Here is a recap of the first quarter:
Clemson took the opening drive and moved the ball pretty well. The Tigers mixed in a few nice runs by Jamie Harper and a couple of passes to Dwayne Allen and Nuke Hopkins to move the ball the South Florida 28 yard line. The drive stalled there and place kicker Chandler Catanzaro missed a 46 yard field goal and the Tigers came away with nothing.
South Florida’s first offensive possession didn’t last long as Byron Maxwell intercepted a pass on the USF 35.
The Tigers moved the ball all the way down to the ten yard line before they had to settle for a 27 yard field goal. Catanzaro converted this time to give Clemson a 3-0 lead with 5:30 left in the quarter.
Drive summary 7-25-3:16, 3-0 Clemson
Tajh Boyd entered that game on the Tigers third possession of the quarter and the offense went three-and-out.
The Bulls take the next possession and march it right down the field. They were helped by a silly personal foul by Xavier Brewer and blown coverage on a 25 yard touchdown pass to a wide open Demetris Murray.
5-82-2:25, 7-3 USF
Parker returned to quarterback and made a huge mistake, throwing across his body and all the way across the field on first down leading a a interception that was returned 45 yards the Clemson 10.