Clemson started with a bang, then sputtered, then closed strong in a 43-19 win over Troy in its season opener Saturday afternoon at Death Valley. The Tigers scored in two plays on their first possession to jump out to an early 7-0 lead but the offense struggled for the rest of the half. Troy erased the early 10-0 lead and went into the locker room at halftime with a 16-13 lead. Many of the Tiger fans were booing as Clemson left the field at the break.
Midway through the third quarter Clemson won its fans back over. Tajh Boyd hit Dwayne Allen on a 54 yard touchdown pass on a third and five to give the Tigers the lead back with 7:01 left in the quarter. Boyd, who had been struggling to that point, proceeded to complete his next 13 passes as the Tigers pulled away and coasted to an easy win over the Trojans.
Note: Clemson played 70 players Saturday. 24 of those were freshman. That is the most freshmen to play in a game in school history.