Taking care of business
Tajh Boyd
Tajh Boyd
Posted Sep 11, 2010

CLEMSON - The game was over when Tommy Bowden and Bobby Bentley agreed to put it on the schedule way back in 2008.

Neither coach was on roaming the sidelines as originally planned when Clemson made it official with a 58-21 win almost two years later.

Bentley’s back home in Duncan running the offense at Byrnes High School and Bowden hasn’t returned to coaching since leaving Clemson midway through the 2008 season.

It was Dabo Swinney’s Tigers that improved to 2-0 while Harold Nichols and the Blue Hose dropped to 0-2 on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

“We were able to take the game over like we should,” Swinney said. “It didn’t take long to do that.”

Clemson played 64 players in the first half, including 57 in the first quarter. A total of 77 played over the course of the game.

Tajh Boyd, who completed 4 of his 9 passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns, was one of the 64 to play in the opening quarter.

“It was fun. I came out here and did a lot of good things,” he said. “I still did some things that I need to work on. You just have to keep on improving.”

Boyd threw his first career interception early in the fourth quarter. The ensuing hit on the interceptor, defensive lineman Matthew Roper, knocked his own helmet off.

“I see why I don’t play linebacker anymore… I made the hit tape, though,” Boyd said. “It’ll be fun watching that on tape.”

There will be plenty of other highlights to watch from Saturday’s game.

Kyle Parker completed 6 of 9 passing attempts for 114 yards and two touchdowns. He sat for most of the second quarter and played in only the first drive of the second half.

His first touchdown pass, an 8-yard hookup with Jaron Brown, was setup by a blocked punt from Kourtnei Brown. The punt was recovered by Brandon Clear and returned for nine yards.

Andre Ellington ran for a 3-yard score to put the Tigers up 14-0. The touchdown was setup by a 47-yard completion to Dwayne Allen--the longest reception of his Clemson career.

Boyd closed out the first quarter with a 6-yard scoring run into the East end zone.

Parker later found Allen for a 19-yard touchdown pass to give Clemson a 28-0 lead.

On the ensuing kickoff, Malliciah Goodman forced a fumble, setting up Boyd’s 6-yard scoring strike to DeAndre Hopkins. The touchdown pass and reception were career firsts for both Boyd and Hopkins.

Former walk-on Daniel Barnes was on the receiving end of a shovel pass from Boyd to give Clemson their final score of the opening half.

Barnes finished with 11 carries for 79 yards and the 11-yard scoring catch.

“The scoring, that was almost better than running down the hill—not quite, but it was unbelievable,” he said.

Roderick McDowell, who rushed for a game-high 86 yards, scored his first-career touchdown on a two-yard run with 12:17 to play in the third quarter.

“Knowing that I got in and executed and made plays makes me confident that I will get to see some more playing time in the future,” he said.

Chandler Catanzaro hit his first-career field goal attempt, a 47-yard kick, which gave Clemson a 52-0 lead with 6:21 left in the third quarter.

“We’re going to need some of those as we move through the season,” Swinney said.

Presbyterian responded with 14-straight points. The Blue Hose lit the scoreboard when Brandon Miley hit Michael Ruff on a 4-yard touchdown pass, cutting the score to 52-7. Myron Gary found Ruff in the fourth quarter on a 20-yard score.

Walk-on quarterback Donny McElveen found Kasey Nobles on a 1-yard score with 2:05 left in the game. The touchdown was a first for both.

“You have to give coach Swinney a lot of credit. He’s got a well-coached team,” Nichols said. “They have a lot of talented athletes over there.”

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