Marshall-Clemson Game Notes
*On the day Clemson honored former All-America wide receiver Jerry Butler with his induction into the Clemson Ring of Honor, wide receiver Rod Gardner tied the Clemson all-time record for receptions in a single game. Gardner, a junior from Jacksonville, FL, had 11 catches for 111 yards. He tied the Clemson record for receptions set by Phil Rogers against North Carolina back in 1965 in Chapel Hill.
*Gardner did break two records, however. His 11 catches were the most ever by a Clemson player in Death Valley (58 years) and it also broke the record for most receptions in an opening day game. His 11 catches and 111 receiving yards were career highs.
*The unofficial attendance for the Clemson vs. Marshall game was 80,250. That was the largest crowd for season opener since the 1989 game against Furman when 80,508 attended. Ticket manager Van Hilderbrand will do a final total when all the stubs are in, so it could be more or less, but he is usually within a few hundred on his game day estimate.
*The film will be official, but defensive back Robert Carswell had 15 tackles from statisticians in the press box on Saturday night. That is his career high. He had l0 first hit sand five assists.
*Dextra Polite, senior corner back, had his best game as a Tiger. He had a career high seven tackles, a pass broken up, a tackle for loss and an interception. That was the first interception of his career.
*According to the participation sheet, the only first year freshmen to appear for Clemson were Eric Meekins Rodney Thomas and J.J. McKelvey. That means there are 19 first-year freshmen who could still be redshirted.
*Four of the five interior offensive linemen went the distance in the Marshall game. Kyle Young, Will Merritt Theo Mougros and John McDermott all went the distance at their respective positions.
*Ryan Romano had four punts inside the 20 and a 39-yard average on his first game of varsity action. Marshall had just seven punt return yards on his seven punts, so he had a net punting average of 38.0 yard a punt.
*Brandon Streeter completed 23 passes in tonight's game, tied for the fifth highest total in Clemson history. Streeter holds the record with 27 against NC State last season.