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Clemson vs. North Texas Postgame Notes

Sept. 4, 2010

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Clemson Team Notes * With the win in the first game in 2010, Clemson has now won each decade opener in its football history, dating to 1900 when the Tigers defeated Davidson by a score of 64-0. That is 12 wins against no losses to open a decade.

* Clemson held North Texas scoreless for the first 28:47 of the game.

* With a win today, Clemson has now won 21 of its last 27 season openers and now holds an 85-17-8 record in home openers.

Clemson Individual Notes * Andre Ellington scored Clemson’s first touchdown of the season on a 60-yard run in the first quarter on his first carry of the season. The score came 16 seconds into the season. Former Clemson All-American C.J. Spiller scored 14 seconds into the 2009 season on an opening kickoff return for touchdown.

* Chandler Catanzaro went 5-for-5 on point after attempts in his first career game as a Clemson Tiger.

* DeAndre Hopkins recorded his first career reception as a Tiger for 16 yards on a Parker’s first completion of the game.

* Chris Gardocki’s 78-yard punt in 1990 as the second longest punt in Clemson history. The longest punt by a Clemson punter was 81 yards by Mitch Tyner on October 6, 1973 in a home game against Texas A&M. For the game, Zimmerman averaged 51.2 yards per punt, which is the best punting performance in 27 years and is tied for the third best punting average in a single game all-time.

* Brandon Clear recorded his first career touchdown reception on a 70-yard pass from Kyle Parker in the second quarter. The catch was also Clear’s fourth career reception.

* Coty Sensabaugh recorded the first Clemson interception of the season in the third quarter on a pass by Nathan Tune.

* Bryce McNeal hauled in his first career catch in the third quarter on a 30-yard pass from Kyle Parker.

* Clemson running backs Jamie Harper (103) both amassed career highs in rushing yards. It was the first time since 2007 that the Tigers had two 100-yard rushers in one game and the first time since 2006 that Clemson accomplished the feat against a non-conference opponent. The last time it happened was October 27, 2007, when James Davis and C.J. Spiller racked up 129 and 106 yards, respectively, in a 30-17 Clemson win at Maryland.

* True freshmen Justin Parker and Martin Jenkins both recorded tackles in their first collegiate games.

* Red-shirt freshmen Spencer Shuey, Quandon Christian, and Tyler Shatley all recorded their first career collegiate tackles.