Orange and White highlights from the first half as the White leads 26-24

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41-yard scoring strike from Cole Stoudt to Sammy Watkins
41-yard scoring strike from Cole Stoudt to Sammy Watkins


*The White team failed to move the ball on its first three possessions, but found its punch on the fourth drive as Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
Jr. Quarterback
#8 6-5, 205
Dublin, OH

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found a rhythm with Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Jr. Wide Receiver
#2 6-1, 205
Fort Myers, FL

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. Watkins had a 26-yard reception down the right sideline to get the White in the redzone, and they settled for a 39-yard Chandler CatanzaroChandler Catanzaro
RS Sr. Punter / Kicker
#39 6-2, 195
Greenville, SC

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field goal attempt, but he missed.

*The next drive ended with a 41-yard scoring strike from Stoudt to Watkins. Watkins slipped past the corner and the safety was late in covering and Stoudt hit him in stride for the touchdown.

*The ensuing possession saw Watkins catch a tipped pass – a nice grab – and then took a short pass 50- yards for another score. The catch gave him seven catches for 156 yards and two touchdowns.

*Midway through the second quarter – on the first play of the drive – Stoudt hit a wide open Stanton SeckingerStanton Seckinger
RS Jr. Tight End
#81 6-4, 210
Isle of Palms, SC

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about midfield and Seckinger raced into the endzone to complete a 75-yard scoring play that made it 24-21 Orange.

*The White team trailed 17-0, but when Stoudt hit Adam HumphriesAdam Humphries
Jr. Wide Receiver
#13 5-11, 190
Spartanburg, SC

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on a 51-yard strike at the 5:38 mark of the second quarter, it gave the White a 26-24 lead. The pass also gave Stoudt a Clemson spring game record – it made him 16-for-23 for 304 yards and four touchdowns. That broke the record set by Charlie WhitehurstCharlie Whitehurst
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Duluth, GA

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– 290 yards – in the 2004 spring game.


* Chad KellyChad Kelly
So. Quarterback
#11 6-2, 210
Buffalo, NY

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and the Orange team marched down the field for a touchdown on the opening drive of the game. Kelly found Charone Peak in the endzone on a 16-yard post route. The drive was a good mix of rushing and passing with Kelly completing six-of-seven passes for 43 yards and rushing for 14 yards on a two yard carries.

*Sophomore specialist Bradley PinionBradley Pinion
So. Punter
#92 6-6, 230
Concord, NC

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nailed a 43-yard field goal on the Orange team’s second drive to put them up 10-0 with just over seven minutes to play in the first quarter.

*Quarterback Donny McElveenDonny McElveen
RS Sr. Quarterback
#14 6-2, 205
Summerville, SC

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came into the game in the first quarter for Kelly who went down with a knee injury and promptly found Martavis BryantMartavis Bryant
Jr. Wide Receiver
#1 6-5, 200
Calhoun Falls, SC

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on the sideline for a 34-yard touchdown.

*Quarterback Nick SchuesslerNick Schuessler
So. Quarterback
#17 6-3, 185
Grayson, GA

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ran 35 yards-on a fake to former teammate and running back George JohnsonGeorge Johnson
RS So. Running Back
#35 5-5, 165
Loganville, GA

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- for a touchdown midway through second quarter. On a previous play, Martavis Bryant went up and caught the ball over a defender to keep the drive alive.

* Darius RobinsonDarius Robinson
#21 5-10, 175
College Park, GA

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found himself in the right place at the right time to be on the receiving end of a Stoudt interception- the first turnover for either team.

*Bryant’s renewed sense of urgency and focus on football was evident during the game as he high-pointed the ball on one drive to go over the defender and make a catch. He made a back shoulder catch as he was spinning out of bounds.

*Bradley Pinion was booming his kickoffs into the endzone, and he also had a 56-yard punt that was a thing of beauty in the first quarter.


*Quarterback Chad Kelly, Sam CooperSam Cooper
RS Jr. Tight End
#86 6-5, 250
Brentwood, TN

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, Kalon DavisKalon Davis
RS Jr. Offensive Guard
#67 6-5, 330
Chester, SC

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and Ryan NortonRyan Norton
RS So. Offensive Line
#58 6-3, 270
Mauldin, SC

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all suffered injuries during the first half. Kelly and Cooper each appeared to suffer injuries to their right legs, while Norton has battled an ankle injury all spring.

*The teams combined to run 90 plays in the first half.

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