Tigers Overcome Early Miscues, Rout S.C. State, 54-0


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CLEMSON -- It was another game where you got the feeling that if another team, say Georgia Tech or Wake Forest or even Maryland, had been in Death Valley, the result might have been different.

From the cannon firing before the team could get off the buses to run down the hill to the interceptions on two of Clemson's first three drives, if it had been someone other than South Carolina State, things might have turned out differently.

But on a beautiful afternoon South Carolina State provided exactly what they were supposed to: a team that proved easy prey for the Tigers and a band that gave the crowd something to stick around for during halftime.

Clemson was never in trouble against the Bulldogs and rolled to a 54-0 win Saturday to improve to 3-1 before facing tougher competition in the coming weeks.

"We were ugly," said S.C. State coach Buddy Pugh.

Nothing was uglier than the botched fake fieldgoal late in the first half by the Bulldogs. By then they were down 30-0 and the only suspense was when backup quarterback Willy Korn would make his appearance.

Despite interceptions off Cullen Harper on two of Clemson's first three drives S.C. State had no chance of staying with Clemson. The Tigers pounded the ball against the Bulldogs and kept the pressure off Harper the rest of the day. James Davis rushed for 49 yards on Clemson's first drive and scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. After the interceptions, Davis added touchdown runs of 5 and 1 yard. He finished with 95 yards on 11 carries, splitting time with C.J. Spiller, who rushed for 63 yards on 14 carries.

"Guys are improving week in and week out, and they showed it today," said Davis. "The offensive line especially improved; I'm so proud of those guys. I stayed patient, I knew my time would come; I've just got to keep working hard. They did some things that were unexpected, but we adjusted. There is always some stuff for concern, but I think we showed improvement."

Whether there's been enough improvement will be apparent soon. On Saturday the Tigers could afford the early mistakes and still win handily.

The defense added to the rout in the second half when Chris Clemmons returned an interception 32 yards for a touchdown on S.C. State's first drive of the second half.

The Bulldogs had some success early with the passing game, but couldn't run the ball against the Clemson defense and finished with negative yardage on the ground.

"We've just got to go out and do what we're supposed to do," said Clemson defensive back Michael Hamlin. "We just went out and hit them right in the mouth; we wanted to keep them out of the end zone. We just wanted to try to hit as many people as possible."

Clemson's defense had three interceptions and one fumble recovery, throwing a shutout for the first time since a 51-0 win over Louisiana Tech in 2006.

Korn relieved Harper late in the third quarter. Harper completed 14 of 24 passes for 151 yards. Korn completed all seven of his passes for 76 yards.

"We've just got to continue to get better and better each week," said Harper. "I think our confidence is right where it needs to be going into this stretch of ACC games. I thought we ran the ball well, I thought James came out and did a great job, then I thought the defense did a good job today. They got some turnovers and got off the field for us."

The Tigers face Maryland next week in Death Valley. It's a game where a mis-fire will likely be more costly.


Date: Sep 20, 2008  Site: Clemson, SC           
Stadium: Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 78000

Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
-----------------    -- -- -- --   -----
S.C. State..........  0  0  0  0  -  0
Clemson.............  7 23 10 14  - 54



Scoring Summary:
1st 12:15 CU - James Davis 1 yd run (Mark Buchholz kick)
                                                  5 plays, 69 yards, TOP 2:45, SCSU 0 - CU 7
2nd 11:00 CU - James Davis 5 yd run (Mark Buchholz kick)
                                                 9 plays, 60 yards, TOP 3:34, SCSU 0 - CU 14
    06:46 CU - James Davis 1 yd run (Mark Buchholz kick)
                                                 6 plays, 24 yards, TOP 3:16, SCSU 0 - CU 21
    06:36 CU - TEAM safety
                                                                              SCSU 0 - CU 23
    03:42 CU - Cullen Harper 1 yd run (Mark Buchholz kick)
                                                 7 plays, 50 yards, TOP 2:54, SCSU 0 - CU 30
3rd 13:28 CU - Chris Clemons 32 yd interception return (Mark Buchholz kick)
                                                                              SCSU 0 - CU 37
    06:02 CU - Mark Buchholz 27 yd field goal
                                                 6 plays, 23 yards, TOP 2:00, SCSU 0 - CU 40
4th 14:39 CU - Willy Korn 1 yd run (Mark Buchholz kick)
                                                 7 plays, 45 yards, TOP 3:05, SCSU 0 - CU 47
    03:42 CU - Michael Palmer 5 yd pass from Willy Korn (Mark Buchholz kick)
                                                 9 plays, 56 yards, TOP 5:33, SCSU 0 - CU 54



