While Wofford didn't get a $500,000 paycheck like Louisiana-Monroe did to play at Florida, the $235,000 and the national exposure of playing a program such as Clemson was good enough for the Terriers.
One of the smallest Division I-A or I-AA programs in the country, the benefits of making the short jaunt from Spartanburg to Clemson was well worth it according to Wofford coach Mike Ayers.
"You look at the opportunity to play a Division I team like Clemson, nationally ranked and the exposure that it has given the college, the help that it has in recruiting, I really think your players have the opportunity to grow and develop when you play competition like this," Ayers said.
"I think over the past four years, this is our fifth Division I-A opponent and everyone of those games I think has helped our program progress and go to another level. Along the way, we're going to face some great football teams and we have a great one coming up (next week) in Georgia Southern. But athletically, it will be hard for any one of those folks that we play to be as athletic as the guys we saw today."
As part of the agreement for the two schools to play each other, the Tigers guaranteed the Terriers a $210,000 payout in addition to allowing Wofford to keep the revenue sold from the first 1,000 tickets, which sold for $25 each and generated an additional $25,000.
DOUBLE IT UP: Junior wide receiver J.J. McKelvey caught his first career touchdown pass, a seven-yarder from quarterback Woodrow Dantzler with 7:12 left in the first quarter.
More impressively was McKelvey's afternoon performance. The junior finished with two touchdown receptions and caught eight passes, tallying 73 yards. His six catches in the first half doubled his production during the entire 2000 season when he caught just three passes.
CROSBY INJURED: Clemson freshman receiver Roscoe Crosby, injured on the Tigers' first drive of the game, sprained his knee and didn't return.
After the game Crosby was on crutches and Clemson Sports Information Director Tim Bourret said Crosby will be reevaluated today.
The freshman caught a nine-yard pass from quarterback Woodrow Dantzler on Clemson's first offensive play of the game for his only offensive stats.
MORE INJURIES: The status of three backup players was unclear at press time. Freshman safety Eric Sampson (concussion) was injured while making a tackle on special teams, sophomore free safety Marcus Houskins sprained his neck and suffered a concussion while sophomore cornerback Kevin Johnson reseparated his shoulder.
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