Meineke Car Care Bowl, South Florida Vs. Clemson: Bulls Hold On, 31-26

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Car Care Bowl, Clemson Vs. USF: Tigers Nearly Pull Off Incredible Comeback But Fail, 31-26

The Clemson Tigers appeared to be dead in the water in the Meineke Car Care Bowl before suddenly lurching to life in the last two minutes and nearly pulling off a shocking upset. The Tigers, down 31-13 with two minutes to go, scored twice in just over a minute to get within five, but came one yard short of recovering the last onside kick, allowing Clemson to kill the clock.

The South Florida Bulls found the end zone early in the fourth quarter, providing insurance points that turned-out to be the difference in the game. The Bulls used strong defense for much of the second half, keeping Clemson off the board until the final, furious two minutes.

The Tigers nearly completed the miraculous comeback, scoring with 1:47 left, recovering a beautifully placed onside kick and scoring again just one minute later to bring the score to 31-26. They very nearly recovered the next onside kick, but caught the ball after it’d only traveled nine and a half yards instead of the mandatory ten. South Florida got the ball and that was the end.

South Florida quarterback B.J. Daniels called his own number to open the fourth quarter, finding the end zone on an eight-yard run. Clemson answered with two minutes left when Tahj Boyd hit Brandon Ford for six yards and a touchdown. The two hooked up again on the next possession, this time from 10 yards out, to give us the 31-26 final.

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Car Care Bowl, Clemson Vs. USF: Another Quiet Quarter

B.J. Daniels comes out slingin' for the Bulls in the second half of the 2010 Meineke Car Care Bowl, with Moise Plancher and Demetris Murray spelling him only occasionally in a five-minute quarter-opening drive that eats 83 yards and ends in a two-yard touchdown scramble for Plancher. The score is USF 21, Clemson 13, and this is quite plainly all that will happen for the rest of the third quarter. Clemson takes around three minutes to go 12 yards, and USF's Maikon Bonani misses a 40-yard field goal attempt, and as the period draws to a close, Tajh Boyd is about to be intercepted, although he doesn't know it yet. At the end of the third quarter, USF leads Clemson, 24-13.

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The audience, as you can see, is enthralled. What is this, a Panthers game? (Come for the half-empty stadium photos; stay for the jokes!)

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more in-game updates, and follow along with Clemson and South Florida fans in our live game discussion threads.

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Car Care Bowl, Clemson Vs. USF: Bulls Pull Away In Second Quarter

The last play of the first quarter of the 2010 Meineke Car Care Bowl turns out to be a 44-yard Kyle Parker interception, which is why the third play of the second quarter will be a 27-yard USF field goal off the foot of Maikon Bonani. USF 10, Clemson 3.

Clemson reels off another remarkably efficient three-and-out, and USF regains the ball on their own 36-yard line. B.J. Daniels is getting time and open receivers aplenty, and completes passes of 19, 12, and finally 15 yards on a four-minute drive, with that 15-yarder landing in Dontavia Bogan's hands for a touchdown. USF 17, Clemson 3.

The Tigers do manage some points on their next possession thanks to the fleet feet of Jamie Harper, but even he can only get them within kicking range. Chandler Catanzaro knocks a 44-yarder through, moving the scoreboard to USF 17, Clemson 6.

He only catches one pass this whole drive, but we're going to mention Stephen Bravo-Brown's name here because it's a) the first pass caught, and b) an amazing name. USF's drive is aborted by a fumble, and Clemson takes over near midfield with 1:20 remaining in the half. 50 seconds later, they have a Harper in the endzone and their first touchdown of the game. At the half, the score is USF 17, Clemson 13.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more in-game updates, and follow along with Clemson and South Florida fans in our live game discussion threads.

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Car Care Bowl, Clemson Vs. USF: Snoozy First Quarter Ends With Actual Scoring

A sleepy first quarter in the 2010 Meineke Car Care Bowl wraps up with the eensiest bit of action as the period ends. Read on for the adventure of the first game of Friday!

Clemson edges down the field on a series of shortish Kyle Parker passes, breaching South Florida territory, but Chandler Catanzaro misses a 46-yard field goal attempt. The Bulls graciously cede the Tigers another try, as B.J. Daniels' second play of the game is intercepted, and this time Catanzaro's kick sails true. 3-0 Clemson.

A fumble on first down enables another USF three-and-out, but they get the ball back after a brief Tajh Boyd foray goes nowhere for the Tigers. Daniels connects with Lindsey Lamar for a 23-yard gain on first down, and a 15-yard Clemson penalty three plays later helps setup Daniels' first touchdown pass of the day, a 25-yard lob to Demetris Murray. At the end of the first quarter, USF leads Clemson, 7-3.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more in-game updates, and follow along with Clemson and South Florida fans in our live game discussion threads.

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