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The Clemson Tigers’ bid for another national championship ended in a big way with a 49-28 loss to Ohio State in the College Football Playoff semifinal. The much anticipated rematch from the previous season had little drama as the Buckeyes avenged that loss handing Trevor Lawrence just his second defeat as Clemson’s starting quarterback. The Tigers finished the season with a 10-2 record and will have to regroup for next season with Lawrence the presumed No. 1 pick in the next NFL draft and a number of other key players saying adios to the program.
Clemson Tigers Season
Clemson Tigers Season Review
It wasn’t a very good week for the ACC with both Notre Dame and Clemson losing in the CFP semifinals. And they didn’t just lose, they were blown out. The Irish lost by 17 points and the Tigers suffered their worst loss in some time with their 21-point setback in the Sugar Bowl. Clemson hasn’t lost many games over the years with the New Year’s Day upset their worst since a 28-6 beating by Georgia Tech in 2014. Clemson closed as a converted touchdown favorite over Ohio State and saw their three-game SU and ATS winning streak end. The Tigers also saw their season end with an overall record of 10-2 SU and 5-7 ATS.
The Tigers hadn’t lost a regular season game since the 2017 season until they went to Notre Dame for an early November matchup with the Fighting Irish. Playing without Lawrence, who was sidelined with a positive COVID test, the Tigers were upset 47-40 in double overtime ending a run of 36 straight regular season wins, 28 straight ACC wins and 14 consecutive road victories. They responded by winning their next three games, including a 34-10 rematch win over Notre Dame in the ACC Championship to secure a sixth straight trip to the CFP.
Lawrence had a great season throwing for 3,153 yards with 24 touchdowns, solidifying his status in the upcoming NFL draft. And the Tigers possessed one of the best offensive units in college football averaging over 507 total yards and nearly 45 points per game. Lawrence has another year of eligibility but he’s likely headed to the NFL. And the Tigers will also have to replace leading rusher Travis Etienne and leading receiver Amari Rodgers. With Lawrence sidelined for two games late in the season freshman D.J. Uiagalelei stepped in and threw for 342 yards in a win over Boston College. He got the start at Notre Dame throwing for 439 yards, the most ever allowed by an Irish defense.
Dabo Swinney didn’t have his typically stout defensive unit with a number of first-year players seeing plenty of action. Injuries also played a role. The group was without several starters, including leader James Skalski in the loss to Notre Dame. And Swinney probably didn’t help matters by listing Ohio State at No. 11 on his final coaches’ ballot, giving the Buckeyes locker room material. OSU amassed 639 total yards with Justin Fields throwing for 385 yards and six touchdowns.
When you’ve been to the CFP national championship game four times the bar is high. So not making it is a letdown for the Tigers, who still reached double digit wins for a 10th straight season.
Clemson Tigers Weekly Recap
Justin Fields and the Ohio State offense overcame a pair of touchdown deficits early in the game then used a 28-0 spurt to put Clemson away 49-28 in the Sugar Bowl semifinal game, avenging a loss in last year’s semifinal round. The Tigers closed as a 7-point favorite but had no answer for Fields, who threw six touchdown passes, half of them in the decisive second quarter. The 21 points allowed in the frame was more than Clemson gave up in six full games during the season allowing the teams to cash the over.
Clemson looked comfortable at the beginning marching 82 yards on the game’s first possession with Lawrence dashing in from 2-yards out. The Tigers took a 14-7 lead with five minutes to play in the opening quarter on a Travis Etienne scoring run. It was their last lead of the night. Fields tossed his first scoring pass late in the quarter and had three more in the second as the Buckeyes blew the game open leading 35-14 at the break. “Obviously not our night. Incredibly disappointed with how we played,” Swinney said.
There was a glimmer of hope to start the second half. Mike Jones intercepted Fields in the end zone leading to a Lawrence touchdown pass cutting the deficit to 14 points. That was about it, though. The offense struggled to get anything going and Fields continued to throw daggers. Lawrence finished 33 of 48 for 400 yards, but he turned the ball over twice with a pick and a fumble. Fields had 385 yards passing and Trey Sermon ran for 193 yards as OSU amassed 639 total yards. “They absolutely dominated the line of scrimmage. You can’t win games like this if you can’t stop the run, and then the big plays,” Swinney concluded.
2020 Clemson Tigers Schedule
||@ Wake Forest
||vs The Citadel
||@ Georgia Tech
||vs. Boston College
||@ Notre Dame
||L 40-47 (2OT)
||@ Virginia Tech
||vs Notre Dame (ACC Championship)
||vs Ohio State (Semifinal)
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