Sept. 27, 2008
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The visiting team has now won each of the last four games in the series between Clemson and Maryland. The Tigers’ 10-7 win at Clemson in 2004 is the last time the home team was victorious.
Mark Buchholz improved to 6-for-6 on field goals in 2008 with a 26-yard conversion on the Tigers’ opening drive of the game. With the field goal, he is also now 4-for-4 on attempts within 30 yards.
Buchholz extended his successful point after streak to 67 in a row and is now six shy of breaking Chris Gardocki’s record of 72.
C.J. Spiller’s 17-yard rush in the second quarter put the junior tailback over the 2,000-yard mark for his career. Clemson now has two 2,000-yard rushers on the same team for the first time since 2001 when Travis Zachery and Woody Dantzler were both over 2,000 at the same time. He had 98 rushing yards for the day to total 2,010 for his career.
Spiller also reached 1,000 yards in career kickoff returns on Saturday. With his 16-yard return in the second quarter, he hit the milestone and finished the day with 41 yards to total 1,010 for his career. He is the first player in Clemson history with at least 1000 yards on kickoff returns and 2000 yards rushing.
James Davis’ 38-yard touchdown run that put the Tigers on top 17-3 was the 41st rushing touchdown of his career, tying him with Travis Zachery for the Clemson career record.
Davis rushed for at least 100 yards for the second time this season, reaching the century mark in the second quarter of Saturday’s game. It is the 14th time in his career he has reached the 100 yard mark.
Aaron Kelly moved into the ACC Top 10 list for career receptions and currently ranks eighth with 190. Kelly entered the game with 183 receptions and had seven on Saturday.
With 151 passing yards, quarterback Cullen Harper surpassed 4,000 for his career. He now has 4,105 career passing yards.
Prior to Maryland’s touchdown in the third quarter the Tiger defense had not allowed a touchdown in 10 straight quarters. The last touchdown the Clemson defense had given up was in the fourth quarter against The Citadel on Sept. 6.
The 76-yard end around by Maryland’s Darrius Heyward-Bey in the third quarter was the longest recorded rush against the Clemson defense since the 2000 season when Davy Ford, brother of current Tiger receiver Jacoby Ford, had an 82-yard gain for Florida State in Tallahassee.
Saturday’s game was the first time the Tigers had been held scoreless in the second half since the Georgia Tech game of the 2007 season on Sept. 29.
Offensive lineman Bobby Hutchinson earned his first career start on Saturday. Joining him on the line were Landon Walker, Mason Cloy, Thomas Austin and Corey Lambert to give the Tigers their fourth different starting line in five games this season.
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