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Freshmen make impact, help Tigers hold off Trojans


  by - Senior Writer - Saturday, September 3, 2011 8:22 PM
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Mike Bellamy's 75 yd run for a touchdown.

CLEMSON – Clemson’s heralded freshman class was brought in to make a difference, and that’s exactly what they did.

Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Fr. Wide Receiver
#7 6-2, 200
Fort Myers, FL

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, Mike BellamyMike Bellamy
Fr. Running Back
#5 5-10, 187
Nocatee, FL

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and D.J. HowardD.J. Howard
RS Fr. Running Back
#22 5-11, 190
Lincoln, AL

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all scored touchdowns and the Clemson offense overcame a sluggish first half in leading the Tigers to a 43-19 win over visiting Troy in the season opener in Death Valley Saturday afternoon.

Watkins scored on the second play of the game and Bellamy scored on the first carry of his career, highlighting a huge day for the freshmen, who had 334 all-purpose yards in the contest.

“We played lots of guys,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said. “We definitely didn’t have the first half we wanted. Tajh (Boyd) had a bad first half, but he settled down and had a good second half. Dwayne (Allen) really sparked us in the third quarter. I think Brad Scott deserves the game ball for recruiting Mike Bellamy, Martavis BryantMartavis Bryant
Fr. Wide Receiver
#1 6-4, 195
Anderson, SC

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and Sammy Watkins. These freshmen are so fast. We want to
use them to wear people down. They’re a fun bunch to watch.”

It didn’t take long for those freshmen to make their presence felt, with Mike Bellamy returning the opening kickoff 39 yards. Two plays later Boyd hit Watkins on a 33-yard touchdown pass and Clemson led 7-0 just 26 seconds into the game.

Troy committed two turnovers that led to two Chandler CatanzaroChandler Catanzaro
RS So. Punter / Kicker
#39 6-2, 205
Greenville, SC

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field goals – 41 and 46 yards – but the opening series was definitely the highlight in the first half for the Tigers.

Troy led 16-13 at the half, and had almost 200 yards of total offense while Clemson was 0-for-8 on third down. The Tigers had just 42 yards of total offense after the opening touchdown, and the offense looked out of synch. Boyd was having trouble picking up the blitzes off the edge, and he later said the Tigers were taking too many shots down the field.

“I honestly couldn’t see the blitz, and we were having trouble picking it up,” Boyd said. “We were also calling a lot of deep plays, and they [Troy] were coming so fast we couldn’t let the plays develop. In the locker room, we changed things up and decided to take what the defense gave us, and that worked out.”

Clemson’s initial series of the second half closely resembled several in the first half – a quick first down followed by three rough plays and punt - but hit pay dirt on the second series. Boyd, flushed out of the pocket, found Dwayne AllenDwayne Allen
RS Jr. Tight End
#83 6-3, 245
Fayetteville, NC

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on the right sideline and Allen broke two tackles on his way to a 54-yard touchdown that put Clemson back up 20-16.

Boyd showed his new rhythm on Clemson’s ensuing possession – a 13-play drive that covered 80 yards – when he went 9-for-9 for 70 yards, the drive culminating with a five-yard pass to Jaron BrownJaron Brown
RS Jr. Wide Receiver
#18 6-2, 200
Cheraw, SC

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for a touchdown. The extra point was missed [Catanzaro later said he just missed it], and the Tigers led 26-16 near the end of the third quarter.


Troy used a long drive and a short field to cut the Clemson lead to 26-19, but Tiger fans got another glimpse of the future when Bellamy took the first carry of his Clemson career 75 yards for a touchdown. Bellamy took the handoff from Boyd and appeared to be stopped at the line, but bounced outside to his left and raced untouched into the end zone for a 33-19 lead.

The Tigers added another field goal [45 yards by Catanzaro], and Howard scored on a one-yard run with 1:16 remaining to close out the scoring.

Swinney said with a new offensive system and so many new players, it took the team the first half to find a rhythm.

“We have to play games to really understand the offense,” Swinney said. “There were a lot of unknowns between Troy and our new system and we really just needed to play a game. The second half was a thing of beauty. Troy is a championship team; they have five Sun Belt Championships under their belt. I told the guys at halftime that the only way to beat them was to knock them out of our house, and we did a good job to knock them out in the second half.

“This was a good win for us. We accomplished our first goal. We had a lot of adversity in the first half, but I’m so proud of our guys for coming out and finishing the game. There was no panic at halftime and we came out strong in the second half. That’s why it’s a four quarter game. We had adversity early, but we came out and executed. We have to improve as the season goes on, but our objective is to win. We’re looking at this as a good win.”

Watkins said he had butterflies early.

“I was shaking running down The Hill,” the Florida native said. “I put the butterflies behind me and
just played after that. I thought it [scoring a touchdown on his first series] was a dream, but it came true. We never got down even though we weren’t moving the ball. After the half, we came out pumped up and ready to go. Everything just started clicking. We [the freshmen] have bought into the system. After I got on the field, I blocked everything out and played loose.”








