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The Clemson Tigers
Game 1 - Clemson vs. MTSU
Clemson routs Blue Raiders, Spiller shines
Many doubts have surrounded this Clemson football team, and many critics wondered how Kyle Parker would adjust to a starting role in his first college action ever. Last night, however, Parker didn't need to do too much. C.J. Spiller justified his status as a darkhorse Heisman candidate, torching the Blue Raiders defense for just over 300 yards rushing while allowing Parker to rack up 3 passing TDs, as the Clemson offensive line showed excellent effort all game long. "We felt great, like we're becoming more of a unit, getting some of that cohesiveness that Coach Scott always tries to teach us," said junior tackle Chris Hairston, "And it definitely helped us tremendously to have a guy like C.J. do some of the things he's capable of.While the offense certainly looked potent, many doubts still linger. Middle Tennessee State is a far more inferior team than the Tigers, and now they must prepare for a loaded Georgia Tech team on Sept. 10, just five days later. While Tech will certainly be a favorite playing in Bobby Dodd Stadium, there's no doubt these Tigers will be expecting a victory.
Game 2 - Clemson at Georgia Tech
Tigers upset #14 Yellow Jackets on road, grab first ACC Victory
The Georgia Tech-Clemson series has long been an underrated rivalry in the south, and it has recently produced some of the tightest games in the series' history. Neither team disappointed Saturday, as Clemson outlasted the #14 team in the country 31-24 on Thursday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium. C.J. Spiller accounted for 122 yards on 31 carries in the running game, pounding in 3 TDs on the ground while also catching a 69 yard TD pass late in the 4th quarter to seal the deal. Tech trailed 24-7 late in the third quarter, before rallying to within a touchdown in the fourth quarter, only to have the Tigers squeeze out one more big play to put them over the top. Georgia Tech's signature option was surprisingly pedestrian, racking up 106 yards rushing and one score between All-ACC tailback Johnathan Dwyer and quarterback Josh Nesbitt. The win puts the Tigers at 2-0 (1-0 ACC) and provides them with a chance to rest for 9 days- before the hated Boston College Eagles come to town on the 19th. As for Tech, they'll be traveling to Miami next Thursday in a crucial game for the Coastal Division standings.
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Clemson Routes Wake Forest, 47- 0
After losing a close contest to Maryland, coach Dabo Swinney publicly stated that his upcoming matchup with Wake Forest would be a crucial one for these Tigers. For the past two weeks, the local media had focused its attention on the offensive woes of the previous game. Many "insiders" wondered if this showing was a sign of things to come. From the outset, the Tiger offense responded to those questions in resounding fashion. Using a mix of power running and precision passing, the Clemson Tigers torched the Demon Deacons on the ground and through the air. Sophmore QB Willy Korn completed 10-16 passes for 261 yards and 3 TDs. The running game was buoyed by All American C.J. Spiller, who ran for 197 yards. The heir apparent to Spiller's throne, Sophmore RB Jamie Harper, added 72 yards on the ground in mop-up duty. Although the win was big, the Deacons did leave their mark on Clemson. All ACC WR Jacoby Ford will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a leg injury. This places the main receiving duties on a group of inexperienced WRs. Only time will tell if they are ready for the challenge.
Clemson lost. Wah. Since history is made by the conqueror, Ill let Castor Troy handle the recap.
CLEMSON 62 - ARKANSAS STATE 7
Last week, Clemson had an extremely difficult time passing the ball with any success in the absence of Jacoby Ford. This week, Clemson all but abandoned the pass. Sophomore QB Willy Korn was used sparingly. He finished 7/9 for 97 yards and 1 TD. Without a serious passing game, the Tigers went to CJ Spiller early and often. In return, he gave the Tiger faithful a game to remember. Spiller rushed for a Clemson record 394 yards on 31 carries. In addition, he also reached paydirt 5 times. Although the crowd clearly wanted Spiller to break the NCAA record for rushing yards in a single game, coach Swinney subbed in Jamie Harper mid-way through the 3rd quarter. Harper also responded with a big game- rushing for 131 yards on 19 carries. Although Clemson has 2 losses on the season, CJ Spiller remains a fixture in the national spotlight. With the loss of Jacoby Ford, he will need to continue his streak of dominance against the Florida State Seminole defense next week. Should he able to accomplish this, the Heisman presentation may be all but a formality.
These might be the best game recaps on the site....your Clemson cheerleaders hanging on the rock are smokin hot...nice!
