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There’s a reason Clemson is ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press college football poll and undefeated.

The Tigers are really good as evidenced by last Saturday’s 27-7 shellacking of Boston College at Alumni Stadium in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.

Spanning the last five contests, excluding the most recent 20-point pelting of the Eagles, the Tigers have outscored their opponents 267-43.

Clemson has now won a fourth consecutive Atlantic Division title and will have an opportunity to win its third national championship if it’s able to claim one of the four spots in the College Football Playoff.

Clemson’s offense is spearheaded by a true freshman, quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who last year was in Cartersville, Georgia, playing in high school.

Lawrence, who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 200 pounds, is on the big stage and has delivered.

Facing the No. 17 Eagles, Lawrence passed and ran for a touchdown as the Tigers finished with 418 total net yards.

Lawrence accounted for 295 yards through the air and connected on 29 of 40 attempts with one interception.

Lawrence’s two-yard toss to senior tight end Milan Richard for his only catch and 1:28 left in the first period saw Clemson (10-0 and 7-0 in conference) pull ahead 10-7 after driving 70 yards on nine plays.

Senior wide receiver Michael Walker’s 74-yard punt return with 6:22 showing in the same frame gave the Eagles, who gained 113 total yards, a 7-3 lead and had the capacity crowd on its feet thinking upset.

Senior Greg Huegel’s 30-yard field goal gave the Tigers a 3-0 edge with 12:12 left in the initial frame as Lawrence directed the Tigers 59 yards on seven plays.

Huegel’s 23-yarder with 11:45 left before the half had the Tigers in front 13-7 as Clemson marched 56 yards on eight plays.

Lawrence’s six-yard scamper with 11:56 showing in the third quarter capped a 64-yard, three-play trek that pushed Clemson’s lead to 20-7.

The night’s scoring came to an end when sophomore wide receiver Amari Rodgers (73 yards on five receptions) had a 58-yard punt return and 11:39 left in the game that made it 27-7.

Sophomore running back A.J. Dillon managed 39 yards on 16 carries for the Eagles (7-3 and 4-2 in conference).

Sophomore running back Travis Etienne had 78 yards on the ground in 11 carries for the Tigers.

Clemson senior wide receiver Hunter Renfrow grabbed eight receptions for 80 yards and sophomore wide receiver Tee Higgins collected 63 yards on four catches.

Rick Assad has written about sports for the Pasadena Star-News and Los Angeles Times. Contact him at yankeespride55@gmail.com.

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The Sports Department Rick Assad has written about sports for the Pasadena Star-News and Los Angeles Times. Contact him at richsports5@sbcglobal.net.

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