Tigers Rout Temple, 63-9


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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - James Davis rushed for three touchdowns and Clemson reached the end zone the first eight times it touched the ball Thursday night, rolling over a mismatched Temple squad, 63-9.

The victory is Clemson's (6-1) fifth straight, and has the Tigers bowl eligible with still five games remaining in the season.

"They did what a great team should, they came out and took care of business," head coach Tommy Bowden said. "They played well and they played smart. I thought it was great they could come out and play in this type of (NFL) environment."

Davis carried just nine times for 138 yards and the three scores, including a 64-yarder in the second quarter. His three touchdown runs give him 14 on the season.

The sophomore alternated possessions with C.J. Spiller for most of the first half, and Spiller did his best to keep up with Davis. The true freshman ran for 73 yards on 12 carries and scored twice, from one and 15 yards away.

The Tigers didn't punt until there were almost nine minutes remaining in the game.

After allowing Temple (0-7) to kick a field goal on its first possession of the game, Clemson's defense put the clamps on the Owls and held them scoreless until early in the fourth quarter when Vaughn Charlton found backup tight end Steve Maneri for a 30-yard touchdown to make it 63-9.

Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams played sparingly in the first half, but was in the game long enough to record his 23rd career quarterback sack. That ties Adams for third on the all-time list at Clemson, behind Micheal Dean Perry (28) and brother William (27).

Quarterback will Proctor, playing just the first half, was 8-of-9 for 151 yards and two touchdowns - one each to Alex Pearson and Jacoby Ford.

Demerick Chancellor, in a mop-up role at running back, ran for 114 yards and the Tigers' final touchdown of the evening. Backup wide receiver Nelson Faerber earlier had recovered teammate Andrew Diamonde's fumble in the end zone for Clemson's first score of the third quarter.

The only trouble spot for the Tigers, again, was kickoff coverage. Clemson allowed Temple two long returns on the evening, one for 50 yards and another for 73.

Clemson returns to action a week from Saturday, hosting Georgia Tech.

"We'll give the players Friday and Saturday off," Bowden said. "The staff will go to work on Georgia Tech (Friday)."


Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
-----------------    -- -- -- --   -----
Clemson............. 21 28 14  0  - 63
Temple..............  3  0  0  6  -  9

Scoring Summary:
1st 13:03 TU - Brownell, J 27 yd field goal
    5 plays, 32 yards, TOP 1:57, CU 0 - TU 3
    11:06 CU - Davis, J 8 yd run (Dean, J kick)
    4 plays, 39 yards, TOP 1:57, CU 7 - TU 3
    07:53 CU - Spiller, C 1 yd run (Dean, J kick)
    5 plays, 34 yards, TOP 2:31, CU 14 - TU 3
    04:29 CU - Davis, J 3 yd run (Dean, J kick)
    4 plays, 73 yards, TOP 1:24, CU 21 - TU 3
2nd 13:59 CU - Spiller, C 15 yd run (Dean, J kick)
    7 plays, 52 yards, TOP 2:14, CU 28 - TU 3
    08:48 CU - Pearson, A 6 yd pass from Proctor, W (Dean, J kick)
    5 plays, 42 yards, TOP 1:58, CU 35 - TU 3
    03:57 CU - Davis, J 64 yd run (Dean, J kick)
    3 plays, 73 yards, TOP 2:05, CU 42 - TU 3
    01:01 CU - Ford, J 55 yd pass from Proctor, W (Dean, J kick)
    3 plays, 67 yards, TOP 1:09, CU 49 - TU 3
3rd 12:25 CU - Faerber, N 0 yd fumble recovery (Dean, J kick)
    5 plays, 62 yards, TOP 2:35, CU 56 - TU 3
    01:00 CU - Chancellor, D 1 yd run (Dean, J kick)
    12 plays, 82 yards, TOP 5:01, CU 63 - TU 3
4th 12:20 TU - Maneri, S 30 yd pass from Charlton, V (Charlton, V rush failed)
    7 plays, 65 yards, TOP 3:40, CU 63 - TU 9






