Proctor Steps Up

CLEMSON – With a scant two-point lead with 14:45 remaining in the game against No. 17 Texas A&M, Clemson's franchise player, quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, took a shot to the head and was held out the remainder of the night.

Second team signal caller Will Procter entered the fray and did exactly what was asked of him – don't try to win it by yourself and try not to make any mistakes.

Mission accomplished. Proctor, a redshirt junior who took only six snaps last season, was just 2-of-4 passing for a measly 28 yards, but more importantly he kept his cool and helped guide the Tigers to two scoring drives, including the game winner.

"Once you get that first snap under your belt and execute a play, the nerves are gone and you're definitely aware of the situation," Proctor said.

Proctor's first career completion was a 15-yarder to Chansi Stuckey.

Whitehurst said he don't think he sustained a concussion because he knew where he was and what was going on. However, he did say he had no control over his body. He said he's not sure if he could have played in the game's final series.

"I definitely could have handed the ball off," he said. "Who knows if I could have made some reads. I probably could have done it."

Whitehurst, who finished the night 14-of-19 passing for 185 yards, said he expects to play next week at Maryland.

Military Appreciation Day
Due to the backgrounds with both Clemson and Texas A&M, a salute to the military was held before kickoff and during halftime.

Prior to the game, four military fighter jets buzzed Death Valley, which sent up a big cheer. Also, the coin toss was performed live from Baghdad, where it was 4 a.m.

The person doing the coin toss was 2003 Clemson graduate LT Jimmy Sanders. Others in attendance for the toss in Iraq were Clemson graduates Sarah Hawkins, Charles K. Bush, Levi Kenner and Terence D'Alesandro.

Texas A&M graduates included Ronald Dykstra, Brett Burroughs, Christopher Leist, Paul McKenna, Dwight Mentzer, John Athey, Peter Neilsen and Jeff Loarin-Clark.

Koenning vs. Koenning
Every time the Aggies had the ball, their offensive coordinator Les Koenning matched wits against Clemson defensive coordinator Vic Koenning. And, yes, the two are related. They're cousins.

This is the first time the two have faced each other.

Quick hits
Junior linebacker Tramaine Billie was the first to reach the bottom of the hill in Clemson's storied tradition of entering the stadium. … Fans booed Tigers Bowden's decision to kick the field goal rather than going for the touchdown on fourth-and-1 late in the third quarter. …

Injured wide receiver Kelvin Grant and tight end Bobby Williamson each played despite being doubtful at the start of the week. Neither caught a pass. … Bowden lived up to his recruiting promise to tailback James Davis and gave him the first carry of the season. Davis lost one yard on the attempt. However, on his very next carry Davis bolted for a gain of 33 yards. …

Tight end Cole Downer made his first career catch. He finished with three. … Eight true freshmen played in the first half for the Tigers. They were James Davis, Rendrick Taylor, Tyler Grisham, Haydrian Lewis, Antonio Clay, Josh Miller, Jock McKissic and Phillip Merling.

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