No. 1 Clemson wakes up late to beat Syracuse 47-21

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Ken Ruinard

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) throws a pass during an NCAA college football game against Syracuse in Clemson, S.C., on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (Ken Ruinard/Pool Photo via AP)

CLEMSON, S.C. – Trevor Lawrence has seen plenty of tight games against Syracuse. He's also seen the top-ranked Tigers come out on top most every time.

It happened again Saturday as No. 1 Clemson used a late boost to pull away to a 47-21 victory after Syracuse drew within a score at 27-21.

“Every year they play us tight,” Lawrence said, “and they have a lot of confidence from that.”

What Syracuse doesn't have is playmakers like Lawrence and tailback Travis Etienne. Lawrence threw for two touchdown passes and Etienne ran for three scores, two in the fourth quarter, as Clemson won its 27th straight Atlantic Coast Conference game — since falling to the Orange 27-24 in 2017.

Syracuse (1-5, 1-4), a 45-point underdog, rallied from 17-0 down to draw within a touchdown late in the third quarter before Clemson regained its footing.

“There are a lot of teams that would've lost that game with the mistakes that we made," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney. "I was proud of our guys for winning the game.

“We're 6-0 because we've played really well to this point,” he continued.

It was the sixth straight season the Tigers (5-0 ACC) opened with six wins. Although, it took a late burst to get it done — just like usual against Syracuse.