Louisiana Tech No Match For Tigers


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Chansi Stuckey's diving 34 yard touchdown catch put the Tigers up 24-0 in the second quarter.

CLEMSON - Tommy Bowden's concerns about a poor practice early in the week might have been an indicator of trouble in years past.


Not this time.


Clemson eclipsed the 50-point mark for the second straight game and third time this season Saturday night, pummeling visiting Louisiana Tech, 51-0, at Death Valley. It was Clemson's first shutout since blanking The Citadel back in 2000.


The Tigers (4-1) dominated from the outset, again using a punishing ground game and complementary passing from Will Proctor.



“It was just one of those games where everything went right," said Clemson wide receiver Chansi Stuckey. "The coaches and the seniors
had stressed all week to avoid a letdown. We did that.”


James Davis (11 carries, 143 yards) cleared the 100-yard mark early in the second quarter. His 64-yard touchdown run started the Clemson onslaught in the first quarter, and he later added another score (four yards) for his fourth consecutive game with two touchdowns.


Davis now has 11 scores on the season.


Meanwhile, freshman C.J. Spiller had an up-and-down evening.


On the upside, the explosive tailback ran for a career-high 127 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown in the second quarter. But he also fumbled twice, though neither came at a time when the outcome was in question.


Even third string tailback Demerick Chancellor got in on the act, rushing for 113 yards on the evening. It marked the first time since 1982 that the Tigers had three back crack the century mark on the same evening.


“When you can run like that, it sets up so many other things,” said Clemson Head Coach Bowden. “It really makes it difficult on the defense with all the different formations that we can throw at them. There is no doubt that the running game helps.”


On the flip side, Clemson's defense intercepted Bulldogs' quarterbacks four times, one of which was returned for a touchdown by linebacker Nick Watkins early in the third quarter.


“I think with the way our schedule sets up, you have to ride on the shoulders of the
defense to get where we want to go,” Bowden said.


That score came three plays after Tiger freshman Jacoby Ford returned the second half kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown, his second special teams score of the season. Ford later fumbled a punt away late in the game.


Meanwhile, quarterback Will Proctor had an easy time of it. The fifth-year senior was 5-of-8 for 100 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown pass to Chansi Stuckey.


“I have played some top five teams in my tenure and I feel like they are one of them,” said Louisiana Tech Head Coach Jack Bicknell. ”They just have outstanding athletes. Their offensive line is as physical as I’ve seen. Their defensive ends are what you would put on a picture of a defensive end.”


Proctor gave way in the second half to backup Cullen Harper, who tossed the first scoring pass of his career in the third quarter - a two-yard pass to fullback Alex Pearson. Third string quarterback Tribble Reese also saw action in the final period.


The Tigers outgained Louisiana Tech (1-2) in total offense 526-260.


Clemson returns to action at noon next Saturday, traveling to Winston-Salem, N.C. to face 5-0 Wake Forest.


Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
-----------------    -- -- -- --   -----
Louisiana Tech......  0  0  0  0  -  0
Clemson............. 10 21 20  0  - 51

Scoring Summary:
1st 06:59 CU - Davis, J 64 yd run (Dean, J kick)
    3 plays, 73 yards, TOP 1:15, TECH 0 - CU 7
    
    00:56 CU - Dean, J 40 yd field goal
    9 plays, 39 yards, TOP 3:01, TECH 0 - CU 10

2nd 10:45 CU - Davis, J 4 yd run (Dean, J kick)
    8 plays, 83 yards, TOP 3:22, TECH 0 - CU 17

    08:15 CU - Stuckey, C 34 yd pass from Proctor, W (Dean, J kick)
    1 play, 34 yards, TOP 0:23, TECH 0 - CU 24
 
    04:30 CU - Spiller, C 20 yd run (Dean, J kick)
    5 plays, 55 yards, TOP 2:30, TECH 0 - CU 31

3rd 14:45 CU - Ford, J 94 yd kickoff return (Dean, J kick blockd)
    TECH 0 - CU 37

    13:32 CU - Watkins, N 26 yd interception return (Dean, J kick)
    TECH 0 - CU 44

    00:13 CU - Pearson, A 2 yd pass from Harper, C (Dean, J kick)
    11 plays, 97 yards, TOP 4:20, TECH 0 - CU 51


