GAMEDAY College Football



Clemson 66, Charleston Southern 17



By PETE IACOBELLI
Associated Press

CLEMSON, S.C. - Cade Klubnik threw for a career-high 315 yards and four touchdowns as he and No. 25 Clemson rallied from a mistake-filled first half to roll past Charleston Southern 66-17.

Antonio Williams had touchdown grabs of 10 and 5 yards while Phil Mafah ran for two short touchdowns as the Tigers (1-1) improved to 38-0 all-time against teams from the Football Championship Subdivision.

The Tigers and their sophomore passer bounced back from an opening-week meltdown, losing 28-7 at No. 21 Duke. But miscues and poor execution from that game were on display the first two quarters here.

A fumble by Klubnik deep in Clemson territory led to Charleston Southern's first touchdown. A series later, Klubnik's throwaway was picked off by cornerback Leon Thomas, who went 67 yards for a score to put the Buccaneers (1-1) up 14-7 before a stunned Death Valley crowd.

Clemson didn't restore order until after halftime with four third-quarter touchdowns - three on TD passes from Klubnick.

Clemson's Beaux Collins had seven catches for 137 yards, including a 69-yard TD after a pass over the middle where several Charleston Southern defenders were sprawled on the field behind him.

The first half was difficult for many of the orange-clad supporters to watch. The crowd booed several times as the errors piled up and the Clemson attack under first-year coordinator Garrett Riley looked lost too often against an overmatched opponent.

The Tigers were well ahead in almost every category by halftime, yet were up only 24-17. It was much the same a week ago when it outgained No. 21 Duke, but had three turnovers to lose.

Clemson continued to dominate statistically in the second half against Charleston Southern and finished with 679 yards to 73 for the Big South Conference. team.

THE TAKEAWAY

Charleston Southern: The Buccaneers, who took home $400,000 for the game, looked like they might get an upset for the ages. Instead, they fell to 24-0 in program history against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents. They're scheduled to play Florida State in November 2024.

Clemson: The second half had to be a relief for Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and Riley after the first six quarters of misfires, drops and poor execution. The Tigers have one more game next week at home against Florida Atlantic to find offensive rhythm before No. 4 Florida State heads to Death Valley on Sept. 23.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Clemson athletics press release

September 9, 2023


Scoring Summary
First Quarter ChSouClem
Clem TD 11:05 Antonio Williams 10 yard TD pass from Cade Klubnik (Robert Gunn III Extra Point) 0 7
ChSou TD 8:00 JD Moore 1 yard TD run (Sam Babbush Extra Point) 7 7
ChSou TD 2:35 Leon Thomas 67 yard interception return for TD (Sam Babbush Extra Point) 14 7
Clem TD 0:14 Phil Mafah 1 yard TD run (Robert Gunn III Extra Point) 14 14
Second Quarter ChSouClem
Clem TD 12:27 Antonio Williams 5 yard TD pass from Cade Klubnik (Robert Gunn III Extra Point) 14 21
ChSou FG 7:01 Sam Babbush 45 yard field goal 17 21
Clem FG 0:04 Robert Gunn III 23 yard field goal 17 24
Third Quarter ChSouClem
Clem TD 10:51 Phil Mafah 5 yard TD run (Robert Gunn III Extra Point) 17 31
Clem TD 10:39 Wade Woodaz 35 yard interception return for TD (Robert Gunn III Extra Point) 17 38
Clem TD 7:19 Beaux Collins 69 yard TD pass from Cade Klubnik (Robert Gunn III Extra Point) 17 45
Clem TD 0:18 Josh Sapp 25 yard TD pass from Cade Klubnik (Robert Gunn III Extra Point) 17 52
Fourth Quarter ChSouClem
Clem TD 8:20 Jay Haynes 8 yard TD run (Hogan Morton Extra Point) 17 59
Clem TD 4:18 Jay Haynes 6 yard TD pass from Paul Tyson (Quinn Castner Extra Point) 17 66
Team Stats
  Charleston Southern Clemson
First downs 4 36
  Rushing 0 15
  Passing 3 20
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 3-14, 21% 6-12, 50%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 2-3, 67%
Rushes-Yards 30-12 42-274
Passing Yards 61 405
Return Yards 74 81
Completions-Attempts-Int 6-16-1 36-45-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-15 1-15
Punts 10 1
Fumbles Lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties - Yards 2-20 4-30
Charleston Southern Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. Bartalo 6 14 61 0 1
Z. Osborne 0 2 0 0 0
Clemson Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Klubnik 28 37 315 4 1
H. Helms 5 5 48 0 0
P. Tyson 3 3 42 1 0
Charleston Southern Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Ruff 9 23 2.6 0
J. Moore 6 9 1.5 1
T. Brooks 1 7 7.0 0
A. Ison 5 1 0.2 0
N. Holland 1 -2 -2.0 0
C. Thomas 1 -10 -10.0 0
T. Bartalo 6 -15 -2.5 0
Clemson Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
W. Shipley 9 73 8.1 0
P. Mafah 9 59 6.6 2
D. Thomas 5 42 8.4 0
T. Rigby 2 41 20.5 0
K. Adams Jr. 5 32 6.4 0
J. Haynes 4 28 7.0 1
W. Segars Jr. 1 3 3.0 0
J. Green 1 2 2.0 0
K. McNeal 1 0 0.0 0
C. Klubnik 5 -6 -1.2 0
Charleston Southern Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Taylor 1 23 23.0 0
D. Driskell 1 13 13.0 0
C. Thomas 2 12 6.0 0
W. Kakavitsas 1 8 8.0 0
L. Sauers 1 5 5.0 0
Clemson Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Collins 7 137 19.6 1
A. Williams 5 64 12.8 2
T. Stellato 5 51 10.2 0
J. Sapp 1 25 25.0 1
C. Swinney 1 24 24.0 0
W. Shipley 3 22 7.3 0
J. Briningstool 3 15 5.0 0
O. Patt-Henry 1 12 12.0 0
H. Greene 1 12 12.0 0
T. Brown 2 9 4.5 0
B. Spector 1 9 9.0 0
B. Pope 1 9 9.0 0
A. Randall 2 7 3.5 0
J. Haynes 1 6 6.0 1
H. Earle 1 2 2.0 0
P. Mafah 1 1 1.0 0
Charleston Southern Interceptions
Player Int Yards
L. Thomas 1 67
Clemson Interceptions
Player Int Yards
W. Woodaz 1 35
Charleston Southern Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Cooey Jr. 10 405 40.5
Clemson Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Swanson 1 53 53.0
Charleston Southern Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Moore 1 7 7.0
Clemson Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Brown 1 27 27.0
H. Greene 1 2 2.0
Charleston Southern Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Clemson Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Sapp 1 4 4.0
W. Shipley 1 13 13.0
Charleston Southern Missed FG
Player Length
Clemson Missed FG
Player Length






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