TSL: Tigers Slip Past Wolfpack

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<font class=caption>Jackie Robinson with a 28 yard reception.</font>
Jackie Robinson with a 28 yard reception.

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!

RALEIGH -- Clemson got a closer game than they wanted Saturday. NC State got more than they wanted of Travis Zachery and Derrick Hamilton. The duo accounted for all of Clemson’s points and more than half of Clemson’s total yards in a 28-20 victory over the Wolfpack, giving the Tigers a share of second place in the ACC.

NC State (4-2, 1-2) struck first, with an eight play drive that ended with senior tailback Ray Robinson diving into the endzone from two yards out. Clemson (5-1, 3-1) answered quickly, as Zachery matched Robinson’s touchdown with one of his own, taking an inside handoff from Woodrow Dantzler and finding running room up the middle for a six yard score.

After sophomore kicker Austin Herbert helped the Wolfpack regain the lead in the second quarter, Hamilton made his move. The redshirt freshman fielded the NC State kickoff at the eight yard line and raced untouched 92 yards for the touchdown. Hamilton’s score seemed to energize the Tigers, who led for the rest of the game.

 Dantzler looking to go deep.

Not to say there wasn’t drama. After another touchdown by Zachery in the third quarter, NC State drove down the field intent on keeping the game close. Sophomore sensation Phillip Rivers found freshman Tramain Hall in the middle of the endzone from six yards out with no Tiger defenders around, to bring the Wolfpack within one with six minutes left in the game.

After forcing Clemson into punting, NC State attempted to drive for the go-ahead score. However, after allowing the Wolfpack to advance as far as the Tiger 40 yard line, the Clemson defense tightened and a Nick Eason sack on fourth down gave the Tigers the ball back, and a chance to add a little insurance. After a 26 yard run by Zachery, his longest of the day, Clemson coach Tommy Bowden used a little trickery to break the back of the Wolfpack. Dantzler faked the handoff to Zachery, and pitched the football to Hamilton who ran 23 yards before being forced out at the NC State two yard line. On the next play, Zachery went in for his third score of the day.

Clemson hosts surprising North Carolina next week in a battle for second place in the ACC.

ACC Standings

Florida State 4-0

Clemson 3-1

North Carolina 3-1

Georgia Tech 3-1

Maryland 2-2

Virginia 2-2

North Carolina State 1-2

Duke 1-4

Wake Forest 0-4


Clemson		7	7	7	7	- 28
NC State	7	3	3	3	- 20

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

NC State - Ray Robinson 2 yard run (Herbert Kick)

8 plays, 68 yards, 3:38 TOP

Clemson - Travis Zachery 6 yard run (Hunt Kick)

5 plays, 61 yards, 2:59 TOP

2nd Quarter

NC State – Austin Herbert 42 yard field goal

6 plays, 32 yards, 3:02 TOP

Clemson – Derrick Hamilton 92 yard kickoff return (Hunt Kick)

:13 TOP

3rd Quarter

NC State – Herbert 27 yard field goal

11 plays, 61 yards, 5:50 TOP

Clemson – Zachery 7 yard run (Hunt Kick)

9 plays, 79 yards, 3:57 TOP

4th Quarter

NC State - Tramain Hall 6 yard reception from Rivers (Herbert Kick)

9 plays, 59 yards, 3:18 TOP

Clemson – Zachery 2 yard run (Hunt Kick)

3 plays, 51 yards, 1:09 TOP

Game Statistics

Clemson				     	NC State
28		Score			20
28:39		TOP			31:21
15		First Downs		16
187		Passing Yardage		251
147		Rushing Yardage	        78
334		Total Off Yardage	329
7		Penalties 		5
55		Penalty Yards		40
12		Third Downs		15
4		Third Down Conversions	4
33%		Conversion Percentage	26%
1		Turnovers		0

Clemson Statistics


W. Dantzler 14-29 187 1INT


T. Zachery 20-97 3TD

K. Kelly 4-27

D. Hamilton 1-23


D. Hamilton 4-47

K. Youngblood 3-31

T. McClinton 2-27

T. Zachery 2-19

J. Robinson 1-28

R. Crosby 1-25

C. Jasmin 1-10

Defense (Tackles)

C. Carson 10

C. Hafley 8

E. Meekins 4

A. Bodrick 4

Braxton K. Williams 4

N. Eason 3 1SACK

K. Johnson 3

B. McNeal 3

B. Mance 3

D. Washington 2 1SACK

Rodney Thomas 2

R. Hemby 2

J. Bush 2

John Leake 2

M. Houskin 2

R. Feaster 1

C. Harper 1

K. Youngblood 1


W. Kopp 7-266 38.0

Punt Returns

B. Mance 6-47

Kickoff Returns

D. Hamilton 2-111 1TD

B. Mance 3-80

Missed FG: Hunt 45

NC State Statistics


P. Rivers 22-43 270 1TD


R. Robinson 26-78 1TD


B. Peterson 6-110

J. Cotchery 3-29

W. Wright 3-27

T. Hall 3-23 1TD

T. Graham 2-53

C. Moyer 2-5

A. Vanderveer 1-14

J. Mebane 1-7

R. Robinson 1-2

Defense (Tackles)

D. Burnette 8

L. Fisher 6 1INT

B. Jamison 5

S. Locklear 4

T. Holt 4

B. Williams 4

J. Washington 4

J. Walker 4

R. Fowler 3 1SACK

C. Smith 3

A. Bertrand 3

J. Patterson 3

W. Wright 2

A. Vanderveer 1

C. Thomas 1

A. Herbert 1


A. Herbert 7-301 43.0

Kickoff Returns

J. Patterson 4-71

R. Robinson 1-18

Punt Returns

J. Patterson 3-12

Missed FG: Herbert 42


October 6 ACC games:

Georgia Tech 55

Duke 10

Kelly Campbell 189 yards, 2 TDs

Virginia 27

Maryland 14

Rashard Robertson 2 Interceptions

NC State 33

Wake Forest 3

Ray Robinson 159 yards, 1TD

October 13 ACC games:

Wake Forest 16

Duke 20

Chris Douglas 122 yards

Maryland 24

Georgia Tech 41

George Godsey 358 yards, 3TD

Virginia 28

North Carolina 33

Bosley Allen 138 yards, 2TD including game winner with :25 left.


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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