by CU Athletic Communications
CLEMSON, S.C. – Behind a career-best 205 rushing yards from Travis Etienne, the No. 1/1 Clemson Tigers defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 52-14, at Memorial Stadium on Thursday night. Clemson (1-0, 1-0 ACC) rushed for 411 yards - the most in a season-opener since 1957 and the most allowed by Georgia Tech (0-1, 0-1 ACC) since 1975. The Tigers extend their win streak to 16 games, which dates back to the start of the 2018 season.
The Thursday night game, which debuted the new ACC Network, is the earliest game in school history. Etienne found the end zone three times, rushing for 205 yards on just 12 attempts. The highlight of the night for both the Tigers and Etienne came on a career-long 90-yard touchdown run in the opening quarter.
Trevor Lawrence opened the scoring for the Tigers with a six-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Lawrence completed 13-of-23 pass attempts for 168 yards and one touchdown.
Tee Higgins finished with four catches for 98 yards, including a 62-yard touchdown from Lawrence with 4:34 to go in the first half to put Clemson ahead 28-0. Higgins has now caught a touchdown in five-straight games.
The Clemson defense forced four turnovers with Tanner Muse and Denzel Johnson recording interceptions. The four turnovers are the most the Tigers have forced since 2015 against Notre Dame. Isiah Simmons led the defense with 10 tackles.
Clemson hosts No. 12/12 Texas A&M at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 7 at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.