 Team Statistics 


                                     CU       TU

FIRST DOWNS...................       24       11
  Rushing.....................       16        5
  Passing.....................        8        6
  Penalty.....................        0        0
NET YARDS RUSHING.............      337      111
  Rushing Attempts............       45       29
  Average Per Rush............      7.5      3.8
  Yards Gained Rushing........      342      155
  Yards Lost Rushing..........        5       44
NET YARDS PASSING.............      222      110
  Completions-Attempts-Int....  12-13-0  13-25-0
  Average Per Attempt.........     17.1      4.4
  Average Per Completion......     18.5      8.5
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS...........      559      221
  Total offense plays.........       58       54
  Average Gain Per Play.......      9.6      4.1
Fumbles: Number-Lost..........      3-2      2-1
Penalties: Number-Yards.......      1-5    10-65
PUNTS-YARDS...................     1-42    6-229
  Average Yards Per Punt......     42.0     38.2
  Net Yards Per Punt..........     22.0     34.3
  Inside 20...................        0        1
  50+ Yards...................        0        1
  Touchbacks..................        1        0
  Fair catch..................        0        1
KICKOFFS-YARDS................   10-552    3-176
  Average Yards Per Kickoff...     55.2     58.7
  Net Yards Per Kickoff.......     29.2     25.7
  Touchbacks..................        1        0
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD.   4-23-0    0-0-0
  Average Per Return..........      5.8      0.0
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD   3-99-0  9-240-0
  Average Per Return..........     33.0     26.7
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD..    0-0-0    0-0-0
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD.    0-0-0    0-0-0
Miscellaneous Yards...........        0        0
Possession Time...............    26:13    33:47
  1st Quarter.................     7:05     7:55
  2nd Quarter.................     6:13     8:47
  3rd Quarter.................     7:52     7:08
  4th Quarter.................     5:03     9:57
Third-Down Conversions........   4 of 5  2 of 12
Fourth-Down Conversions.......   0 of 0   0 of 3
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.......      6-6      1-2
Sacks By: Number-Yards........     5-40      0-0
PAT Kicks.....................      9-9      0-0
Field Goals...................      0-0      1-1

Individual Statistics 


Clemson

Rushing         No Gain Loss  Net TD Lg  Avg
--------------------------------------------
Davis, J         9  138    0  138  3 64 15.3
Chancellor, D   21  119    5  114  1 25  5.4
Spiller, C      12   73    0   73  2 15  6.1
Proctor, W       1    8    0    8  0  8  8.0
Macko, P         1    4    0    4  0  4  4.0
Harris, L        1    0    0    0  0  0  0.0
Totals...       45  342    5  337  6 64  7.5

Passing         Att-Cmp-Int Yds TD Long Sack
--------------------------------------------
Proctor, W         9-8-0    151  2   55    0
Harper, C          4-4-0     71  1   34    0
Totals...         13-12-0   222  3   55    0

Receiving        No.  Yds   TD Long
-----------------------------------
Ford, J            3   67    1   55
Hunter, T          2   57    0   53
Diomande, A        1   39    0   34
Kelly, A           1   17    0   17
Faerber, N         1   15    1   15
Palmer, M          1   11    0   11
Pearson, A         1    6    1    6
Grisham, T         1    6    0    6
Spiller, C         1    4    0    4
Totals...         12  222    3   55

Punting          No.  Yds   Avg Long In20   TB
----------------------------------------------
Maners, J          1   42  42.0   42    0    1
Totals...          1   42  42.0   42    0    1

                  Punts   Kickoffs  Intercept
All Returns     No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg
---------------------------------------------
Ford, J          1   4  4  3  99 49  0   0  0
Grisham, T       2   5  5  0   0  0  0   0  0
Spiller, C       1  14 14  0   0  0  0   0  0
Totals...        4  23 14  3  99 49  0   0  0

Field goal attempts
----------------------------------------

Kickoffs         No.  Yds  TB  OB   Avg
---------------------------------------
Dean, J            4  235   0   0  58.8
Chason, C          6  317   1   0  52.8



Temple

Rushing         No Gain Loss  Net TD Lg  Avg
--------------------------------------------
Brown, T        23  125    4  121  0 30  5.3
Shelton, T       1   30    0   30  0 30 30.0
Charlton, V      5    0   40  -40  0  0 -8.0
Totals...       29  155   44  111  0 30  3.8

Passing         Att-Cmp-Int Yds TD Long Sack
--------------------------------------------
Charlton, V       25-13-0   110  1   30    5
Totals...         25-13-0   110  1   30    5

Receiving        No.  Yds   TD Long
-----------------------------------
Holley, M          3   37    0   17
Brown, T           3    3    0    7
Shelton, T         2   13    0    9
Maneri, S          1   30    1   30
Francis, B         1   12    0   12
Armstrong, K       1    9    0    9
Dunston, J         1    5    0    5
Brown, M           1    1    0    1
Totals...         13  110    1   30

Punting          No.  Yds   Avg Long In20   TB
----------------------------------------------
Brownell, J        6  229  38.2   52    1    0
Totals...          6  229  38.2   52    1    0

                  Punts   Kickoffs  Intercept
All Returns     No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg
---------------------------------------------
Shelton, T       0   0  0  4 205 68  0   0  0
Oyeyemi, A       0   0  0  1   5  5  0   0  0
Haley, J         0   0  0  1   6  6  0   0  0
Page, C          0   0  0  3  24 19  0   0  0
Totals...        0   0  0  9 240 68  0   0  0

Field goal attempts
----------------------------------------
Brownell, J     1st 13:03  27 yds - Good

Kickoffs         No.  Yds  TB  OB   Avg
---------------------------------------
Brownell, J        3  176   0   0  58.7



FUMBLES: Clemson-Chancellor, D 1-1; Harris, L 1-1; 
Diomande, A 1-0. Temple-Brown, T 1-1; Charlton, V 1-0.

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