TSL: Clemson “Special” In Victory Over Maryland

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Jackie Robinson caught 2 passes for 56 yards and 1 touchdown.

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!

COLLEGE PARK -- One week after an emotional victory over Florida State, Clemson was forced to rely on special teams to put points on the board. Brian Mance and Derrick Hamilton stepped up to the task, however, and the Tigers downed the Terrapins 31-20, completing their ACC schedule for the year. A fired up Maryland (4-6, 3-4) team posed a tougher challenge than Clemson (9-1, 7-1) expected, and the game stayed close until the closing minutes of the fourth quarter.

The Tigers scored early, as senior quarterback Woodrow Dantzler connected with junior Jackie Robinson for a catch and run 49 yard touchdown. This touchdown marked the fifth time this year that Clemson has scored points on their opening drive. After receiving the kickoff following the score, Maryland used a precision passing attack to go on a 13 play drive that ended in a 34 field goal by Vedad Siljkovic. A turnover on Clemson’s next possession allowed Siljkovic to add another 3 points and Maryland pulled itself to within a point of the Tigers.

The second quarter saw both defenses impose their will on the other teams offense. Clemson notched four sacks in the quarter, including two by junior Bryant McNeal. Following the second of these sacks, Maryland’s punt was field by Mance, who weaved through traffic before breaking into the open and going 64 yards for the touchdown.

 Bryant McNeal makes the sack.

The third quarter turned into the Derrick Hamilton show. After making a diving catch for a 31 yard touchdown reception earlier in the quarter, Hamilton broke his second kickoff return of the year for a score. Hamilton’s speed was evident, as two Maryland players had the angle on him as he sprinted down the sideline, but were outraced into the endzone and Clemson jumped to 28-13 lead.

A nine yard touchdown catch by Bruce Perry cut the lead to eight in the fourth quarter, but Rodney Thomas’s interception of a Shawn Hill pass led to a 47 yard field goal by Tiger sophomore Aaron Hunt. The Clemson defense clamped down on the Terrapin
offense, and a sack by Nick Eason on fourth down ended Maryland’s hope for a win.

Clemson visits the arch-rival Gamecocks in Columbia next week for their final game of the season.

NOTE: Altoy Bodrick tore his ACL shortly after these simulations were completed.

ACC Standings

Florida State 7-1

Clemson 7-1

Georgia Tech 6-1

North Carolina 4-3

Maryland 3-4

North Carolina State 3-4

Virginia 3-5

Duke 1-6

Wake Forest 0-7


Clemson		7	7	14	3	- 31
Maryland	6	0	7	7	- 20

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

Clemson - Jackie Robinson 49 yard reception from Dantzler (Hunt Kick)

7 plays, 75 yards, 3:46 TOP

Maryland - Vedad Siljkovic 34 yard field goal

13 plays, 64 yards, 5:51 TOP

Maryland - Siljkovic 44 yard field goal

6 plays, 13 yards, 2:03

2nd Quarter

Clemson - Brian Mance 64 yard punt return (Hunt Kick)

:12 TOP

3rd Quarter

Clemson - Derrick Hamilton 31 yard reception from Dantzler (Hunt Kick)

6 plays, 70 yards, 2:58 TOP

Maryland - Jeff Dugan 11 yard reception from Hill (Siljkovic Kick)

8 plays, 72 yards, 3:43 TOP

Clemson - Hamilton 92 yard kickoff return (Hunt Kick)

:13 TOP

4th Quarter

Maryland - Bruce Perry 9 yard reception from Hill (Siljkovic Kick)

8 plays, 64 yards, 3:10 TOP

Clemson - Aaron Hunt 47 yard field goal

6 plays, 3 yards, 2:32 TOP

Game Statistics

Clemson				    Maryland
31		Score			20
31:07		TOP			28:53
14		First Downs		13
194		Passing Yardage		197
156		Rushing Yardage	        61
350		Total Offensive Yardage	258
5		Penalties 		4
45		Penalty Yards		40
13		Third Downs		12
5		Third Down Conversions	2
39%		Conversion Percentage	17%
3		Turnovers		2

Clemson Statistics


W. Dantzler 13-24 194 2TD 2INT


T. Zachery 24-116

B. Rambert 3-21

K. Kelly 6-19


J. Robinson 2-56 1TD

K. Youngblood 2-33 1FUMBLE

D. Hamilton 2-35 1TD

T. McClinton 2-27

R. Crosby 2-21

T. Zachery 2-11

M. Woodward 1-10

Defense (Tackles)


A. Bodrick 6 1SACK


C. Hafley 5

Braxton K. Williams 6 1INT

B. Mance 4

K. Johnson 3

M. Houskin 3

J. Bush 2 1SACK

N. Eason 2 1SACK

E. Meekins 2

R. Hemby 2

J. Leake 2

Rodney Thomas 2 1INT

C. Baham 2

R. Feaster 1

C. Jasmin 1

K. Young 1

A. Smith 1


W. Kopp 5-194 38.8

Punt Returns

B. Mance 7-125 1TD

Kickoff Returns

B. Mance 2-43

D. Hamilton 3-141 1TD

Maryland Statistics


S. Hill 25-39 269 2TD 2INT


B. Perry 16-61


G. Gary 6-80

B. Perry 5-18 1TD

J. Dugan 4-45 1TD

S. Monroe 4-34

J. Williams 2-48

R. Abiamiri 2-28

J. Lynch 2-16

Defense (Tackles)

E. Henderson 13


R. Jones 7 1INT

C. Cox 6 1INT

T. Jackson 5

D. Wilson 4 1INT

M. Whaley 4

T. Okanlawon 4 1FORCEDFUMBLE

C. Hill 2 1SACK

M. Riley 1

J. Williams 1

M. Fowler 1

C. Feldheim 1 1SACK

D. Roundtree 1




B. Barnard 7-348 49.7

Kickoff Returns

G. Gary 3-60

S. Monroe 3-55

Punt Returns

G. Gary 3-12


NC State - 24

Florida State - 30

Atrews Bell 129 receiving yards, 1TD

Georgia Tech - 24

Virginia -20

Joe Burns 3TD

Wake Forest - 6

UNC - 45

Curry 402 all-purpose yards


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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