5:00 PM ET, September 6, 2003
Memorial Stadium, CLEMSON, SC
Getting a win over a Division I-AA opponent was reassuring for the Tigers (1-1), who entered the game off a 30-0 loss to Georgia last week.
But Clemson struggled again on the ground. Furman outgained the Tigers 51-45 in the first half, and Clemson ended the game with just 124 yards rushing.
Nonetheless, the Tigers started well. They began the game with a methodical 85-yard scoring drive, mixing six passes with eight runs. Whitehurst went 6-for-6 on the drive, and Kevin Youngblood caught five of those passes, including a 26-yard grab on a third-and-12. Chad Jasmin's 5-yard touchdown run gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead.
After stuffing Furman (1-1) on three straight plays, Whitehurst found Airese Curry streaking down the right side, hitting him in full stride for a 72-yard touchdown pass and a 14-0 lead.
But after that, Clemson could only score on a defensive touchdown and a fluke play in which an offensive lineman caught a deflected pass, fumbled it, and a tailback picked it up and run for a score.
Furman receiver Brian Bratton ran 11 times for 41 yards and caught two passes for 33 yards to lead the team in both categories. Bo Moore was 10-of-15 for 80 yards and ran for 12 more on 13 carries for the Paladins.
Furman's highlight of the game came when Moore faked a handoff, then faked a reverse before finding a wide-open Bratton in the end zone for a 20-yard TD pass to cut the lead to 14-7. It was the Paladins' first touchdown against Clemson in eight games in the series, dating back to 1961.
Bratton scored on a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter and added a 40-yard field goal to give Furman more points Saturday than it had in its previous eight games against the Tigers.
|3rd Down Conversions||4-15||6-14|
|4th Down Conversions||1-1||0-2|
|TD||5:18||CHAD JASMIN 5 YD RUN (AARON HUNT KICK)|
Drive info: 14 plays, 85 yards.
|TD||2:57||AIRESE CURRIE 72 YD PASS FROM CHARLIE WHITEHURST (AARON HUNT KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 72 yards.
|TD||7:30||BRIAN BRATTON 20 YD PASS FROM BO MOORE (DANNY MARSHALL KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 53 yards.
|TD||4:58||J.J. HOWARD 17 YD DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RETURN (AARON HUNT KICK)||7||21|
|TD||0:41||DUANE COLEMAN 9 YD PASS FROM CHARLIE WHITEHURST (AARON HUNT KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 55 yards.
|TD||12:10||BRIAN BRATTON 3 YD RUN (DANNY MARSHALL KICK)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 66 yards.
|FG||7:50||DANNY MARSHALL 40 YD FG|
Drive info: 7 plays, 26 yards.