Clemson struck lightening fast in its season opening 37-14 win over Middle Tennessee at Death Valley Saturday night. Heisman Trophy candidate CJ Spiller took the opening kickoff back 96 yards for a touchdown to give the Tigers the quick lead. Spiller saw limited work with the offense getting just four carries for 12 yards after injuring his toe in the first half. He didn’t play in the second half. CJ Spiller (3:10)
Not to be outdone by Spiller, Tiger receiver Jacoby Ford took a punt back 61 yards for a second quarter touchdown. That play helped Ford get back into the good graces of the fans and the coaching staff after he dropped some passes early in the game. Ford also caught a 43 yard touchdown pass from Kyle Parker in the 2nd quarter as the Tigers built a 30-7 halftime lead. Jacoby Ford (2:47)
Parker had a second touchdown pass in the third quarter, this one a 33 yarder to Marquan Jones. In his first college football game, Parker was 9-20 for 159 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a net of 25 yards on seven carries. Kyle Parker (2:18)
The Tigers had 361 yards of offense on the night, 202 on the ground. Jamie Harper led all rushers with 75 yards while Andre Ellington added 72. The Tigers also had 279 return yards. Offensive coordinator Billy Napier felt good about the offensive performance. Billy Napier (4:35)
The Clemson defense allowed 299 yards, 207 thru the air. Blue Raider quarterback Dwight Dasher was 20-42 for 204 yards and one touchdown, but he was intercepted three times and sacked three times. Dasher also was the team’s leading rusher with 61 yards. Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele was generally pleased with the performance. Kevin Steele (2:53)
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney addressed the media following the game. Dabo Swinney (17:25)
The Tigers did not suffer any major injuries in the game. They will play at Georgia Tech Thursday night on ESPN. Kickoff will be at 7:45.