NCAA Game Summary - Middle Tennessee at Clemson|
(Saturday, September 5th)
Final Score: Clemson 37, Middle Tennessee 14
Clemson, SC (Sports Network) - Redshirt freshman Kyle Parker threw a pair of
touchdowns in his debut and Clemson's special teams added two more, as the
Tigers captured a 37-14 win over the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in non-
league bout at Memorial Stadium.
Parker converted 9-of-20 pass attempts for 159 yards, and the Tigers (1-0)
scored on a kickoff and punt return. Marquan Jones caught a pair of passes for
71 yards and a score, while Jacoby Ford notched three receptions for 70 yards
and a touchdown.
Dwight Dasher led the way for Middle Tennessee (0-1), throwing for 204 yards
and a touchdown and rushing 19 times for 61 yards. He, however, was picked off
The Tigers struck on their first touch of the ball, as C.J. Spiller returned
the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown. Richard Jackson added a 22-yard
field goal late in the first quarter and Clemson led 10-0 after one period.
The Blue Raiders' defense made their presence felt early in the second
quarter, as Chris McCoy returned a fumble 68 yards for a score.
Following a 19-yard field goal by Jackson, the Tigers' special teams struck
again, as Ford returned a punt 61 yards for a touchdown, giving Clemson a 20-7
With three minutes left in the opening half, Clemson tacked on 10 more points
courtesy of a 43-yard touchdown pass from Parker to Ford and a 44-yard field
goal by Jackson.
Middle Tennessee tried to hang in and opened the second half with a seven-
play, 85-yard drive that was capped with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Dasher
to Chris McClover.
The Tigers, though, quickly responded with a 33-yard scoring strike from
Parker to Jones. Neither offense would be heard from again, as Clemson notched
the 37-14 triumph.
Clemson gained 361 total yards, including 202 on the ground, while Middle
Tennessee managed 299 yards, with only 92 coming via the run.
The Tigers won the only prior meeting between these two schools by an
identical 37-14 score back in 2003.
09/05 21:39:32 ET