Clemson's Sammy Watkins made his return to the Tigers football team memorable with a 58-yard first quarter touchdown run against the Furman Paladins in a 41-7 victory, before a crowd of 81,500 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina.
Watkins, an All-American wide receiver, was suspended for Clemson's first two games because of an off-season drug arrest. He had four grabs for 52 yards against Furman.
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd threw for 310 yards and three TD's. Andre Ellington had two scores for the Tigers who improved their record to 3-0. Furman is now 0-3 for the first time since 1979. The Paladins have now lost 30 straight times to the Tigers.
Former Cheraw standout Jaron Brown had four catches for 76 yards for Clemson. Ex-Lake View High star Quandon Christian had a key interception in the first half and made six tackles for Clemson. Two more players from the Pee Dee and Grand Strand made an impact for Clemson. Malliciah Goodman from West Florence High had two stops and kicker Spencer Benton also made a tackle, and had three punts, averaging 50 yards.
Former Darlington High kicker Ray Early punted eight times for Furman, averaging 41.1 yards, with a long of 54 yards. He also kicked an extra point for the Paladins.
Clemson will travel to Florida State to play the Seminoles in Tallahassee, Florida next Saturday, September 22 at 8 p.m. The game will be televised on WPDE (ABC) NewsChannel 15.