And on that note let me tell anyone that will listen that I've been to just about every ACC town several times on business, especially Raleigh, Winston Salem, Miami, Tallahassee,and Greenville (Clemson). The chicks in Greenville are hands down the hottest out there (in ACC country anyway)...just my opinion.
U LUCKY DOG! Im stuck up here in Minneapolis, where girls wear coats for about 8 months out of the year. Ive been to Raleigh and the girls there were unbelievable! Now, if the Clemson girls are hotter than the NC State girls, I might have to find me my own little piece of heaven down in South Carolina!
Result: FSU 30 - CLEMSON 23
Bowden owns the Tigers (again). See LBFitted's page for a complete recap.
RIVALRY GAME (TEXTILE BOWL)
Clemson's Defense Too Much for Wolfpack, Tigers win Textile Bowl 31-0
At the beginning of the season, most ACC beat writers circled the week 11 match-up of NC State and Clemson as one that could decide the outcome of the conference. Fast forward 3 months, and things couldn't be different. NC State, with only 5 wins, is near the bottom of the conference and needs to win another game to become bowl eligible. Clemson started the season strong, but has lost 3 of its last 4 ACC games.
From the outset of this game, it was apparent that neither team would be able to muster up much in terms of offense. Preseason All-ACC QB Russell Wilson threw an interception which was returned for a Clemson TD on the Wolfpack's first offensive drive. In all, Wilson turned the ball over 3 times (2 INTs - 1 Fumble) and finished 10-24 for 104 yards. On the Clemson side of the ball, Wily Korn didnt fare too much better. Rattled (6 sacks), Korn made bad decisions all game. Korn was 13-26 for 167 yards with 1 TD and 3 INTs. Luckily for Korn and the Clemson faithful, the defense had a fantastic game. The defense held RB Toney Baker in check on the ground and placed relentless pressure on QB Wilson. Clemson needed a rebound after its loss to FSU, and the defense provided all that Clemson needed (and then some) to emerge victorious.
Despite winning against the rival Wolfpack, not all is well in Tiger country. Heisman hopeful CJ Spiller sustained an abdominal injury in the second quarter and his status for next weeks game is unknown. Also injured in the game was Sophomore sensation DE Daquan Bowers, who will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a pulled groin. On a positive note, All-ACC Jacoby Ford returned to the field after missing a month, and led Clemson in receiving with 8 receptions for 110 yards and a score.
Next week Clemson plays host to Virginia on Senior Day in Death Valley.
WEEK 12 (SENIOR DAY)
TIGER OFFENSE LETS LOOSE A MIGHTY ROAR ON SENIOR DAY, THUMPS VIRGINIA 73-20
Any Clemson fan could tell you that not even the best psychic can predict which Clemson team will show up to the game on a weekly basis. After all, this is the same Tiger team which had lost three conference games and suffered from inconsistent QB play throughout the course of the season. Despite these fatal flaws, the polls still placed Clemson on the periphery of national significance with a ranking of #25. Against this backdrop, the Virginia Cavaliers came to Death Valley to battle against the Tigers on Senior Day.
The game started off as an impromptu passing scrimmage, as both teams QBs moved the ball easily against the opposing team. The Cavalier play of the day occurred in the 2Q, when Senior QB Jameel Sewell hooked up with WR Dontrelle Inman on a flag route that went for 81 yards to cut the Clemson lead to 28-20. However, from this point on, the Tigers dominated Virginia in every facet of the game. Senior RB and All American candidate CJ Spiller had a huge game - carving up the Virginia defense to the tune of 200 yards and 3 scores on only 21 carries. His back up, Jamie Harper, was just as effective. In relief of Spiller, he ran for 118 yards and 2 TDs on 14 attempts. Although not as impressive as the running game, the Tiger faithful had to be pleased with the passing game. Maligned throughout the season, QB Willy Korn had a great game and finished 20-32 for 288 yards and 3 TDs. His main target, Senior WR Jacoby Ford, was dominant. He caught 10 balls for 146 yards and 2 scores. On the defensive side of the ball, senior DEs Ricky Sapp and Kevin Alexander both harrassed QB Sewell all game long and collected 3 sacks between the two lineman.
Next week in the final game of the regular season, Clemson travels across state to face its hated rival, the South Carolina Gamecocks.
WEEK 13 - BATTLE OF THE PALMETTO STATE
RESULT: Clemson Too Much For South Carolina, Win 62-0
(lost stats...suffice to say, it wasnt pretty!)
