TSL: Tigers Rally Past Gamecocks

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<font class=caption>Matt Bailey dives over USC's Goodman for extra yardage.</font>
Matt Bailey dives over USC's Goodman for extra yardage.

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!

Another chapter was added to the storied rivalry between Clemson and South Carolina Saturday, as the Tigers scored 33 unanswered points in the second half to overcome a 17 point deficit and defeat the Gamecocks 36-20. Clemson (10-1, 7-1) was largely aided by South Carolina’s (7-4) penchant for turnovers at inappropriate times. The Gamecocks turned the ball over four times in the second half, as they were held scoreless after blitzing Clemson to start the game.

After holding Clemson to three plays and out to open the game, South Carolina’s offense opened with a 9 play, 66 yard drive that ended with Derrick Watson’s 11 yard touchdown run. Clemson answered by putting together a drive of their own, penetrating into the Gamecock red zone before the South Carolina defense stiffened. Aaron Hunt booted a 29 yard field goal to end the six minute drive, and Clemson was on the scoreboard.

Joe Don Reames with the touchdown.

A Kalimba Edwards interception of a Woody Dantzler pass led to a South Carolina field goal to start the second quarter. The Gamecocks put together an impressive drive on their next possession, as they drove 92 yards while chewing up almost seven minutes. Watson scored his second touchdown of the day, this time from two yards out. After Josh Brown added another field goal at the close of the half, South Carolina found itself with a 20-3 lead heading into the locker rooms for halftime.

The second half proved to be an entirely different story. Sophomore John Leake set the tone on the first Gamecock play from scrimmage with a monstrous hit on Watson, catching him behind the line of scrimmage for a loss. Clemson forced a punt two plays later as South Carolina’s offense stalled. A 29 yard return by Brian Mance with a 15 yard face mask penalty tacked on put Clemson in business at the Gamecock 32 yard line. However, the Tigers couldn’t manage a first down and sent the field goal unit in three plays later, with fourth down and three yards to go at the 25 yard line. Clemson coach Tommy Bowden, trying to spark his team, called a fake field goal and it worked to perfection. Holder Jeff Scott took the snap and found a wide open Joe Don Reames, who crossed into the endzone as he dragged reserve Gamecock safety Jonathan Martin along with him. South Carolina did their best to salvage the situation, blocking Hunt’s extra point attempt.

Clemson kept their momentum with the next Gamecock possession. Charles Hafley stepped in front of a Phil Petty pass, and the Tigers found themselves with another scoring opportunity. Faced with a fourth and one from the South Carolina 17, Dantzler found Airese Currie on a wide receiver screen pass. Currie took the pass and sprinted into the endzone, electrifying the Tiger fans in attendance. The PAT kick was true and Clemson had brought themselves to within four points midway through the third quarter.

After forcing another Gamecock punt, Clemson took their first lead of the day as Travis Zachery scored from eight yards out after an 80 yard drive. Two minutes later, the Tigers went for the knockout punch as Dantzler found Derrick Hamilton on a 68 yard touchdown bomb. South Carolina never challenged Clemson for the rest of the game, as Petty tossed three fourth quarter interceptions in an attempt to regain ground. Hunt booted two more field goals and as the clock ticked to 0:00, The Tigers stood with the 36-20 victory.

NOTES: The recently released two-deep depth chart was used for this game. Altroy Bodrick and Kevin Youngblood were not used in this game.

