2019 Clemson Tigers Football Season In Review

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

We’re going to look back on the Clemson Tigers football team in this season in review. The Tigers finished the season with a 14-1 record.

Clemson defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes, 29-23, in the Fiesta Bowl in the College Football Playoff Semi-final. After beginning the season on a 14-game win streak, their season came to an end on a low note, as they were defeated 42-25 by the LSU Tigers in the College Football Playoff National Championship game in January 2020 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence attempts a pass against the LSU Tigers in the College Football Playoff National Championship game
Trevor Lawrence attempts a pass against the LSU Tigers in the College Football Playoff National Championship game (Photo by the Associated Press/Gerald Herbert)

This Tigers program were fourth in college football with 43.9 points per game. They also allowed the third-fewest points at 13.5 points per game.

Only three times during the entire season did the defense five up more than 20 points in a game. They gave up 20 points against the North Carolina Tar Heels on September 28, 2019.

Then in the two College Football Playoff games, Clemson gave up a combined 65 points.

Trevor Lawrence led the team in passing, as he went 268 of 407 for 3,665 yards. He also had 36 touchdown passes and eight interceptions.

Chase Brice, Taisun Phommachanh, Travis Etienne, and Ben Batson also completed a pass last season.

Etienne led the team in rushing with 207 carries for 1,614 yards and 19 touchdowns. Lyn-J Dixon also had 104 carries for 635 yards and six touchdowns.

Lawrence also made a significant impact in the running game, as he had 103 carries for 563 yards and nine touchdowns.

Tee Higgins led the team in receiving yards, as he had 59 receptions for 1,167 yards and 13 touchdowns. Justyn Ross had a significant impact with 66 receptions for 865 yards and eight touchdowns.

Isaiah Simmons led the defense with 104 tackles and 16.5 tackles for a loss. Simmons also led the team with 8.0 sacks on the season.

Tanner Muse led the team with four interceptions. Simmons led the team with two forced fumbles.

Several players led the team with one fumble recovery. K’Von Wallace also led the team with 10 pass deflections on the season.

B.T. Potter was the main kicker on the season, as he went 13 of 21 in field goal attempts. He was also perfect, as he was 79 of 79 in extra point attempts.

Steven Sawicki also made one out of two field goal attempts. In addition, he also converted all six extra points.

Will Spiers was the main punter, as he averaged 42.3 yards per punt. He had 53 punts for 2,240 yards.

Aidan Swanson and Sawicki also had several punts on the season, as well.

Joseph Ngata led the team with 14 kickoff returns for 325 yards. Etienne also had five kickoff returns for 128 yards.

Amari Rodgers led the team with 18 punt returns for 151 yards.

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