Boxscore
Clemson 59, North Carolina 38
Saturday, October 22, 2011 12:00 PM
Location - Clemson Memorial Stadium
Attendance - 79000

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
North Carolina 7 10 7 14 38
Clemson 10 14 35 0 59

Recap


Powered by four third-quarter touchdowns from quarterback Tajh Boyd on Saturday, No. 8 Clemson blew past visiting North Carolina 59-38.

Boyd rushed for a 1-yard score and completed touchdown passes to Brandon Ford (12 yards), Sammy Watkins (42 yards) and Dwayne Allen (9 yards) as the Tigers (8-0, 5-0 ACC) turned a 24-17 halftime advantage to a 52-24 cushion late in the third.

The victory gives Clemson, the ACC Atlantic Division leader, its best start since 2000.

Boyd continued his breakout season, completing 27 of 46 passes for 367 yards and five touchdowns against a North Carolina defense that had yielded 22 points or less in five off its first seven games. He also threw touchdown passes to DeAndre Hopkins (25 yards) and Martavis Bryant (29 yards).

Turnovers helped doom the Tar Heels (5-3, 1-3). Clemson forced six turnovers, including Kourtnei Brown’s 20-yard interception return for a touchdown with 4:45 to go before halftime, giving the Tigers a 24-10 advantage. Brown returned a fumble 26 yards for a touchdown with 14 seconds left in the third quarter to cap a 35-point quarter for Clemson.

North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner, the ACC leader in passing efficiency entering the game, was intercepted three times, completing 19 of 33 passes for 255 yards.

The Tigers travel to No. 19 Georgia Tech next Saturday night for a potential ACC championship game preview. Georgia Tech entered the day leading the Coastal Division. North Carolina plays host to Wake Forest next Saturday.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 10:14
Clemson   FG  Clemson 3 - North Carolina 0
1st Quarter - 7:17
North Carolina   TD  Clemson 3 - North Carolina 7
1st Quarter - 1:12
Clemson   TD  Clemson 10 - North Carolina 7
2nd Quarter - 10:18
North Carolina   FG  Clemson 10 - North Carolina 10
2nd Quarter - 7:46
Clemson   TD  Clemson 17 - North Carolina 10
2nd Quarter - 4:45
Clemson   TD  Clemson 24 - North Carolina 10
2nd Quarter - 3:27
North Carolina   TD  Clemson 24 - North Carolina 17
3rd Quarter - 10:02
Clemson   TD  Clemson 31 - North Carolina 17
3rd Quarter - 9:47
Clemson   TD  Clemson 38 - North Carolina 17
3rd Quarter - 9:35
North Carolina   TD  Clemson 38 - North Carolina 24
3rd Quarter - 7:11
Clemson   TD  Clemson 45 - North Carolina 24
3rd Quarter - 1:42
Clemson   TD  Clemson 52 - North Carolina 24
3rd Quarter - 0:14
Clemson   TD  Clemson 59 - North Carolina 24
4th Quarter - 7:38
North Carolina   TD  Clemson 59 - North Carolina 31
4th Quarter - 2:19
North Carolina   TD  Clemson 59 - North Carolina 38
TEAMS

Team Records

  North Carolina Clemson
W/L 5 - 3 - 0 8 - 0 - 0
Conference 1 - 3 - 0 5 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  North Carolina Clemson
Score 38 59
First Downs 19 26
3rd Down Efficiency 2-for-12
17%
8-for-18
44%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-2
50%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 418 450
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 28-102 36-77
Average/Rush 3.6 2.1
Passing
Comp-Att 20-35 28-48
Passing Yards 316 373
Average/Pass Play 8.8 7.3
Penalties-Yards 9-62 3-32
Fumbles-Lost 4-3 2-1
Interceptions Thrown 3 0
Time of Possession 29:02 30:58

PLAYER STATS

North Carolina (5 - 3)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Renner 19/33 264 2 3
B. Hanson 1/2 52 0 0
Clemson (8 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Boyd 27/46 367 5 0
C. Stoudt 1/2 6 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
R. Houston 12 63 5.2 2
G. Bernard 11 44 4.0 0
J. Boyd 1 1 1.0 0
B. Renner 3 -5 -1.7 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
D. Howard 7 25 3.6 0
M. Bellamy 6 20 3.3 0
R. McDowell 3 17 5.7 0
T. Boyd 11 8 0.7 1
A. Ellington 7 5 0.7 0
A. Humphries 1 3 3.0 0
S. Watkins 1 -1 -1.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. Boyd 3 95 31.7 2
E. Highsmith 7 62 8.9 0
T. Thorpe 1 52 52.0 0
E. Ebron 3 32 10.7 0
R. Wilkins 2 31 15.5 0
G. Bernard 2 28 14.0 0
D. Jones 2 16 8.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Hopkins 9 157 17.4 1
S. Watkins 8 91 11.4 1
M. Bryant 2 54 27.0 1
D. Allen 6 51 8.5 1
B. Ford 1 12 12.0 1
M. Jones 1 6 6.0 0
A. Ellington 1 2 2.0 0
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