CLEMSON - Clemson paid tribute to the upcoming Sept. 11 anniversary Saturday
with pregame march featuring school athletes and local police and fire
The third-annual Parade of Athletes featured 450 Clemson student athletes
waving miniature flags and wearing t-shirts with a patriotic theme of
"Celebrating America's Freedom."
Six area firemen and six police officers led the march along with Major
Marshall Collins, a 1984 Clemson graduate, who served in Operation Enduring
Freedom with the North Carolina Air Force National Guard based in Charlotte.
At halftime the Tiger Band's show was a salute to New York City:
Police agencies participating in the event came from the Anderson County
Sheriff's Department, the Clemson University Police Department, SLED and
local officers from Pendleton, Pickens and Liberty.
Saturday was the first-ever trip into Death Valley for Louisiana Tech,
marking the 43rd different opponent to play in the facility since it opened
Clemson's only other game vs. the Bulldogs came in last December's
Humanitarian Bowl, though Tommy Bowden did defeat La. Tech as Tulane's head
coach in 1998.
Only two schools have won their debut games at the stadium since 1977 - Notre
Dame (1977) and Marshall (1999).
Aaron Hunt's 47-yard field goal in the second quarter Saturday was the
second-longest of his career. He kicked a 48-yarder in last season's 38-3
loss to North Carolina.
His four field goals also represent a new career single game high.
Meanwhile, when Louisiana Tech's Josh Scobee connected from 51 yards in the
first quarter, it marked the first time in four years that a Clemson opponent
hit a field goal of 50 yards or longer. The last player to do it was Virginia
Tech's Shane Graham on Sept. 12, 1998, when he drilled a 53-yarder.
Scobee's kick tied his career high.
Clemson's special teams made just one big mistake Saturday, allowing La. Tech
to block Wynn Kopp's first punt attempt in the opening quarter.
The block, recovered at the Clemson 13, later led to a Bulldogs' field goal.
Otherwise all seemed to go much more smoothly than the disaster against
Georgia a week ago. Kopp showed better consistency when he was able to get a
punt off, hitting kicks of 42 and 53 on his other two attempts. The block
brought his game average down to 31.7 yards.
The Tigers also turned in their first punt block of the season when Ronny
Delusme got one of Dustin Upton's kicks in the second quarter. The block,
recovered at the La. Tech 17, set up Kelly's second scoring run of the day
and put Clemson ahead 17-6.
- Offensive tackle Derrick Brantley left the game in the third quarter with a
sprained knee. He is scheduled to have an MRI today. He was replaced in the
lineup by William Henry.
- Fullback Chad Jasmin left the game at halftime with a groin problem. Bowden
said he had been fighting the problem in the days prior to the game.
- Derrick Hamilton didn't start at wide receiver due to the strained tendon
in his lower leg, but he did play. Hamilton had four catches for 37 yards and
also returned punts in the second half.
For Clemson, first-year freshman Justin Miller had a
reception for nine yards and an interception return for no yards (caught in endzone) in the same game. He is the first Clemson player to have an interception and a reception in the same game since Pat Crain had 1-0 receiving and 1-15 on an interception return against Virginia on Halloween day of 1964.
During the 1964 season, players went both ways much of the game, so Miller is the first to do it in the two-platoon era.
Miller is the first to do both in Death Valley since Pat
Crain had 1-0 receiving and 1-15 on an interception return against
Virginia on Halloween day of 1964.
During the 1964 season, players went both ways much of the
game, so Miller is the first to do it in the two-platoon era.