Kickoff time: 1:00 PM   End of Game: 4:05 PM   Total elapsed time: 3:05
Officials: Referee: J. Magallanes; Umpire: Jim Hyson; Linesman: Elmo Gary;
Line judge: Greg Parman; Back judge: Ron Boyd; Field judge: Milton Hagans;
Side judge: Angie Bartis;
Temperature: 73 deg    Wind: Calm      Weather: Sunny skies

Team Statistics 

                                   SCSU       CU

FIRST DOWNS...................        9       27
  Rushing.....................        2       14
  Passing.....................        7       11
  Penalty.....................        0        2
NET YARDS RUSHING.............      -10      189
  Rushing Attempts............       21       46
  Average Per Rush............     -0.5      4.1
  Rushing Touchdowns..........        0        5
  Yards Gained Rushing........       40      232
  Yards Lost Rushing..........       50       43
NET YARDS PASSING.............      162      227
  Completions-Attempts-Int....  22-35-3  22-31-2
  Average Per Attempt.........      4.6      7.3
  Average Per Completion......      7.4     10.3
  Passing Touchdowns..........        0        1
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS...........      152      416
  Total offense plays.........       56       77
  Average Gain Per Play.......      2.7      5.4
Fumbles: Number-Lost..........      2-1      1-0
Penalties: Number-Yards.......   18-134     6-45
PUNTS-YARDS...................    5-219     2-81
  Average Yards Per Punt......     43.8     40.5
  Net Yards Per Punt..........     36.8     40.5
  Inside 20...................        1        0
  50+ Yards...................        4        0
  Touchbacks..................        0        0
  Fair catch..................        0        1
KICKOFFS-YARDS................    2-109    9-599
  Average Yards Per Kickoff...     54.5     66.6
  Net Yards Per Kickoff.......     43.5     45.4
  Touchbacks..................        0        1
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD.    0-0-0   4-35-0
  Average Per Return..........      0.0      8.8
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD  8-170-0   1-22-0
  Average Per Return..........     21.2     22.0
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD..    2-5-0   3-80-1
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD.    0-0-0    0-0-0
Miscellaneous Yards...........        0        0
Possession Time...............    23:22    36:38
  1st Quarter.................     4:38    10:22
  2nd Quarter.................     4:09    10:51
  3rd Quarter.................     8:20     6:40
  4th Quarter.................     6:15     8:45
Third-Down Conversions........  3 of 13  4 of 12
Fourth-Down Conversions.......   0 of 1   2 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.......      0-0      7-8
Sacks By: Number-Yards........      2-5     3-30
PAT Kicks.....................      0-0      7-7
Field Goals...................      0-1      1-1

Individual Statistics 

S.C. State

Rushing              No Gain Loss  Net TD Lg  Avg
-------------------------------------------------
JAMISON,Travil        4   15    0   15  0  9  3.8
FORD,William          9   19    5   14  0  7  1.6
CAMPBELL,Anthon       1    2    0    2  0  2  2.0
HAIRE,Aaron           1    0    0    0  0  0  0.0
CLARK,DeWain          1    0   13  -13  0  0 -13.0
LONG,Malcolm          4    4   17  -13  0  2 -3.2
TEAM                  1    0   15  -15  0  0 -15.0
Totals...            21   40   50  -10  0  9 -0.5

Passing              Att-Cmp-Int Yds TD Long Sack
-------------------------------------------------
LONG,Malcolm           35-22-3   162  0   22    2
CLARK,DeWain            0-0-0      0  0    0    1
Totals...              35-22-3   162  0   22    3

Receiving             No.  Yds   TD Long
----------------------------------------
YOUNG,Oliver            7   70    0   22
MORRIS,Phillip          7   65    0   19
DUBOSE,Dusten           3   23    0   13
DARBY,Octavius          2    2    0    3
FORD,William            2   -1    0    4
CHRISTIE,Richar         1    3    0    3
Totals...              22  162    0   22

