Scores

Final

Furman 10

(1-2, 0-2 away)

(20) Clemson 38

(3-0, 1-0 ACC)

1:00 PM ET, September 15, 2007

Memorial Stadium (Clemson, SC), Clemson, SC

1 2 3 4 T
FUR 0 3 0 710
#20CLEM 10 7 7 1438

Top Performers

Passing: C. Harper (CLEM) - 266 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: J. Davis (CLEM) - 9 CAR, 58 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Kelly (CLEM) - 6 REC, 79 YDS, 1 TD

Harper continues hot start as Clemson slams Furman

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Cullen Harper didn't want to brag even after completing 16 of his 19 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns in No. 20 Clemson's 38-10 win over Furman on Saturday.

His backup isn't as shy.

"Cullen is doing an unbelievable job. There's not much more Cullen can do," said Willy Korn, the Tigers highly touted freshman who got some of the loudest cheers at Death Valley when he threw his first touchdown pass in mop-up duty in the fourth quarter.

He may not get the noisiest ovations, but in just his third start for Clemson (3-0), Harper continues his mastery of the offense. He has 10 touchdowns, no interceptions and has completed 72.5 percent of his passes.

"You just go out there and take what they give you," Harper said.

Harper's ability to take what the offense has been given has been the difference so far for the Tigers. Clemson rushed for just 60 yards, as Furman (1-2) crowded the line of scrimmage and dared the Tigers to throw.

Rising to the challenge, Harper set a school record with a pass efficiency rating of 253.

"He's answered every test so far," Tigers coach Tommy Bowden said.

Even with the easy win, there were still some things to worry Clemson fans. C.J. Spiller, the lightning in Clemson's "Thunder and Lightning" backfield, struggled with nine carries for minus-1 yard. James Davis, the thunder, had 58 yards on nine carries.

Bowden isn't worried as long as defenses crowd the line and Harper can throw it down the field.

"At some point, they are going to loosen up a bit and we'll run better," Bowden said.

The Tigers were outgunned 384-377, allowed five sacks and lost two onside kicks, one to open the second half and one midway through the fourth quarter after Furman's touchdown.

"We won. That's not something Lloyd Carr can say," said Bowden, referring to the coach of Michigan, whose team lost earlier this year to Football Championship Subdivision member Appalachian State, which plays in the Southern Conference in what was formerly known as Division I-AA with Furman.

Clemson has given up an average of more than 401 yards in its last two games. Safety Michael Hamlin blames a lack of focus.

"I know I can play better and the team can play better," said Hamlin, who had an interception and a fumble recovery. "We have our first road test at N.C. State next week and we'll have to be ready to play."

The Tigers have never lost in 20 games against Football Championship Subdivision teams since the group was split off in 1978.

Furman coach Bobby Lamb said his team had to be almost perfect to win, and they weren't. The Paladins threw three interceptions and lost two fumbles. They left at least 14 points on the field because of mistakes and bad breaks.

Jerome Felton's 46-yard run to the end zone on fourth-and-1 in the first quarter was nullified when the Paladins called a time-out seconds before the snap. Mike Brown's 97-yard kickoff return for a TD in the second quarter got called back on a block in the back penalty.

"You can't come in here and turn the ball over five times," Lamb said. "We can't fault the play of our kids. They played hard."

Felton gained 74 yards on 20 carries. Starting quarterback Renaldo Gray was 10-for-15 for 70 yards, while backup Justin Sorrells went 18-for-28 for 172 yards.

Clemson has now won 29 in a row over Furman. The Paladins last win came in November 1936, 12-0 in the only home game the Tigers have ever played in the snow.

Furman has lost 15 of its last 16 games against Football Bowl Subdivision teams. The lone win was 28-3 over North Carolina in 1999.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
FUR
CLEM
1st Downs2119
Total Yards384377
Passing242317
Rushing14260
Penalties5-304-50
3rd Down Conversions8-185-9
4th Down Conversions1-40-0
Turnovers51
Possession36:3323:27

Passing Leaders

FurmanC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Sorrells18/281726.102
ClemsonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Harper16/1926614.030

Rushing Leaders

FurmanCARYDSAVGTDLG
Felton20743.7013
Kendall44110.3126
ClemsonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Davis9586.4121
Chambers4164.0017

Receiving Leaders

FurmanRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sprague55611.2032
Hedden44511.3018
ClemsonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Kelly67913.2123
Grisham37424.7149

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERFURCLEM
TD09:54James Davis 2 Yd Run (Mark Buchholz Kick) 07
FG02:09Mark Buchholz 22 Yd 010
SECOND QUARTERFURCLEM
TD09:49Tyler Grisham 49 Yd Pass From Cullen Harper (Mark Buchholz Kick) 017
FG00:37Scott Beckler 38 Yd 317
THIRD QUARTERFURCLEM
TD08:19Jacoby Ford 33 Yd Pass From Cullen Harper (Mark Buchholz Kick) 324
FOURTH QUARTERFURCLEM
TD13:40Aaron Kelly 23 Yd Pass From Cullen Harper (Mark Buchholz Kick) 331
TD10:49La'Donte Harris 42 Yd Pass From Willy Korn (Mark Buchholz Kick) 338
TD06:08Brantley Kendall 26 Yd Run (Scott Beckler Kick) 1038