MB’s Benton breaks ACC record as Tigers roll to win

Clemson dominated Ball State 52-27 in Saturday’s home opener and Myrtle Beach native Spencer Benton got his name in the ACC record books.

The former Seahawks kicker drilled a 61-yard field goal just before halftime, breaking the previous record of 60 set by Florida State’s Gary Cismesia in 2007, and giving the Tigers a 45-point first half.

Tajh Boyd and DeAndre Hopkins hooked up for three first-half touchdowns and Andre Ellington added two rushing scores, as the 12th-ranked Tigers easily handled the Cardinals.

Clemson (2-0), which won its eighth straight home game, rolled up more than 500 total yards for the second straight game. Boyd finished 19-for-23 for 229 yards and the three scores. He did not throw an interception.

Hopkins, who set a school record for receptions last week, tied Clemson’s single-game mark with his three touchdown catches. He caught six passes for 105 yards, once again picking up the slack with star receiver Sammy Watkins suspended two games for his offseason arrest.

Ball State (1-1) was concerned about the deep pass early, and the Tigers took advantage by picking apart the defense with short passes.

The offensive firepower the Cardinals showcased in their season-opening win over Eastern Michigan was largely lacking against the Tigers. Junior quarterback Keith Wenning was just 16-for-29 for 128 yards with no touchdowns and his first two interceptions of the season.

Horactio Banks rushed for 120 yards on seven carries and scored two touchdowns for Ball State.

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