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First rushing touchdown

When C.J. Spiller scored from 1-yard out with 33 seconds left in the first half, he accomplished something that had not been done in the first three games by the Clemson offense. He scored a rushing touchdown.

Andy Dalton

Not only did TCU's quarterback throw for 226 yards and two touchdowns, he also found seam after seam in the middle of the Clemson defense to rush for 86 yards on 19 carries.

C.J. Spiller

The senior running back got the number of touches in a game he has wanted for years. His career-high 26 rushes gained 112 yards. His three receptions picked up 79 more. His two kickoff returns netted 36 yards, which gave him 227 all-purpose yards.

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The rain

There's not much worse for fans than watching a game while sitting through a steady rain. Most of the Clemson faithful, however, knew the forecast and brought their orange ponchos with them.

Red-zone offense

The Tigers moved the ball efficiently much of the day despite the conditions, but the result was 10 points. Two fourth-quarter possessions ended inside the TCU 20-yard line with no points.

- Neil White