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Down 2 QBs, No. 3 Clemson rallies past Syracuse, 27-23

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Should No. 3 Clemson fulfill its championship aspirations this season, prepare to hear plenty about ''The Drive.''

With new starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence knocked out of the game, reserve Chase Brice - who was about sixth on the depth chart last January - guided a 94-yard, fourth-quarter scoring drive that ended with Travis Etienne's 2-yard touchdown run with 41 seconds and gave the Tigers a 27-23 victory against Syracuse on Saturday.

''I'll never forget this one,'' Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. ''Some might say it's the fifth game of the year, but it's more than that. I saw a team that didn't quit.''

This one was hard to forget, both for the week Clemson (5-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) endured in going from having one too many starting-caliber QBs to having none by the fourth quarter to the game's dramatic finish.

Lawrence, a 6-foot-6 five-star freshman, supplanted senior Kelly Bryant as starter. A day later, Bryant said he was transferring and that he felt he did not get a fair shake at keeping the job.

Then in the second quarter, a shaky Lawrence took hard hit to the head, wobbled to the sidelines and did not return.

Things looked bleak for the Tigers when Eric Dungey's second 1-yard rushing TD put Syracuse up 23-13 with less than 13 minutes left. That's when Clemson put together a pair of touchdown drives to stay unbeaten and avoid a second straight season of being upset by Syracuse.

Etienne answered Dungey's score less than two minutes later with a 26-yard run that cut it to 23-20.

Five minutes later, Clemson embarked on what might turn out to be the season's defining drive.

''I think I'll remember that forever,'' co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott said.

That was apparent. Brice, a redshirt freshman with eight career passes before Saturday, completed a 20-yard pass to Tee Higgins on fourth-and-6 to keep the drive going. Brice ran for 17 yards to get the Tigers inside the 20. And Etienne carried it across the goal line to send Memorial Stadium into a frenzy.

''They told us someone had to step up,'' said Etienne, a sophomore who had a career high 203 yards and three TDs. ''We all decided it had to be us.''

Dungey was sacked twice by freshman Xavier Thomas on Syracuse's final drive. The Orange (4-1, 1-1) were trying for their first 5-0 start since 1987. Dungey finished with two rushing touchdowns. He was 26 of 41 passing for 250 yards and an interception.

The win capped an odd week for the Tigers, who lost a popular, charismatic leader - and potential safety net in Lawrence's absence - in Bryant. And now Lawrence's status is up in the air. The crowd went silent as Lawrence lay on the turf after getting hit hard to the head in the second quarter.

Swinney said Bryant would be welcome back to the team if he changed his mind. A new NCAA rule allows players to participate in four games and still take a redshirt season. Bryant's plan is to redshirt this season and transfer to another school, where he would eligible to play immediately next season because he has already graduated.

Lawrence, the former five-star recruit, was so-so in his starting debut. Lawrence fumbled on his second snap and 10 of 15 for 93 yards. Brice entered right before halftime and finished with 83 yards passing.

Clemson right guard Sean Pollard, a junior, said the team was disappointed by Bryant's departure. But Swinney and the coaches kept players informed about everything. Whispers of a divided locker room were nonsense, Pollard said. ''People just don't know anything about us if they thought that,'' he said.

Lawrence has concussion-like symptoms, Swinney said. He wanted to return, but the coach told him, '''You don't mess with that.'''

THE TAKEAWAY

Syracuse: The Orange had chances to put this one away and make it two straight victories against Clemson, but could not overcome the Tigers' talented defense in the second half.

Clemson: The Tigers would surely love a bye week so Lawrence could heal and the players could have some to absorb their chaotic week. This victory should help galvanize the team as it goes for a fourth straight ACC crown.

DISAPPOINTED ORANGE

Dungey said the team was upset about its loss, but eager to return to work and show there's substance behind their 4-0 start. ''We're not going to let this one get to us, although it hurts right now,'' he said.

