(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 three times.
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 lead.
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