Brown's big day highlights Tigers' 59-38 win over UNC

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Kourtnei Brown's 26 yd fumble recovery for a touchdown.
Kourtnei Brown's 26 yd fumble recovery for a touchdown.

CLEMSON – Senior defensive end Kourtnei BrownKourtnei Brown
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Charlotte, NC

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adorned Clemson football tickets for Saturday’s game against North Carolina and was also made a team captain for the game, two honors he more than made up for.

Brown became the first Clemson defensive lineman two score two touchdowns in the same game in 57 years and quarterback Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
RS So. Quarterback
#10 6-1, 225
Hampton, VA

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tied a school record with five touchdown passes- to five different receivers - as the Tigers (No. 7 BCS, No. 8 AP) improved to 8-0 for the first time in 11 years with a 59-38 victory over North Carolina on Saturday in Death Valley.

The Tigers (8-0, 5-0 ACC) scored 35 points in a decisive third quarter on the day the school celebrated the 30th anniversary of the 1981 national champions. Sophomore receiver Nuk Hopkins had a breakout game, catching nine passes for a career-high 157 yards.

The Heels (5-3, 1-3) turned the ball over six times and were held to just 2-of-12 third down conversions.

“I’m so proud of our guys. North Carolina is a really good team,” Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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said. “We knew this was going to be a tough challenge for us. They have a lot of NFL-type guys on their team. We missed a lot of first half opportunities. Defensively, we didn’t do a great job defending the double move. But, this is a four-quarter game. We were good defensively on third down the whole game. We scored 35 points in the third quarter; that was great to see.

“We had a lot of guys step up and make some big plays. If Kourtnei Brown is going to play like this every time he’s a captain, I should make him a captain every week. He had a great game. The second team wasn’t great today. We gave up some cheap points at the end that will make a defensive coordinator pull his hair out. Overall, today was a great day and now we have to turn our focus to Georgia Tech.”

The Tigers were up just 17-10 late in the second quarter – Boyd had hit Hopkins from 25-yards out and Martavis BryantMartavis Bryant
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from 29-yards out – when Brown tipped UNC quarterback Bryn Renner’s pass, tipped it in the air another time, and then clutched the ball with one hand and rumbled 20 yards into the end zone for a 24-10 Clemson lead.

Later in the third quarter, Brown grabbed Renner's fumble and took it 26 yards for a touchdown that made it 59-24 and brought the Death Valley crowd to its feet, capping a 35-point third quarter explosion. The last time the Tigers scored that many points in a quarter was in the Halloween massacre of Wake Forest in 1981, an 82-24 win that helped propel the Tigers to the National Championship that season.

Brown said the interception was just a case of making the right read at the right time.

“When the quarterback went back I realized that the running back was going back to receive the pass,” Brown said. “I was able to breakdown the play and make the interception. I couldn’t have asked for a better day. I was playing against my home team, I was a team captain, scored two touchdowns and to get the win; I couldn’t ask for more.”

The Heels blitzed Boyd early and often in a first half that saw the Tigers run the ball just 15 times while passing it 32 times.

The Tigers were able to right the ship in the decisive third quarter, however.

Boyd started the scoring with a one-yard plunge that put Clemson up 31-17. The Heels fumbled on the ensuing kickoff, and two plays later Boyd threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Brandon FordBrandon Ford
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–a pretty pass to Ford’s back shoulder, that put Clemson up 38-17.

T.J. Thorpe helped the Heels respond with a 100-yard kickoff return that made it 38-24, but just a few moments later Boyd hit Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
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Fort Myers, FL

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on a 42-yard strike that made it 45-24. On Clemson’s ensuing possession, they put together an 11-play drive that was capped off by Boyd’s nine-yard toss to Dwayne AllenDwayne Allen
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, and Brown capped off the scoring with his fumble return just three plays later and the Tigers were well on their way to the win.

Boyd hit five different receivers for touchdowns – he was 27-of-46 passing for 367 yards, his fourth game this season over 300 yards - and Swinney said that was the plan.

