Clemson University

Tigers put on show for fans in Orange and White game

Clemson's Cullen Harper looks to pass at its Orange and White game at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.
Clemson's Cullen Harper looks to pass at its Orange and White game at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

CLEMSON -- Sure there were some exciting plays on offense, and the defense showed some glimpses of why it has the potential to be one of the ACC's best this fall, but the overwhelming feeling from Saturday's 16-7 Orange team victory in Clemson's annual Orange and White game in Death Valley is that none of it really means anything in the grand scheme of things.

"It is kind of a basic game," Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper said.

And for the most part things were basic. Other than Harper's two touchdown passes -- one to rising sophomore Xavier Dye and the other to Tyler Grisham -- and a couple of trick plays to wake up the 20,000 or so fans in attendance, the glorified scrimmage was just that, a scrimmage.

"There is not a whole lot (to take) as far as grading the film and seeing anything," Clemson coach Tommy Bowden said.

What, or whom, they will take from Saturday is the performance of Dye. The backup to All-ACC receiver Aaron Kelly had six catches for 87 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown from Harper that gave the Orange team a 6-0 lead with 8:05 to play in the first quarter.

"He has had a good spring," Bowden said. "He made some good catches. You have to catch the ball. You still have to run the right route and catch it with people around you, and I think Xavier did a really good job of that, and he has kind of done that all spring.

"He has shown that he might be in a position now to help us."

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