Punting               No.  Yds   Avg Long In20   TB
---------------------------------------------------
HAIRE,Aaron             5  219  43.8   55    1    0
Totals...               5  219  43.8   55    1    0

                       Punts   Kickoffs  Intercept
All Returns          No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg
--------------------------------------------------
MORRIS,Phillip        0   0  0  4  90 30  0   0  0
DUBOSE,Dusten         0   0  0  3  63 25  0   0  0
ALLEN,Terrance        0   0  0  0   0  0  1   0  0
WILKERSON,Juliu       0   0  0  0   0  0  1   5  5
ADAMS,Phillip         0   0  0  1  17 17  0   0  0
Totals...             0   0  0  8 170 30  2   5  5

Field goal attempts
----------------------------------------
ERICKSON,Blake       1st 04:27  39 yds - Missed

Kickoffs         No.  Yds  TB  OB   Avg
---------------------------------------
HAIRE,Aaron        2  109   0   1  54.5



Clemson

Rushing              No Gain Loss  Net TD Lg  Avg
-------------------------------------------------
James Davis          11   95    0   95  3 25  8.6
C.J. Spiller         14   63    0   63  0 15  4.5
Jamie Harper          7   36    0   36  0 11  5.1
Willy Korn            4   20    1   19  1 14  4.8
Ronald Watson         4   11    2    9  0  4  2.2
Jacoby Ford           2    6    0    6  0  5  3.0
Cullen Harper         3    1   18  -17  1  1 -5.7
TEAM                  1    0   22  -22  0  0 -22.0
Totals...            46  232   43  189  5 25  4.1

Passing              Att-Cmp-Int Yds TD Long Sack
-------------------------------------------------
Cullen Harper          24-15-2   151  0   22    1
Willy Korn              7-7-0     76  1   22    1
Totals...              31-22-2   227  1   22    2

Receiving             No.  Yds   TD Long
----------------------------------------
Jacoby Ford             5   24    0    9
Aaron Kelly             4   41    0   22
Tyler Grisham           3   43    0   20
Xavier Dye              3   37    0   22
Michael Palmer          2   27    1   22
Durrell Barry           2   21    0   11
Paul Macko              1   14    0   14
Marquan Jones           1   11    0   11
Jamie Harper            1    9    0    9
Totals...              22  227    1   22

Punting               No.  Yds   Avg Long In20   TB
---------------------------------------------------
Jimmy Maners            2   81  40.5   46    0    0
Totals...               2   81  40.5   46    0    0

                       Punts   Kickoffs  Intercept
All Returns          No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg
--------------------------------------------------
Jacoby Ford           1  -1  0  1  22 22  0   0  0
Crezdon Butler        0   0  0  0   0  0  1  48 48
Chris Clemons         0   0  0  0   0  0  1  32 32
Chris Chancellor      0   0  0  0   0  0  1   0  0
C.J. Spiller          3  36 29  0   0  0  0   0  0
Totals...             4  35 29  1  22 22  3  80 48

Field goal attempts
----------------------------------------
Mark Buchholz        3rd 06:02  27 yds - Good

Kickoffs         No.  Yds  TB  OB   Avg
---------------------------------------
Buchholz, M        8  532   1   0  66.5
Jackson, Ri        1   67   0   0  67.0



FUMBLES: S.C. State-CLARK,DeWain 2-1. Clemson-Cullen Harper 1-0.

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spacer I think the aticle is just being realistic. Haven't we
Tiger Guy
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cubobby80
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cubobby80
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Polarman
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cubobby80
spacer Pryor > Boeckman. Taylor > Glennon. Korn > Harper?
Razzmatazz
spacer Cullen Harper
Prime T. Tiger
spacer This isn't USuCk, You don't bench your starter for an INT..
sarasotatiger
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cubobby80
spacer Thank you!
Prime T. Tiger
spacer 3 INTs & a fumble in the last 2 games. Tressel & Beamer did.
Razzmatazz
spacer Re: 3 INTs & a fumble in the last 2 games. Tressel & Beamer did.
cubobby80
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douglas405
spacer So we can't analyze & discuss ideas for improvement here?***
Razzmatazz
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douglas405
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GWC
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douglas405
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douglas405
spacer You can't make a comparison of QBs on that game
mhuyser
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jtfox12
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douglas405
spacer Good point. But didn't Korn have tired/2nd-string offense?
Razzmatazz
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spacer FINALLY!
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