By Gray Gardner.
The Clemson Tigers seemed to be functioning on all cylinders Saturday afternoon defeating Presbyterian 58-21.
The Tigers started off early by forcing the Blue Hose to punt on their first possession. The punt was blocked by Kourtnei Brown and recovered by Brandon Clear to the Presbyterian 11 yard line. Kyle Parker then connected to Jaron Brown on an 8-yard pass for a touchdown.
In the Tigers’ next possession, Parker hooked up with Dwayne Allen on a 47-yard reception to set up a 3-yard touchdown run for Andre Ellington.
The defense continued to show dominance in shutting down the Blue Hose offense. Later in the first quarter, Malliciah Goodman forced a fumble from Presbyterian running back Lance Byrd that was recovered by Kourtnei Brown. Tajh Boyd entered in the ensuing series, completing a pass for 24-yards to Bryce McNeal. Boyd finished the drive with a 6-yard rushing touchdown, the first of his career. At the end of the first quarter Clemson had played 57 players, holding a 21-0 lead.
Parker started the second quarter at quarterback, connecting with Brandon Clear who made an incredible catch for a 29-yard completion. Parker then hit Dwayne Allen in the endzone for a 19-yard touchdown pass.
On the ensuing kickoff, Malliciah Goodman caused his second fumble of the game which was recovered by Spencer Shuey for 13 yards at the Blue Hose 15. Tajh Boyd then accomplished another first by completing a 9-yard pass to DeAndre Hopkins for a touchdown. The completion also marked Hopkins’ first career touchdown.
From there, runningbacks Daniel Barnes and Roderick McDowell took over, rushing for over 150 yards combined. Chandler Catanzaro also hit on his first career field goal attempt from 47 yards out.
We’ll have more post game interviews and analysis up shortly.