Instant Halftime Analysis: Clemson 35, Wofford 7


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Artavis Scott scores Clemson's third touchdown
Artavis Scott scores Clemson's third touchdown

CLEMSON – Clemson’s 2015 opener got off to a scary start Saturday afternoon in Death Valley, but the Tigers lead Wofford 35-7 at intermission.

Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
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#4 6-2, 207
Gainesville, GA

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was leading the Clemson offense down the field on the opening series when Mike WilliamsMike Williams
Jr. Wide Receiver
#7 6-4, 213
Vance, SC

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ran into the goal post, injuring his neck. Williams had to be carted off the field as the Death Valley crowd held its collective breath.

Clemson’s offense and defense never wavered, however, as Clemson led Wofford 35-7 at halftime

Player of the half: Williams deserves to be the player of the half despite only playing the first series. Williams did everything he could to make sure he scored the season’s first touchdown. As he was carted off the field, he pointed to the sky and heard the news that his catch was in fact a touchdown. He was then transported by ambulance to Oconee Memorial Hospital

Stat of the half: Clemson’s defense was dominant in the first half, as the Tigers gave up just 84 total yards – 53 of which came on the final drive of the first half after Clemson’s Hunter RenfrowHunter Renfrow
RS Fr. Wide Receiver
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Myrtle Beach, SC

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fumbled a late punt - four first downs and just seven points. All of the first downs and points came on the final drive of the half.

What’s working for the Tigers: Both the offense and defense were clicking on all cylinders in the first half. Offensively, Clemson had 117 yards on the ground and 250 through the air. Clemson is stifling Wofford on defense, smothering the run and not allowing any passes down field.

Special teams was impressive in the first half. First year kicker Greg HuegelGreg Huegel
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Blythewood, SC

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was perfect on extra points and faired pretty well on kickoffs. Artavis ScottArtavis Scott
So. Wide Receiver
#3 5-10, 191
Oldsmar, FL

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was also effective on punt return.

What’s not working for the Tigers:Injuries have been an issue in the first half. Williams went down early with the neck injury, and midway through the first half Ryan NortonRyan Norton
RS Sr. Offensive Line
#58 6-3, 284
Simpsonville, SC

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exited the game with what looked to be a knee injury.

Clemson also had two turnovers – Nick SchuesslerNick Schuessler
RS Jr. Quarterback
#12 6-3, 202
Grayson, GA

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lost the ball on a run and Hunter Renfrow bobbled and fumbled a punt.

What the Tigers need to do to win: This game won’t be in doubt in the second half as the Tigers are up 35-7 at intermission. The best-case scenario for Clemson is to sit the starters and get the younger players some game experience.

STAT COMPARISONS

STAT	WOF	CU

Total Yds 85 367
Rush Yds 63 117
Pass Yds 22 250
Penalties 3-31 2-20
1st Downs 4 21
3rd Downs 0-6 6-7
4th Downs 0-0 1-1
Total Plays 27 49
Avg Yds/Play 3.1 7.5
Red Zone 1-1 3-4
Time of Poss 13:39 16:21
Turnovers 0 2
Pts Off Turns 7 0
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-2
Sacks 0 0
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