ACC Standings

Florida State 7-1

Clemson 7-1

Georgia Tech 7-1

North Carolina 5-3

North Carolina State 4-4

Maryland 3-5

Virginia 3-5

Duke 1-7

Wake Forest 0-8


Clemson		3	0	13	20	- 36
South Carolina	7	13	0	0	- 20

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

South Carolina - Derek Watson 11 yard run (Brown Kick)

9 plays, 66 yards, 4:32 TOP

Clemson – Aaron Hunt 29 yard field goal

13 plays, 68 yards, 5:56 TOP

2nd Quarter

South Carolina – Josh Brown 35 yard field goal

8 plays, 19 yards, 2:54 TOP

South Carolina – Watson 2 yard run (Brown Kick)

13 plays, 92 yards, 6:43 TOP

South Carolina – Brown 40 yard field goal

8 plays, 46 yards, 3:07 TOP

3rd Quarter

Clemson – Joe Don Reames 25 yard reception from Scott (Kick Failed)

4 plays, 32 yards, 1:54 TOP

Clemson – Airese Currie 17 yard reception from Dantzler (Hunt Kick)

6 plays, 42 yards, 2:49 TOP

4th Quarter

Clemson – Travis Zachery 8 yard run (Hunt Kick)

9 plays, 80 yards, 4:07

Clemson – Derrick Hamilton 68 yard reception from Dantzler (Hunt Kick)

2 plays, 71 yards, 0:55 TOP

Clemson – Hunt 32 yard field goal

6 plays, -5 yards, 1:57 TOP

Clemson – Hunt 39 yard field goal

5 plays, 1 yard, 2:04 TOP

Game Statistics

Clemson		               	    	South Carolina
36		Score			20
28:11		TOP			32:49
11		First Downs		15
259		Passing Yardage		243
112		Rushing Yardage	        130
371		Total Offensive Yardage	373
5		Penalties 		6
40		Penalty Yards		49
13		Third Downs		16
3		Third Down Conversions	8
23%		Conversion Percentage	50%
2/2             Fourth Downs/Converted  2/0                       
1		Turnovers		5

Clemson Statistics


W. Dantzler 16-31 234 2TD 1INT

J. Scott 1-1 25 1TD


T. Zachery 30-113 1TD 1FUMBLE

K. Kelly 1-(-1)


D. Hamilton 3-82 1TD

R. Crosby 3-64


A. Currie 2-20 1TD

J. Robinson 2-11

T. Zachery 2-4

J. Reames 1-25 1TD

M. Bailey 1-18

T. McClinton 1-11

Defense (Tackles)
C. Carson 15

J. Leake 8 1INT


C. Hafley 6 1INT

B. Williams 5

B. Mance 4 1INT




K. Johnson 2

B. McNeal 2

E. Meekins 1

T. Zachery 1

C. Harrell 1

J. Reames 1

R. Feaster 1

C. Harper 1


W. Kopp 3-126 42.0

Punt Returns

B. Mance 3-33

Kickoff Returns

B. Mance 2-38

D. Hamilton 2-60

South Carolina Statistics


P. Petty 14-29 243 3INT


D. Watson 34-118 2TD 1FUMBLE

A. Pinnock 2-6

T. Lewis 1-6


R. Brewer 3-99 1FUMBLE

C. Spikes 3-51

B. Scott 3-55

J. Adkisson 2-22
T. Lewis 2-12

R. Trafford 1-4

Defense (Tackles)

K. Edwards 6 1INT

S. Brown 6

J. Garrison 6

A. Goodman 6

K. Harney 5

K. House 5

A. Nesmith 3

W. Ham 2

R. Trafford 2

J. Stamper 2

L. Moore 2

J. Jackson 2

J. Martin 2

C. Spikes 2

C. Alexander 1

R. Brewer 1

L. Johnson 1

S. Hall 1

O. Quinn 1

W. Sams 1

R. Moore 1


T. Dean 4-175 43.8

Kickoff Returns

A. Goodman 4-78

D. Watson 3-74

Punt Returns

D. Watson 2-4


Duke - 21

UNC - 35

Darian Durant 213 passing yards, 39 rushing yards, 3TD

Georgia Tech - 45

Wake Forest - 13

Joe Burns 151 yards, 2TD

Maryland - 24

NC State - 28

Phillip Rivers 342 passing yards, 3TD


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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