By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The No. 1 Clemson Tigers had an early test in their second game of the season. The Tigers faced No. 12 Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday.
While this could have been an upset alert game, the Tigers did not let it become one. Clemson defeated Texas A&M, 24-10, at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina.
One year ago, these two teams battled to a close game that the Tigers won. Clemson won 28-26 over Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.
In fact, the win over the Aggies was their closest game of the 2018 season. They had one other game, where the contest was within five points in a 27-23 win over the Syracuse Orange.
“We wanted to leave no doubt this year,” Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence said. “I think we did that.”
With this win, the Tigers have won 17 straight games.
“That is definitely not how we think,” Clemson co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott said. “We’ll look back at this game in six or seven weeks and go, `Hey, that was a really big-time win early in the year.”
Lawrence went 24 of 35 for 268 yards. He also had one touchdown pass and one interception.
Lyn-J Dixon had 11 carries for 79 yards and a touchdown. Travis Etienne had 16 carries for 53 yards.
Lawrence also had four carries for -11 yards and a touchdown.
Justyn Ross had seven receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown. Tee Higgins had four receptions for 70 yards. Etienne had four receptions for 52 yards.
Aggies quarterback Kellen Mond went 24 of 42 for 236 yards. Like Lawrence, he also had one touchdown pass and one interception.
Jashaun Corbin had 13 carries for 34 yards. Isaiah Spiller had seven carries for 24 yards.
Jhamon Ausbon had seven receptions for 69 yards. Kendrick Rogers had six receptions for 60 yards and Quartney Davis had five receptions for 59 yards.
Jalen Wydermyer had one reception for a two-yard touchdown.
Lawrence hit Ross for a 30-yard touchdown reception. He also scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown. Dixon also scored a four-yard rushing touchdown.
Tigers kicker B. T. Potter also made a 29-yard field goal.
Mond hit Wydermyer for a two-yard touchdown reception. Aggies kicker Seth Small also made a 32-yard field goal.
“We just didn’t play well enough today to do what we needed to do,” Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said.
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