Pair of AP voters replace Clemson at No. 1 with 2 different SEC teams
Clemson lost some style points on Saturday despite a dominating win, and that cost the Tigers a couple of votes in the AP Top 25 poll this week.
Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence and RB Travis Etienne helped the top-ranked Tigers beat The Citadel 49-0 on Saturday. Lawrence was 8 for 9 for 168 yards, including first-half scoring passes of 54 and 17 yards to Frank Ladson Jr. and 44 yards to Amari Rodgers.
“Might have been my most efficient day since I’ve been here,” Lawrence said, per the AP. “That was just fun.”
Etienne ran for 68 yards on only 8 carries, as he and Lawrence watched from the sideline for most of the game
Clemson’s defense shut down the Bulldogs’ triple-option, and held them to 86 yards on the ground after they rushed for 200 yards last week at South Florida. The Tigers posted their first shutout since they beat Ohio State 31-0 in the College Football Playoff semifinals in 2016.
“To me defensively, that was the story of the day,” coach Dabo Swinney said. “To hold those guys out of the end zone for four quarters, that’s almost impossible.”