Sunday, September 14, 2003

(UPDATED at 6:15 p.m.)

Miller may miss Georgia Tech game

Tigernet is reporting that all-star defensive back Justin Miller suffered a hip pointer in Saturday's victory against Middle Tennessee State. He won't practice Monday, and he's currently listed as questionable for next Saturday's key ACC matchup against Georgia Tech. I'll post more developments Monday.

TIGERS ROLL: Clemson went with a no-huddle offense in stacking up some impressive numbers against Middle Tennessee State in the 37-14 victory. Let's go to the media.

GAME STORIES: "No huddle needed," says The State; "Tigers cruise past MTSU," says the Greenville News; "Whitehurst thrives in Tigers' return to no-huddle offense," says the Anderson Independent-Mail; "MTSU's woes continue in loss to Clemson," says the Tennessean.

THE STATS: Here's a complete statistical summary of the game.

GAME ANALYSIS: The fine rushing performance of Kyle Browning is highlighted here, as is the good job by the offensive line -- and another puking incident by center Tommy Sharpe. The State also grades the keys to victory, and has a little trivia feature called "high five."

The Greenville News examines receiver Airese Currie's record-breaking day, and offers up an exceptionally long notebook. Here's another story on Currie. It's from the Anderson Independent-Mail, which also examines the offensive changes Clemson implemented for this game.

REMEMBERING PHILLIPS: There were plenty of tributes to the late Jim Phillips on Saturday. Here's a column from The State's Bob Spear. The Tennessean has a story on Phillips, and here's the AP's version.

AROUND THE ACC: Florida State survived a scare from Georgia Tech to go to 3-0 in league play, but the story of the day was N.C. State's three-overtime loss to No. 3 Ohio State. The Wolfpack came within a foot of a huge upset.

One wheel came off the Wake Forest bandwagon following the loss to Purdue. Elsewhere, Duke squeaked past Rice, Virginia whipped Western Michigan and Maryland demolished a Willie Simmons-led Citadel.

And how good is Georgia? Pretty damn good, judging by the whipping they applied to the Gamecocks. I still think our offense played pathetically against the Dawgs, but seeing them dominate South Carolina makes me feel a little better about that season-opening loss. In other words, Clemson may end up being OK after all. We'll find out next week, when the Tigers travel to Atlanta to face a Georgia Tech team that seems to be better than advertised in the preseason.

DANTZLER HAPPY TO HAVE JOB: Former Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler is happy to have landed with the Atlanta Falcons after being cut by the Dallas Cowboys.

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