CHAMPS SPORTS BOWL
RESULT: Big Ten Continues Its Streak Of Bowl Ineptitude, Clemson 66 - Michigan 0
Make no mistake about it. Clemson did not want to play in the Champs Sports Bowl. When the bowl picture started coming into focus, Clemson even resorted to cheering for (gulp) Florida State to pick up an at-large in order for the Tigers to get bumped up to a more prestigious bowl. Unfortunately, FSU could not pull off the big win so the Tigers ended up in Orlando playing a Michigan team trying to erase its horrendous 2008 season.
The game did not start off good for the Tigers. With the offense driving down the field against the Michigan defense, QB Willy Korn threw an interception to halt the drive. Seriously, this seems like the 10th time this year this Korn has threw an interception on the opening drive. This would be the only miscue of the game for the Tigers as a whole. Aside from that interception, Korn dominated the Wolverine D. He finished 19/33 for 305 yards to along with 4 TDs. 3 of Korn's TD's went to senior WR Jacoby Ford, who had a HUGE game. He ended his Clemson career with a game to remember as he grabbed 10 receptions for 132 with 3 scores. Not to be outdone, CJ Spiller showed Michigan why he received the Doak Walker award as the nation's best HB. He ran around, in between, and through the Michigan D for 193 yards on a workman-like 32 carries. The future 1st round pick also had 2 scores. As impressive as the offense was, it was the defense that dropped jaws in Orlando. As a team, the Clemson defense tallied up an unbelievable 10 sacks. Equally impressive, Clemson picked off freshman QB Tate Forcier 6 times! Ricky Sapp added to his already impressive season with 4 sacks and 8 tackles for losses. Not to be outdone, junior DT Jarvis James sacked Forcier 3 times. CBs Marcus Gilchrist and Chris Chancellor each returned INTs for defensive TDs to add to Michigan's misery.
Clemson's season featured some close losses - all three defeats were by 7 points or less. This could have sent the Tigers reeling, but they stayed focused and closed out the season as hot as any team in America. In their last 2 games, they outscored their opponents 128-0! Even though they lose some key players from the offense and defense, Clemson hopes to build off this amazing finish to their season and challenge for the ACC crown in 2010.
YEAR 2 (2010)
RESULT: Clemson Survives Trip To TCF Bank Stadium, Downs Gophers 56-23
The 2010 football season for the Clemson Tigers at Minnesota. Although Clemson returned a number of starters from last year's squad, the atmosphere around campus has been tense. The root of this concern is easy to trace. For the first time in four years, Clemson will be without the services of CJ Spiller, RB extraordinaire. Spiller, who leaves as the school's all-time leading rusher, was without question the heart and soul of the Clemson Tigers. How would Clemson perform in his absence? Specifically, how would a Spiller-less offense perform? Although its impossible to accurately predict the future, Clemson fans have to feel good about the 2010 season after the Minnesota game.
Although most of the attention has centered around the Tiger offense, it was the defense that made plays early in the game. The defensive line applied constant pressure in the First Quarter and forced QB Adam Weber to make bad plays. Two of the first three Minnesota offensive drives ended in turnovers. To make matters worse, both turnovers were returned fr touchdowns giving Clemson a 14-0 advantage. When the offense did reach the field, it was effective. Junior RB Jamie Harper, now free from CJ Spiller's shadow, had a great game. He finished with 166 yards on 18 carries for a robust 8.6 ypc. His backup, Sophomore Andre Ellington, did his best Robin impersonation. Harper's sidekick ran for 90 yards on only 8 carries. Given the large lead, all 3 Clemson QBs played in the game. Kyle Parker, who received the lion's share of snaps from under center, finished 13/18 for 213 yards. The game also marked the homecoming for native Minnesotan Bryce McNeal. McNeal, who spurned the Gophers to play at Clemson, rubbed salt into Minnesota's wound by catching 8 balls for 127 yards and 2 TDs.
The win was an important first step for the Tigers. More important, no players were injured in this contest. Thats a good thing, because next week Clemson will have their hands full as Alabama comes to Death Valley.
RESULT: Instant Classic Goes Horribly Wrong, Clemson Loses A Nail Biter At Home
Well...I told myself I would provide game summaries even after losses this year. Apparently, I lied. I can't do it. Clemson was up 24-7 in the 3rd Quarter and ended up losing the game. Word is Sophomore QB Kyle Parker, who threw 5 interceptions, will no longer start for the Tigers. Yes, that right. 5. Inter. Ceptions. Yuk. Ill leave you with this, a snapshot of my feelings...