MISSING TIGERS

Clemson announced shortly before kickoff two reserves in cornerback Mark Fields and receiver Cornell Powell would not play.

UP NEXT

Syracuse finishes a two-game road swing at Pittsburgh next Saturday.

Clemson heads to Wake Forest next Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:41
92-G.Huegel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
23
27
Touchdown 0:44
9-T.Etienne runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
14
plays
99
yds
05:22
pos
23
26
Point After TD 11:08
92-G.Huegel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
23
20
Touchdown 11:16
9-T.Etienne runs 26 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
65
yds
01:42
pos
23
19
Point After TD 12:58
91-A.Szmyt extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
23
13
Touchdown 13:03
2-E.Dungey runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
9
plays
14
yds
02:13
pos
22
13
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:22
92-G.Huegel 38 yards Field Goal is Good.
3
plays
5
yds
01:16
pos
16
13
Field Goal 4:24
92-G.Huegel 43 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
55
yds
02:39
pos
16
10
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:36
91-A.Szmyt 32 yards Field Goal is Good.
12
plays
75
yds
04:20
pos
16
7
Point After TD 7:31
91-A.Szmyt extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
13
7
Touchdown 7:34
2-E.Dungey runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
7
plays
74
yds
02:43
pos
12
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:54
92-G.Huegel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
6
7
Touchdown 0:58
9-T.Etienne runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
11
plays
65
yds
04:42
pos
6
6
Field Goal 8:40
91-A.Szmyt 51 yards Field Goal is Good.
3
plays
-3
yds
00:37
pos
6
0
Field Goal 10:36
91-A.Szmyt 35 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
48
yds
04:24
pos
3
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 12 28
Rushing 4 19
Passing 8 8
Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Conv 3-15 5-15
4th Down Conv 1-2 2-2
Total Net Yards 303 444
Total Plays 67 82
Avg Gain 4.5 5.4
Net Yards Rushing 61 293
Rush Attempts 26 53
Avg Rush Yards 2.3 5.5
Net Yards Passing 242 151
Comp. - Att. 26-41 17-29
Yards Per Pass 5.9 5.2
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-8 3-25
Penalties - Yards 5-31 3-16
Touchdowns 2 3
Rushing TDs 2 3
Passing TDs 0 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 3
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 3-2
Int. Thrown 1 1
Punts - Avg 7-48.6 4-40.3
Return Yards 3 70
Punts - Returns 0-0 2--2
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 3-52
Int. - Returns 1-3 1-20
Kicking 5/5 5/6
Extra Points 2/2 3/3
Field Goals 3/3 2/3
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Syracuse 4-1 6100723
3 Clemson 5-0 7061427
242 PASS YDS 151
61 RUSH YDS 293
303 TOTAL YDS 444
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
E. Dungey 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.4% 250 0 1 109.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.6% 1013 9 2 147.6
E. Dungey 26/41 250 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
S. Riley 10 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 24 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 31 0
S. Riley 2 24 0 19
M. Neal 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 21 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
77 367 2
M. Neal 7 21 0 6
E. Dungey 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 11 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
64 365 6
E. Dungey 13 11 2 9
J. Howard 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
24 187 0
J. Howard 1 3 0 3
D. Strickland 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
41 172 5
D. Strickland 3 2 0 1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Custis 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 73 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 360 3
J. Custis 5 73 0 31
T. Harris 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 66 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 125 1
T. Harris 3 66 0 51
D. Butler 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 45 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 120 0
D. Butler 5 45 0 17
M. Neal 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 26 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 52 0
M. Neal 5 26 0 18
N. Johnson 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 192 1
N. Johnson 2 17 0 12
S. Riley 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 217 2
S. Riley 4 16 0 9
D. Strickland 4 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 68 0
D. Strickland 2 7 0 6
Defense T-A SACK INT
K. Coleman 55 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 2.0
K. Coleman 2-0 2.0 0
C. Slayton 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
C. Slayton 1-0 1.0 0
E. Foster 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
E. Foster 1-0 1.0 0
