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Trevor Lawrence

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence rolls out looking to pass against Florida State. During the contest, Lawrence broke Deshuan Watson's school record for passing yards by a first-year freshman (1,466).

CLEMSON — True freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence has answered nearly every question this season for the second-ranked Clemson Tigers.

Can he win against a ranked opponent at home against an N.C. State team that had played the Tigers to within one score each of the previous two years? Check. Lawrence threw for 309 yards and a touchdown in a 41-7 victory.

Can he go on the road in a hostile environment and take down the Florida State Seminoles at a place where the Tigers had never won back-to-back games. Check. And he threw for 314 yards and four touchdowns.

But this week, Lawrence will face the biggest challenge of his young career as he looks to lead the Tigers to an Atlantic Division championship at No. 17 Boston College Saturday (8 p.m., ABC).

While Lawrence has yet to accomplish this last goal, he is treating it like another game.

“I just like playing in big games. It’s fun going on the road and it’s fun to experience new things. I’ve never been to any of these places,” Lawrence said. “I’ve never even been up North really. It’s going to be cool to go up there and play.

“It’s going to be fun. Just another big game for us to kind of prove ourselves and play well in front of everyone. Last game like that was Texas A&M and it was a really good experience and really fun so I’m just excited for this one.”

Even though this is Lawrence’s first trip to Boston and his first opportunity to capture a division championship, the Tiger coaching staff is confident that he will show up ready to play.

“He’s going to do very well in any new scenario or scene,” co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott said. “I promise you he’s looking forward to going up and playing on the road in a very difficult road game vs. a very good defense with different weather than he’s had around here. He’s the kind that’s looking forward to that challenge and will embrace that.

“I expect Trevor to do exactly what he’s done any time he’s faced something new, which is just embrace it and go be successful. He looks like he’s been out there playing for years. That’s the sign of a special young talent — I haven’t seen anything in him that’s caused me to worry.”

The Tigers open every season with five goals in front of them: win the opener, win the division, win the ACC championship and win the closer. Along with the potential to accomplish the second goal of the season comes another honor — wearing the orange pants that are only worn when a championship is on the line.

For Lawrence, putting on those pants signifies all of the work the team has put in throughout the season.

“It just kind of represents where we are in our season,” Lawrence said. “We’ve put a lot of work in to get to where we are. We are still in control of our own destiny. It doesn’t really mean anything. We are still going to play how we play. It does signify that we are getting towards the end of the season and these games are starting to have a different mood because these are championship-type games.”

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Zach Lentz is a Clemson University alumnus who got his start working with the Tigers basketball team from 1999-2004. Now a resident of Orangeburg County, he reports on Clemson sports as a correspondent for The Times and Democrat. He also serves as a co-host of Solid Orange, seen at 11 p.m. Wednesdays on WACH FOX 57 in Columbia.


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