Here is the quick recap of the first quarter between Clemson and S.C. State at Death Valley:
- The Tigers took the opening kick and marched 54 yards in 13 plays, capping the drive with a 38-yard field goal and a 3-0 lead.
- Clemson moved the ball all the way down to the Bulldog 13-yard line on the ensuing possession, but the middle of the S.C. State defense pushed running back Roderick McDowell back on a 4th-and-1 attempt, keeping it a three point game.
- However, Clemson benched the entire starting offensive line on its next possession, and Boyd finished off the seven play drive with a one yard plunge that made it 10-0 at the 3:47 mark of the first quarter.
- It didn’t take long for Clemson to widen the lead – on the very next play from scrimmage in fact. Bulldog quarterback Richard Cue dropped back to pass, and he threw the ball up for grabs while under pressure from both Spencer Shuey and D.J. Reader. Corner Martin Jenkins intercepted the pass and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown and a 17-0. It was the first career interception and touchdown for Jenkins, who missed last season with a groin injury.