Auburn – In what has to be called the game of the week, the Clemson Tigers marches into hostile SEC territory and laid it all on the field as the Tigers from Clemson, South Carolina, lost a thrilling heartbreaker to the Auburn Tigers, 27-24 in overtime.
This game is your classic case of “A game of two halves” as Clemson came our roaring at the beginning of the game. The first possession of the game saw Clemson march down the field 76 yards over 12 plays in just a little over six minutes. The first score of the game was an eight yard pass from Kyle Parker, the two sport star, to one half of The New Storm in Jamie Harper. Not to be outdone by their offense, the Clemson Tigers defense roared onto the field and basically had their way with QB Cam Newton.
Throughout the first half it looked like Clemson was going to have it easy as they held Auburn’s high powered offense in check by holding the Tigers from Auburn to 106 total yards while Kyle Parker lead Clemson to 257 total yards.
The second half started off just as the first did…Almost. Kyle Parker suffered a major injury after getting rammed by a player’s helmet in his lower back. Parker showed resiliency and stayed in the game and showed why he is the future of that program at Clemson.
Auburn came out of the locker room with new found intensity and came out scoring fast. Starting with Onterio McCalebb’s 12 yard run, Auburn scored 24 unanswered points going back to the 35 yard field goal by Wes Byrum near the end of the first half. Going into the 4th Quarter, Clemson was down 24-17 and the young Tigers held their composure and kept their cool as The New Storm (Andre Ellington and Jamie Harper) ran circles around the Auburn defense and Auburn kept shooting themselves in the foot with penalties. Auburn had 9 penalties for 90 yards. This is something Clemson did capitalize on at times.
Despite having a total 181 yards on the ground, Clemson’s defense was still unable to maintain Auburn’s rushing game as they amassed 221 yards on the field. As the time wound down and the game went into overtime, the 87,000 fans that packed Jordan-Hare Stadium went into frenzy. Auburn started overtime and Clemson’s defense showed up by holding the Tigers to only 3 points. Kyle Parker, still in pain, came onto the field and Clemson marched down near the 10-yard line. After a failed reverse, Clemson is forced to go for a field goal. After the field goal is made to force a second overtime a flag is on the field. Off-sides: Auburn Tigers. As the crowd moaned, the referees huddled together and saw that there was a false snap, illegal movement of the ball, and that drew the off-sides. Clemson goes for another shot and this time Chandler Catanzaro misses!
The thing that was plaguing the Auburn Tigers for most of the game nearly came back to bite them at the end, but it was a penalty on the young long snapper that eventually cost Clemson the game. Nevertheless, they have NOTHING to be ashamed of. They should walk out with their heads held high as they gave Auburn a huge scare and a wake-up call to the entire ACC. This pride of Tigers are for real and with the next week off, Clemson can heal and work out things such as dropped passes for long gains and touchdowns. Clemson’s next game is at home against the dreaded U, the University of Miami. If that game is as heavily contested as this one was, it’s going to be a wonderful game!
As mentioned before this game was a thriller and any football fan that likes hard hitting games would LOVE this game. There are some pro teams that don’t hit as hard as these two programs did tonight. This was an action packed game from the first whistle to the final missed field goal, and is sure to be an ESPN instant classic with plays like the 235 lb Jamie Harper flying to catch a 24 yard pass for the touchdown in the 2nd quarter by Kyle Parker. Or, how about the 78 yard pass the 6’ 6’’ former Florida Gator and JUCO superstar, Cam Newton, threw to Terrell Zachery which breathed new life into the Auburn Tigers in the 3rd Quarter? This game is going to be one that many people will be talking about for a long time and I’m sure a play or two will be in the Top 10 plays on SportsCenter.
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Written by Adrian Wilkins
Supreme Knight (Adrian Wilkins) is a former pro wrestler and MMA Manager that happens to have a strong love for football. He's married to a Dallas Cowboys fan and asks the world not to judge him for that.