No. 1 Clemson Tigers vs. Syracuse Orange Game Preview

The number one ranked Clemson Tigers (5-0) will take on the Syracuse Orange (1-4) on Oct. 24th at noon EST on the ACC Network. The Tigers are coming off a 73-7 win against Georgia Tech last week. Clemson leads the series 6-2, with the game last year seeing the Tigers win 41-6.

Last week, four different players on the Tigers completed at least two passes, and 17 different players caught a pass. The Tigers passed for over 500 yards for the second time in school history. Clemson looks to go 6-0 for the 16th time in school history and its 26th straight home victory.

Running back Travis Etienne enters tomorrow’s game with 4,474 career rushing yards. He’s 129 away from breaking the ACC’s career rushing yardage held by NC State’s Ted Brown from 1975-78 of 4,602. On the year, Etienne has 67 carries for 445 yards and five touchdowns.

The Tigers have outscored opponents this year 242-60, averaging 48.4 points a game. The Tigers have jumped on opponents early and often in games. In the first quarter, Clemson has scored 76 points, and in the second, 97.

Trevor Lawrence has been lights out this year. He’s 108 of 148 for 1,544 yards and 15 touchdowns. He threw his only interception of the season last week and was his first in over a year. He’s averaging 308 passing yards a game. Lawrence also has four rushing touchdowns on the year.

Amari Rodgers leads the receiving corps with 25 receptions for 429 yards and five touchdowns. His longest reception of the year was 83 yards. Etienne has contributed to the passing game as well, he’s the second leading WR with 19 catches for 274 yards, and he has a score. Nine different Tigers have caught a touchdown this year.

On defense, Clemson has intercepted the opposing QB’s six times, led by Nolan Turner with two. Myles Murphy leads the team in tackles with 32, 7.5 of them being for a loss. He’s also the team leader in sacks, recording 3.5. As a whole, the Tigers have sacked the QB 22 times for a loss of 134 yards.

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