It’s Game Day in Death Valley! Clemson opens the 2011 season against Troy Saturday afternoon.
Location: Memorial Stadium, Death Valley (81,500)
Kickoff: 3:30 PM
Announcers: Joe Davis, Warrick Dunn
2011 Record: Clemson 0-0 Troy 0-0
ACC Record: Clemson 0-0
Series History: First Meeting (Clemson 5-0 against Sun Belt Conference)
Last Meeting: Never
Clemson Strong in Openers
Clemson has won 21 of their last 27 season openers. This includes 8 of their last 12. The Tigers have lost three of their last nine openers, but all have been against Top 25 teams.
5 Straight Titles for Troy
The Trojans have won five straight Sun Belt titles. Troy is 32-5 in conference play the past five seasons. Over that time period Troy has outgained their opponents by an average of 93.6 yards per game.
Ellington is Back
Clemson running back Andre Ellington returns to the lineup for the Tigers. The junior is Clemson’s career leader in yards per carry with an average of 6.33 yards per carry. In two years Andre has 186 carries for 1177 yards and 14 touchdowns. C.J. Spiler is second to Ellington in yards per carry with 5.85 per rush.
Boyd Impressive in Camp
Red-shirt sophomore Tajh Boyd has been impressive in the August camp. In three scrimmages Boyd completed 28-41 passes for 68 percent with three touchdowns and only one interception.
Tajh threw two touchdowns in the final five minutes of the Meineke Car Care Bowl in December.
Saturday will be Boyd’s first start for the Tigers. Last season Tajh played in seven games.
2011 Schedule Toughest in the Nation
Clemson’s 2011 opponents were 104-55 last season for a .658 winning percentage. That is the highest winning percentage in the nation when considering 2010 winning percentages of 2011 opponents. Each of Clemson’s first five opponents won at least 8 games in 2010.
Clemson 41 Troy 17