Friday, December 13, 2002
No. 19 Clemson 62, Missouri 9
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Woodrow Dantzler threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third Saturday to lead No. 19 Clemson to a 62-9 rout of Missouri.
Dantzler completed 12 of 19 passes for 188 yards and ran 13 times for 65 yards. Travis Zachery had 67 yards and three touchdowns for the Tigers, whose 62 points were their most since an 82-24 victory over Wake Forest on Oct. 31, 1981.
Clemson (2-0) scored 34 points in a 8:33 stretch in the second and third quarters to pull away from Missouri (1-1).
Dantzler put Clemson up 21-9 with a 38-yard touchdown pass to Rod Gardner with 2:27 left in the half. Clemson elected to go for it on a fourth-and-five, and Gardner broke two tackles on the way to the end zone.
Two plays later, Clemson's Freddie James forced Zain Gilmore to fumble, with Clemson's Brian Mance recovering. Dantzler guided the Tigers on a five-play, 27-yard drive, ending with a 14-yard quarterback draw to the end zone with 39 seconds left in the half. Clemson went into halftime up 28-9.
Missouri quarterback Kirk Farmer threw his second interception just 47 seconds into the second half. Clemson's Charles Hafley caught the pass in stride at the Missouri 28-yard line and returned it for a touchdown. Aaron Hunt missed the extra point, giving Clemson a 34-9 lead.
Clemson's Robert Carswell recovered a fumble by Zack Abron on Missouri's next possession, giving Clemson the ball on Missouri's 37-yard line. Four plays later, Dantzler found Gardner in the end zone for a 27-yard touchdown pass, putting Clemson up 41-9 with 12:17 left in the third quarter.
Farmer's third interception was caught by Mance _ his second _ setting up Zachary's third touchdown, a 2-yard run that put Clemson up 48-9 with 8:54 left in the third.
Clemson didn't score again until the fourth quarter, when Keith Kelly capped a 16-play, drive with a 1-yard run, giving Clemson a 55-9 lead.
Kelly finished the scoring with a 13-yard run.
The loss Missouri's fifth straight on the road.
Clemson looked sloppy on its first possession, but Dantzler returned to form on Clemson's second possession as his Tigers went 81 yards on 13 plays. Zachery punched it in from the 1-yard line to put Clemson up 7-0.
Two minutes later, Clemson's Alex Ardley tackled Missouri punter Jared Gilpin on the Missouri 4, setting up Zachery's 1-yard run.
Gilmore scored for Missouri on a 2-yard run, but Brad Hammerich missed the extra point, making it 14-6. That was Missouri's first score on the road since Oct. 9, 1999, when Gilmore scored a fourth-quarter touchdown in a 24-21 loss at Iowa State. Missouri was shut out last year at Kansas (21-0), Oklahoma (37-0) and Kansas State (66-0).
After a fumble by Joe Don Reames on the kickoff, Hammerich kicked a 35-yard field goal to make it 14-9 with 5:06 in the half.
|Clemson's Travis Zachery (8) celebrates his second touchdown with Morgan Woodward (83).|