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© St. Petersburg Times, published September 17, 2000


QB's arm, legs carry Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Woodrow Dantzler says he still has things to work on. You couldn't tell from watching him play Saturday.

Dantzler ran for 166 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 157 yards and a touchdown as Clemson beat Wake Forest 55-7.

"The first drive of the game, I kind of screwed up a little bit," Dantzler said, saying his performance was "maybe a D range, maybe a C."

Don't tell that to Wake Forest coach Jim Caldwell, who watched Dantzler dismantle his defense.

"Often times we find guys who are as effective as he's been in the passing game, maybe they don't run very well," Caldwell said. "But he's the kind of prototype quarterback everyone's looking for: one that can throw the ball well, certainly can operate a complex system, but also can run the ball like a tailback."

Dantzler showed a dizzying array of spins and escapes, including the second-longest run of his career on Clemson's second scoring drive.

With Clemson leading 3-0, Dantzler slid through the middle on third and 4, then scrambled to the right sideline where Justin Watts' block cleared the way for a 54-yard run. Three plays later, Bernard Rambert carried 13 yards to put Clemson up 10-0 with 33 seconds left in the first quarter.

Dantzler scored on a 39-yard keeper to put the Tigers up 17-0 with 9:14 left in the first half. Tony Lazzara's 26-yard field goal with 5:57 left in the half made it 20-0.

"It wasn't by design that we ran more than we threw, but we just took what they gave us," Clemson coach Tommy Bowden said. "I thought our offensive staff did a good job finding the opportunities that their defense gave us; take what was there and don't force anything."

In the final minute of the half, Rambert had another 13-yard sweep to the right, almost identical to his earlier score, to put the Tigers up 27-0 at halftime.

Clemson's defense dominated, giving up 48 yards in the first three quarters. Wake Forest didn't earn a first down until C.J. Leak's pass to Ira Williams with less than a minute left in the first half.

Leak fumbled on the first play of the second half, giving Clemson the ball on the 7. Dantzler carried it in from the 1 two plays later to make it 34-0.

On Clemson's next possession, Dantzler threw a 52-yard touchdown to Travis Zachery.

Willie Simmons, leading Clemson's second-string offense, threw a 30-yard touchdown to Kevin Youngblood to put the Tigers up 48-0 with 1:38 left in the third quarter.

VIRGINIA 26, DUKE 10: Dan Ellis passed for 333 yards and three touchdowns as the visiting Cavaliers overcame a slow start.

Ellis completed 20 of 30 passes, including two touchdowns to Billy McMullen. It was Ellis' fifth consecutive game with 200 or more yards. He has 1,554 yards and 15 touchdowns in that span.

The Cavaliers, who went in averaging 446 yards, lost yardage on five of their first 10 plays and took 11 minutes to get a first down against Duke's aggressive pass rush.

Ellis completed five of his first eight passes, but he misfired on potential touchdowns to Billy Baber and Kevin Coffey in the first quarter. Ellis was sacked four times in the first half.

It wasn't until the final drive of the half that Virginia figured out the blitzing Blue Devils.

With the line providing more protection and Ellis getting rid of the ball more quickly, Virginia marched 94 yards in 3:47, capped by an 8-yard touchdown from Ellis to Demetrius Dotson.

GEORGIA TECH 40, NAVY 13: George Godsey threw a career-high three touchdowns and linebacker Daryl Smith recovered two fumbles for the host Yellow Jackets.

Godsey, who has shared time at quarterback with Andy Hall and Jermaine Crenshaw, played into the fourth quarter and completed 10 of 19 passes for 166 yards.

Two scores went to Will Glover, and Godsey also threw a 50-yard touchdown to Kelly Campbell in the third quarter.

N.C. STATE 41, SMU 0: After a pair of nail-biting wins to open the season, the host Wolfpack went up by 24 at halftime.

"We were due for a game like this," quarterback Philip Rivers said. "My goodness, we've started out slow. There was something about us tonight, I just felt we were ready."

So was a defense that was maligned after giving up an average of 403 yards. The unit had four interceptions, recovered a fumble, recorded 10 sacks and allowed 176 yards, its fewest in a decade.

"I talked to them about going out and playing with a little reckless abandon and not give up the big plays," coach Chuck Amato said.

The sack total was the most since the Wolfpack got 10 against Virginia in 1986.

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