Boxscore
South Florida 31, Clemson 26
Friday, December 31, 2010 12:00 PM
Location - Bank of America Stadium
Attendance - 41122

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
South Florida 7 10 7 7 31
Clemson 3 10 0 13 26

Recap


South Florida sophomore B.J. Daniels passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, and Clemson's furious comeback fell short, as the Bulls held on for a 31-26 victory in the Meineke Car Care Bowl on Friday in Charlotte, N.C.

South Florida made sure Clemson got a look at the quarterback of its future, ending Kyle Parker's day -- and his career at Clemson -- breaking his ribs with a hit on an option run at the goal line near the end of the first half, and Daniels gave the Tigers a glimpse of what they hope freshman Tajh Boyd develops into.

Daniels rebounded well after throwing an interception on South Florida's first offensive play. He completed 19 of 26 passes for 188 yards and threw first-half touchdowns to Demetris Murray and Dontavia Bogan to stake South Florida (8-5) to a 17-3 lead.

After a shaky start to the second half, Boyd showed signs of a bright future, throwing two touchdowns to tight end Brandon Ford in the final 1:47 to finish 13-for-23 for 112 yards with two scores. He also threw an interception that set up Daniels' 8-yard touchdown run to make it 31-13 early in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers recovered an onside kick to set up Boyd's second touchdown pass, and they snagged a second onside kick, but it did not travel 10 yards, resulting in a penalty and allowing South Florida to run out the clock.

Parker, who put off his professional baseball career to return to Clemson for his sophomore season, capped a forgettable campaign by going 11-for-17 for 134 yards with an interception.

The Tigers, playing without leading rusher Andre Ellington, were limited to 50 rushing yards. Receiver DeAndre Hopkins had a big game for Clemson, though, catching nine passes for 105 yards.

Clemson (6-7) finishes the season with a losing record for the first time since 1998 and only the third time since 1976.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 5:30
Clemson   FG  Clemson 3 - South Florida 0
1st Quarter - 0:39
South Florida   TD  Clemson 3 - South Florida 7
2nd Quarter - 13:42
South Florida   FG  Clemson 3 - South Florida 10
2nd Quarter - 7:19
South Florida   TD  Clemson 3 - South Florida 17
2nd Quarter - 3:55
Clemson   FG  Clemson 6 - South Florida 17
2nd Quarter - 0:30
Clemson   TD  Clemson 13 - South Florida 17
3rd Quarter - 9:47
South Florida   TD  Clemson 13 - South Florida 24
4th Quarter - 13:58
South Florida   TD  Clemson 13 - South Florida 31
4th Quarter - 1:47
Clemson   TD  Clemson 19 - South Florida 31
4th Quarter - 0:43
Clemson   TD  Clemson 26 - South Florida 31
TEAMS

Team Records

  South Florida Clemson
W/L 8 - 5 - 0 6 - 7 - 0
Conference 3 - 4 - 0 4 - 4 - 0

Team Stats

  South Florida Clemson
Score 31 26
First Downs 18 17
3rd Down Efficiency 9-for-14
64%
5-for-16
31%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-0
0%
3-for-3
100%
Total Yards 279 296
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 37-90 27-50
Average/Rush 2.4 1.9
Passing
Comp-Att 20-28 24-40
Passing Yards 189 246
Average/Pass Play 6.1 5.9
Penalties-Yards 3-40 6-46
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 0-0
Interceptions Thrown 1 2
Time of Possession 30:25 29:35

PLAYER STATS

South Florida (8 - 5)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Daniels 20/27 189 2 1
E. Landi 0/1 0 0 0
Clemson (6 - 7)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Parker 11/17 134 0 1
T. Boyd 13/23 112 2 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
M. Plancher 14 50 3.6 1
D. Murray 8 25 3.1 0
B. Daniels 11 22 2.0 1
L. Lamar 2 -4 -2.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. Harper 20 34 1.7 1
K. Parker 2 8 4.0 0
M. Wade 1 8 8.0 0
T. Boyd 3 1 0.3 0
J. Brown 1 -1 -1.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
L. Lamar 5 40 8.0 0
E. Landi 2 36 18.0 0
D. Murray 3 35 11.7 1
K. Gidrey 3 34 11.3 0
D. Bogan 1 15 15.0 1
J. Miller 2 10 5.0 0
M. Plancher 2 8 4.0 0
F. Hornes 1 7 7.0 0
S. Bravo-Brown 1 4 4.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Hopkins 9 105 11.7 0
B. Ford 4 45 11.2 2
M. Jones 1 38 38.0 0
J. Brown 4 21 5.2 0
J. Harper 4 20 5.0 0
D. Allen 2 17 8.5 0
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