Team Statistics 

                         
                                   TECH       CU

FIRST DOWNS...................       16       21
  Rushing.....................        3       16
  Passing.....................       12        5
  Penalty.....................        1        0
NET YARDS RUSHING.............       33      393
  Rushing Attempts............       29       41
  Average Per Rush............      1.1      9.6
  Yards Gained Rushing........       78      398
  Yards Lost Rushing..........       45        5
NET YARDS PASSING.............      226      133
  Completions-Attempts-Int....  23-46-4  10-17-0
  Average Per Attempt.........      4.9      7.8
  Average Per Completion......      9.8     13.3
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS...........      259      526
  Total offense plays.........       75       58
  Average Gain Per Play.......      3.5      9.1
Fumbles: Number-Lost..........      2-1      3-3
Penalties: Number-Yards.......     7-55     7-70
PUNTS-YARDS...................    8-297    2-102
  Average Yards Per Punt......     37.1     51.0
  Net Yards Per Punt..........     35.1     50.0
  Inside 20...................        2        2
  50+ Yards...................        0        1
  Touchbacks..................        0        0
  Fair catch..................        2        0
KICKOFFS-YARDS................     1-59    9-554
  Average Yards Per Kickoff...     59.0     61.6
  Net Yards Per Kickoff.......    -35.0     36.2
  Touchbacks..................        0        4
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD.    1-2-0   4-16-0
  Average Per Return..........      2.0      4.0
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD  5-148-0   1-94-1
  Average Per Return..........     29.6     94.0
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD..    0-0-0   4-61-1
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD.    0-0-0    1-5-0
Miscellaneous Yards...........        0        0
Possession Time...............    35:14    24:46
  1st Quarter.................     8:33     6:27
  2nd Quarter.................     8:45     6:15
  3rd Quarter.................     9:51     5:09
  4th Quarter.................     8:05     6:55
Third-Down Conversions........  6 of 18   3 of 8
Fourth-Down Conversions.......   0 of 2   1 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.......      0-2      3-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards........      0-0     4-29
PAT Kicks.....................      0-0      6-7
Field Goals...................      0-0      1-1

Individual Statistics 
                                
Louisiana Tech

Rushing         No Gain Loss  Net TD Lg  Avg
--------------------------------------------
Porter, Daniel  10   58    0   58  0 16  5.8
Jackson, Patric 10   16   10    6  0  8  0.6
Franklin, Fredd  3    0    3   -3  0  0 -1.0
Mosley, Michael  2    0    8   -8  0  0 -4.0
Champion, Zac    4    4   24  -20  0  4 -5.0
Totals...       29   78   45   33  0 16  1.1

Passing         Att-Cmp-Int Yds TD Long Sack
--------------------------------------------
Champion, Zac     35-20-3   194  0   21    3
Mosley, Michael   11-3-1     32  0   20    1
Totals...         46-23-4   226  0   21    4

Receiving        No.  Yds   TD Long
-----------------------------------
Newman, Eric       9  101    0   18
Morris, Dennis     4   45    0   20
James, Anthony     3   26    0   11
Holland, Johnat    2    6    0    7
Franklin, Fredd    2    5    0    5
Wheeler, Josh      1   21    0   21
Carroll, Bryan     1   17    0   17
Jackson, Brian     1    5    0    5
Totals...         23  226    0   21

Punting          No.  Yds   Avg Long In20   TB
----------------------------------------------
Keagle, Chris      8  297  37.1   48    2    0
Totals...          8  297  37.1   48    2    0

                  Punts   Kickoffs  Intercept
All Returns     No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg
---------------------------------------------
Brown, Weldon    0   0  0  3  92 34  0   0  0
Riser, Chris     1   2  2  0   0  0  0   0  0
Jackson, Patric  0   0  0  2  56 34  0   0  0
Totals...        1   2  2  5 148 34  0   0  0

Field goal attempts
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Kickoffs         No.  Yds  TB  OB   Avg
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Ostriecher, Bra    1   59   0   0  59.0



Clemson

Rushing         No Gain Loss  Net TD Lg  Avg
--------------------------------------------
Davis, J        11  143    0  143  2 64 13.0
Spiller, C      15  127    0  127  1 20  8.5
Chancellor, D   11  113    0  113  0 27 10.3
Macko, P         2   15    0   15  0 12  7.5
TEAM             1    0    2   -2  0  0 -2.0
Proctor, W       1    0    3   -3  0  0 -3.0
Totals...       41  398    5  393  3 64  9.6

Passing         Att-Cmp-Int Yds TD Long Sack
--------------------------------------------
Proctor, W         8-5-0    100  1   34    0
Harper, C          6-4-0     31  1   13    0
Reese, T           3-1-0      2  0    2    0
Totals...         17-10-0   133  2   34    0

Receiving        No.  Yds   TD Long
-----------------------------------
Stuckey, C         4  100    1   34
Spiller, C         2   13    0   13
Macko, P           2    6    0    4
Grisham, T         1   12    0   12
Pearson, A         1    2    1    2
Totals...         10  133    2   34

Punting          No.  Yds   Avg Long In20   TB
----------------------------------------------
Chason, C          2  102  51.0   54    2    0
Totals...          2  102  51.0   54    2    0

                  Punts   Kickoffs  Intercept
All Returns     No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg
---------------------------------------------
Spiller, C       2   2  5  0   0  0  0   0  0
Ford, J          2  14 11  1  94 94  0   0  0
Butler, C        0   0  0  0   0  0  2  35 37
Watkins, N       0   0  0  0   0  0  1  26 26
Vincent, C       0   0  0  0   0  0  1   0  0
Totals...        4  16 11  1  94 94  4  61 37

Field goal attempts
----------------------------------------
Dean, J         1st 00:56  40 yds - Good

Kickoffs         No.  Yds  TB  OB   Avg
---------------------------------------
Dean, J            9  554   4   0  61.6

FUMBLES: Louisiana Tech-Champion, Zac 1-0; Jackson,
Patric 1-1. Clemson-Spiller, C 2-2; Ford, J 1-1.

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