09 September 2007


Oh, hello there.

Now that the dust has settled from the game and reporters have had time to compile stats, let's take another look at some of the numbers from Saturday's game versus the Warhawks, shall we? We shall.

*Puts on cardigan and house slippers*

Alright, kids, here we are. What do you call this? Yes, it's a passing game! Why, I haven't seen a solid one of these since Charlie Whitehurst's sophomore year, you know, before his head got too big? As I stated in the wrapup, Cullen Harper set a single-game record for TD passes by a QB with 5. La-Mo stuffed the box, as teams have learned to do against us. This time we showed, albeit against a middling team, that we can overcome this ground blockage with an air assault.

Other passing stats of note:
- 9 different receivers caught passes
- 5 different receivers caught touchdown passes
- Freshman tight end Brian Linthicum caught his second TD pass in as many games
- Jacoby Ford caught a 52-yard bomb
- CJ Spiller had 4 catches for 87 yards

In other CJ Spiller news, he reached 1,000 all-purpose yards for his career and set a new record in fewest carries needed to reach that mark with 142. That means, on average, Spiller will gain over 7 yards every time he touches the ball. That, my friends, is what we call "doin' wurk." He bests the previous mark set by Ronald Williams in 1991. Williams needed 185 carries to hit the same mark.

James Davis scored his 28th career rushing touchdown, tying him for 4th place overall tie with Terry Allen for the all-time record.

Tommy Bowden coached his 100th game at Clemson, putting him at a wonderfully mediocre 62-38.

Even our kicking game had some notable feats on Saturday. Junior Jimmy Maners had a 71 yard punt, the longest in Death Valley since Chris Gardocki blasted a 78 yarder against USC in 1990. Starting kicker and soccer phenom Mark Buchholz, winner of DFIG's Ironman Award (A prestigious decree that I just invented) is on a one-man marathon of futbol and football. As the Charleston Post & Courier states: "The Tigers' starting kicker will be in Blacksburg, Va., playing for Clemson's soccer team in a tournament at Virginia Tech. It'll be the end of a three-games-in-three-days extravaganza by Buchholz. Buchholz played 107 minutes in Friday night's 2-1 overtime loss to the Hokies in Blacksburg. The university plane got him back to Clemson at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, and he was scheduled to be whisked back to Blacksburg later Saturday evening." INSANITY. Although I bet Willy Korn could do that, except he wouldn't need a university plane as everyone knows he flies on the wings of eagles.

While a number of notable offensive stats are evident here, the defense did not fare so well. While the dearth of compliments for the D may be attributed to the short turnaround from the FSU game or the abundance of minutes played by 2nd and 3rd stringers, they still gave up 271 yards to a mediocre team.

So that's our full disclosure version of the news and notes from Saturday's game. Let's hope we don't suffer our own private App State against Furman this weekend. Have a great week, campers.