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    Death Valley has seen better nights. In the rain, nothing worked on offense gaining a total of 267 yards while the run defense sure looked suspect giving up 206 yards to the Buffaloes. Colorado dominated the line of scrimmage and took control of the game. The news does not get better as starting QB Tajh Boyd went down early in the second quarter with a broken collarbone that will keep him out about 8 weeks. This week, Clemson gets a nice tune up and bounce back game against Ball State with Sophomore Cole Stoudt replacing the injured Boyd before they have to travel to Happy Valley for a major showdown with the Nittany Lions in their final game before conference play kicks off.
     
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    Sophomore QB Cole Stoudt lights up the Ball State defense for 433 total yards and six scores. The kid filled in quite well for the injured Boyd who looks to be out until late in the season. Stoudt hit 15 of is 19 passes for 330 yards and 3 scores while gaining 103 yards on 10 rushing attempts with the highlight being a 65 yard scamper for six early in the third quarter to put an exclamation point on his night. Andre Ellington and Sammy Watkins also had a good day racking up 95 yards on 14 rushing attempts with a score and 141 yards receiving on 4 catches with a 77 yard receiving TD respectively. The defense did its part as well limiting the Ball State offense to 238 yards total with only 10 rushing yards on 17 attempts while causing three turnovers. The offense found some life against an inferior opponent and with, the Tigers heading to Happy Valley this Saturday, we will learn a little more about their season and conference outlook with Stoudt at the helm.
     
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    quote="franko05, post: 1033232, member: 2546"]Sophomore QB Cole Stoudt lights up the Ball State defense for 433 total yards and six scores. The kid filled in quite well for the injured Boyd who looks to be out until late in the season. Stoudt hit 15 of is 19 passes for 330 yards and 3 scores while gaining 103 yards on 10 rushing attempts with the highlight being a 65 yard scamper for six early in the third quarter to put an exclamation point on his night. Andre Ellington and Sammy Watkins also had a good day racking up 95 yards on 14 rushing attempts with a score and 141 yards receiving on 4 catches with a 77 yard receiving TD respectively. The defense did its part as well limiting the Ball State offense to 238 yards total with only 10 rushing yards on 17 attempts while causing three turnovers. The offense found some life against an inferior opponent and with, the Tigers heading to Happy Valley this Saturday, we will learn a little more about their season and conference outlook with Stoudt at the helm.[/quote]
     
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    thanks lil down time here at work today
     
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    PERHAPS A LIL LATE FOR A SEASON OUTLOOK BUT I FOUND ONE:

    The Clemson Tigers were steam rolling through the ACC last season with their 8-0 start, but the Tigers dropped four of their last six games, including 33-70 blowout loss to West Virginia in the BCS Orange Bowl. The Tigers need to get back on track and find the magic that they had at the first two-thirds of the 2011 season.
    The Tigers will look to defend their ACC Title with 14 starters and 48 lettermen returning. Their offense is loaded with talent, but their defense needs some serious tweaking if they want to come out of the ACC with the crown once again.
    Offense
    The Tigers featured the most explosive offense in the ACC a year ago. They averaged 33.6 points and 441 total yards per game last season. 2012 should be another special year for them offensively as they have seven starters returning, including all of their best players.
    Junior QB Tajh Boyd is back after earning first-team All-ACC honors last year. He was phenomenal, posting monster numbers all year long. True freshman Chad Kelly is one of the most highly-touted quarterbacks in the country and is expected to be the QB of the future at Clemson.
    Senior Andre Ellington earned second-team All-ACC honors and will return at running back this year. This backfield is loaded with great depth and talent as sophomores Mike Bellamy and DJ Howard both return.
    Clemson boasts one of the best receiving corps in the country thanks to excellent play by first-team All-American Sammy Watkins, junior DeAndre Hopkins and senior Jaron Brown.
    They do lose three starters on the offensive line, which gives the team some concern. This unit played exceptionally well last year and it is hard to imagine them duplicating that success, especially since only two starters return to their unit.
    Defense
    The Clemson defense was quite suspect last year. They surrendered 29.3 points and 394 total yards/game last year, but they do return seven starters, including six of their top eight tacklers. So an improvement could very well happen.
    The defensive line will be the biggest question mark heading into 2012. They lose second-team All-American Andre Branch, first-team All-ACC NG Brandon Thompson, and DT Rennie Moore. Their only returning starter is senior DE Malliciah Goodman. Clemson is expected to start three sophomores up front this season so a drop-off in production is almost a given.
    The Tigers should have one of the best linebacker corps in the ACC. They have so much talent and depth that returning starters Quandon Christian and Jonathan Willard are both expected to back up sophomores SLB Tony Steward and senior WLB Corico Hawkins, respectively. Sophomre Stephone Anthony could be the best of the bunch.
    The secondary returns seven players from last year, so an improvement is expected in the pass defense. Senior SS Rashard Hall is the best of the bunch after leading the team in tackles last season. Senior FS Xavier Brewer and sophomore CB Bashaud Breeland are solid as well.
    ACC Atlantic Division Prediction - 2nd Place
    The Tigers may very well be the second-best team in the ACC, but the problem is that they share the same division as the loaded Florida State Seminoles. They will continue to find success on the offensive side of the ball, and their defensive back seven is excellent as well. But the big concern here is that they lose key players in the offensive and defensive lines, and they must face FSU on the road. They also have a tougher schedule than FSU as they face Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech as well. It will be extremely tough for Clemson to repeat as Atlantic Division champs in 2012.


