Clemson Rolls Over Missouri, 62-9

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<font class=caption>Kevin Youngblood pulls in a 50 yard pass in the fourth quarter from Willie Simmons. </font>
Kevin Youngblood pulls in a 50 yard pass in the fourth quarter from Willie Simmons.

CLEMSON, SC - Death Valley's scoreboard got a facelift over the summer and the
biggest workout it's seen in nearly 20 years Saturday.

Clemson (2-0) turned a 14-9 lead late in the first half into a 62-9 rout of
Missouri (1-1) in front of 73,000 at Memorial Stadium.

Clemson's 62 points was the most by the Tigers since 1981's 82-24 Halloween
massacre of Wake Forest. The scoreboard stayed on late into the night
Saturday as if to show off its new look - but it shouldn't think that this
won't happen again anytime soon.

"We still have room for improvement," said Clemson quarterback Woody
Dantzler, who threw for two touchdowns, both to Rod Gardner. "It's amazing
what the offense and defense can do when both are clicking. We tell them
give us the ball we'll put it in."

That's exactly what happened with about five minutes left in the first half.
Clemson took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but Missouri scored on a
76-yard drive. Clemson's Joe Don Reames fumbled on the kickoff return and
Missouri added a field goal to cut the lead to 14-9.

That's when Clemson started its offensive and defensive onslaught.

Clemson's offense scored on a 70-yard drive to make the score 21-9. Two
plays into Missouri's next drive, Brian Mance recovered a fumble on the
Missouri 27-yard line. Clemson scored five plays later on a 14-yard run by
Dantzler to give Clemson a 28-9 halftime lead.

Missouri quarterback Kirk Farmer was intercepted by Charley Hafley at the
Missouri 27-yard line on the second play of the second half. Hafley returned
the interception for a touchdown to put Clemson up 34-9.

Robert Carswell recovered a fumble three plays into Missouri's next drive,
again leading to a Clemson score, this time a 27-yard pass from Dantzler to
Rod Gardner.

Farmer was intercepted by Mance on Missouri's next drive and Clemson scored
on a 2-yard run by Travis Zachery with 8:54 left in the third quarter and
Clemson led 48-9. Clemson scored 34 points in 8:33 to put an end to any
worrying about Missouri's All-American defensive end Justin Smith. Smith
argued that he was held on Clemson's second touchdown run, but little was
heard from Smith the rest of the night.

"They were talking pre-game, when we were running down the Hill they were
screaming at us," said Gardner. "We kept our calm."
Clemson's second-team also had success against Missouri. Willie Simmons led
Clemson on a late touchdown drive.

Clemson coach Tommy Bowden is reserving judgement on just how good his
offense is. "I think now you need to be productive when you elevate the
talent level," he said. "We struggled against Wake Forest, which had a very
good defense, Virginia Tech and Marshall. And then Mississippi State. Three
of those four were in the top six in defense.

"When you ask what else can we do offensively, when we play a really good
defense, we'll see how productive we can be. That's going to be the key. Can
we execute against a highly ranked, really talented defense."

Just as interesting will be how Missouri's defense does against Michigan
State and Nebraska in the next two weeks.

"This is a complete humiliation to every play and coach on this team," said
Missouri coach Larry Smith. "We'll have to regroup and get going for next
week against Michigan State."

Clemson's scoreboard will be waiting to tell the story.

                   1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH  FINAL
                   --- --- --- ---  -----
Missouri            0   9   0   0     9
Clemson            14  14  20  14    62

First Quarter
     Cle-Zachery 1 run (Hunt kick), 6:08
     Cle-Zachery 1 run (Hunt kick), 3:00
Second Quarter
     Mis-Gilmore 2 run (kick failed), 6:19
     Mis-FG Hammerich 35, 5:06
     Cle-Gardner 38 pass from Dantzler (Hunt kick), 2:27
     Cle-Dantzler 14 run (Hunt kick), 0:39
Third Quarter
     Cle-Hafley 27 interception return (kick failed), 14:13
     Cle-Gardner 27 pass from Dantzler (Hunt kick), 12:17
     Cle-Zachery 2 run (Hunt kick), 8:54
Fourth Quarter
     Cle-Kelly 1 run (Hunt kick), 10:14
     Cle-Kelly 13 run (Hunt kick), 4:35

                       Mis      Cle
                       ---      ---
First downs             14       25
Rushes-yards         36-72   50-206
Passing                144      275
Comp-Att-Int       14-28-3  15-24-0
Return Yards           114      148
Punts-Avg.          5-36.8     3-37
Fumbles-Lost           3-3      1-1
Penalties-Yards       7-42   11-121
Time of Possession   28:03    31:57

RUSHING-Missouri, Gilmore 11-37, Abron 17-34, Farmer 5-17,
Spencer 1-(minus 1), Outlaw 1-(minus 6), Gilpin 1-(minus 9).
Clemson, Zachery 17-67, Dantzler 13-65, Jasmin 4-34, Kelly 8-32,
Rambert 6-18, Simmons 2-(minus 10).
PASSING-Missouri, Farmer 12-25-3-131, Outlaw 2-2-0-13, Gilmore
0-1-0-0. Clemson, Dantzler 12-19-0-188, Simmons 3-5-0-87.
RECEIVING-Missouri, Blakley 4-58, Garvin 2-26, Dausman 2-19,
Spencer 2-11, Barnes 1-16, Jackson 1-8, James 1-5, Gage 1-1.
Clemson, Gardner 4-98, Robinson 4-26, Youngblood 2-75, Watts
2-27, McKelvey 2-25, Woodward 1-24.

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