Clemson vs. Pittsburgh 1st-half notes
|Saturday, December 1, 2018 10:08 PM-|
Clemson’s 28 points in the first half ties the Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game record for points in a half, matching Florida State’s total in the 2014 game versus Georgia Tech.
ACC Player of the Year Travis Etienne’s 75-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage marked the earliest score in Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game history. There were 14 minutes and 47 seconds showing on first-quarter clock when the Clemson sophomore reached the end zone.
The 75-yard run is the longest offensive play from scrimmage in ACC title game history, surpassing Georgia Tech quarterback Joshua Nesbitt’s 70-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas versus Clemson in the 2009 game at Tampa.
Etienne, the ACC’s leader in rushing yardage with 1,307 coming into the game, rushed for a total of 24 yards on six carries in last year’s win over Miami in the ACC Championship Game.
Etienne’s 75-yard touchdown run was Clemson’s longest rush from scrimmage in 2018. Etienne and Tavien Feaster each had 70-yard runs during the regular season.
The Tigers had 77 net rushing yards as a team in last year’s ACC Championship game. They surpassed that total on their second play from scrimmage (13:12 remaining in the first quarter), when Feaster’s 3-yard run gave them 78 yards for the game.
Etienne’s 3-yard scoring run with 9:29 remaining in the first quarter was Clemson’s school-record 76th touchdown of the season.
In the last 14 quarters of the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game, the three-time defending champion Tigers have had 14 scoring drives of 70 yards or more.
The 63-yard punt by the Tiger’s Will Spiers with just more than a minute remaining in the first half set a Championship Game record, topping the previous mark of 61 yards held by several players.
Clemson set an ACC Championship Game-record with three one-play touchdown drives in the opening half; there had been a total of three one-play touchdown drives in the 14-year history of the event prior to Saturday night.
Etienne rushed for 143 yards by halftime, becoming the fifth player in Clemson history to rush for more than 100 yards in an ACC Championship Game.
With his 52 yards, senior RB Qadree Ellison has moved into seventh place on the school’s all-time rushing list with 2,832 yards.
Pitt’s 117 yards rushing are the most allowed by Clemson in the first half this year.