3 63 21.0 38 0
C. Atwell 3 37 12.3 19 0

Fumbles

Lou F FL
M. Cunningham 1 1

Returning

Clem KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Ngata 2 30.5 0 40 0 - 0 0
D. Kendrick 0 - 0 0 2 -4.5 0 0
Lou KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
H. Hall 1 38.0 0 38 0 - 0 0

Punting

Clem Punt Yds Avg LgPu
W. Spiers 3 108 36.0 42
Lou Punt Yds Avg LgPu
M. King 6 291 48.5 59

Takeaways

Clem Int Yds InTD
K. Wallace 1 0 0
A. Terrell 1 28 0
Lou Int Yds InTD
J. Fagot 1 12 0
R. Yeast 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Clem Lou
Points For 45 10
Total Yards 551 263
Rushing Yards 298 156
Passing Yards 253 107
Passing Completions / Attempts 22/33 8/22
Turnovers 2 3
Interceptions Thrown 2 2
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 1/1
First Downs 23 15
Penalties - Yards 6/47 5/40
Time Of Possession 6:06 54:54
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/11 5/14
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 0/1
Punts - Average Yards 3/36 6/48

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Clem Lou
Clem 5:33 FG B.T. Potter 51 yd FG 3 0
2nd Quarter Clem Lou
Clem 4:19 TD Joseph Ngata 6 yd pass from Trevor Lawrence (Steven Sawicki kick) 10 0
Lou 10:03 FG Blanton Creque 28 yd FG 10 3
Clem 14:55 TD Justyn Ross 25 yd pass from Trevor Lawrence (Steven Sawicki kick) 17 3
3rd Quarter Clem Lou
Clem 13:25 TD Travis Etienne 49 yd run (B.T. Potter kick) 24 3
4th Quarter Clem Lou
Clem 2:17 TD Cornell Powell 10 yd pass from Trevor Lawrence (B.T. Potter kick) 31 3
Clem 4:46 TD Darien Rencher 8 yd run (B.T. Potter kick) 38 3
Lou 9:50 TD Javian Hawkins 3 yd run (Blanton Creque kick) 38 10
Clem 14:00 TD Chez Mellusi 16 yd run (B.T. Potter kick) 45 10

Game Information

Stadium: Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, Kentucky
Attendance: 51,015
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