Clemson up 45-0 at half, game shortened

  • Clemson up 45-0 at half, game shortened

Clemson up 45-0 at half, game shortened

Clemson scored perhaps the most freakish touchdown of the 2016 college football season on Saturday.

Clemson (3-0) set a record with 31 first-quarter points on its way to a 59-0 win over the Bulldogs (0-3) at Death Valley.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and South Carolina State coach Buddy Pough agreed to 12 minute quarters in the second half.

A week ago against Troy, Clemson was guilty of a special teams gaffe. McCloud later added a 36-yard scoring catch down the field. The Tigers' third touchdown came in very unusual fashion.

Instead, Harris turned and flipped the ball to the referee who let the ball fall to the ground in the end zone.

Harris' mental lapse literally handed Clemson a touchdown, as the Tigers pounced on the ball in the end zone for what might be the easiest TD they'll score this season.

Three - Three different quarterbacks threw touchdown passes for the Tigers (Deshaun Watson, Nick Schuessler and Kelly Bryant). The sophomore has 116 all-purpose yards. The Bulldogs have six first downs, compared to 15 for Clemson.

Look for more coverage from the game coming Saturday and Sunday morning, with T&D Correspondent Bill Hamilton focusing on the S.C. State angle to Saturday's game.