April 12, 2010
CLEMSON, SC – Homer Jordan, the quarterback of Clemson’s 1981 National Championship team, threw two touchdown passes, including what proved to be the game winner in the fourth period, leading the White team to a 27-20 victory over the Orange team in the Clemson “Sons” Bowl on Saturday afternoon. The four-quarter, flag football game that featured former Clemson players was the prelude to Clemson’s Spring Football Game at Death Valley.
Prior to the game the over 40 players who competed gathered at the Tiger Paw at midfield to have a moment of silence in memory of the late Gaines Adams, who died of a heart attack this past year. The group also presented Gary Wade with a plaque for his 25 years of service to Clemson as a strength training director and assistant athletic director.
Jordan completed 9-12 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns to lead the White team. His team scored touchdowns on the two drives that he played. He threw a one-yard scoring pass to Chris Wade in the first half, then connected with Donnie Jewell on a 13-yard scoring pass in the fourth period with less than four minutes remaining. That last score broke a 20-20 tie in the fourth period.
Patrick Sapp, who organized the game, completed 7-9 passes for 144 yards and two scores. His touchdown passes went for 15 yards to Geoff Rigsby and 12 yards to Kyle Tucker.
The Orange team was led by quarterback Tribble Reese, who threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Brian Wofford for the first score of the game, and ran 15 yards for a score, the only scoring rush in the game. At halftime of the Spring Game, Reese also won a quarterback skills challenge that included for Tigers Rodney Williams, Dexter McCleon, Sapp, Woody Dantzler and Jordan. Rush Lowther also worked at quarterback for the Orange team and threw a 26-yard scoring pass to former Clemson punter Jimmy Maners.
Eugene Koon had three catches for 45 yards and former All-America kicker Nelson Welch had three catches for 43 yards to lead the White team receivers. Tony Elliott had five catches for 88 yards to lead all receivers in the game, while Wofford had 2-78. Mike Webber, Clemson class of 1974, had two catches for 28 yards for the orange team.
Brian Dawkins was the head coach of the winning White team. Dawkins is a starting safety with the Denver Broncos. He was chosen for his eighth NFL Pro Bowl this past season, one of the top five totals in NFL history for a safety.
Clemson “Sons Bowl” Statistics April 10, 2010 – Clemson Memorial Stadium
White 27, Orange 20
Scoring Summary White: 6 – 7 – 7 – 7 = 27 Orange: 6 – 0 – 7 – 7 = 20
Orange: Wofford 35 pass from Reese (Pass Failed) White: Rigsby 15 pass from Sapp (Pass Failed) White: Wade 1 pass from Jordan (Jasmin from Jordan) Orange: Reese 15 run (Elliott from Reese) White: Tucker 12 pass from Sapp (Hatcher from Sapp) Orange: Maners 26 pass from Lowther (Elliott from Lowther) White: Jewell 13 pass from Jordan (Kelly from Jordan)
Passing (Comp-Att-Yds-Int-TD) White: Sapp 7-9-144-1-2; Jordan 9-12-120-0-2; Allen 2-3-23-0-0; Schell 2-6-36-0-0; Totals: 20-30-323-1-4 Orange: Reese 9-20-196-1-1; Lowther 8-13-131-1-1; Totals: 17-33-327-2-2
Rushing White: Kelly 1-21, Sapp 1-(-8), Schell 1-1 Orange: Reese 2-32-1, Lowther 2(-19)
Receiving White: Koon 3-45, Welch 3-43, Jasmin 3-38; Rigsby 2-32-1; Wade 2-26-1, Gardner 2-35; Laird 1-55, Kelly 1-5, Hatcher 1-8, Tucker 1-12-1, Jewell 1-13-1 Orange: Elliott 5-88, Wofford 2-78-1; Hunter 3-6, Maners 2-47-1; Webber 2-28, Howell 1-11, Charpia 2-39
Interceptions White: Gardner 1-0, Wade 1-5 Orange: Belton 1-2
Sacks White: Rigsby 2-19 Orange: Greene 1-8
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