CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Clemson throttled Miami 38-3 en route to another ACC Championship on Saturday night at Bank of America Stadium.
Clemson’s defense suffocated the Hurricane offensive attack and limited the ‘Canes to just 214 total yards. Meanwhile the Tiger offense jumped out to an early 21-0 lead and never looked back.
Here are some numbers that stood out from Saturday’s win.
+2: Entering Saturday’s game the Hurricanes were first in the nation in turnover margin at 17, and following the game they still held on to the top spot in the FBS. However, with a forced fumble and two interceptions, Clemson finished plus-two on Miami in turnover margin.
3: With its third consecutive ACC Championship, Clemson became the first team to win back-to-back-to-back ACC Championship Games since Florida State in 2012-14, and it is the first time the Tigers have won three straight titles since 1966-68.
They also joined Alabama as the only team to clinch a bid to three straight College Football Playoffs.
4: Four different Clemson players finished Saturday’s game with a rushing touchdown, setting a new ACC Championship Game record. Travis Etienne, Kelly Bryant, Adam Choice, and C.J. Fuller all reached the end zone via the ground attack.
13: With his touchdown run on Saturday, Etienne scored his 13th touchdown of the season, tying Sammy Watkins’ program record for touchdowns as a freshman. Watkins finished his freshman campaign with 12 receiving touchdowns and a kickoff return for a touchdown.
15-15: Bryant completed his first 15 passes in the top-10 showdown with Miami. That set a new ACC Championship Game record for consecutive completions, besting Deshaun Watson’s 13 in 2015 versus North Carolina.
17: Clemson won its 17th ACC Championship, the most of any school in the conference. Florida State is next with 15. The Tigers have won a total of 23 conference titles dating to their stints in the SIAA and Southern Conference.
35: The 38-3 victory over the seventh-ranked Hurricanes is the largest margin of victory by a Tiger team over a ranked opponent. The previous best was 34 and done twice — in 1950 Clemson beat Missouri 34-0, and in the 2015 Russell Athletic bowl 40-6 over Oklahoma.
50: The Clemson senior class became the winningest senior class in program history as they notched their 50th win over Miami on Saturday. That class went 10-3 in 2014, 14-1 in 2015, 14-1 in 2016 and are 12-1 thus far in 2017.
It also became the winningest class in ACC history as the first to rack up 50 wins.
88: Since 2010, Clemson has won 88 games officially making it the greatest decade in the history of the program.
Ironically Dabo Swinney wore number 88 as a player for Alabama when it defeated Miami in the Sugar Bowl to claim a national championship. With the win, No. 1 Clemson will play against No. 4 Alabama in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Sugar Bowl.
100%: The Tigers continued their red zone dominance in the ACC Championship game. Clemson was 5-of-5 inside the Miami 20 on Saturday night.
1959: Clemson’s dominating win secured its spot as the number one team and a trip to the Sugar Bowl in the New Orleans Superdome. It marks the Tigers’ first trip to New Orleans since 1959 when they fell to No. 1 LSU.
74,372: In arguably the most-hyped ACC Championship Game in the history of the game, 74,372 fans journeyed to the Queen City. It was the second-largest attendance in the game’s 13-year existence behind the 2015 Clemson-North Carolina matchup in Bank of America Stadium.