November 23, 2014

SportsTalk at the Stadium: Clemson turns attention to USC (VIDEO)

It was Military Appreciation Day at Death Valley Saturday.

It was Military Appreciation Day at Death Valley Saturday.

Clemson got a final tune up against Georgia State Saturday. They passed the easy test. Now all of our attention turns to the big game next week.  Who will start at quarterback for Clemson? What is the Tigers mindset going into the matchup with the Gamecocks? What did Dabo Swinney have to say about USC? We tackle these questions and more in our SportsTalk at the Stadium from Death Valley. [Read more…]

Clemson gets its confidence builder in win over Georgia State (AUDIO)

Tyshon Dye rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns Saturday.

Tyshon Dye rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns Saturday.

Clemson got a little of its mojo back Saturday with a tidy 28-0 win over outmatched Georgia State Saturday afternoon at Death Valley.  No one is going to throw a parade for beating a 1-9 Panthers team, but after what happened last week, and with what is coming up next week, this was important.

All eyes were on Cole Stoudt, at least when they weren’t on injured quarterback Deshaun Watson riding the stationary bike on the sideline off and on during the game. Stoudt’s confidence has been in the dumps lately. He responded with a solid effort. The fifth year senior completed 19 of his 29 passes for 132 yards and one touchdown. He threw an interception in the first half on a ball that should have been caught. Dabo Swinney and Chad Morris both were complimentary of the performance. They still don’t know if Stoudt will have to start next week against South Carolina, but if he does they feel better about it than they did a week ago.

As for Watson’s status; it’s still day-to-day. Swinney said they have to see something on Monday to make a determination on how much, if any, the freshman start will play against the Gamecocks. Swinney said Tuesday and Wednesday are the big practice days and ideally they will have whoever is starting getting reps those days. He declined to venture a guess if he thinks Watson will be ready.

Listen to Dabo Swinney,  Chad Morris and Cole Soutdt talk to reporters after the game:

AUDIO: Dabo Swinney post Georgia State

AUDIO: Chad Morris post Gerogia State

AUDIO: Cole Stoudt post Georgia State

Swinney quote of the night:

On losing streak to USC:

“We don’t have to say anything about it because everywhere we go, people remind us. Grocery store, church, everywhere.”

Mike Williams caught seven passes for 87 yards and a touchdown.

Mike Williams caught seven passes for 87 yards and a touchdown.

Other notes of note:

  •  Tyshon Dye got a lot of reps at running back and he made the most of them. Dye finished with 124 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. He averaged just over six yards per carry. Swinney said they wanted to see what Dye could do now that he is finally healthy.
  • Dye is just the second running back to rush for more than 100 yards this season for the Tigers.
  • Vic Beasley recorded his 30th career sack in the second half.
  • Clemson picked up its second shutout of the season, N.C. State was the other. It is the first time since 1998 the Tigers have had two shutouts in the same season.
  • Ammon Lakip missed a 39 yard field goal in the second half. That was his first miss after making 13 straight.
  • A total of 67 players saw action for Clemson

Quarter recaps and final stats:

1st quarter recap

2nd quarter recap

3rd quarter recap

4th quarter recap

FINAL STATS

Dabo Swinney makes it pretty clear that he’s not interested in the Florida job (AUDIO)

Dabo Swinney responded to the Florida rumors again.

Dabo Swinney responded to the Florida rumors again.

Coaching search rumors in the era of social media, you’ve got to love them. Or not. Dabo Swinney’s job has been floating around the interwebs this week as a potential replacement to Will Muschamp at Florida. Swinney was asked about this Wednesday and gave a short response; he was asked again Saturday and pontificated a bit more. It was actually one of the better answers I’ve heard a coach give to the often coaching rumor question. You can listen to the audio of his answer below. [Read more…]

Clemson hoops bounces back with win over Nevada

Brad Brownell and the Tigers dropped a tough one Friday afternoon.

Brad Brownell

A thorough first-half effort propelled Clemson to its second win of the season, a 59-50 victory over Nevada in the consolation bracket of the Paradise Jam. The Tigers moved to 2-2 overall with the win, while Nevada fell to 2-2 in the loss. The Tigers await the winner of LSU and Weber State and next play Monday, Nov. 24 at 4 p.m. ET.

Jaron Blossomgame posted 13 points and six rebounds to lead the Tigers to the bounce-back victory Saturday, less than 24 hours after a gut-wrenching defeat to Gardner-Webb. He was 5-for-8 from the floor and one of two Tigers in double figures, along with Landry Nnoko (10). Nevada was led by Tyron Criswell and D.J. Fenner with 11 points apiece.

The opening 20 minutes were Clemson’s best of the young season. Trailing 11-10, the Tigers rattled off a 16-0 run that took less than four minutes off the clock. Clemson went on to a 39-24 lead at halftime after a 56 percent shooting clip. Nnoko had nine of his 10 in the opening frame.

Nevada went to a zone most of the second half and the Tigers struggled to adjust, making just five of 17 shot attempts to go along with 10 turnovers. Clemson finished with just seven assists and 14 turnovers. But with Clemson’s once 20-point advantage whittled down to eight, the Tigers held the Wolf Pack without a field goal for nearly five minutes until Criswell’s long ball with 17 ticks left.

Clemson-Georgia State 4th quarter recap: Tigers cap the shutout

Here is the fourth quarter recap of Clemson-Georgia State from Death Valley:

Clemson started the quarter facing 2nd-10 on the Georgia State 44.  The Tigers failed to convert on 4th down when Stoudt was sacked. He took a hard shot and got up favoring is left shoulder.

Georgia State went three and out on its ensuing possession and punted.

Stoudt was able to return on the Tigers next passion when started on their own 28.The Tigers moved the the Panthers 22 and settled for a 39 yard field goal attempt. Lakip missed, his first miss in 13 tries.

Georgia State took over on its own 22. Once again the Clemson defense shut the Panthers down.  Three plays later Georgia State was punting.

Clemson took over on its own 33. Nick Schuessler came in at quarterback.  The Tigers didn’t pick up a first down and punted three plays later.

Georgia State took over on its own 32.  Continuing the trend, the Panthers punted three plays later.

Clemson took over on the Georgia State 47 after the punt return by Daniel Rodriguez. The Tigers killed some clock before they turned it over on downs at the Georgia State 9 yard line with :29 left.

Georgia State ran out the clock from there.

FINAL SCORE: Clemson 28-0