CLEMSON, S.C. — No. 1 Clemson (2-0, 1-0 ACC) won its home opener on Saturday at Memorial Stadium, defeating The Citadel by a score of 49-0. The victory marked Clemson’s 31st consecutive regular season win, passing the 2013-15 Florida State Seminoles for the longest such streak in ACC history.
Quarterback Trevor Lawrence went 8-of-9 passing for 168 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran the ball into the end zone for a fourth consecutive game, dating to last season. Freshman quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei scored his first Clemson touchdown on a 1-yard run in the second quarter, his first of two scores on the ground.
Clemson’s defense held the Bulldogs to just 162 total yards and added a score of its own when linebacker James Skalski returned a fumble 17 yards for the first touchdown of his career. Freshman Myles Murphy added two tackles for loss and forced the fumble that led to the Skalski scoop-and-score.
Clemson opened the game with a seven-play, 75-yard scoring drive capped by a 17-yard touchdown pass from Lawrence to Frank Ladson Jr. A Bulldogs punt led to a 44-yard touchdown strike, this time to Amari Rodgers.
Ladson added a 54-yard touchdown grab en route to a three reception and game-leading, career-high 89-yard performance, helping Clemson to an eventual 49-0 halftime lead.
The Tigers cruised to the victory in a scoreless second half highlighted by three Bulldog 3-and-outs. Clemson’s defense forced 10 total punts on the day as well as a turnover on downs in the shutout.