No. 1 Clemson explodes with record-setting first half in rout over The Citadel

No. 1 Clemson explodes with record-setting first half in rout over The Citadel

Seated in socially distanced pods spread through Clemson's Memorial Stadium likely felt unusual to the Tiger faithful that attended Saturday's home opener, but there was nothing surprising about the on-field result. The No. 1 ranked Clemson Tigers (2-0, 1-0 ACC) scored touchdowns on their first six drives en route to a 49-0 win over The Citadel. All of Clemson's points came before halftime, marking the highest-scoring first half of the Dabo Swinney era.Trevor Lawrence, as he often does, set the pace for Clemson, marching the team right down the field for a 7-play, 75-yard opening drive that ended with a 17-yard strike from the junior quarterback to wide receiver Frank Ladson Jr. Lawrence finished the day 8-9 for 168 yards and three touchdowns, adding another score on a 2-yard keeper in the first quarter. Ladson led the team in receiving, catching three passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns.Not to be outdone, the Clemson defense smothered their FCS opponent, limiting The Citadel to 36 total yards in the first half, and out-scoring the Bulldogs 7-0 after linebacker James Skalski recovered a fumble forced by freshman defensive end Myles Murphy and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown. Murphy, the highly touted former five-star recruit, has five tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble in his first two college games. There was plenty to cheer for, even if there weren't plenty in the stands to cheer. Last month, Clemson Athletics unveiled plans for a limited capacity crowd of ...
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