Freshman Trevor Lawrence, a Cartersville High graduate, threw three touchdown passes and scored on all five of his drives to help No. 2 Clemson beat Football Championship Subdivision Furman 48-7 on Saturday.
Senior starter Kelly Bryant had a touchdown pass of his own.
“Both missed some throws. Both made some great throws,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said after rattling off their stats and emphasizing how similar they were.
It was the romp everyone expected as Clemson overmatched the Paladins. Clemson is 33-0 against FCS teams, only once winning by less than 10 points.
Swinney said he let his quarterback rotation go as planned. Bryant played the first quarter, Lawrence played the second quarter and they each got two drives to start the second half.
Lawrence was 9-for-15 for 137 yards. His best pass was a 40-yard strike where only Cornell Powell could get to it when Furman jumped offside and the freshman recognized he had a free play.
“It’s made me better,” Lawrence said about having to compete for the job after four years as a star in high school, breaking several records set by Deshaun Watson, the former Tigers star who shoved aside a veteran as a freshman to start in 2014.