The Final Breakdown

CLEMSON - Presbyterian and Clemson renew their rivalry Saturday when the Blue Hose travel to Death Valley for the first time since 1957.

WHAT: Clemson vs. Presbyterian
WHERE: Clemson Memorial Stadium (81,500) - Clemson, S.C.
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 11 (3:30 p.m.)

According to late Clemson sports information director Bob Bradley, Memorial Stadium was first referred to as "Death Valley" in 1948 preseason articles by Presbyterian coach Lonnie McMillan.

Dating back to 1916, Clemson leads the all-time series 32-3-4. The Tigers won the first meeting 40-0 at Riggs Field and the most recent meeting 66-0 in the 1957 season opener at Death Valley.

Presbyterian last won in 1943 when Clemson lost its entire junior and senior classes to the World War II effort. All freshmen started for the Tigers in that 13-12 loss. Since then, Clemson has beaten Presbyterian 14-straight times.

Clemson won its season opener 35-10 on Saturday over North Texas. Presbyterian is coming off a 53-13 loss to Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Dabo Swinney is 14-8 during his career as Clemson's head coach. Second-year coach Harold Nichols is looking for his first career win at Prebyterian.

Wake Forest rushed for a total of 415 yards. The Demon Deacons didn't have a single 100-yard ball carrier but did have six players with at least 38 yards rushing.

CUTigers will set the over/under for Clemson's rushing yards this weekend at 415.

The New Storm of Andre Ellington and Jamie Harper (pictured above) are primed for consecutive individual 100-yard rushing performances. (Roy Philpott)
The New Storm of Andre Ellington and Jamie Harper are primed for consecutive individual 100-yard rushing performances. Redshirt freshman Roderick McDowell could chip in with close to 100 yards of his own after just two carries for five yards against North Texas in his Clemson debut.

Maybe even Chad Diehl will have a career day rushing.

Clemson had the 21st best rushing day during week one of the college football season with 246 total yards, but don't be surprised if both of those numbers make a dramatic jump after Saturday.

The average weight of Presbyterian's defensive line is 245 pounds. Clemson's doesn't have a starter on the offensive line that weighs below 285. Harper weighs more than any of the starters in the Blue Hose linebacking corps.

Presbyterian middle linebacker Derek Brown is active from his middle linebacker spot. He led the team with five solo tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss against Wake Forest.

The Tigers' size advantage and superior athletes are the theme of the day.


The passing stats Presbyterian given up to Wake Forest look much better than the rushing numbers. Te Blue Hose gave up 94 passing yards while Demon Deacon quarterbacks completed 10-of-24 passing attempts.

Tight end Dwayne Allen's one catch performance against North Texas is likely to improve Saturday against the Blue Hose. (Kevin Bray)
After giving up just one sack a week ago against North Texas, the Clemson offensive line shouldn't have much problem keeping Kyle Parker, Tajh Boyd and any other Clemson quarterback on his feet this Saturday. Presbyterian didn't pick up a sack last week. That should remain the case for the second week in a row since the Tigers' line gave up just one sack last week.

With all day to throw, look for Parker to pick out any of one of the eight wide receivers that will be rotating in and out of the lineup. It's a big week for the Clemson wide receivers, who are competing for playing time once the schedule heats up in one week.

Tight end Dwayne Allen's one catch performance against North Texas is likely to improve, too. But he wouldn't even be needed for successful afternoon against Presbyterian.


Presbyterian running back Trandon Dendy is a bowling ball of a running back, checking in at 5-foot-9, 215 pounds. In eight games in 2009, he racked up 554 yards rushing. He was the only Big South running back to lead his team in rushing during every game he played. Dendy held suit against Wake Forest, rushing for a team-high 49 yards.

Clemson's young linebackers get one more game to get acclimated before next week's trip to Auburn. (Roy Philpott)
He won't pick up many more yards against Clemson. Dendy—and Presbyterian as a team—will have a tough time matching the numbers of North Texas running back Lance Dunbar, who rushed for 116 yards last weekend.

Even without defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins and outside linebacker Brandon Maye, the Tigers should have no problem slowing the run.

The Blue Hose do not have a single offensive lineman that weighs over 300, though senior left guard Grayson Sumner is listed at 299.

Clemson's young linebackers get one more game to get acclimated before next week's trip to Auburn.


One of the most memorable plays from the first week of college football was Derrick Overholt's 68-yard touchdown pass to Michael Ruff. The trick play accounted for 1/5 of the 292 passing yards by Presbyterian last week.

DeAndre McDaniel and company will be looking for a bounce back performance after giving up more than 450 yards last weekend against North Texas. (Roy Philpott)
Starting quarterback Brandon Miley wasn't as efficient. He finished 18 of 34 with 165 yards, one touchdown and an interception.

Miley will spend most of his Saturday afternoon running away from Clemson pass rushers. Presbyterian gave up four sacks last week and could very well double that this week with the Tigers' aggressive pass rushing defensive ends. Da'Quan Bowers, Andre Branch and Malliciah Goodman will get to know Miley early and often.

Coty Sensabaugh and Byron Maxwell each grabbed interceptions against North Texas. Look for the ball hawking safeties—DeAndre McDaniel and Rashard Hall—to get into the mix this weekend.



Kicker Chandler Cantanzaro (pictured above) and punter Dawson Zimmerman were nearly perfect a week ago against the Mean Green. (Roy Philpott)
Dawson Zimmerman leads the nation in average yards per punt after the first week of the season. His 51.3 average won't change.

Presbyterian punter Patrick Morgano will be a busy man. Last week, he averaged 38.2 yards a punt with a long of 53. As a team, the Blue Hose punted nine times for with a 37.9 average.

Marcus Gilchrist showed flashes of brilliance in the return game with two punt returns for 41 and two kickoff returns for 58 yards. Presbyterian gave up an average of 32.7 yards per kickoff return to Wake Forest.

Some of Clemson's best players are on special teams—no reason to believe there's not an advantage here either.


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