SCSTATE 0 7 0 6 13
CLEMSON 17 21 7 7 52
Date of game: 9/7/2013

Recap: Clemson vs. SC State

Clemson, SC (Sports Network) - Martin Jenkins and Darius Robinson each returned interceptions for touchdowns, leading fourth-ranked Clemson to a 52-13 rout of South Carolina State.

There could have been somewhat of a letdown for the Tigers (2-0) after their thrilling 38-35 season-opening win against Georgia, but Clemson received a strong defensive effort and a solid game from quarterback Tajh Boyd as well as backup Cole Stoudt.

The Tigers racked up 512 yards of total offense while running 95 plays, while holding South Carolina State to 241 yards.

"Today was a great day to develop the entire team," Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said. "I thought we had good focus where everyone played well and did their job."

Boyd completed 14-of-23 passes for 169 yards and added a touchdown on the ground as Clemson built a 38-7 halftime cushion. Stoudt got plenty of playing time and missed only one of his 20 passes for 143 yards with a trio of touchdowns.

"I believe Cole can be a starter at any place in the ACC," Boyd said of his backup. "I think he proved that today."

Richard Cue threw for 84 yards with a score and the two picks for South Carolina State (0-2) of the MEAC. Tyler McDonald racked up 138 yards on four receptions, including touchdowns of 63 and 51 yards in defeat.

Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 38-yard field goal on Clemson's first series, which was aided by a fourth-down conversion, and Justin Taylor fumbled on South Carolina State's initial series. The Tigers again tried on fourth down inside the SC State 15 and came up short, but got the ball back after a punt and went 57 yards for a touchdown.

Boyd converted a 3rd-and-8 with an 18-yard pass to Charone Peake, then leapt over the pile from a yard away for the touchdown and a 10-0 lead. Clemson's defense extended the advantage on the first play after the kickoff, as Jenkins picked off Cue and raced 52 yards for a touchdown.

Robinson then intercepted Cue early in the second quarter and took it back 35 yards for a 24-0 advantage, but Tyler McDonald burned the Clemson secondary on the next South Carolina State possession when he hauled in a Cue crossing pass and raced 63 yards to the end zone.

Stoudt took over behind center for Boyd on Clemson's next series and threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Peake for a 31-7 lead.

Boyd directed the next Clemson series, a 9-play, 77-yard trek that ended with a 19-yard run by D.J. Howard. Stoudt again took over in the second half and threw scoring passes of 17 and 26 yards to Germone Hopper to make it 52-7.

McDonald scored on a 51-yard TD pass from TeDarrius Wiley for the final margin.

Game Notes

Clemson is off until the Sept. 19 ACC opener at NC State ... Redshirt freshmen Chad Kelly and Nick Schuessler also saw action at quarterback for Clemson, going 3-of-8 for 17 yards ... C.J. Davidson led Clemson with 63 rushing yards ... Cue finished 7-of-18 passing and was sacked three times.

Two Payton Award winners on Hall of Fame ballot

Former Walter Payton Award winners Archie Amerson and Michael Payton are among the FCS players eligible for induction into the 2015 class of the College Football Hall of Fame, announced Wednesday.

NASCAR News
The Inside Line: NASCAR's elite eight move on

The Eliminator Round in the new Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins this weekend at Martinsville Speedway, with the playoff field now trimmed to eight drivers.

Polian, Wolf named Pro Football HOF finalists

Former NFL general managers Bill Polian and Ron Wolf have been selected as finalists for the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame class under the newly-created contributors category.

Thunder exercise options on Lamb, Adams, Roberson, and Jones

The Oklahoma City Thunder exercised club options on guard Jeremy Lamb, center Steven Adams and forwards Andre Roberson and Perry Jones on Tuesday.

Wild, Coyle agree to 5-year extension

The Minnesota Wild moved to lock up another of their young core on Wednesday, agreeing to terms with center Charlie Coyle on a five-year contract extension.

Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.