CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Woodrow Dantzler says he still has things
to work on. You couldn't tell from watching him play Saturday.
Dantzler ran for 166 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 157
yards and a touchdown as No. 16 Clemson beat Wake Forest 55-7.
"The first drive of the game, I kind of screwed up a little
bit," Dantzler said, saying his performance was "maybe a D range,
maybe a C."
Don't tell that to Wake Forest coach Jim Caldwell, who watched
Dantzler dismantle his offense.
"Oftentimes we find guys who are as effective as he's been in
the passing game, maybe they don't run very well," Caldwell said.
"But he's the kind of prototype quarterback everyone's looking for
_ one that can throw the ball well, certainly can operate a complex
system, but also can run the ball like a tailback."
While Dantzler had a strong game for Clemson (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic
Coast Conference), Wake Forest (0-3, 0-2) lost C.J. Leak to a
dislocated knee. Leak completed just 6 of 15 passes for 51 yards.
Dantzler showed a dizzying array of spins and escapes, including
the second-longest run of his career on Clemson's second scoring
With Clemson leading 3-0, Dantzler slid through the middle on a
third-and-4, then scrambled to the right sideline where Justin
Watts' block cleared the way for a 54-yard run. Three plays later,
Bernard Rambert carried 13 yards into the end zone to put Clemson
up 10-0 with 33 seconds left in the first quarter.
Dantzler scored on a 39-yard keeper to put the Tigers up 17-0
with 9:14 left in the first half. Tony Lazzara's 26-yard field goal
with 5:57 left in the half made it 20-0.
"It wasn't by design that we ran more than we threw, but we
just took what they gave us," Clemson coach Tommy Bowden said. "I
thought our offensive staff did a good job finding the
opportunities that their defense gave us -- take what was there and
don't force anything."
In the final minute of the half, Rambert had another 13-yard
sweep to the right -- almost identical to his earlier score -- to put
the Tigers up 27-0 at halftime.
Clemson's defense dominated the game, giving up just 48 yards in
the first three quarters. Wake Forest didn't earn a first down
until Leak's pass to Ira Williams with less than a minute left in
the first half.
Leak fumbled on the first play of the second half, giving
Clemson the ball on the 7. Dantzler carried it in from the 1 two
plays later to make it 34-0.
On Clemson's next possession, Dantzler threw a 52-yard touchdown
pass to Travis Zachery.
Willie Simmons, leading Clemson's second-string offense, threw a
30-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Youngblood to put the Tigers up
48-0 with 1:38 left in the third quarter.
Wake Forest scored its only touchdown after Leak left the game.
Anthony Young, playing for the first time this year, ran 55 yards
on his second play from scrimmage, then threw a 6-yard touchdown
pass to Williams seven plays later.
"I thought he did a good job under the circumstances,"
Caldwell said. "He came in and really gave us a lift with that
With 49 seconds left, Chad Jasmin ran 11 yards into the end zone
to give Clemson its final score.
With a second-quarter stop, senior safety Robert Carswell became
Clemson's career leader in tackles. Carswell finished the game with
300 career tackles, six more than two-time All-American Terry
Kinard had from 1978-82.
The victory in Clemson's 1,000th game gave the Tigers a record
of 565-390-45. Sixty-six of those games have come against Wake
Forest, with Clemson leading the series 51-14-1.
|Clemson's Woodrow Dantzler has thrown for 537 yards and 6 TDs and run for another 275 yards and 3 TDs.|
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