Clemson-USC Notebook

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*La Donte Harris scored a touchdown in the first half on a 10-yard blocked
punt return. He became the first Clemson player to score a touchdown on a
blocked punt since 2004 when Gaines Adams blocked a punt against Utah
State and Bobby Williamson recovered in the endzone for a touchdown.

*The punt was blocked by junior receiver Nelson Faerber. It was his first
career blocked punt. Faerber later scored a touchdown in the first half
on a four-yard pass reception from Cullen Harper. Faerber is from
Chattahoochee High School in Duluth, GA. He played high school football
with former Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst. He was originally a
walk-on but was put on scholarship prior to the 2006 season.

*It marked the first time that Clemson scored a touchdown on a blocked
punt return against South Carolina since 1981 when Rod McSwain blocked a
punt and Johnny Rembert recovered in the endzone for a touchdown.

*Entering tonight?s game La Donte Harris and Nelson Faerber had scored a
combined three touchdowns in their careers, two by Harris and one by
Faerber. They had two touchdowns in the first half of tonight?s game.

*James Davis gained 67 yards in the first half and went over 3,000 yards
for his career. He moved over the 3,000 yard mark on a five-yard run in
the second period. Davis is just the third Clemson player in history to
gain 3,000 yards in a career. Raymond Priester (3966) and Travis Zachery
(3058) are the other two. Davis is just the second Tiger to reach 3000
yards by the end of his junior year. Priester had 3010 at the end of his
junior year.

*Davis finished the night with 122 yards rushing, his fifth 100-yard
rushing game of the year and 12th of his career. He moved into second
place on Clemson?s career list in that category. Only Raymond Priestter
has more with 15 100-yard games. Davis now has 992 rushing yards this
season and obviously needs just eight rushing yards in a bowl game to
reach 1000 for the second time in his career.

*Mark Buchholz scored five points in the first half, a 48-yard field goal
and two extra points. It gave him exactly 100 points for the season. He
is just the third Clemson kicker to score 100 points in a season. He
added two field goals in the second half and now has 106 points for the
season. Chris Gardocki scored 107 in 1989, and Jad Dean scored 106 in
2005. He also tied the Clemson single season record for extra points with
two tonight, giving him 46 for the season. He tied the record of 46 set
by Jad Dean in 2006.

*Mark Buchholz kicked a 35 yard field goal on the final play of the game
to give Clemson a 23-21 victory. It was the first time a Clemson player
scored on the last play of the game (0:00 left on the clock) since David
Treadwell made a 46-yard field goal to beat Georgia 31-28 in 1986 in
Athens. It was the latest game winning play for the Tigers against South
Carolina in history. The previous latest game winning play for the Tigers
against the Gamecocks took place in 2000 when Aaron Hunt scored a 25-yard
field goal with three seconds left in a 16-14 Clemson win in Death Valley.
The latest game winning play for Clemson in Columbia had been the 20-yard
touchdown pass from Steve Fuller to Jerry Butler with 49 seconds left in

*Aaron Kelly had nine receptions for 134 yards in this evening?s game. He
broke Rod Gardner?s single season reception record in the process. He now
has 84 catches for the season. The previous record was 80 by Rod Gardner
in 1999. Kelly also went over the 1,000 yard mark in reception yardage.
He now has 1045 receiving yards entering the bowl game. He had 4-70
receiving on the last drive, including a catch on fourth down.

*Clemson rushed for 214 yards this evening. The Tigers are now 32-1 under
Tommy Bowden when they rush for 200 yards.

*When Clemson failed to score when it entered the red-zone in the third
period (interception throw by Harper), it ended a streak of 24 consecutive
scores (touchdown or field goal) by Clemson when it entered the red-zone.

*Clemson receiver Tyler Grisham suffered an injury in his chest in the
second period. He was taken to an area hospital and tests were negative.
He is expected to return home to Clemson this evening.

*Cullen Harper has now led the Tigers to nine wins in his first year as a
starting quarter. It is the most wins for a starting quarterback in his
first season at the helm since DeChane Cameron led the Tigers to 10 wins
in 1990.

*A bowl victory would give Clemson 10 wins for the first time since 1990.

*Clemson red-shirt seniors Brandon Pilgrim and Tramaine Billie played in
their third career victory in Columbia this evening. Both red-shirted
even numbered seasons and played in wins in 2003, 2005 and 2007.

*Tommy Bowden is now 7-2 in his career against South Carolina. He tied
Danny Ford for second in Clemson history in wins over the Gamecocks. Ford
was 7-3-1 between 1979-89. Frank Howard has the most wins with 13.

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I'll agree with you on one point...
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OL - I think we graduate 4 starters this year. We will be
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best post in tread, sir....... point***
Celebrate the win!
Amen to that!!***
At least you are consistent with your two posts - one from
SC's weak run-D played right into Spence's run-1st mentality
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who cares if you're "satisfied" or not...
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Play calling terrible?***
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i had to do the same
great idea ;)
I did not realize Kelly had broken the record until this
Kelly was a total stud in that game. Yds after the catch...
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Easy to see that lane from where I sat with a beer in hand.
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Yeah... just like the 1st-n-goal from the 2 against BC.
Passing from the goaline
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Not completely opposed to passing from inside the 5 but...
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