Scores

Final

North Texas 10

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Clemson 35

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: ESPNU

3:30 PM ET, September 4, 2010

Memorial Stadium (Clemson, SC), Clemson, SC

1 2 3 4 T
UNT 0 7 0 310
CLEM 7 14 7 735

Top Performers

Passing: K. Parker (CLEM) - 169 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Ellington (CLEM) - 12 CAR, 122 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. Carey (MCNS) - 4 REC, 73 YDS, 1 TD

Backfield carries load as Clemson rolls minus C.J. Spiller

Associated Press

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Andre Ellington and Jamie Harper each scored twice for Clemson in a 35-10 victory over North Texas on Saturday that showed there's life for the Tigers without ACC player of the year C.J. Spiller.

In the season opener for both teams, Ellington got things going with a 60-yard scoring run on Clemson's second snap just 16 seconds into the game. He added a 14-yard run in the third quarter.

Harper caught an 8-yard touchdown pass seconds before halftime. He ended the scoring for the Tigers with a 3-yard run.

Ellington ended with 122 yards and Harper 102, the first time Clemson's had two rushers top the century mark since its "Thunder and Lightning" combo of James Davis and Spiller accomplished it against Maryland in 2007.

North Texas has lost its past five games.

Spiller was Clemson's do-everything star a year ago and the only player in Division I to score a touchdown in each game. He finished as the ACC's leader in all-purpose yardage, was sixth in Heisman Trophy voting and has continued his stellar run as a Buffalo Bills' rookie.

It appears he left Clemson's backfield in capable hands.

Ellington showed that early when he went 60 yards on Clemson's second snap for a touchdown just 16 seconds in. He added a 14-yard scoring run in the third quarter.

Harper got his turn to shine toward the end of the first half with a 17-yard run to set up a first-and-goal situation, then ended the drive with an 8-yard touchdown catch.

Harper capped his day with a 3-yard scoring run that ended the Tigers scoring.

Quarterback Kyle Parker added two touchdowns passes, including a 70-yarder to Brandon Clear.

Not everything clicked with Clemson's offense. It was outgained by North Texas 234-228 in the first 30 minutes and ran 20 plays to the Mean Green's 45.

The player who looked most like Spiller in the first half was North Texas runner Lance Dunbar. He put up 96 yards in the first half and continually eluded Tiger defenders to keep the Mean Green moving.

But Clemson tightened up after halftime and Dunbar finished with 116 yards.

Dawson Zimmer had a 79-yard punt -- the second longest in school history.

Still, the Tigers showed their teeth on defense when it mattered most. A third-down sack by Malliciah Goodman ended one of North Texas' long drive and Clemson forced a pair of incomplete passes to end a second series that reached Tiger territory.

Parker's long bomb to a wide-open Clear put Clemson ahead 14-0. After North Texas' only TD on a 13-yard reception by Darius Carey -- he drew a celebration penalty for pumping his fist at the dozen or so Mean Green fans in that end zone -- Clemson bounced back with Harper's first score.

North Texas of the Sun Belt Conference appeared to wear out in the second half as Clemson took control.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UNT
CLEM
1st Downs2515
Total Yards462423
Passing269177
Rushing193246
Penalties7-705-48
3rd Down Conversions11-222-9
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Turnovers21
Possession41:5218:08

Passing Leaders

North TexasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Tune19/292408.312
ClemsonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Parker9/1717010.021

Rushing Leaders

North TexasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dunbar231165.0021
Hamilton6528.7022
ClemsonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ellington1212210.2260
Harper910211.3149

Receiving Leaders

North TexasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Carey47318.3130
Jackson36521.7045
ClemsonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Clear17070.0170
McNeal23417.0030

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUNTCLEM
TD14:44Andre Ellington 60 Yd Run (Chandler Catanzaro Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERUNTCLEM
TD02:50Brandon Clear 70 Yd Pass From Kyle Parker (Chandler Catanzaro Kick) 014
TD01:13Darius Carey 13 Yd Pass From Nathan Tune (Trent Deans Kick) 714
TD00:34Jamie Harper 8 Yd Pass From Kyle Parker (Chandler Catanzaro Kick) 721
THIRD QUARTERUNTCLEM
TD02:31Andre Ellington 14 Yd Run (Chandler Catanzaro Kick) 728
FOURTH QUARTERUNTCLEM
FG12:27Trent Deans 25 Yd 1028
TD09:05Jamie Harper 3 Yd Run (Chandler Catanzaro Kick) 1035