Lawrence, No. 3 Clemson pound Pitt

Trevor Lawrence is back.In a big way.Clemson’s junior quarterback, who hadn’t played in a game since Oct. 24, returned to action with a flourish Saturday afternoon, passing for 403 yards and two touchdowns in the third-ranked Tigers’ 52-17 victory against visiting Pitt.Lawrence missed two games, including the team’s 47-40 double-overtime loss at Notre Dame on Nov. 7, while in quarantine for COVID-19. The Tigers’ scheduled game at Florida State last week was postponed due to coronavirus concerns regarding the Seminoles’ program.Playing in what was expected to be his final home game, Lawrence shined from the outset, guiding the Tigers to scores on five consecutive possessions as Clemson posted a school-record, 31-point first quarter.The Tigers (8-1, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) kept their hopes alive for a sixth consecutive ACC championship as well as a sixth straight berth into the College Football Playoff.Pitt (5-5, 4-5) had a two-game winning streak snapped.The victory enabled Clemson’s seniors to cap their careers by going undefeated at home (27-0) over the past four seasons.It also was Clemson’s 28th consecutive home victory, coincidentally dating back to a 43-42 loss to Pitt on Nov. 12, 2016. Clemson went on to win the national championship that year.