White tops Orange, 17-0

CLEMSON – In front of an Orange and White game record crowd of 27,000 fans, Kyle Parker and Andre Ellington paced the White team to a 17-0 win over the Orange team in Death Valley on Saturday.

"It was pretty much a defensive game… the white team had just a few more big plays along the way," coach Dabo Swinney said afterwards.

Ellington scored the game's first touchdown late in the first quarter on a 34-yard run and was responsible for gaining all 53 of the drive's yards on the ground.

He rushed for a game-high 86 yards on 16 carries and caught a pair of passes for 28 yards.

With the luxury of running behind Chad Diehl, Dalton Freeman, Landon Walker and David Smith, Ellington didn't mind noting that he had a slight advantage over his counterpart, Jamie Harper, who led Orange with 12 carries for 33 yards.

"I was just going out there and having fun," Ellington said. "I kind of had the upper hand with the offensive line. Those guys knew more than the other side."

Mid-way through the second quarter, the White team took a 10-0 lead after a 37-yard field goal by Spencer Benton. On the drive, which started at their own 24, Parker completed 4-of-5 passes for 49 yards, including a 27-yard completion to Jaron Brown.

Parker finished 7-of-15 for 79 yards. He also had a 23 yard touchdown reception from Marquan Jones late in the fourth quarter for the final score.

Quarterbacking Orange, Tajh Boyd finished 8-of-25 for 132 yards with neither an interception nor a touchdown. Dwayne Allen was on the receiving end of three of those completions. He also had a game-high 81 yards receiving.

Swinney said Boyd improved throughout the course of the game.

"He showed some freshman stuff in the beginning, holding the ball, taking some sacks, not running at times, when he needed to," Swinney said.

Although defensive players weren't allowed to hit the quarterback, White defensive end Andre Branch sacked Boyd twice. Although he missed out on one of those cherished moments—hitting the quarterback—Branch recalls the past and looks forward to the future.

"I know in a game that I'll make the tackle, but I never want to injure any of our players," he said.

The most important part of Saturday, Swinney said, no one was injured during the game.

Special teams' play was handicapped too. There were no returns on kickoffs and punts.

With a chance to put Orange on the board, Richard Jackson missed a 44-yard field goal wide-right from the right-hash early in the fourth quarter. His biggest mark on the day was punting the ball.

Jackson totaled 503 yards on 10 punts for Orange, including a long of 65.

"The one thing that I was really pleased with was the punting. There were some outstanding punts in this ball game, in particular Richard Jackson." Swinney said. "He had some great punts."

Following the game, Swinney implored everyone on his team to take on a leadership role during this summer's work-outs.

"It's pretty obvious to me, when we come together, we have a chance to be a pretty good football team," Swinney said. "The thing that's going to be critical and determine what kind of success we have this year is how they work in the summer."

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