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No. 4 Clemson wins ACC Atlantic with 31-14 victory over FSU

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Travis Etienne always dreamed of helping his team win a title. It didn't take very long for the freshman to turn that dream into reality at Clemson.

Etienne ran for 97 yards and two touchdowns to lead the fourth-ranked Tigers to a 31-14 victory over Florida State that clinched the team's third straight ACC Atlantic Division title and a trip to the league championship game.

''We get a chance to go to Charlotte and play for the ACC championship,'' Etienne said. ''To win a ring, when the stakes are the highest, is great.''

Clemson might have missed out on that opportunity without Etienne, a gangly looking, 5-foot-10 back who picked the school late in last winter's recruiting cycle when most figured the Louisiana native was headed for LSU.

He has nine touchdowns this season, second behind quarterback Kelly Bryant's 10. Against the Seminoles' staunch defense, Etienne made his biggest runs following Van Smith's key fourth -quarter interception.

Etienne had a 25-yard run to the FSU 5. Two plays later, he burst through for a 1-yard score that made it 24-14 with 3:05 left.

''Look, my guy is smiling,'' Bryant shouted across the room as Etienne took questions.

There could be a lot more smiling ahead as the Tigers (9-1, 7-1, No. 4 CFP) try for a third straight berth in the College Football Playoff. Their opponent in the ACC final will be No. 7 Miami, which wrapped up the Coastal Division with Virginia's 38-21 loss to Louisville.

Clemson appeared to be in control against Florida State with a 17-0 lead late in the third quarter. But the Seminoles rallied on Jacques Patrick's 3-yard TD run and a double-pitch back, flea-flicker pass from James Blackman that went for a 60-yard score to Ryan Izzo.

Florida State was in position to spoil the celebration at chilly Death Valley when it recovered Bryant's fumble on the Clemson 40 with less than seven minutes left. But Blackman's pass over the middle was intercepted by Smith on the next play, setting up the Tigers' clinching drive.

''The story of the night was definitely the defense and the turnovers,'' Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. ''Especially that one by Van Smith. And we finally got that drive that we needed'' in Etienne's second TD.

Cornerback Trayvon Mullen knocked away Blackman's fourth-down pass with 2:13 left to end the Seminoles' comeback hopes.

It's the fifth time in Swinney's nine full seasons that he has taken the Tigers to the conference title game.

For Florida State (3-6, 3-5), it marked its first losing ACC record since 2006. And the Seminoles' landmark streak of 35 straight bowl games is in jeopardy, too - they have three games left against Delaware State, rival Florida and Louisiana-Monroe.

Bryant finished with 151 yards passing. He also rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown. Adam Choice had a 10-yard TD run with 35 seconds left for Clemson's final score.

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said his team will regroup and prepare to build on its second half.

''We usually find a way to win games like these,'' he said. ''We've got to find that again.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Florida State: The Seminoles defense can play with anyone and, with just a little offensive help, should be able to keep the team in its remaining games. Florida State rescheduled the game with Louisiana-Monroe, postponed by Hurricane Irma, for Dec. 2 with potential bowl eligibility on the line.

Clemson: The Tigers had another uneven offensive showing with Bryant struggling on longer passes. While Clemson has a defense capable of carrying it to another deep playoff run, it must show more consistency and effectiveness on offense to make it through the more difficult opponents looming in the postseason.

INJURY ISSUE

Clemson played without a pair of key defensive starters in tackle Dexter Lawrence and linebacker Kendall Joseph. Lawrence, a 6-foot-4, 340-pound sophomore, was out with a foot injury. Joseph, the team's second-leading tackler, sustained a leg injury last week against North Carolina State. Cornerback Ryan Carter missed much of the final stretch after he was hit hard on a punt return by Florida State linebacker Emmett Rice. Rice was flagged for targeting.

BREAKING THROUGH

Florida State got its first touchdown in the third quarter this season on Patrick's run. The Seminoles have scored just 16 third-quarter points in nine games.

UP NEXT

Florida State returns home to play Delaware State on Saturday.

