Here is the quick recap of the 2nd quarter of Clemson-S.C. State at Death Valley:
- Clemson’s offense was still stuck in post-Georgia malaise to begin the second quarter, and Clemson’s defense again came up with a big play. Cue dropped back to pass, and Quandon Christian tipped the attempt. Darius Robinson ran under the tipped ball and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown and 24-0 Clemson lead.
- South Carolina State finally got on the board on the ensuing possession when Cue hit Tyler McDonald on a crossing route, and McDonald turned it into a 63-yard touchdown reception as Clemson led 24-7 at the 11:04 mark of the second quarter.
- Quarterback Tajh Boyd was injured on the next drive, and Cole Stoudt came off the bench to help engineer a 15-play drive that culminated in a 3-yard pass from Stoudt to Charone Peake, giving Clemson a 31-7 lead at the 5:16 mark. Boyd and Stoudt were 8-for-8 passing for 61 yards on the drive.
- The Tigers then forced a Bulldog punt, and Boyd re-entered the game and engineered a scoring drive that ended with a 19-yard scoring run by D.J. Howard, and Clemson led S.C. State 38-7 at intermission. The Clemson offense sputtered early and often, but still managed to run 54 plays for 316 yards in the half.