Sept. 29, 2010
Clemson 40, Miami (FL) 37 Oct. 24, 2009 at Land Shark Stadium Last year Clemson defeated Miami (FL) in one of the most exciting games in Clemson history. Clemson’s 40-37 overtime victory included nine lead changes, the most ever in a Clemson football game. No team had consecutive scores in the contest.
The game included a record setting all-purpose running performance by Clemson’s C.J. Spiller, who had 310 yards in the game. His 90-yard kickoff return for a score just before the half gave Clemson some momentum going into halftime. He finished the day with 104 yards receiving, 81 rushing and 125 on kickoff returns. The only all-purpose figure better in Clemson history is his 312 yards against Florida State later in the 2009 season.
Kyle Parker completed 25-37 passes for a career high 326 yards and three touchdowns. Tight end Michael Palmer had a strong day with 5-74 and a touchdown before he suffered a concussion that forced him to miss much of the second half. DeAndre McDaniel had seven tackles and two interceptions, one of which he took back 23 yards for a score.
Clemson tied the game in regulation at 34-34 on a 30-yard field goal by Richard Jackson with five seconds left. Clemson then held Miami to a field goal in the overtime before Parker connected with Jacoby Ford on a 26-yard scoring pass to win the game in walk-off fashion.
Miami was ranked eighth in the nation entering the game and it tied for the highest ranked team Clemson has defeated on the road. It was Clemson’s first overtime win since the 2004 overtime win at Miami.
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