Notebook: Ground Game Dominates Bulldogs

CLEMSON – Everyone knew James Davis was very good and most suspected that C.J. Spiller would be.

And even without having seen the freshman Spiller play a single down, many Clemson fans had visions of a running combination similar to that of Southern Cal's Reggie Bush and LenDale White.

Those dreams came to fruition at least for one game as Spiller and Davis each ran for more than 100 yards in a blowout win against Louisiana Tech Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

However, what fans didn't count on was running back Demerick Chancellor to join the group.

Davis finished 11 carries for 143 yards, 91 of which came in the first quarter. He also scored two touchdowns.

Helping Davis, a sophomore, get at least 100 yards rushing for the first time this season was a 64-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

Spiller had 15 rushes for 127 yards and a touchdown.

Chancellor, a redshirt freshman, had 11 carries for 113 yards.

It's the first time Clemson has had three backs break the century mark since Jeff McCall, Cliff Austin and Chuck McSwain each had more than 100 yards in 1982 at Virginia.

Special Team Woes
Just when you think the Tigers have eliminated their problems on special teams, they return in a major way.

The kickoff coverage was well below par as the Bulldogs averaged more than 31 yards per return in the first half.

Placekicker Jad Dean had his third extra point blocked of the season. He's now missed an extra point in four of the five games this season and five out of his last six games, dating back to last year's Champs Sports Bowl against Colorado.

Then there was Spiller and Ford, who each lost a fumble on a punt return.

The two positives with came in the form of Cole Chason's punting and Jacoby Ford's 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to start the second half.

Quick Hits
Mary Lee Barton of Lancaster won a Chrysler 300 in conjunction with a promotion with the Clemson Radio Network when Ford had his kickoff return for a touchdown. … Louisiana Tech starting offensive guard Marcus Lindsey stands 6-foot-7 and tips the scales 385 pounds. …

Chason had his first home punt of the season in the first quarter. It went 48 yards. … C.J. Gaddis, who began the season at as the starting cornerback, started at Cat safety Saturday night, while Chris Chancellor started at Gaddis' old position at cornerback. …

The Clemson Tiger, who does the same number of pushups as points Clemson has after each score, performed 221 against the Bulldogs. In three home games, he has done 734 pushups. … Tailback Reggie Merriweather didn't play due to a sprained ankle he sustained last week against North Carolina. …

Louisiana Tech coach Jack Bicknell was the starting center on Boston College when quarterback Doug Flutie's threw the infamous Hail Mary against Miami in 1984. … Clemson played 81 players.

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