RESULT: BC "Superfans" Leave Stadium Early, Clemson In A Rout, 52 - 14.
Last week, all of Tiger Nation shed a tear after the heartbreaking loss to LSU. This week, it didnt get any easier for Clemson, as they traveled up the Eastern Seaboard to face rival Boston College.
Although both offenses started the game red hot, Clemson executed better than BC early on and built up a 17 point lead going into the 3rd quarter. As you may remember, this is the exact margin of lead that Clemson blew only 7 days earlier. After some choice words to his players in the locker room, Coach Dabo Swinney and the Tigers jumped on Boston College in the 3rd quarter and never looked back.
Junior QB Willy Korn, starting his first game of the year, had a fine showing. He carved up the Eagle secondary to the tune of 342 yards on 26 completions. His main target throughout the afternoon was Sophomore WR Bryce McNeal. McNeal, who caught 14 balls for 174 yards, has definitely stepped his game up this year. Could we be seeing the making of a star? Stay tuned...
Result: Syracuse Thumped By Clemson, 68-6
Clemson fans must feel as if they are on a rollercoaster during this 2010 season. Close losses against Maryland, Miami, and LSU have hurt the morale around campus. Maybe even worse, the Tigers were blown out by UNC. With the team at a low point, they inexplicably go on the road and defeat the #3 FSU Seminoles. On the heels of this major upset, the Tigers come back home to face the lowly Syracuse football team.
Not much positive to say here for Syracuse. They got murdered on the road. Clemson had their way with the Syracuse defense on the ground and through the air. Willy Korn, who seems likely to hold on to the starting QB job, had an error free afternoon. With virtually no pass rush, he was able sit back and wait for a receiver to find empty space. He finished 14/22 for 306 yards and 3 TDs. On the ground, Jamie Harper was dominant. Syracuse could do nothing to stop Harper, as he gashed the Syracuse defense for 290 yards on 28 carries. His backup, Andre Ellington, also had a phenomenal game. He ran for 201 yards on 19 carries.
*BATTLE OF THE PALMETTO STATE*
Result: Clemson Dominates in Second Half, Routes South Carolina 45-14 in Rivalry Game
In the latest version of this annual hatefest, South Carolina traveled to Death Valley to face the Tigers. Although this season has been a disappointment for the Gamecocks, the team looked to salvage their season with a win against Clemson. During the first half, it looked like the Cocks would pull off the upset. Willy Korn, who got the start for the Tigers, had a miserable game. During the first two drives Korn was 0/4 with 2 interceptions. Having seen enough, the Tigers turned to another turnover prone QB, Kyle Parker. Luckily for the Tigers, Parker was solid and made good decisions throughout the game. Regardless, Clemson was still in a dogfight with South Carolina at the beginning of the 3rd quarter with the score tied at 14-14. Clemson's defense then turned up the heat and made Stephen Garcia look like Kyle Parker (ouch). Garcia was sacked 13 times (not a typo) and had 5 picks. Senior CB Byron Maxwell, who had 1 int on the year, had a Clemson record 4 interceptions. Capitalizing off the turnovers, Clemson turned to HB Jamie Harper, who had 31 carries for 178 yards and 3 TDs.
Clemson ended the regular season on a high note and looks to carry that momentum into their bowl game.
Champs Sports Bowl
#24 Ohio State
Result: Season Of Regret For Both Team Gets A Little Better For Clemson, Beat The Buckeyes 48-13.
This was not supposed to happen. Clemson, coming of last year's 10-win season, was primed to take the next step forward in 2010 and challenge for the ACC crown. Unfortunately, the Tigers underachieved and found themselves back in the Champs Sports Bowl for the second consecutive year. This year, they faced an Ohio State team that many believed to the most talented team in the country, albeit a team with 4 losses.
This game started off very tight. Ohio State was up for much of the first half, as QB Willy Korn was unable to move the ball down the field. Having seen enough, Clemson made the switch to Kyle Parker. Parker, who many thought would make a run at post season honors this year, has been the biggest disappointment on the Tiger team this year with a 12/17 ratio. Fortune smiled on the Tigers today, as Parker has a career game. He finished 13/20 for 266 yards with a 5/0 ratio in a little over a half of play. His main target, Bryce McNeal, capped a brilliant season by catching 9 passes for 195 yards and 4 scores. Jamie Harper, the backbone of the Clemson offense, turned in another solid performance. He ran for 111 yards on 27 carries.
With the season over, Clemson looks to sign some quality players in the hopes of making a bid for the ACC crown in 2011.
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