By the time the fourth quarter of Saturday’s showdown between No. 3 Clemson and No. 14 Louisville began, the reigning national champions had asserted themselves as the best team on the field. Kelly Bryant peformed well at quarterback, and defensively Dabo Swinney’s Tigers were able to keep Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson in check for much of the night.
It was a true freshman, running back Travis Etienne, who would deliver the “dagger” during the fourth quarter. Etienne took a handoff from redshirt freshman Zerrick Cooper and ran 81 yards for the touchdown to give Clemson a 47-21 lead with just more than six minutes remaining.
Travis Etienne. True freshman. Clemson is a talent factory. pic.twitter.com/YhAib86lr4
— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) September 17, 2017
Etienne had just four carries in the game, but thanks to this run he fell just eight yards short of the 100-yard mark.