The Clemson Tigers pummeled the Pittsburgh Panthers 42-10 to win the 2018 ACC Championship Saturday night (Dec. 1).
This marks Clemson’s fourth straight title win, and Clemson is the ONLY crew in the ACC to gain four consecutive titles.
— Clemson Soccer (@ClemsonFB) December 2, 2018
The victory also secured the Tigers a location in the Higher education Soccer Playoffs for the fourth consecutive yr. The Tigers will probably be the No. 2 seed when the CFP rankings are unveiled Sunday afternoon.
The fight among the 2nd-ranked Tigers and the 7-5 Panthers was a mismatch on paper, and that is the way the activity performed out.
Clemson operating back Travis Etienne scored on a 75-yard landing run on the very first play of the match and went on to hurry for 156 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.
The Tigers led 28-10 at the 50 percent as Etienne scored from 3 yards out and Trevor Lawrence tossed a pair of landing passes to Tee Higgins.
Clemson’s protection assisted to established up two of Clemson’s very first-half scores. Isaiah Simmons hit Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett from at the rear of in the 1st quarter and pressured a fumble, which was recovered by Christian Wilkins and returned 18 yards to the Pitt 3. Etienne scored on the following enjoy.
The Tigers led 21-10 with less than a minute remaining in the initial fifty percent when Pickett was picked off by Clemson cornerback A.J. Terrell. The sophomore returned the interception 31 yards to the Pitt 10, and Lawrence located Higgins for a score with 25 seconds remaining in the 2nd quarter on the subsequent play.
Clemson scored a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter with Adam Decision scoring from a garden out and Lyn-J Dixon introducing a 4-property landing operate.
Clemson will both engage in in the Cotton Bowl (in Arlington, TX) or the Orange Bowl (in Miami) from an unknown opponent on December 29th. The CFP choice clearly show airs tomorrow at midday on ESPN and the playoff groups will be declared at 12:30 p.m.