Its right around 2:00 PM and both the Clemson-Miami (FL) and Connecticut-Vanderbilt games are at the halftime break. The respective home teams were initially holding impressive leads, playing dominant football. That only lasted so long.
Connecticut’s Jordan Todman did not fail to disappoint in leading the Huskies’ offense, with 90 yards on 17 carries and two scores. But the visiting Commodores’ playmaker Warren Norman--who has been awfully quiet this season--stepped up big for his team on special teams.
With a 14-0 deficit, Norman returned a kickoff for 72 yards to the Connecticut 24 yard line. The return triggered a landslide of 21 unanswered points by Vanderbilt, pilfering any and all momentum in East Hartford.
To close scoring at 21-21 for the half, new Husky starting quarterback Cody Endres--who has played rather remarkably today--threw a six-yard touchdown to Kashif Moore.
Clemson’s Andre Ellington took care of the ball carrying duties, rushing for 85 yards and two scores on nine carries. Since Ellington’s touchdowns, visiting Miami has taken over even though Jacory Harris has thrown two interceptions and completed only 36.4% of his passes. The Hurricanes hold a 27-14 lead at the break.
Also in ACC play today, Florida State has a 27-0 lead over conference foe Virginia. The game has been all Seminoles, as the Cavaliers have managed to gain just 42 total offensive yards, even without a turnover.
Seminole running back Jermaine Thomas has rushed for 112 yards on 12 carries and two scores.