CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Travis Etienne rushed for ninety seven yards and two touchdowns, together with a 1-yard burst with three:05 left, and No. four Clemson gained the ACC Atlantic Division with a 31-14 victory over Florida State on Saturday.
The Tigers (9-1, 7-1, No. four CFP) and their dominant protection appeared to have this one wrapped up once they opened a 17-zero lead with two minutes left within the third quarter. However the Seminoles rallied on Jacques Patrick’s 9-yard scoring run and a double flea-flicker for a 60-yard TD catch by tight finish Ryan Izzo.
Florida State then recovered Kelly Bryant’s fumble on the Clemson forty with 6:forty six to go, placing the Seminoles in place to spoil the Tigers’ School Soccer Playoff hopes. However security Van Smith intercepted James Blackman’s move over the center on the subsequent play, establishing the TD drive that secured the win for the defending nationwide champions.
Etienne had a 25-yard run to the FSU 5 and took it in two performs later because the chilly Dying Valley crowd erupted in celebration of an opportunity for a 3rd straight ACC title in Charlotte in three weeks.
Cornerback Trayvon Mullen knocked away Blackman’s fourth-down move with 2:thirteen left to finish the Seminoles’ comeback hopes.
It’s the fifth time in coach Dabo Swinney’s 9 full seasons that he has taken the Tigers to the convention title recreation. Clemson will face No. 7 Miami, which gained the Coastal Division with Virginia’s 38-17 loss to Louisville on Saturday.
For Florida State (three-6, three-5), it marked its first dropping ACC report since 2006. And the Seminoles’ landmark streak of 35 straight bowl video games is in jeopardy, too — they’ve three video games left towards Delaware State, rival Florida and Louisiana-Monroe.
Bryant completed with 151 yards passing. He additionally rushed for 60 yards and a landing. Adam Selection had a ten-yard TD run with 35 seconds left for Clemson’s ultimate rating.
Florida State: The Seminoles protection can play with anybody and, with just a bit offensive assist, ought to be capable of maintain the staff in its remaining video games. Florida State rescheduled the sport with Louisiana-Monroe, postponed by Hurricane Irma, for Dec. 2 with potential bowl eligibility on the road.
Clemson: The Tigers had one other uneven offensive displaying with Bryant struggling on longer passes. Whereas Clemson has a protection able to carrying it to a different deep playoff run, it should present extra consistency and effectiveness on offense to make it by way of the harder opponents looming within the postseason.
Clemson performed with no pair of key defensive starters in deal with Dexter Lawrence and linebacker Kendall Joseph. Lawrence, the 6-foot-four, 340-pound sophomore, was out with a foot damage. Joseph, the staff’s second-main tackler, sustained a leg damage final week towards North Carolina State.
Florida State returns residence to play Delaware State on Saturday.
Clemson additionally performs an FCS opponent, taking over Citadel on Saturday.
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