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Instant Halftime Analysis: LSU 14, Clemson 13


  by - Staff Writer - Monday, December 31, 2012 9:16 PM
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ATLANTA - Instant Halftime Analysis: Clemson 14 , LSU 13

What went right: Malliciah GoodmanMalliciah Goodman
Sr. Defensive End
#97 6-4, 270
Florence, SC

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has been quiet most of the season, but came up with two huge sacks in the first quarter.

Freshman D.J. ReaderD.J. Reader
Fr. Defensive Tackle
#48 6-3, 335
Greensboro, NC

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played like a seasoned veteran, pushing the LSU right guard nine yards backwards and opening a hole for linebacker Quandon ChristianQuandon Christian
RS Jr. Linebacker
#34 6-2, 225
Lake View, SC

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to sack LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger.

Clemson sacked Mettenberger four times in the opening quarter.

Quarterback Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
RS Jr. Quarterback
#10 6-1, 225
Hampton, VA

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rushed for 23 yards on Clemson’s second drive of the game, a drive that culminated with an 11-yard touchdown run to tie the game.

LSU had the ball on third-and-one on its own 29 and the Clemson defense- led by Reader- stuffed the run to force an LSU punt.

Clemson wide receiver Nuk Hopkins caught an 11-yard touchdown in second quarter, giving him a touchdown in 10 straight games- an ACC record. The previous record was held by Virginia’s Herman Moore.

Travis BlanksTravis Blanks
Fr. Defensive Back
#11 6-1, 190
Tallahassee, FL

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picked of Mettenberger’s pass with less than a minute remaining in the half.

What went wrong: On the second play of the game, Clemson wide receiver Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
So. Wide Receiver
#2 6-1, 205
Fort Myers, FL

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took a handoff from Boyd and ran right up the middle, fumbled the ball and suffered a game-ending ankle injury.

After consecutive three-and-outs, LSU drove 65 yards for their second touchdown of the game. The drive was aided by a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty on Christian.

Right tackle Giff Timothy went out with a leg injury late in the first quarter.

After Clemson’s second touchdown, LSU blocked the extra point.

On fourth-and-10 and with Clemson driving late in the second quarter, Clemson elected to go for it with Boyd running after being flushed from the pocket, but he came up a half-yard short.

Turning Point of the Half: Boyd rushed for an 11-yard touchdown to give Clemson its first score of the game. With that touchdown, Clemson set the tone for the game re-energized both sides of the football after the loss of Watkins.

Stat of the Half: The Clemson offense outgained LSU 248-106, held the ball for 18 minutes and eclipsed 50 plays.

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