NCAA Game Summary - Troy at Clemson|
(Saturday, September 3rd)
Final Score: Clemson 43, Troy 19
Clemson, SC (Sports Network) - Tajh Boyd threw for 264 yards and three
touchdowns to lead the Clemson Tigers to a 43-19 victory over the Troy Trojans
at Clemson Memorial Stadium.
Boyd connected on 20-of-30 passes for Clemson (1-0), which has won 22 of its
last 28 season-openers. Sammy Watkins hauled in one of those touchdown passes
and finished with 81 yards on seven receptions. As a team, Clemson racked up
197 rushing yards, and the leader of the pack was Andre Ellington who totaled
89 yards on 18 carries.
Corey Robinson threw for 258 yards and one touchdown for Troy (0-1), but
completed just 24-of-42 passes and also tossed an interception in the loss.
D.J.Taylor rushed for a team-high 63 yards, while Shawn Southward added 43
yards and one score on 13 carries.
It took only two plays for Clemson to take a 7-0 lead, as Boyd connected with
Watkins for a 33-yard scoring strike.
The Tigers extended their lead just minutes later with a 46-yard field goal by
Troy eventually settled down and capped off a 13-play, 80-yard drive with a
one-yard touchdown run by Southward. However, Michael Taylor missed the extra
point, leaving the Trojans behind by a four-point margin.
Catanzaro booted a 46-yard field goal in the final seconds of the first quarter
to put Clemson on top by seven points.
It was a different story in the second stanza though, as the Trojans scored 10
consecutive points to go into the break with a 16-13 lead. The first score was
a 21-yard field goal by Taylor, and that was followed by a 16-yard touchdown
pass from Robinson to Eric Thomas in the final minute of the first half.
The momentum swung back into Clemson's corner in the third quarter, as the
Tigers scored 13 unanswered points.
Midway through the third frame Boyd hit Dwayne Allen with a 54-yard touchdown
pass. That was followed by another touchdown pass from Boyd, this one going to
Jaron Brown for a seven-yard score. Catanzaro missed the extra point, but the
Tigers still went into the fourth stanza with a 10-point lead.
Taylor's 20-yard field goal early in the final frame cut Troy's deficit to
Clemson responded instantly, as the Tigers needed just one play to push their
lead to 33-19. The touchdown came from Mike Bellamy, who broke free for an
impressive 75-yard scamper.
The Tigers continued to pour it on, as they added 10 more points to close out
the game. After a 45-yard field goal by Catanzaro, Clemson pushed its advantage
to 24 points with a one-yard touchdown plunge by D.J. Howard.
09/03 20:09:41 ET