Clemson also plays an FCS opponent, taking on Citadel on Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:35
41-A.Spence extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
31
Touchdown 0:35
26-A.Choice runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
28
yds
01:38
pos
14
30
Point After TD 3:05
41-A.Spence extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
24
Touchdown 3:05
9-T.Etienne runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
6
plays
44
yds
03:31
pos
14
23
Point After TD 8:53
23-R.Aguayo extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
17
Touchdown 8:53
1-J.Blackman complete to 81-R.Izzo. 81-R.Izzo runs 60 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
85
yds
01:29
pos
13
17
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:13
23-R.Aguayo extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
17
Touchdown 1:13
9-J.Patrick runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
120
yds
03:38
pos
6
17
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:43
41-A.Spence 26 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
77
yds
03:22
pos
0
17
Point After TD 6:34
41-A.Spence extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
14
Touchdown 6:34
9-T.Etienne runs 28 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
28
yds
00:09
pos
0
13
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:51
41-A.Spence extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 2:51
2-K.Bryant runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
20
yds
02:45
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 12 24
Rushing 3 12
Passing 6 10
Penalty 3 2
3rd Down Conv 3-13 8-15
4th Down Conv 0-2 0-0
Total Net Yards 196 369
Total Plays 56 82
Avg Gain 3.5 4.5
Net Yards Rushing 21 227
Rush Attempts 24 52
Avg Rush Yards 0.9 4.4
Net Yards Passing 175 142
Comp. - Att. 13-32 20-30
Yards Per Pass 5.5 4.7
Sacked - Yards Lost 5-33 2-9
Penalties - Yards 4-55 7-80
Touchdowns 2 4
Rushing TDs 1 4
Passing TDs 1 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 3
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 3-3
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 7-45.9 6-35.7
Return Yards 86 130
Punts - Returns 2-11 3-47
Kickoffs - Returns 4-75 3-45
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-38
Kicking 2/2 5/5
Extra Points 2/2 4/4
Field Goals 0/0 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Florida State 3-6 007714
4 Clemson 9-1 71001431
175 PASS YDS 142
21 RUSH YDS 227
196 TOTAL YDS 369
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Blackman 1 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
40.6% 208 1 1 99.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.3% 1493 9 8 121.6
J. Blackman 13/32 208 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
C. Akers 3 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 40 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
139 735 3
C. Akers 12 40 0 12
J. Patrick 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 3 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
81 437 2
J. Patrick 5 3 1 3
J. Blackman 1 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 -26 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
53 -72 0
J. Blackman 7 -26 0 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
N. Murray 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 73 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
32 510 2
N. Murray 4 73 0 39
R. Izzo 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 60 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 229 3
R. Izzo 1 60 1 60
A. Tate 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 33 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
30 419 5
A. Tate 4 33 0 10
C. Akers 3 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 102 0
C. Akers 1 19 0 19
K. Gavin 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 176 0
K. Gavin 2 17 0 10
J. Patrick 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 94 0
J. Patrick 1 6 0 6
M. Saunders 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
M. Saunders 0 0 0 0
E. Lane 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 37 0
E. Lane 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. James 3 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 1 0.0
D. James 7-1 0.0 0
R. Hoskins 18 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
R. Hoskins 7-1 0.0 0
M. Thomas 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-5 0 0.0
M. Thomas 6-5 0.0 0
T. Marshall 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
T. Marshall 6-1 0.0 0
T. McFadden 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
T. McFadden 6-0 0.0 0
H. Nasirildeen 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
H. Nasirildeen 5-0 0.0 0
B. Burns 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 2.0
B. Burns 5-2 2.0 0
D. Nnadi 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
D. Nnadi 4-2 0.0 0
J. Sweat 9 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
J. Sweat 3-3 0.0 0
C. Plante 33 FB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
C. Plante 3-0 0.0 0
L. Taylor 1 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
L. Taylor 2-0 0.0 0
D. Christmas 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Christmas 2-0 0.0 0
D. Jackson 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Jackson 2-0 0.0 0
J. Wilkerson 30 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Wilkerson 1-0 0.0 0
C. Fagan 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Fagan 1-0 0.0 0
A. Westbrook 19 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Westbrook 1-0 0.0 0
F. Jones 55 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
F. Jones 1-0 0.0 0
D. Phillips 5 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Phillips 1-0 0.0 0
S. Samuels III 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
S. Samuels III 1-0 0.0 0
J. Kaindoh 13 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Kaindoh 0-1 0.0 0
C. Akers 3 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
C. Akers 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Aguayo 23 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 2/2
SEASON FG XP
14/17 17/17
R. Aguayo 0/0 0 2/2 2
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
L. Tyler 21 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 45.9 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