“Our plan was to spread it around today, and we did that,” he said. “North Carolina has a good defensive front. We knew we were going to have to throw against them and win the outside matchups. We missed some big plays in the first half, but I’m proud of our wide receivers and Dwayne Allen. Tajh [Boyd] was fantastic. To throw a touchdown to five different guys – that’s hard to do. Sammy [Watkins] had a good day today. [Andre] Ellington got banged up a little but he’ll be ok. That gave D.J. HowardD.J. Howard
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Lincoln, AL

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and Mike BellamyMike Bellamy
Fr. Running Back
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Nocatee, FL

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a chance to play. We were bad on first down early, but that was something we made a good change on during halftime. We took care of the ball today. A lot of guys got to play and that gives us a lot of guys to coach.”

The Tigers return to action next Saturday night when they travel to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech in a game slated for an 8 p.m. kickoff.

Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
-----------------    -- -- -- --   -----
North Carolina......  7 10  7 14  - 38       Record: (5-3,1-3)
Clemson............. 10 14 35  0  - 59       Record: (8-0,5-0)

Scoring Summary:
1st 10:14 CU - Chandler Catanzaro 39 yd field goal, 10-15 3:27, NC 0 - CU 3
    07:17 NC - Jheranie Boyd 33 yd pass from Bryn Renner (Thomas Moore kick), 2-63 0:23, NC 7 - CU 3
    01:12 CU - DeAndre Hopkins 25 yd pass from Tajh Boyd (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 5-48 1:42, NC 7 - CU 10
2nd 10:18 NC - Thomas Moore 32 yd field goal, 10-51 5:48, NC 10 - CU 10
    07:46 CU - Martavis Bryant 29 yd pass from Tajh Boyd (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 8-80 2:27, NC 10 - CU 17
    04:45 CU - Kourtnei Brown 20 yd interception return (Chandler Catanzaro kick), , NC 10 - CU 24
    03:27 NC - Jheranie Boyd 58 yd pass from Bryn Renner (Thomas Moore kick), 3-73 1:11, NC 17 - CU 24
3rd 10:02 CU - Tajh Boyd 1 yd run (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 5-66 2:26, NC 17 - CU 31
    09:47 CU - Brandon Ford 12 yd pass from Tajh Boyd (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 2-12 0:09, NC 17 - CU 38
    09:35 NC - T.J. Thorpe 100 yd kickoff return (Thomas Moore kick), , NC 24 - CU 38
    07:11 CU - Sammy Watkins 42 yd pass from Tajh Boyd (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 6-45 2:17, NC 24 - CU 45
    01:42 CU - Dwayne Allen 9 yd pass from Tajh Boyd (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 11-79 3:47, NC 24 - CU 52
    00:14 CU - Kourtnei Brown 26 yd fumble recovery (Chandler Catanzaro kick), , NC 24 - CU 59
4th 07:38 NC - Ryan Houston 2 yd run (Thomas Moore kick), 2-11 0:49, NC 31 - CU 59
    02:19 NC - Ryan Houston 12 yd run (Thomas Moore kick), 7-89 3:03, NC 38 - CU 59

                                     NC       CU
FIRST DOWNS...................       19       26
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............   28-102    36-77
PASSING YDS (NET).............      316      373
Passes Att-Comp-Int...........  35-20-3  48-28-0
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS.....   63-418   84-450
Fumble Returns-Yards..........      0-0     2-20
Punt Returns-Yards............      3-9      2-6
Kickoff Returns-Yards.........   10-290    7-154
Interception Returns-Yards....      0-0     3-39
Punts (Number-Avg)............   5-40.2   6-40.2
Fumbles-Lost..................      4-3      2-1
Penalties-Yards...............     9-62     3-32
Possession Time...............    29:02    30:58
Third-Down Conversions........  2 of 12  8 of 18
Fourth-Down Conversions.......   1 of 2   0 of 0
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.......      3-4      4-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards........     3-24     1-14

RUSHING: North Carolina-Ryan Houston 12-63; Giovani Bernard 11-44;
Jheranie Boyd 1-1; TEAM 1-minus 1; Bryn Renner 3-minus 5. Clemson-D.J. Howard
7-25; Mike Bellamy 6-20; Roderick McDowell 3-17; Tajh Boyd 11-8; Andre Ellington
7-5; Adam Humphries 1-3; Sammy Watkins 1-minus 1.

