Clemson’s Travis Etienne Thanks God After Setting NCAA Touchdown Record

FILE – In this Dec. 28, 2019, file photo, Clemson running back Travis Etienne scores a touchdown against Ohio State during the second half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal, in Glendale, Ariz. Etienne was selected to The Associated Press preseason All-America first-team, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

The Clemson Tigers proved once again Saturday night why they are the No. 1 team in the country, as they easily dispatched No. 7 Miami, 42-17, to improve to 4-0 on the season. The star for the Tigers on this particular night in Death Valley was senior running back Travis Etienne.

Etienne carried the ball 17 times for 149 yards and two touchdowns (an average of 8.8 yards per attempt) while also catching eight passes for 73 more yards.

In the process, Etienne added another record to his ever-increasing list of accomplishments: the most games in which a player has scored at least one rushing or receiving touchdown. His 39th game with a touchdown broke the previous NCAA Division I mark held by Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and Louisiana Tech running back Kenneth Dixon.

“Honestly, it will probably take me a while to reflect on that,” Etienne told reporters in a press conference following the game. “It’s just a tremendous accomplishment and I just want to first off thank God. Without Him, I wouldn’t even be here in this situation.”

Etienne added later in the press conference that the success he’s had during his college career will probably mean more to him with each passing year.

“I mean it hasn’t really sunk in yet,” he said. “We are just so deep into the grind, just trying to get better each and every week. I guess when I’m older, 10 years later looking back on it, man it’s going to really hit me and just going to look back and see all things that I was able to accomplish coming here to Clemson.”

The two rushing touchdowns Etienne accumulated against the Hurricanes now gives him 60 for his career, to go along with his seven career receiving touchdowns. He’s surpassed 1,600 yards on the ground each of the past two years and has never averaged less than seven yards per carry for a season since he arrived on campus in 2017.

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SOURCE: Christian Post; Sports Spectrum, Kevin Mercer