Saturday, October 17, 2009

CLEMSON/SPILLER THROTTLE WAKE FOREST

C.J. Spiller ran for two touchdowns and Clemson put aside two weeks of turmoil to get back in the ACC's Atlantic Division race with a 38-3 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday.

Spiller had scoring runs of 66 and 14 yards for the Tigers (3-3, 2-2 ACC), who seemed ready to implode after an unexpected 24-21 loss to Maryland on Oct. 3.

The team held a players only meeting when it returned to campus and an anonymous blog report during the bye week detailed a shouting match at practice between coach Dabo Swinney and offensive coordinator Billy Napier.

Against Wake Forest (4-3, 2-2), though, Clemson showed its resiliency with its best performance of the season.

Freshman quarterback Kyle Parker threw for a score and ran for another. Spiller finished with 106 yards for his 10th career 100-yard game and Clemson's defense sacked ACC pass-efficiency leader Riley Skinner five times.

Clemson's backup safety Kantrell Brown was taken off the field on a stretcher in the second quarter and was taken to Oconee Memorial Hospital.

Clemson athletic department spokesman Tim Bourret said initial reports from school medical personnel indicated Brown would be OK.

(AP Photos/Mary Ann Chastain)

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