Notebook: Tigers Rout Temple

CHARLOTTE – Desperate to find any remedy for the woes with the kickoff coverage team, Clemson head football coach Tommy Bowden made changes by implementing a new scheme designed by assistant Ron West.

Needless to say that after Thursday night's performance in that area against lowly Temple, Bowden will continue to look for answers.

The problems came from the very start as Travis Shelton took the opening kickoff and sprinted 53 yards to the Clemson 42, which caused a chorus of boos from the small crowd in Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

It got worse midway through the second quarter when Shelton returned it 73 yards to the Clemson 21. Had it not been for the speed of Jacoby Ford, it would have been a touchdown.

Ford has saved the Tigers numerous times this season.

"It happened last week, so I was used to it," Bowden said of the opening kickoff. "Next time we win the toss, we're going to take the ball. That way I can guarantee they won't have a big return."

Temple, which came in averaging 18.3 yards per kickoff return averaged an even 34 yards in six attempts against the Tigers in the first half.

For Shelton, who hasn't touched a ball or played since 2004, set a new school record for return yardage with 205 yards in only four attempts.

"I did the easy part – caught the ball and ran," Shelton said. "I didn't have to do anything."

Earlier this season against the Tigers, Boston College's Jeff Smith came within one yard of setting his school's all-time return record.

For the night, Temple finished with 240 yards on nine attempts, for an average of 26.67 yards per return.

"No matter what we do, nothing seems to work," cornerback and kickoff coverage member Duane Coleman said. "We worked hard on that this week and we made a lot of changes and we didn't expect that. We're going to have to get much better for Georgia Tech."

Dean shows progress
Clemson placekicker Jad Dean showed great improvement from his dismal performance last week against Wake Forest.

Against Temple, the senior kicker looked solid on all nine of his extra point attempts as the kicks were high and strong.

However, there was a miscue with the protection that allowed one kick to be tipped. It still went through the uprights, however. The other miscue came on a bad snap, but holder Cole Chason managed to get it settled barely in time to allow Dean to kick it.

"Hopefully I can have two good games in a row," Dean said. "I felt really good striking the ball."

On kickoffs, however, Bowden alternated Dean and Chason. Bowden said it was predetermined.

One for the ages
Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams moved into a tie for third for the school's all-time sack record with 23. He is tied with Adrian Dingle and Keith Adams.

Adams has also recorded a sack in five consecutive games.

Clemson's 49-3 halftime lead surpassed the 49-14 margin against Wake Forest in 1981. The 63 points scored by the Tigers tied the most scored by a Clemson team under Bowden. The previous 63 points came against South Carolina in 2003.

Thursday's game was also the first time in Clemson history that it has scored 50 or more in four games in one season. Of course, it helps that those scores came against the 113th, 117th, 118th and 119th ranked defenses in the nation.

Temple now has a 19-game losing streak, which is the longest in Division I.

Before tailback Demerick Chancellor fumbled in the third quarter, Clemson had scored on 11 consecutive possessions over last two games.

Quick hits
Clemson's first punt of the game came with 5:15 left in the fourth quarter. …

Prior to the game, Temple head coach Al Golden presented Bowden with a check of $1,500, the total amount of the team's per diem, for the Fahmarr McElrathbey Trust Fund. Coming into the day, $60,000 had been raised. …

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