Saturday, September 24, 2011
Halftime: Clemson 21, Florida State 10
By Heather Dinich
CLEMSON, Fla. -- Florida State's defense entered Saturday's game at Clemson allowing only 11 points per game -- the No. 12 scoring defense in the country. So far, Clemson hasn't flinched against the Seminoles, and the offense has found several ways to move the ball. Here's a look back at the highlights of the first half:
Turning point: On second-and-six from Clemson's own 39-yard line, Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd threw a 33-yard pass to Martavis Bryant for the first down. It was a huge play that helped set up the 12-yard touchdown reception by Dwayne Allen that put the Tigers up 21-10 and really separated Clemson from FSU in the first half.
Stat of the half: Florida State is only 1-of-5 on third-down conversions. On third-and-10, though, backup quarterback Clint Trickett found Rodney Smith for a beautiful 57-yard touchdown pass that helped FSU close the deficit to 14-10 in the first quarter. FSU's passing game has had to come up with some big plays as the Noles have only run for 35 yards.
Best player in the half: Boyd. He has completed 12 of 15 passes for 170 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also has nine carries for 21 yards and a touchdown. He is reading the FSU defense well, making good decisions and moving the chains.