53 42.8 2
L. Tyler 7 45.9 2 59
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Rasul 22 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 19.3 24 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 20.8 24 0
A. Rasul 3 19.3 24 0
K. Gavin 89 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 25.4 17 0
K. Gavin 1 17.0 17 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Matthews 29 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 5.5 6 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 2.6 6 0
D. Matthews 2 5.5 6 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Bryant 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 151 0 0 108.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.3% 1924 7 5 128.4
K. Bryant 20/30 151 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Etienne 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 97 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
80 617 9
T. Etienne 14 97 2 28
K. Bryant 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
19 60 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
152 608 10
K. Bryant 19 60 1 16
A. Choice 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 40 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
46 242 5
A. Choice 7 40 1 12
T. Feaster 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 21 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
89 550 4
T. Feaster 9 21 0 6
C. Fuller 27 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
38 182 3
C. Fuller 2 10 0 7
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
H. Renfrow 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 35 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
43 425 0
H. Renfrow 4 35 0 11
D. Greenlee 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 32 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 32 0
D. Greenlee 1 32 0 32
D. Cain 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
41 457 4
D. Cain 4 17 0 9
T. Etienne 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 26 0
T. Etienne 1 16 0 16
T. Thompson 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 83 0
T. Thompson 3 15 0 15
T. Higgins 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 83 0
T. Higgins 1 8 0 8
A. Rodgers 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 73 0
A. Rodgers 1 6 0 6
D. Overton 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 137 0
D. Overton 1 5 0 5
C. Fuller 27 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 29 0
C. Fuller 1 5 0 5
T. Feaster 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 95 1
T. Feaster 1 4 0 4
A. Choice 26 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 31 0
A. Choice 1 4 0 4
R. McCloud 21 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
35 358 1
R. McCloud 1 4 0 4
K. Tuttle 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
K. Tuttle 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
C. Wilkins 42 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 1.0
C. Wilkins 4-2 1.0 0
JD. Davis 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
JD. Davis 4-1 0.0 0
C. Ferrell 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
C. Ferrell 4-0 1.0 0
T. Lamar 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
T. Lamar 3-1 1.0 0
K. Wallace 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
K. Wallace 3-0 0.0 0
A. Bryant 7 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 1.0
A. Bryant 2-0 1.0 0
A. Huggins 67 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 1.0
A. Huggins 2-2 1.0 0
Ju. Davis 36 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
Ju. Davis 2-0 0.0 0
A. Terrell 8 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
A. Terrell 2-0 0.0 0
V. Smith 23 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 1 0.0
V. Smith 2-3 0.0 1
T. Mullen 1 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
T. Mullen 2-0 0.0 0
N. Pinckney 44 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
N. Pinckney 1-0 0.0 0
R. Carter 31 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Carter 1-0 0.0 0
C. Register 45 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Register 1-0 0.0 0
S. Smith 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
S. Smith 1-0 0.0 0
Ch. Smith 43 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
Ch. Smith 1-1 0.0 0
T. Muse 19 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
T. Muse 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Al. Spence 41 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 4/4
SEASON FG XP
5/9 28/29
Al. Spence 1/1 26 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
W. Spiers 48 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 35.7 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
50 41.6 3
W. Spiers 6 35.7 3 45
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Etienne 9 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 15.0 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
12 19.5 18 0
T. Etienne 3 15.0 18 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. McCloud 21 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 15.7 35 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
21 13.7 77 1
R. McCloud 3 15.7 35 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:33 FSU 41 1:37 3 2 Punt
7:28 FSU 10 1:46 6 70 Fumble
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:46 FSU 14 2:21 7 21
8:20 FSU 3 1:26 3 1 Punt
6:34 FSU 25 1:20 3 -1 Punt
1:33 FSU 16 0:57 5 23 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 FSU 25 4:31 9 50 Downs
7:51 FSU 16 0:15 3 0 Punt
4:51 FSU 10 3:38 9 90 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:49 FSU 37 0:55 3 -4 Punt
10:22 FSU 15 1:29 3 85 TD
6:46 CLEM 40 0:00 1 40 INT
3:00 FSU 27 0:40 4 1 Downs
0:29 FSU 31 0:00 1 6 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 CLEM 17 1:09 4 10 Punt
11:44 CLEM 27 4:10 8 31 Punt
5:36 FSU 20 2:45 6 20 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 CLEM 26 6:29 16 71 Fumble
6:43 FSU 28 0:09 1 28 TD
5:05 CLEM 30 3:22 9 62 FG
0:25 CLEM 14 0:00 1 -1 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:24 CLEM 25 2:33 8 59 Punt
7:25 CLEM 29 2:27 6 28 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:08 CLEM 20 0:35 5 11 Punt
13:47 CLEM 19 3:19 8 36 Punt
8:50 CLEM 10 1:56 6 30 Fumble
6:36 FSU 44 3:31 6 44 TD
2:13 FSU 28 1:38 3 28 TD