Death Valley had a different type of feel about it during today’s 58-21 Clemson win over Presbyterian. Memorial Stadium was filled with many fans wearing both PC and Clemson memorabilia, excited to see the schools’ first meeting since 1957.
Clemson jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead in the first quarter, scoring after blocking a PC punt and forcing a fumble, both of which were deep in PC territory. Kyle Parker had an 8 yard passing TD to Jaron Jones, and Andre Ellington added a 3 yard rushing TD of his own. Backup QB Tajh Boyd recorded his first career rushing TD late in the quarter, and looked confident on the field. Clemson showed their depth in the 1st quarter, with 57 different players seeing the field.
The Blue Hose stopped Clemson deep in their own territory in the 2nd quarter only to commit three penalties on the ensuing punt, relinquishing the ball immediately back to the Tigers. Parker responded with his second TD pass of the game, this one caught by TE Dwayne Allen. Boyd returned on the next drive, completing his first TD pass of his young career to DeAndre Hopkins. The Tigers ended the quarter with another TD pass from Boyd to Daniel Barnes, putting Clemson up 42-0 at the break.
The 3rd quarter was much of the same, with lots of players seeing the field. Hot Rod scored his first career TD for Clemson on a 2 yd run, and Chandler Catanzaro added a 47 yd FG to put the Tigers up 52-0 midway through the quarter. PC got into the scoring action late in the 3rd, with QB Brandon Miley connecting with Michael Ruff for a 4 yd TD.
The 4th quarter saw two more scores by PC, with Michael Ruff catching his second TD of the game, this time from QB Myron Gary from 20 yards out. Clemson responded with another career first TD, with QB Donny McElveen getting his Rudy moment throwing a TD pass to Kasey Nobles. The Blue Hose tacked on one final score with 21 seconds to play, with Lance Byrd running the ball into the end zone, making the final tally 58-21 in favor of Clemson.
Today’s game was all about gaining experience for both teams, with each team playing a majority of their players. Clemson was one of the only ACC teams that played well today, with FSU, VT, Miami, and GT all losing.
Clemson will travel to Auburn next week for a Tiger showdown, and PC travels to Charleston to face The Citadel.