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Wofford vs. Clemson Notes

Wofford vs. Clemson Notes

TEAM NOTES

• Wofford recorded its first first down on the afternoon at the 1:50 mark in the second quarter. Comparatively, Clemson had recorded 21 first downs up to that point in the game.

• Clemson’s 35 points were the most points the Tigers have scored in a half since 2013 against The Citadel, when they scored 42 in the first half.

• Clemson’s rush defense held Wofford to 63 yards on 21 carries in the first half.

• With the win, Clemson has won 24 of its last 31 season openers and head coach Dabo Swinney is now 7-0 in home lidlifters.

• Clemson is a perfect 30-0 against FCS teams. Including the win against Wofford, Clemson has outscored FCS teams by an average of 40-7 (1195-215).

• Clemson has led the nation in tackles for loss the past two seasons, and recorded 10 tackles for loss in its game against the Terriers.

• The Tigers tallied 533 yards of total offense against Wofford. Clemson’s record when totaling at least 500 yards of total offense is now 75-0-1.

• Thirteen true freshmen played Saturday. Those who saw time were Austin Bryant, Kelly Bryant, Deon Cain, J.D. Davis, Judah Davis, Jake Fruhmorgen, Albert Huggins, Mitch Hyatt, Ray-Ray McCloud, Van Smith, Christian Wilkins, Garrett Williams and Jalen Williams.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

• Mike Williams’ four-yard receiving touchdown from Deshaun Watson in the first quarter was the first scoring play of Clemson’s 2015 campaign.

• Watson finished 18-22 passing for 194 yards and two touchdowns, good for a 185.9 quarterback rating. He also rushed for 22 yards on two carries.

• Zac Brooks scored his first touchdown of the season, a 25-yard scamper in the second quarter, after missing the entire 2014 season with a broken foot. It was his third career score and first since Oct. 5, 2013 against Syracuse.

• Mitch Hyatt is the first first-year freshman to start the first game of the season at offensive tacklesince Phil Prince started the opener against Presbyterian College in 1944.

• Hyatt is the first first-year freshman to start the season opener at any offensive line position since James Farr started the 1980 season opener at center against Rice.

• Hyatt is the first freshman (first-year or redshirt) to start the season-opening game at any offensive line position since Nathan Bennett against Georgia in 2003. Bennett was a redshirt freshman.

• Hyatt is just the third first-year freshman to start the season opener at any position under Dabo Swinney. The others are Chandler Catanzaro (2010, PK) and Adam Humphries (2011, WR), who was in attendance for today’s game.

• Since freshman eligibility returned to college sports for the 1972-73 academic year, Hyatt is the ninth freshman (first-year or redshirt) offensive lineman to start the season opener. The others are Gary Brown (1979, OT), James Farr (1980, C), Frank DeIuliis (1985, OT), Eric Harmon (1987, OG), Jim Bundren (1994, OG), Glenn Rountree (1994, OG), Jermyn Chester (2000, OG) and Nathan Bennett (2003, OG). All were redshirt freshmen other than Farr.

• T.J. Green recorded 2.5 tackles for loss against Wofford after entering the game with none in his career. He played wide receiver as a freshman in 2013.

• Ray-Ray McCloud’s eight catches led the Tigers, and were the most on record by a Tiger in his first game.

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