TSL: Tigers Out Muscle Tarheels

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Aaron Hunt hit three field goals in the Tigers' win over UNC.

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 -- Despite a strong defensive showing from North Carolina for much of the day, Clemson pulled away from the Tarheels in the fourth quarter for a 30-10 victory on Saturday. The win knocked North Carolina (5-4, 3-2) out of a tie for second place in the ACC with Clemson (6-1, 4-1) and Georgia Tech.

Clemson opened quickly, with freshman Roscoe Crosby snagging a 35 yard touchdown catch, his sixth touchdown reception of the season, from senior quarterback Woody Danztler in the first quarter. Sophomore kicker Aaron Hunt added three field goals in the first half, the last coming after senior linebacker Braxton K. Williams intercepted a Ronald Curry pass at the North Carolina 32 yard line. The Clemson defense harassed Curry all day, limiting him into seven completed passes in the first half, and the Tigers entered halftime with a 16-7 lead.

 Bush sacks UNC's Curry.

North Carolina came out to start the second half with a vengence, shutting down the Clemson offense, and holding it scoreless in a third quarter for the first time this year. The Tarheels added a field goal to narrow the margin to six points going into the fourth.

Behind excellent conditioning and depth, however, the Tigers asserted themselves by battering the Tarheel defense on an 11 play, 62 yard drive. Dantzler’s touchdown pass to sophomore Todd McClinton was only the second pass of the drive, as senior Travis Zachery and sophomore Keith Kelly pounded away on the ground, gaining tough yards between the tackles. On Clemson’s next possession, the floodgates opened, as Zachery took the handoff on third and three and broke loss up the middle for a 42 yard scoring run. Junior Eric Meekins picked off another Curry pass, Clemson’s fourth interception of the day, and the Tigers ran out the clock for a 30-10 win.

Clemson visits Wake Forest next Saturday.

ACC Standings

Florida State 5-0

Georgia Tech 4-1

Clemson 4-1

North Carolina 3-2

Maryland 3-2

Virginia 2-3

North Carolina State 1-3

Duke 1-5

Wake Forest 0-4


North Carolina	0	7	3	0	- 10
Clemson		10	6	0	14	- 30	

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

Clemson – Roscoe Crosby 35 yard reception from Dantzler (Hunt Kick)

7 play, 82 yards, 3:26 TOP

Clemson – Aaron Hunt 44 yard field goal

5 plays, 37 yards, 2:35 TOP

2nd Quarter

Clemson – Hunt 30 yard field goal

10 plays, 66 yards, 4:51 TOP

Clemson – Hunt 41 yard field goal

4 plays, 8 yards, 1:17 TOP

North Carolina – Kory Bailey 59 yard reception from Curry (Reed Kick)

2 plays, 70 yards, :50 TOP

3rd Quarter

North Carolina – Jeff Reed 37 yard field goal

9 plays, 50 yards, 4:08 TOP

4th Quarter

Clemson – Todd McClinton 25 yard reception from Dantzler (Hunt Kick)

11 plays, 62 yards, 4:12 TOP

Clemson - Travis Zachery 42 yard run (Hunt Kick)

5 plays, 59 yards, 3:23 TOP

Game Statistics

North Carolina			     Clemson
10		Score		 	30
28:22		TOP			31:48
13		First Downs		14
272		Passing Yardage		210
75		Rushing Yardage	        162
347		Total Offensive Yardage	372
6		Penalties 		11
45		Penalty Yards		81
17		Third Downs		16
5		Third Down Conversions	7
29%		Conversion Percentage	44%
4		Turnovers		0

Clemson Statistics


W. Dantzler 13-27 210 2TD


T. Zachery 30-152 1TD 1FUMBLE

K. Kelly 4-10


K. Youngblood 4-58

T. McClinton 3-66 1TD

R. Crosby 2-30

T. Zachery 2-22

C. Jasmin 1-7

Ronnie Thomas 1-5

Defense (Tackles)

C. Carson 10

C. Hafley 6 1INT

B. Williams 6 1INT

N. Eason 4

A. Bodrick 4 1SACK

E. Meekins 3 1INT

B. Mance 3

J. Bush 3 1SACK

J. Reames 2

M. Houskin 2

K. Johnson 2 1INT

B. McNeal 2

D. Washington 2 1SACK

Rodney Thomas 2

R. Hemby 1

C. Baham 1



W. Kopp 9-403 44.8

Punt Returns

B. Mance 3-52

Kickoff Returns

D. Hamilton 3-73

Missed FG: Hunt 48

North Carolina Statistics


R. Curry 19-47 272 1TD 4INT


W. Parker 22-75


K. Bailey 6-117 1TD

B. Allen 4-60

S. Aiken 3-36

W. Parker 3-16

Z. Hilton 2-24

J. Faison 1-19

Defense (Tackles)

D. Reid 9

M. Waddell 7


R. Harris 6

M. Perry 5

Q. Monk 4

B. Greenwood 4

K. Knight 3

E. Hood 3

J. Evans 2

W. Chapman 1

B. Allen 1

K. Bailey 1

Z. Hilton 1

J. Terry 1

W. Parker 1

R. Sims 1

D. Johnson 1


B. Ferguson 9-303 33.7

Kickoff Returns

B. Allen 4–62

D. Thornton 1-12

Punt Returns

B. Allen 4-32

Missed FG: Reed 32


Duke 14

Maryland 31

Shaun Hill 342 yards, 2TD

FSU 49

UVA 10

FSU 669 yards total offense

NC State 30

Georgia Tech 45

Joe Burns 25-213 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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