Date: Sept 3, 2011  Site: Clemson, SC           Stadium: Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 74135

Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
-----------------    -- -- -- --   -----
Troy................  6 10  0  3  - 19
Clemson............. 13  0 13 17  - 43



Scoring Summary:
1st 14:34 CU - Sammy Watkins 33 yd pass from Tajh Boyd (Chandler Catanzaro kick)
                                                  2 plays, 59 yards, TOP 0:26, TROY 0 - CU 7
    09:59 CU - Chandler Catanzaro 46 yd field goal
                                                 4 plays, -8 yards, TOP 1:17, TROY 0 - CU 10
    04:25 TROY - Shawn Southward 1 yd run (Michael Taylor kick failed)
                                                13 plays, 80 yards, TOP 5:34, TROY 6 - CU 10
    00:20 CU - Chandler Catanzaro 46 yd field goal
                                                  4 plays, 8 yards, TOP 2:04, TROY 6 - CU 13
2nd 04:20 TROY - Michael Taylor 21 yd field goal
                                                  4 plays, 4 yards, TOP 1:27, TROY 9 - CU 13
    00:51 TROY - Eric Thomas 16 yd pass from Corey Robinson (Michael Taylor kick)
                                                5 plays, 61 yards, TOP 1:36, TROY 16 - CU 13
3rd 07:01 CU - Dwayne Allen 54 yd pass from Tajh Boyd (Chandler Catanzaro kick)
                                                5 plays, 80 yards, TOP 1:51, TROY 16 - CU 20
    00:30 CU - Jaron Brown 7 yd pass from Tajh Boyd (Chandler Catanzaro kick failed)
                                               13 plays, 80 yards, TOP 4:31, TROY 16 - CU 26
4th 11:20 TROY - Michael Taylor 20 yd field goal
                                               11 plays, 80 yards, TOP 4:06, TROY 19 - CU 26
    11:02 CU - Mike Bellamy 75 yd run (Chandler Catanzaro kick)
                                                 1 play, 75 yards, TOP 0:12, TROY 19 - CU 33
    04:44 CU - Chandler Catanzaro 45 yd field goal
                                                 4 plays, -1 yard, TOP 1:36, TROY 19 - CU 36
    01:26 CU - D.J. Howard 1 yd run (Chandler Catanzaro kick)
                                                7 plays, 42 yards, TOP 2:39, TROY 19 - CU 43



Kickoff time: 3:35 PM   End of Game: 6:39 PM   Total elapsed time: 3:04
Officials: Referee: Brad Allen; Umpire: Michael Webster; Linesman: Arthur Hardin;
Line judge: Colin Formulak; Back judge: Ron Boyd; Field judge: Kip Johnson;
Side judge: D. Harrison;
Temperature: 95 deg    Wind: Calm      Weather: Mostly Sunny

Team Statistics


                                   TROY       CU

FIRST DOWNS...................       19       16
  Rushing.....................        5        6
  Passing.....................       14       10
  Penalty.....................        0        0
NET YARDS RUSHING.............      165      197
  Rushing Attempts............       36       38
  Average Per Rush............      4.6      5.2
  Rushing Touchdowns..........        1        2
  Yards Gained Rushing........      177      228
  Yards Lost Rushing..........       12       31
NET YARDS PASSING.............      258      271
  Completions-Attempts-Int....  24-42-1  21-31-1
  Average Per Attempt.........      6.1      8.7
  Average Per Completion......     10.8     12.9
  Passing Touchdowns..........        1        3
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS...........      423      468
  Total offense plays.........       78       69
  Average Gain Per Play.......      5.4      6.8
Fumbles: Number-Lost..........      2-2      1-0
Penalties: Number-Yards.......     8-61     2-10
PUNTS-YARDS...................    8-338    6-255
  Average Yards Per Punt......     42.2     42.5
  Net Yards Per Punt..........     35.1     38.8
  Inside 20...................        0        2
  50+ Yards...................        2        1
  Touchbacks..................        2        0
  Fair catch..................        1        2
KICKOFFS-YARDS................    5-334    9-612
  Average Yards Per Kickoff...     66.8     68.0
  Net Yards Per Kickoff.......     46.8     48.3
  Touchbacks..................        1        3
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD.   3-22-0   2-17-0
  Average Per Return..........      7.3      8.5
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD  6-117-0   4-80-0
  Average Per Return..........     19.5     20.0
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD..   1-50-0    1-0-0
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD.    0-0-0    0-0-0
Miscellaneous Yards...........        0        0
Possession Time...............    32:10    27:50
  1st Quarter.................     7:50     7:10
  2nd Quarter.................     8:27     6:33
  3rd Quarter.................     7:27     7:33
  4th Quarter.................     8:26     6:34
Third-Down Conversions........  7 of 18  5 of 16
Fourth-Down Conversions.......   0 of 1   0 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.......      4-4      2-3
  Touchdowns..................      2-4      2-3
  Field goals.................      2-4      0-3
Sacks By: Number-Yards........      3-9      1-8
PAT Kicks.....................      1-2      4-5
Field Goals...................      2-2      3-3

