Tigers Freeze Louisiana Tech

Clemson capitalized on big plays from 3 true freshmen to rout Louisiana Tech 49-24 in the Humanitarian Bowl. Ben Hall, Airese Currie, and Roscoe Crosby helped cap a beautiful career by Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler for the Tigers' first bowl win since 1993.

On a field made of blue turf and with weather conditions less than favorable, the Clemson Tigers accomplished their goal Monday afternoon in Boise, Idaho.

Using a strong running game, a solid defense, and the quick strike playmaking ability of Woody Dantzler and Bernard Rambert, the Tigers put away WAC Champion Louisiana Tech, 49-24 in the 5th Humanitarian Bowl.

In blustery conditions, the first half saw the Clemson passing game center around the hitch pattern, with quick passes to Roscoe Crosby and J.J. Mckelvey becoming the mainstay of the Tigers' offense.

It would be Louisiana Tech that would score first though as a 29-yard field goal from Josh Scobee put the Bulldogs out to an early 3-0 lead with 12 minutes remaining in the 1st quarter.

After an exchange of punts, the Tigers offense finally warmed up. On the Tigers 2nd drive of the game, Woody Dantzler would find Matt Bailey in the back of the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown pass and a 7-3 lead late in the 1st quarter.

Louisiana Tech would then counter with a strong drive of their own, capped off by quarterback Luke McNown's 10-yard touchdown scamper.

And then Roscoe Crosby decided to make a statement.

Woody Dantzler found Crosby open on another quick passing play, and instead of the usual 10-12 yard gain, Crosby took it the distance behind a great downfield block. Aaron Hunt added the extra point and Clemson cruised into halftime with a 14-10 lead.

The second half saw Clemson take control of the game quickly, as the Tigers used the quick passing game, and the draw play to Bernard Rambert to march straight down the field on their opening possession.

With the Tigers on Louisiana Tech's 5-yard line, Woody Dantzler rolled all the way to his right and threw completely across the field to a wide-open Ben Hall for a 21-10 lead. It was the same play that had been used to score a touchdown against North Carolina State in each of the past two seasons.

Following the Tigers' touchdown, it was time for the defense to take over. Clemson would hold Louisiana Tech to 5 plays and a punt.

Then in one of the most incredible plays of the season, Bernard Rambert had his coming out party. Facing 3rd-and-10 from the Tigers' 38-yard line, Woody Dantzler delivered a short pass out in the flats to Bernard Rambert.

All he would do from there is break 6 tackles on his way to a 62-yard touchdown. The run itself was brilliant, as Rambert used a spin move and then just proceeded to bowl over everyone else in his path on the sideline scoring scamper.

And he wasn't finished either.

After Brian Mance intercepted a Luke McNown pass at the Tigers' 40-yard line, Clemson drove down the field and Rambert would score again from 22 yards out off of the left tackle to put the Tigers comfortably ahead 35-10.

On Tech's first play of their next possession, Charles Hafley would intercept another pass off a deflection to give Clemson the ball right back.

Airese Currie then played the role of Terrance Huey in the Virginia game and scored off the same exact trick play out of the exact same formation. Woody Dantzler took the snap and handed the ball to Currie between his legs. Dantzler continued to his right as if he were running the option and Currie busted around the left side, sidestepping several Tech defenders for the score.

All in all, the third quarter was one of the best of the season for Clemson, as the Tigers' scored on consecutive drives of 65, 62, 58, and 51-yards.

And finally, in a hint of what to expect for next season, Willie Simmons came in and promptly threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Hamilton on the first called passing play. By that point, it was obvious that Louisiana Tech had lost all momentum and was mentally out of the football game.

Tech would go on to add two late touchdown passes and a two-point conversion to produce the final outcome, Clemson 49, Louisiana Tech 24.

The win was the first for Clemson in a bowl game since a 14-13 victory over Kentucky in the 1993 Peach Bowl. The Tigers' all time bowl record now stands at 13-12.

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