SYRACUSE, N.Y. – In just his second game back on the field since returning from an ACL injured suffered in the spring, Clemson wide receiver Amari Rodgers broke out in a big way and showed he is fully healthy during the top-ranked Tigers’ 41-6 victory over Syracuse on Saturday night at The Dome.
After catching a couple of passes for six yards in Clemson’s Week 2 win against Texas A&M, Rodgers exploded for 121 yards receiving and two touchdowns on four receptions against the Orange (1-2, 0-1 ACC).
The junior from Knoxville, Tennessee, kicked off the game’s scoring with a 16-yard touchdown catch from Trevor Lawrence that gave the Tigers (3-0, 2-0) a 7-0 lead at the 10:29 mark of the first quarter.
But Rodgers’ biggest play of the night came in the third quarter with the Tigers up by a score of 17-6.
On third-and-1 from the Clemson 13-yard line – following an interception thrown by Lawrence on the previous drive – Rodgers caught a screen pass from Lawrence near the right hash marks, made a move to the outside and took it all the way down the sideline to the house for an 87-yard touchdown.
It was the fourth-longest pass play in Clemson history and it broke the game open, giving the Tigers a 24-6 advantage with 9:42 remaining in the third quarter.
Rodgers averaged 30.3 yards per reception against Syracuse.