CLEMSON, S.C. (WIS) - A year ago, Trevor Lawrence split time with Kelly Bryant as the Tigers eked out a win against Texas A&M in College Station.
On Saturday, Lawrence and the Tigers left no doubt this time around. Lawrence was 24-of-35 on the day for 268 yards with a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown as the Tigers took down No. 12 Texas A&M 24-10.
In the first quarter, the Aggies and the Tigers weren’t able to put points on the board, but Kellen Mond struggled early on. The junior went 3-of-10 in the first quarter for just 34 yards.
The Aggies, however, were able to get on the board first. Thanks to a 32-yard field goal by Seth Small, Texas A&M took a brief 3-0 lead with 14:18 left in the second quarter.
Clemson was able to regain the lead on the following drive. The Tigers were able to find their rhythm on the drive thanks to two big plays from Travis Etienne, but it was Trevor Lawrence and Justyn Ross who would punctuate the drive. The duo hooked up for a 30-yard touchdown pass giving the Tigers a 7-3 lead to cap a 9-play, 82-yard drive.
Mond’s performance wasn’t much better in the second quarter. The Aggies quarterback fumbled the ball with just under nine minutes to go giving Clemson the ball back. However, the Tigers would only come up with a 29-yard BT Potter field goal.
Mond finished the half 5-of-14 for 51 yards. Lawrence, on the other hand, was red hot from the start. He finished the half 16-of-20 for 188 yards with a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown in the final moments of the second quarter to put Clemson ahead 17-3.
Clemson would not relent in the second half. A 4-yard touchdown run by Lyn-J Dixon extended the Tigers’ lead to 24-3.
Meanwhile, Clemson’s defense remained stingy keeping Texas A&M out of the end zone until the final six seconds of the game when Mond threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Wydermyer.
Clemson now prepares for its first road test of the season with a trip to Syracuse next Saturday.