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Notebook: Clemson’s playmaker

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When it comes to playmakers, few teams have as many as No. 2 Clemson.

Of course, the Tigers have arguably the best quarterback in the country in Deshaun Watson. Then there is running back Wayne Gallman, tight end Jordan Leggett and wide receivers Mike Williams, Artavis Scott, Hunter Renfrow and Ray Ray McCloud.

Then there is perhaps the biggest playmaker of them all, wide receiver Deon Cain. The sophomore scored two more touchdowns in Saturday’s 54-0 win over Syracuse including a 65-yard pass from Watson that gave the Tigers a 16-0 lead at the time in the second quarter.

Cain later caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Nick Schuessler and finished with a career-high 125 yards on five receptions.

“I just always just try to come into games with a great mindset and tell myself to stay consistent and just keep making plays,” Cain said. “I really just try to take advantage of any opportunity I get and I try to help this offense in anyway that they need me.”

Earlier this season Cain caught a couple of touchdowns vs. No. 7 Louisville. For the season, Cain is averaging 20.4 yards per catch and has a team-high eight touchdowns.

Streak continues. Saturday was Clemson’s 21st consecutive win in Memorial Stadium, already a school record. The record for consecutive games without a loss at home is 25 (1980-84) (23-0-2).

Just the fourth time. Clemson is 9-0 for just the fourth time in school history. The other years Clemson started 9-0 or better were 1948 (11-0), 1981 (12-0) and 2015 (14-0).

Home stand. The current seniors are 25-1 at home. The Clemson class record for wins at home in a four-year period is 26. The 2014 and 2015 senior classes were 26-2, so this group has a chance to tie that mark next week against Pittsburgh.

4-0 vs. the ‘Cuse. Clemson is 4-0 against Syracuse since the Orange joined the ACC. This is the first time Clemson has won its first four games against an ACC opponent since the Tigers won their first four games against Virginia between 1955-‘58. The Tigers opened the series with Virginia with 29 straight wins in the series. Clemson also won its first four games against Wake Forest between 1953-‘56. Clemson has played at least four games as a conference rival against every current ACC team with the exception of Pittsburgh, next week’s opponent.

No. 3 for No. 3. Artavis Scott had seven catches and has 207 in his career. He passed DeAndre Hopkins (2010-12) for third place in Clemson history for career receptions.

He is no one’s ‘Muse.’ Safety Tanner Muse recorded his first career interception and took it 64 yards for a touchdown. It was Clemson’s second “pick six” of the season (Mark Fields vs. Boston College).

Muse was the first Tiger freshman to return an interception for a touchdown since Wayne Simmons at Florida State in 1989.

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