Former Clemson great Charlie Whitehurst saw another of his Tiger records erased Saturday afternoon during the Orange and White Spring Game. And it wasn’t Tajh Boyd with the eraser.
Reserve quarterback Cole Stoudt passed for 304 yards and 4 touchdowns, the single greatest passing game in Clemson spring game history, but his White team still lost to the Orange team 34-26 before a Clemson spring game record crowd estimated at 30,000.
The Tigers ran 143 plays of mostly pitch and catch, with Stoudt posting the most eye-popping numbers of the five quarterbacks who played. He was 16-24 for 304 yards and 4 touchdowns with 1 interception. Stoudt had touchdown passes of 41 and 50 yards to Sammy Watkins, 75 yards to Stanton Seckinger and 51 yards to Adam Humphries. He did not play in the second half.
Boyd suited up but did not play. Stoudt and fellow reserve Chad Kelly were expected to get the bulk of the snaps as their battle for the backup job continued. But early in the game Kelly went down with a knee injury. Kelly took off on a scramble and wasn’t touched as his knee buckled. The early diagnosis on Kelly is a “possible torn ACL” and his condition will be updated Sunday.
Before his injury, Kelly completed 6 of 7 passes for 43 yards and a 16 yard pass to Charone Peake and he rushed 4 times for 23 yards.
The two offenses combined for 847 yards, 668 coming thru the air. Nick Schussler was 21-34 for 220 yards. He did not throw for a touchdown but he ran for a 35 yard score. And Donnie McElveen was 6-11 for 101 yards and 2 touchdowns, a 34 yarder to Martavis Bryant and a 50 yarder to freshman tight end Jordan Leggett.
Peake led the receivers with 8 catches for 51 yards. Watkins caught 7 balls for 156 yards and Bryant had 7 receptions for 110 yards.
Zac Brooks led the ground game with 51 yards on 6 attempts. DJ Howard added 40 yards on 8 carries.
The defenses combined for 3 interceptions…Darius Robinson, Travis Blanks and Kellen Jones. And though the QBs couldn’t be tackled, they could be touched for a sack, and the defenses came up with 11. Grady Jarrett was credited with three sacks.
“Cole Stoudt was outstanding the entire game,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. “He was competitive and showed enthusiasm. He hit some big throws and that was good to see. I also thought the other quarterbacks played well. Nick Schuessler and Donny McElveen did not get a lot of reps in the spring, but they were prepared and showed it today.”
“Overall I am satisfied with how we finished the spring. We had two physical scrimmages offense vs. defense, then divided the team today in a split squad today. When you do that you will have some thin spots. The defense dominated the scrimmage on Monday. I know we are going to be much improved on defense. I have seen that this spring. Vic Beasley and Grady Jarrett have been disruptive all spring. Beasley is a hard guy to block and Grady was our co-MVP on defense last year with Tig Willard. I expect them to have very good seasons.”
The Tigers also lost TE Sam Cooper and OL Kalon Davis to knee injuries in the first quarter. Those injuries are not believed to be serious.
Orange 34, White 26
Scoring by Quarters
Orange 17 7 0 10 34
White 0 26 0 0 26
Orange—Peake 16 pass from Kelly (Pinion Kick)
Orange—Pinion 43 FG
Orange—Bryant 34 pass from McElveen (Pinion Kick)
White—Watkins 41 pass from Stoudt (Catanzaro kick)
White—Watkins 50 pas from Stoudt (Catanzaro Kick)
Orange—Schuessler 35 run (Pinion Kick)
White—Seckinger 75 pass from Stoudt (Kick Failed)
White—Humphries 51 pass from Stoudt (Kick Failed)
Orange—Leggett 50 pass from McElveen (Pinion Kick)
Orange—Pinion 41 FG
Attendance: 30,000 (Clemson Spring Game Record)
Weather: 79 degrees and sunny
Time of Game 2:35
Orange: Howard 8-41, Davidson 13-29, Kelly 4-23, Schuessler 7-21-1, Johnson 7-18
White: Brooks 6-51, McDowell 3-10, Williams 1-4, Stoudt 5-3, Goode 4- (-2), Schuessler 10- (-18).
Orange: Schuessler 13-16-125-0-0; McElveen 6-11-101-2-1 ; Kelly 6-7-43-1-0
White: Stoudt 16-24-304-4-1; Schuessler 8-18-95-0-1
Orange: Bryant 7-110-1;Leggett 7-97-1; Peake 8-51-1; Cooper 2-4, Davidson 1-1, Smith 1-3
White: Watkins 7-156-2; Seckinger 2-81-1; Humphries 2-77; Hopper 5-13; Maass 3-39; Goode 1-13, McCullough 3-20
Orange: Robert Smith 7, Garry Peters 6, Marcus Bullard 6, Stephone Anthony 5, Grady Jarrett 4, Corey Crawford 4, T.J. Burrell 4,
White: B.J. Goodson 13, DeShawn Williams 7, Travis Blanks 6, Jerrodd Williams 6, Spencer Shuey 6
Orange: Grady Jarrett 3-26, Tavaris Barnes 2-19, T.J. Burrell 1-8
White: DeShawn Williams 2-13; Vic Beasley 2-11, Ebenezer Ogundeko 1-2
Orange: Kellen Jones 1-44, Darius Robinson 1-8
White; Blanks 1-0