Individual Statistics

Troy

Rushing              No Gain Loss  Net TD Lg  Avg
-------------------------------------------------
D.J. Taylor           5   63    0   63  0 56 12.6
Shawn Southward      13   47    4   43  1 12  3.3
Chris Anderson       10   40    0   40  0  8  4.0
Brian Exley           3   14    0   14  0  7  4.7
Chandler Worthy       1    5    0    5  0  5  5.0
Justin Albert         1    3    0    3  0  3  3.0
B.J. Chitty           1    0    0    0  0  0  0.0
Corey Robinson        2    5    8   -3  0  5 -1.5
Totals...            36  177   12  165  1 56  4.6

Passing              Cmp-Att-Int Yds TD Long Sack
-------------------------------------------------
Corey Robinson         24-42-1   258  1   44    1
Totals...              24-42-1   258  1   44    1

Receiving             No.  Yds   TD Long
----------------------------------------
Justin Albert           6   45    0   11
Shawn Southward         4   35    0   16
Eric Thomas             3   63    1   39
Corey Johnson           3    8    0    6
B.J. Chitty             2   49    0   44
Jaquon Robinson         1   21    0   21
Felton Payton           1   12    0   12
Gavin Ellis             1    8    0    8
Chris Anderson          1    7    0    7
Stanley Arukwe          1    6    0    6
D.J. Taylor             1    4    0    4
Totals...              24  258    1   44

Punting               No.  Yds   Avg Long In20   TB
---------------------------------------------------
Will Goggans            8  338  42.2   51    0    2
Totals...               8  338  42.2   51    0    2

                       Punts   Kickoffs  Intercept
All Returns          No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg
--------------------------------------------------
Justin Albert         3  22 14  0   0  0  0   0  0
Shawn Southward       0   0  0  1  12 12  0   0  0
Corey Johnson         0   0  0  5 105 27  0   0  0
Barry Valcin          0   0  0  0   0  0  1  50 50
Totals...             3  22 14  6 117 27  1  50 50

Field goal attempts
----------------------------------------
Michael Taylor       2nd 04:20  21 yds - Good
Michael Taylor       4th 11:20  20 yds - Good

Kickoffs         No.  Yds  TB  OB   Avg
---------------------------------------
Michael Taylor     5  334   1   0  66.8



Clemson

Rushing              No Gain Loss  Net TD Lg  Avg
-------------------------------------------------
Andre Ellington      18   93    4   89  0 26  4.9
Mike Bellamy          3   81    0   81  1 75 27.0
D.J. Howard           4   29    0   29  1 21  7.2
Sammy Watkins         2   14    9    5  0 14  2.5
Tajh Boyd            11   11   18   -7  0  5 -0.6
Totals...            38  228   31  197  2 75  5.2

Passing              Cmp-Att-Int Yds TD Long Sack
-------------------------------------------------
Tajh Boyd              20-30-1   264  3   54    3
Cole Stoudt             1-1-0      7  0    7    0
Totals...              21-31-1   271  3   54    3

Receiving             No.  Yds   TD Long
----------------------------------------
Sammy Watkins           7   81    1   33
DeAndre Hopkins         4   35    0   13
Jaron Brown             3   26    1   19
Andre Ellington         3    7    0    4
Dwayne Allen            1   54    1   54
Martavis Bryant         1   54    0   54
Brandon Ford            1    7    0    7
Adam Humphries          1    7    0    7
Totals...              21  271    3   54

Punting               No.  Yds   Avg Long In20   TB
---------------------------------------------------
Dawson Zimmerman        6  255  42.5   51    2    0
Totals...               6  255  42.5   51    2    0

                       Punts   Kickoffs  Intercept
All Returns          No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg
--------------------------------------------------
Sammy Watkins         1  12 12  0   0  0  0   0  0
DeAndre Hopkins       1   5  5  0   0  0  0   0  0
Andre Ellington       0   0  0  1  22 22  0   0  0
Robert Smith          0   0  0  0   0  0  1   0  0
Mike Bellamy          0   0  0  3  58 39  0   0  0
Totals...             2  17 12  4  80 39  1   0  0

Field goal attempts
----------------------------------------
Chandler Catanzaro   1st 09:59  46 yds - Good
Chandler Catanzaro   1st 00:20  46 yds - Good
Chandler Catanzaro   4th 04:44  45 yds - Good

Kickoffs         No.  Yds  TB  OB   Avg
---------------------------------------
BENTON             9  612   3   0  68.0



FUMBLES: Troy-Shawn Southward 1-1; Justin Albert 1-1. 
Clemson-Tajh Boyd 1-0.

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