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Clemson steps out of ACC play vs. lowly Temple

Oct 10, 2006 - 9:29 PM Temple (0-6) at No. 12 Clemson (5-1), 7:30 pm EDT

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) - Tommy Bowden's team almost certainly will not need a fourth-quarter comeback this week.

Bowden's 12th-ranked Clemson squad takes a break from Atlantic Coast Conference play to face woeful Temple, which has lost 18 straight games, in a neutral-site contest at Bank of America Stadium on Thursday night.

Last Saturday, the Tigers (5-1) rallied from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to stun host Wake Forest, 27-17.

The turning point came on the first play of the fourth quarter, when Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams wrestled the ball away from holder Jon Temple on a botched field-goal attempt and ran 66 yards for a touchdown, turning what could have been a 20-3 deficit into a 17-10 ballgame.

Will Proctor fired a 20-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Kelly to tie the game with 11:09 left, and true freshman C.J. Spiller sprinted down the right sideline for a go-ahead 72-yard touchdown with 7:22 to play.

Adams has recorded at least one sack in four straight games, one shy of the school record shared by three players.

Temple slipped to 0-6 under new coach Al Golden with a 28-17 setback vs. Kent State last Saturday. Tim Brown rushed for a 31-yard touchdown on the opening drive but things soon went downhill for the Owls against a team it will join in the Mid-American Conference next year.

Clemson is 2-0 against Temple, winning both in 1991 and 2005 by scores of 37-7.

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