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    "Sick to my stomach" That is how true sophomore Cole Stoudt summed up the loss in Happy Valley at the post game press conference. "We had it." "Those two pick sixes are the difference in the game. It's why we lost. I'm sorry Tiger fans. That's on me, but I promise I will do everything I can going forward to lead this team to greatness. This failure will lead to success." Not quite "The promise" from that guy that used to play at Florida (that guy did have a little more practice speaking), but it sure resonates with the same force in Death Valley. The Tigers played a really good game and should feel good about the chances they had to pull out a victory. Sure Stoudt had two pick sixes but one of them looked awfully familiar to Steelers fans and the other was just a blind step and throw on a slant route to his outside receiver that was jumped by the corner. They would be about the two most unfortunate picks you will see in a season. Stoudt showed that the future is bright going 15/21 for 244 with a touch and two picks while gaining 84 yards on 10 carries. Sammy Watkins had 4 catches for 91 yards before going out late in the fourth with a concussion. With all that said Clemson had an opportunity with 48 seconds left in the game to take the lead before failing on fourth down. "Heartbreak" is how Watkins described it. Well, Sammy you better mend quickly because next week you head to Tallahassee for a huge ACC opener with division title and possibly conference title implications against those hated 'Noles of Florida State.
     
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    Boyd and Ellington...No, No, No STOUDT and BELLAMY are the stars on campus.
    The Tigers finally looked like the team they were expected to be coming into this season. By halftime, the outcome had been decided as Clemson had built a 35-0 lead with an offensive onslaught not many saw coming. The Tigers played fiery and intense just engulfing any opportunity the Noles had. It sure looked like the Tigers played mad and were taking it out on their rivals. Stoudt put on a clinic and the defense smoothered Florida State's offense holding them to a total of 142 yards. After the game, Stoudt had a few words, "This was a statement game. We had blundered games early this season and people were beginning to think we were overrated and we wanted to eliminate any doubt about that." Well, that they did Stoudt performed brilliantly again with a statline of 16/22 for 266 and 3 touches through the air with 57 yards on the ground and 2 rushing TDs. Mike Bellamy another super soph stepped up after Ellington went down in the first half to be the second star of the night. Bellamy had 127 yards rushing on 16 attempts with a touch proving that the backfield in Clemson is absolutely loaded. Sammy Watkins chipped in with 134 yards receiving on 6 receptions with 2 touches. Defenses in the ACC are now petitioning to be allowed to play with 12. The Tigers head to Boston College next week.
     
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    On a side note Bellamy will be signing autographs outside the football facilities tomorrow afternoon just like the one posted above.
     
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    Know that these will be prized possessions as Andre Ellington is now out for the next four weeks with an elbow injury.
     
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    The score may be a little deceiving as this was a 21-7 ball game going into the fourth until three BC turnovers made it a rout. The game was underwhelming perhaps with Clemson just cruising a bit after the dominating performance against the rival Noles the week before. Stoudt and Bellamy both gave fine performances, but the shining star was Sammy Watkins who had 100 yards on 5 receptions with 3 TDs. By far this was Watkins best game of the year and earned him player of the game status in the post game wrap up. Stoudt was very efficient going 15/19 for 208 yards with 4 scores proving once more that the team is in very good hands while Boyd recovers from his injury. Also, of no concern is the fact that Andre Ellington is out with an injury as Mike Bellamy ran for 162 yards on 27 carries and a touchdown. The Tigers handled business and was fortunate enough to capitalize on some fourth quarter turnovers to make the game look more like a rout than it actually was. The defense did a great job of limiting opportunities for the Eagles as they only gained 253 yards on offense and did have four turnovers in the game. Clemson has showed its might on the road the last two weeks, but now they return to the craziness that is Death Valley welcoming The Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech.
     
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    Ugly Slugfest in Death Valley

    This game was tough to watch and is difficult to write about. That is due to the fact that nothing really happenend in this game. This was one of the most frustrating games a coach could watch as neither team was able to execute. Fans were not sure if they were watching a Division I game or not. Stoudt had a very mild game going 14/22 for 172 and a TD. Bellamy struggled to 91 yards on 25 carries and Watkins did crack 100 yards receiving with 7 catches for 103 and the lone TD from Stoudt. That was the entire offense for Clemson and Ga Tech was about the same. The main difference was 5 turnovers by the Yellowjackets most notably the game changer in the third quarter, the 69 yard pick six by FS Carlton Lewis. After the two point conversion by Stoudt the game was tied at 14 and three fumbles in the fourth allowed the Tigers to survive and eek out a win. Next week is a bye that will allow the Tigers a chance to refocus and fix some of the issues that were prevelant this week in preparation for when the Hokies come to town in two weeks.
     

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