TSL: Zachery, Defense Lift Tigers Over UCF in Sloppy Opener

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<font class=caption>McNeal makes the sack against Central Florida QB Ryan Schneider.</font>
McNeal makes the sack against Central Florida QB Ryan Schneider.

Each week TigerNet will be providing a computer simulation of the upcoming 2001 ACC football season. While the focus will be on Clemson we will be able to predict the winner of the ACC title as well. Enjoy!

Clemson - With optimism abound going into Saturday’s game with Central Florida, the Clemson Tigers put on a clinic of balanced offense and opportunistic defense, overcoming four turnovers on the way to a 35-14 victory over the Knights.

“Obviously, we’re not happy with the turnovers,” said Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden, “We were fortunate that they didn’t come back to bite us.” What Bowden didn’t mention was that his defense forced six UCF turnovers, scoring 21 of the team’s 35 points as a direct result of them. Travis Zachery scored four touchdowns and rushed for 183 yards to power the offense, which gained 245 passing and 230 yards on the ground.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Tigers scored three touchdowns in the second quarter, the last on a 39 yard Zachery run with :56 seconds left in the half. Zachery picked up where he left off to start the third quarter, with a 43 yard touchdown run on Clemson’s opening possession.

  Crosby makes one of his first catches as a Tiger.

Central Florida answered with a drive of it’s own late in the third quarter, when a tipped pass by defensive lineman Josh McKibben led to an interception by his brother Josh deep in Clemson territory. The Knights were able to capitalize, with a six yard touchdown reception by Mario Jackson from quarterback Ryan Schneider. After intercepting a Woody Dantzler pass on Clemson’s next possession, Jimmy Fryzel hauled in a 21 yard reception from Schneider, and UCF had narrowed the gap to 28-14 with 8:20 to play in the game

“We were told on the sideline that we needed to take control on offense. The coached wanted us to grind out the yards and really use the clock,” said offensive lineman Kyle Young. The Tigers did just that, alternating runs by Zachery and sophomore Keith Kelly, battering the UCF line until Zachery broke from on a 39 yard run for his fourth touchdown of the day, sealing the win.

“A win is a win,” said Bowden afterward, “but I’m not happy with our performance. Three of those interceptions by Woody were tips or juggled catches. We have to work on concentration and focus.”

The Tigers host the Wofford Terriers next Saturday.


Central Florida	0	0	7	7	- 14
Clemson		0	21	7	7	- 35

Scoring Summary

2nd Quarter

Clemson – Travis Zachery 4 yard reception from Woody Dantzler (Hunt Kick)
4 plays, 31 yards, 2:37 TOP

Clemson – Kevin Youngblood 4 yard reception from Dantzler (Hunt kick)
6 plays, 52 yards, 3:56 TOP

Clemson – Zachery 39 yard run (Hunt Kick)
6 plays, 52 yards, 3:28 TOP

3rd Quarter

Clemson – Zachery 43 yard run (Hunt Kick)
5 plays, 74 yards, 3:14 TOP

Central Florida –Mario Jackson 6 yard reception from Ryan Schneider (Beorlegui Kick)
2 plays, 29 yards, :49 TOP

4th Quarter

Central Florida –Jimmy Fryzel 21 yard reception from Schneider (Beorlegui Kick)
7 plays, 83 yards, 3:20 TOP

Clemson – Zachery 39 yard run (Hunt Kick)
11 plays, 69 yards, 5:42 TOP

Game Statistics
UCF					     Clemson
14		Score				35
28:07		TOP				31:53
21		First Downs			16
409		Passing Yardage	        	245
31		Rushing Yardage	                230  
440		Total Team Yardage		475
151		Special Teams Yardage     	116
5		Penalties  			4 
50		Penalty Yards    		35
15		Third Downs			11
4		Third Down Conversions      	3
27%		Conversion Percentage   	27%
6		Turnovers			4

Clemson Statistics


W. Dantzler 17-29 240 2TD 4INT

W. Kopp 1-1 5

W. Simmons 0-0


T. Zachery 25-183 3TD

K. Kelly 7-51

W. Simmons 2-(-4)


K. Youngblood 5-113 1TD

C. Jasmin 3-19

T. Zachery 3-9 1TD

R. Crosby 2-45

D. Hamilton 2-32

T. McClinton 1-16
J. Robinson 1-6

C. Harrell 1-5

Defense (Tackles)

E. Meekins 11

B. McNeal 6 2SACKS

C. Hafley 4 1INT

K. Johnson 4 1INT

Rodney Thomas 4

B. Williams 4

C. Carson 3 1INT

B. Mance 3 1INT

R. Hemby 3

M. Houskin 3

D. Washington 2 1SACK



N. Eason 0 1SACK 1INT

T. McClinton 1

Ronnie Thomas 1

J.Bush 1

R. Crosby 1

C. Baham 1

R. Feaster 1

TJ Watkins 1

W. Dantzler 1

C. Jasmin 1

M. Woodward 1


W. Kopp 6-226 37.7

Punt Returns

B. Mance 6-45

Kickoff Returns

B. Mance 2-44

D. Hamilton 1-27

UCF Statistics


R. Schneider 26-49 349 2TD 5INT

B. Miller 3-5 61


T. Williams 15-14

C. Baker 3-17 1FUMBLE


J. Fryzel 7-125 1TD

M. Jackson 6-71 1TD

T. Davis 5-82

T. Williams 2-20

T. Capers 2-42

D. Gabriel 2-31

C. Baker 2-25

J. Johnson 1-32

M. Gaines 1-10

T. Ward 1-3

Defense (Tackles)

A. Samuel 8

W. Davis 8

R. Joseph 6 1INT

C. Thompson 5 1INT


E. Shorter 4 1INT

T. Rodriguez 4

E. Patterson 3

T. Fisher 3

B. Bolar 2 1SACK

T. Capers 2

T. Bell 2

B. Huff 2

M. Jackson 2

Jack McKibben 1 1INT

A. Snyder 1

T. Ward 1

M. Gaines 1

J. Johnson 1

B. Greenlee 1


J. Beorlegui 7-280 40.0

Punt Returns

C. Thompson 4-36

Kickoff Returns

C. Thompson 3-63

T. Fisher 3-52




FSU - Rix 3 TDs



UNC - Curry 280 yards passing, 2TD


For each Clemson contest the game is simulated 10 times using Madden 2001 for the PC. We then average the scores and pick the one game
that most accurately reflects the average game.

We worked hard to make the simulations are as accurate as possible, but there are some things that
we can't control. Consider the following:

1) Quarterbacks rarely run in the simulations.

2) Based on the info we have, the rosters and depth charts used in these
simulations are OUR interpretations. While other schools have NO true
freshman playing (mainly because we are not as familier with them as
Clemson), Clemson has some, including Roscoe Crosby.

3) NFL stadiums and rules will be used.

4) Players do fatigue, but are seldom replaced. What we try to do with
teams like Wofford is use Zachery for one half, and then use Kelly and
Rambert for a quarter each. However, in a game against, say, FSU,
Zachery might end up with 30+ carries.

5) Teams will use NFL playbooks. We've tried to find NFL playbooks that
most closely mirror college playbooks.

6) Obviously weather can't be predicted. Every game will be played in
fair weather.

7) Injuries can't be predicted. They DO occur in the simulations, and
we keep track of them. If Matt Bailey breaks his arm against FSU in
the simulation we chose to use, he will not appear for the rest of the

8) Simulations are meant for entertainment only!!

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