Clemson only needed two plays and 26 seconds to score its first touchdown of the season. The score came on a 33 yard touchdown pass from Tajh Boyd to Sammy Watkins. It was an impressive start to Watkins freshman season. The score puts him in the record books as the player to score the quickest in his career. 26 seconds in will be hard to beat. Terry Allen previously held the mark for his score with a little over eight minutes left in the first quarter when he first scored.
After the hot start the Clemson offense went three and out on its next two possessions. The Tigers picked up three points on the third possession that started on the Troy 21 after the Trojans muffed a punt. Chandlar Catanzaro nailed a 46 yarder to give the Tigers a 10-0 lead.
The Trojans answered on their next possession going 80 yards on 13 plays scoring on a touchdown run by Shawn Southward. They missed the extra point making the score 10-6 with 4:24 left in the quarter.
The Clemson offense continued to sputter going three and out for a third possession but the defense got them the ball back fast when Jonathan Meeks recovered a fumble on the Troy 37.
The Tigers offense again sputtered though, moving just eight yards on three plays. Cantanzaro nailed another 46 yarder to give Clemson a 13-6 lead with :20 left in the quarter.
SCORE AFTER 1st QUARTER: Clemson 13, Troy 6