PASSING: North Carolina-Bryn Renner 19-33-3-264; Braden Hanson 1-2-0-52.
Clemson-Tajh Boyd 27-46-0-367; Cole Stoudt 1-2-0-6.

RECEIVING: North Carolina-Erik Highsmith 7-62; Jheranie Boyd 3-95; Eric
Ebron 3-32; Reggie Wilkins 2-31; Giovani Bernard 2-28; Dwight Jones 2-16; T.J.
Thorpe 1-52. Clemson-DeAndre Hopkins 9-157; Sammy Watkins 8-91; Dwayne Allen
6-51; Martavis Bryant 2-54; Brandon Ford 1-12; Marquan Jones 1-6; Andre
Ellington 1-2.

INTERCEPTIONS: North Carolina-None. Clemson-Kourtnei Brown 1-20; Jonathan
Meeks 1-17; Darius Robinson 1-2.

FUMBLES: North Carolina-Erik Highsmith 1-1; Charles Brown 1-1; Bryn
Renner 1-1; Giovani Bernard 1-0. Clemson-Mike Bellamy 1-1; Tajh Boyd 1-0.

Stadium: Memorial Stadium      Attendance: 79000
Kickoff time: 12:01 PM  End of Game: 3:30 PM   Total elapsed time: 3:29
Officials: Referee: Gary Patterson; Umpire: Rich McMahan; Linesman: Sam Stephenson;
Line judge: Jack Weiland; Back judge: Tommy Pace; Field judge: Scot Maslin;
Side judge: Eddie Bonet;
Temperature: 62 deg    Wind: Calm      Weather: Sunny skies

SACKS (UA-A): North Carolina-Zach Brown 2-0; Quinton Coples 1-0.
Clemson-Rashard Hall 1-0.

TACKLES (UA-A): North Carolina-Tre Boston 6-2; Zach Brown 5-2; Sylvester
Williams 5-1; Charles Brown 4-2; Kevin Reddick 2-4; Tim Scott 4-1; Pete Mangum
4-0; Tydreke Powell 3-1; Gene Robinson 1-3; Kareem Martin 3-0; Donte Paige-Moss
3-0; Quinton Coples 2-1; Jonathan Smith 2-1; Fabby Desir 2-0; Jabari Price 2-0;
Shawn Underwood 1-0; Travis Hughes 1-0; Brian Gupton 1-0; Christian Wilson 1-0;
Todd Harrelson 1-0; Travis Bond 1-0; Jordan Nix 1-0; Matt Merletti 1-0; Jheranie
Boyd 1-0; T.J. Thorpe 0-1; Mark House 0-1; D.J. Bunn 0-1; Dion Guy 0-1.
Clemson-Jonathan Willard 3-4; Rashard Hall 3-4; Coty Sensabaugh 4-1; Stephone
Anthony 3-2; Corico Hawkins 0-5; Spencer Shuey 3-1; Andre Branch 2-2; Robert
Smith 3-0; Xavier Brewer 2-1; Kantrell Brown 0-3; Bashaud Breeland 1-1; Rennie
Moore 1-1; Drew Traylor 1-1; Tavaris Barnes 1-1; Malliciah Goodman 1-1; Jonathan
Meeks 1-1; Kourtnei Brown 0-2; Darius Robinson 0-2; Sam Cooper 0-2; Justin
Parker 1-0; Carlton Lewis 1-0; Dwayne Allen 1-0; Brandon Thompson 1-0; DeShawn
Williams 1-0; Quandon Christian 0-1; Adam Humphries 0-1; Corey Crawford 0-1;
Grady Jarrett 0-1; Dante Stewart 0-1.

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