The game was played before a Spring Game record crowd of 20,000 fans. The game concluded Spring practice for Tommy Bowden's Tigers, who will open the 2007 season at home against Florida State in a primetime Labor Day evening game on ESPN.
Harper completed 15-25 passes for 147 yards and the three
scores. James Davis had 100 yards rushing in just six carries to
lead the Orange ground game. His effort on Saturday included a
65-yard touchdown run that put the Orange team in the lead in the
second period. Aaron Kelly had the most reception for the Orange
team with 6-89, including a 34-yard scoring pass from Harper.
Grisham had 3-30 and the two scores.
Willy Korn and Tribble Reese both worked at quarterback for
the Purple team. Korn, a first-year freshman who entered Clemson in
January, completed 13-25 passes for 135 yards and one touchdown.
Jacoby Ford had 7-105 receiving and two rushes for 35 to lead the
Purple offense. C.J. Spiller had 9-35 rushing and also had four
receptions. Freshman tight end Brian Linthicum had two catches for
46 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown reception from Korn.
Chris Clemons and DeAndre McDaniel both had big plays to lead
the Orange defense. Clemons returned a fumble 23 yards for a
touchdown in the second quarter, and McDaniel had a 34-yard
interception return. Prior to Clemons fumble return, the Purple had
a 13-0 lead, but his play changed the momentum of the game. Byron
Maxwell also had a 16-yard interception return. Cortney Vincent was
the top tackler for the victorious Orange team with 10 tackles, while
Jeremy Campbell had nine.
Ricky Sapp has two tackles for loss, including a sack and two
passes broken up, while Kevin Alexander was the top tackler with six.
Sadat Chambers had the only turnover for the Purple defense with a
30-yard interception return.
The play of placekicker Mark Buchholz was also a highlight
for the purple team. A three-year starter on the Clemson men's
soccer team, Buchholz joined the team for spring practice and
delivered three field goals in three attempts. He connected on kicks
from 21, 32 and 35 yards and made his only extra point attempt. His
35-yarder gave the Purple a 16-14 lead with 6:28 left in he first
half, but that was the last lead for the Purple.
The final three scores were the three touchdown passes by
Harper, two to Grisham and one to Kelly. The first half of the game
was played with normal clock rules, but the second half was played in
running time with the exception of changes of possession.
Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden was pleased with his team's
"This closed a productive spring," said Bowden, who
will be in his ninth season when Clemson opens play in September
against his father's Florida State team. "I thought the five
freshmen who entered in January played well today. That is not easy
to do. There is a big transition and they have really done a good
"McDaniel played very well in the secondary and had an
interception, I thought Willy Korn played well at quarterback and
Landon Walker had to go against Phillip Merling, who will be one of
the top defensive linemen in the ACC this year. Brian Linthicum
caught a touchdown pass and Xavier Dye caught a pass early.
"The kicking of Mark Buchholz also stood out. The ball
really jumps off his foot. We will put him on a full football
scholarship next year."
Buchholz will continue to play soccer as
well for Trevor Adair's nationally ranked program.
Bowden also said that quarterback Cullen Harper will be his
number-one quarterback heading into August practice.
"He will have
to do something to lose it (starting position) between now and then
and that would be out of character for Cullen. He is a hard worker
who has been consistent all spring. We will meet next week to
determine a pecking order at that position."
In the three spring stadium scrimmages, Harper completed
42-68 passes for 447 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.
Bowden was also pleased with the play of his skill position
"Aaron Kelly has been consistent all 15 days of spring
practice and he had another good day today. Jacoby Ford and C.J.
Spiller give us something special from a speed standpoint and you
could see that today. James Davis and Tyler Grisham were outstanding
Purple-Spiller 9-35, Ford 2-35, Macko 6-20, Korn 5-12, Watson 2-4,
Reese 2- (-4)
Orange-Davis 6-100-1, McElrathbey 13-58, Harper 5-3, Faerber 1-0
Purple: Korn 13-25-135-2-1, Reese 3-3-46-0-0
Orange: Harper 15-24-147-0-3, Wade 0-2-0-1-0, Speweik 0-2-0-0-0
Purple: Ford 7-105, Spiller 4-9, Linthicum 2-46-1; Dye 1-9, Harris
1-6, Macko 1-6
Orange: Kelly 6-89-1, Grisham 3-30-2, Pearson 2-21, Ashe 1-6,
Palmer 1-4, Faerber 1-0, Davis 1-(-3)
Purple: Chambers 1-30
Orange: McDaniel 1-34, Maxwell 1-16
Orange: Clemons 1-23
Purple: Conner 6, Alexander 6, Sapp 4, Billie 4, Russell 4
Orange: Vincent 10, Campbell 9, Williams 6, Scott 5, Chancellor 5
Harper Leads Orange to 35-16 Win
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