T. Williams 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
T. Williams 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Szmyt 91 K
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
13/14 26/26
A. Szmyt 3/3 51 2/2 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Hofrichter 10 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 48.6 4
SEASON NO AVG IN20
23 46.0 4
S. Hofrichter 7 48.6 4 55
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Lawrence 16 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 93 0 0 118.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.3% 693 9 2 177.2
T. Lawrence 10/15 93 0 0
C. Brice 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
53.8% 83 0 1 92.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 120 0 2 86.1
C. Brice 7/13 83 0 1
A. Rodgers 3 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
A. Rodgers 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Etienne 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
27 203 3
SEASON ATT YDS TD
73 594 8
T. Etienne 27 203 3 26
A. Choice 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 58 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
26 155 1
A. Choice 9 58 0 20
T. Feaster 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 44 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
32 174 2
T. Feaster 9 44 0 11
B. Dawkins Jr. 9 CB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
B. Dawkins Jr. 1 2 0 2
C. Brice 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 4 0
C. Brice 3 -2 0 17
T. Lawrence 16 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 -9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 15 0
T. Lawrence 4 -9 0 7
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Higgins 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 53 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 252 2
T. Higgins 4 53 0 20
H. Renfrow 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 45 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 200 1
H. Renfrow 3 45 0 28
J. Ross 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 40 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 212 3
J. Ross 3 40 0 16
A. Rodgers 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 27 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 218 1
A. Rodgers 4 27 0 11
T. Feaster 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 26 0
T. Feaster 1 8 0 8
T. Chase 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 44 0
T. Chase 1 6 0 6
T. Etienne 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 23 1
T. Etienne 1 -3 0 -3
Defense T-A SACK INT
X. Thomas 3 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
X. Thomas 1-0 1.0 0
R. Mac Lain 37 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Mac Lain 1-0 0.0 0
A. Terrell 8 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
A. Terrell 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Huegel 92 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 3/3
SEASON FG XP
5/8 24/24
G. Huegel 2/3 43 3/3 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
W. Spiers 48 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 40.3 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
18 39.1 3
W. Spiers 4 40.3 3 49
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Rodgers 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 22.0 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 22.0 22 0
A. Rodgers 1 22.0 22 0
D. Kendrick 10 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 14.0 14 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 14.0 14 0
D. Kendrick 1 14.0 14 0
L. Dixon 23 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 16.0 16 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 16.0 16 0
L. Dixon 1 16.0 16 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Rodgers 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 -1.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 12.8 0 0
A. Rodgers 2 -1.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CLEM 35 4:24 11 48 FG
9:17 CLEM 30 0:37 3 -3 FG
7:24 CUSE 5 1:16 3 9 Punt
0:54 CLEM 35 0:45 4 -2 Fumble
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:17 CUSE 30 2:43 7 70 TD
4:56 CUSE 11 4:20 12 75 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:00 CUSE 14 1:17 5 23 Punt
8:27 CLEM 38 0:38 3 -4 Punt
4:16 CLEM 35 0:07 3 40 INT
2:17 CLEM 35 2:13 9 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:08 CLEM 35 2:08 7 27 Punt
6:52 CUSE 32 0:34 3 1 Punt
0:41 CLEM 35 0:21 5 -7
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:54 CUSE 35 0:10 3 -5 Fumble
8:32 CUSE 35 1:04 5 6 Punt
5:40 CLEM 40 4:42 11 60 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:03 CLEM 13 0:00 11 57 FG Miss
7:31 CUSE 35 2:24 8 20 Punt
0:29 CUSE 35 0:20 5 0 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:03 CUSE 35 0:00 10 20 Punt
9:39 CLEM 17 0:39 3 45 INT
7:03 CLEM 20 2:39 7 55 FG
3:38 CUSE 25 1:16 3 5 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:58 CUSE 35 1:42 7 65 TD
8:51 CLEM 20 1:15 4 11 Punt
6:06 CLEM 6 5:22 14 94 TD